Team Educate Innovate stand for increasing education surrounding the production of our food and its nutritious properties through promoting the development of small-scale, sustainable agricultural systems that can be easily be implemented worldwide. With increasing pressure to meet food security demands, education will be pivotal in creating a more sustainable and productive future. Even small amounts of food produced within a household or community could, additively, help reduce the burden on our agricultural systems and farmers. Therefore our team aims to address this problem head on using education as a means to promote urban farming.
Urban farming could be the answer to the global food crisis and could also be a fantastic educational tool to teach the general public about where their food comes from and the benefits of a healthy, balanced diet. Our team aims to combine education and innovation to provide a working system that allows schools and communities to grow their own tasty, nutritious food. Engaging both adults and children in sustainable agriculture in an exciting and practical way could help spark an interest in urban farming that spans the generations. Our design will allow anyone, no matter their experience, to grow plants in a low tech system that is flexible enough to be adapted to fit any available space. Furthermore, the simplicity of the idea means that it is the perfect blueprint for a larger scale, more high-tech venture in the future. Team Educate Innovate is composed of a dynamic group of PhD students from the University of Nottingham with backgrounds in Plant and Crop Sciences. Our specialities range from crop modelling to optimising plant growth with LED lighting and all aim to improve productivity within global agricultural system, using varying levels of technology. Entering this challenge not only provides with a medium to voice our ideas and a practical application for our work, but also helps to bridge the divide between scientists and the general public. United we can achieve world food security.