Block gardens Africa for malnutrition and poverty.

Smart vertical gardens for productive farming.

Block gardens Africa is a highly scalable social enterprise that tackles the problem of malnutrition and growing space limit.

Use Case

Neola lives in a city slum, with her husband and their four children. The house is very small with a backyard where they farm a few vegetables for the family and sell the surplus to the community. The space in the backyard can be made more productive with our block gardens. Our block gardens are designed with eight garden boxes, four on each side. They are designed such a way that they fit in a space of 2m by 2m by on ground plus 3 square meters in air to accommodate the needs of even a person with a small backyard. They are flexible and compact for easy use. Our block gardens use recycled waste water for irrigation to reduce on the cost of production, compost is used from organic waste to add soil fertility hence improved yields. In the long run the slums and city suburbs thrive.

Potential

Urban farming today is practiced in small home gardens of sacks or container or even farming on small pieces of land. With this type of farming, farmers get to grow a few types of crops which donít get to fulfill their nutritional needs and also they donít get to fully utilize the space they have. Block gardens Africa is a highly scalable social enterprise that tackles the problem of malnutrition and growing space limit while empowering low income farming families as well as other crop farmers by enabling them own smart flexible gardens at very low cost. We use community-based low-cost food growing technologies utilizing only what small-holder families already own (small pieces of land). Our gardens are designed in such a way that they occupy a very small piece enabling them grow variety.

Business Case

Block gardens Africa's strategy will be based on communicating our value to the targeted segments. This will be done through a variety of methods. The first method will be strategically placed advertisements. This will be done through placement of ads in farmersí magazines and pullouts. Another source of marketing will be done with strategic relationships with companies that have similar customer demographics. The other form of advertising will be using "grassroots" methods where customers will be given coupons for their friends to try Block Gardens Africa products for the first time. The coupon will be an economic incentive for the newcomer to try our products. The coupon also has the added force of a referral from a friend.

Objectives:

  1. To exist to attract and maintain customers. When we adhere to this maxim, everything else will fall into place.
  2. To provide services that will exceed the expectations of our customers.
  3. To ensure that small spaces in the urban area city suburbs are used productively through smart agriculture.

Team Block Garden Africa

Kampala, Uganda

How a block garden works / Published January 26, 2017 by NALUYINDA GLORIA

How a block garden works

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3EfZZRbZMlE

Smart agriculture

Block garden Africa / Published January 25, 2017 by NALUYINDA GLORIA

Block garden Africa

Our block gardens are designed with eight garden boxes, four on each side. They are designed such a way that they fit in a space of 2m by 2m by on ground plus 3 square meters in air to accommodate the needs of even a person with a small backyard. They are flexible and compact for easy use. Other products also include; Compost
Nursery bed plants and packed seedlings.

Our block gardens can accommodate up to 560 plants each box carrying 120 plants. They fit in a space of 200cm by 200cm by 60cm.

An acre= 4,046.85642 square meters
Area of block garden= 2*2= 4 sq meters

Block gardens in an acre?
4,046.85642/4= 1011.714105 block gardens
= 1012 block gardens in an acre.

2m= 78.734375 inches.
8 inches apart
12 inches between rows

78.734375/8= 9.841796875 inches approx 10 inches
78.734375/12= 6.5611979 inches approx 7 inches

10*7= 70 plants in one box

Block setup accommodates 70*8 boxes = 560 plants
560 plants*1012= 566,720 plants in a space equal to an acre.

8 inches = 0.2032 meters
12 inches = 0.3048 meters

Area= 0.06193536 sq meters

Plants per acre?
4,046.85642/0.06193536= 65,340 plants

Block gardens: acre
566,720 plants: 65,340 plants

566,720/65,340= 8.67 times more

If an acre of plant spacing 8*12in accommodates 65,340 plants, block gardens occupying the same space accommodates 566,720 plants. This is 8.71 times more compared to an acre. Therefore more yields are expected hence feed more people or more income if yields are sold.

Our block gardens are unique and flexible
They are compact and mobile
The use compost ensures fertility therefore better yields are expected.
The gardens are easy to use and monitor.
They occupy a very small space yet high production is expected compared to the same space on land.
Our customers receive trainings on how to farm productively and how to make their own compost
We use recycled waste water for irrigation.
The use of the gardens make the city clean and neat.

The vertical farm / Published January 14, 2017 by NALUYINDA GLORIA

The vertical farm

http://astore.amazon.com/virologyws-20/detail/0312610696

Vertical for smart productive farms.

What to expect in urban areas by 2050, vertical farming is the solution.

By the year 2050, nearly 80% of the earth’s population will reside in urban centers. Applying the most conservative estimates to current demographic trends, the human population will increase by about 3 billion people during the interim. An estimated 109 hectares of new land (about 20% more land than is represented by the country of Brazil) will be needed to grow enough food to feed them, if traditional farming practices continue as they are practiced today. At present, throughout the world, over 80% of the land that is suitable for raising crops is in use (sources: FAO and NASA). Historically, some 15% of that has been laid waste by poor management practices. What can be done to avoid this impending disaster?

Our Team

Our Mission

We are a team of urban farming aiming to reduce malnutrition in areas plus increase production using the limited space available in cities.

Our Background

We aim to empower urban farmers and urban dwellers use block gardens to beat malnutrition and less production in cities.

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