Veggiemon

Small-scale farming: for anyone, almost anywhere.

Using recycled 30 & 55 gallon food-grade barrels, we construct our product: a modular gardening system.

Use Case

John is a father of two struggling to make ends meet. He visits the food bank every other week and is able to supply his children with cereals, canned goods, and prepackaged meals. Still, their diets are unsatisfied and unfulfilled; he needs a more reliable and healthy way to feed himself and his family. John has recently been given a Veggimon; in his backyard, he has one large water-storage container, and four blossoming troughs filled with growing tomatoes, squash, spinach, and potatoes. After three weeks, John has his first yield. In the following two weeks, he harvests again. John and his kids have effectively learned how to grow their favorite vegetables and enjoy farming for themselves.

Potential

A Veggimon empowers humans to feed themselves. The product itself can be used anywhere and people can now grow their own food indefinitely--even if they are in an urban area with little available land. The 30 and 55 gallon barrels that our team re-purposes can be found in mass quantities worldwide. In many cases, after a single use, the barrels are undesirable or legally constrained from being reused, creating large quantities of idle barrels. Companies will pay a recycler to get rid of their surplus barrels. Instead of paying disposal fees, companies can donate their used containers to food banks and engage in corporate social responsibility.

Business Case

Companies who use plastic shipping containers must pay fees to have their used barrels removed. Instead of costing small business (car washes, restaurants) and large companies (Pepsico, Unilever, food distributors) they can donate their used containers to food banks. In exchange, companies engage in corporate social responsibility and gain positive public relations. Once food banks receive the containers, volunteers can construct them into modular gardening systems. With simple tools, barrels can be converted into our design. Volunteers could also utilize the systems and start growing to contribute even more fresh produce. Overall, fiscal transactions involved in the process are minimal; they include barrel transportation, conversion tools, and gardening accessories.

Objectives:

  1. Empower people with resources to feed themselves.
  2. Reduce hungry people's dependency on food donations.
  3. Enhance diets of people who are hungry.

Team Veggiemon

College Station, United States of America

Our Team

We pivoted--and we're glad to be back. / Published January 15, 2017 by Landry Tucker

We pivoted--and we're glad to be back.

The offseason was full of brainstorming sessions. As we revisited the drawing board, we decided to concentrate on our home land. Entomon has evolved into Veggiemon; we work with vegetables instead of insects now (they're a little more manageable). We're pumped to be participating again and look forward to being apart of the TFF community for another year.

Our Mission

Team Veggiemon is a visionary group of individuals that seeks to provide an innovative solution to diverse populations in need; by repurposing wasted material, we create liberating gardening systems.

Our Background

We have faith in humans. We believe that when people are given resources to thrive, they will do so. We challenge the problem of food-insecurity by approaching it from a different angle: provide people with tools to feed themselves.

We pivoted--and we're glad to be back. / Published January 15, 2017 by Landry Tucker

We pivoted--and we're glad to be back.

The offseason was full of brainstorming sessions. As we revisited the drawing board, we decided to concentrate on our home land. Entomon has evolved into Veggiemon; we work with vegetables instead of insects now (they're a little more manageable). We're pumped to be participating again and look forward to being apart of the TFF community for another year.

Our Team

Our Mission

Team Veggiemon is a visionary group of individuals that seeks to provide an innovative solution to diverse populations in need; by repurposing wasted material, we create liberating gardening ...Read More

Our Background

We have faith in humans. We believe that when people are given resources to thrive, they will do so. We challenge the problem of food-insecurity by approaching it ...Read More

The information contained here represents student project ideas developed as the result of brainstorming activities during Round 1 of the TFF Challenge. It does not represent any final business plans or commercial products.