HUACA

Technology that feeds the world

A hight productive system of fungi that let the farmer reuse his agricultural waste transforming it in a fertile soil

Use Case

In Colombia, the main problem of food production is the high inequality in land distribution. Our users are the people who have been displaced, those who have very little land or don’t have it at all. We created a project that allow our users to cultivate in small spaces, within a framework of training and adaptation technologies. Anyone who has a closed space and wants to produce throughout the year, even outside the rainy season. Huaca allows the user to add value to a large abacus of organic residues used to generate high quality food. When production begins HUACA places the product on the market, giving the user stable income to improve their well-being. When the cycle finishes HUACA helps the user to convert the waste into a material that serves as soil improver and can be marketed.

Potential

Develop a productive project that involves social, environmental and economic areas is an achievement; sustainability is based on these three concepts, all them sufficiently substantiated. Huaca fulfills the three main goals of sustainability and its ability to be reproducible on a small or big scale throughout the planet is indisputable. The production per square meter because of vertical cropping can be 200 times bigger than the conventional in Colombia. The need of a country to replace its illicit crops can be manageable with high-yield crops. In the global context, the need of food is fundamental and by 2050 there won’t be lot of arable land, the fact of not needing land for the project is a plus, making it possible to grow fungi in cellars and apartments without needing sunlight.

Business Case

HUACA project proposes to create a sustainable agroecological enterprise through the production of edible fungi and the creation of a local mushroom collection center in the region. Within the business model, we understand our initiative within the framework of fair trade and associativity, which focuses on promoting favorable economic and social conditions for all the actors and producers involved, enabling a more fair, equitable and solidary model of commercial exchange. We project ourselves as pioneers in the solidarity value chain that promotes sustainable development and allows access to the market from the integration and association of producers as well as promoting more efficient techniques and their corresponding productive benefits

Objectives:

  1. Give added value to agricultural waste compatible with conservation practices of natural resources producing food of high nutritional value.
  2. Design a productive cycle technologically flexible that allows the restoration of nutrients in the soil through the transformation of waste.
  3. Increase production efficiency in regard to the space and resources invested, giving the farmer the opportunity to improve his income.

Team HUACA

Bogotá, Colombia

Our Team

Chemical characterization of organic material / Published May 6, 2018 by Arizandy Cruz

Chemical characterization of organic material

We found that the organic material has good levels of nitrogen, phosphorus and postasium. These levels of N, P, and K are similar to most vermicomposts. This material helps us to increase the content of organic matter, an element that is important in the retention of water and nutrients.

Etch-A-Sketch / Published May 3, 2018 by Arizandy Cruz

Etch-A-Sketch

A crazy session to define our logo.

Huaca on your table / Published May 3, 2018 by Arizandy Cruz

Huaca on your table

We organized a meal for several people to taste our mushrooms, the result was delicious.

Huaca in action / Published May 3, 2018 by Arizandy Cruz

Huaca in action

Our experience in field is crucial to develop a project that can be easily implemented by our users worldwide. We must try it first before making it public.
Developing technologies is an iterative process and must be completely achieved and tested before giving to the market and users.

Creativity is always craziness / Published May 3, 2018 by Joshua Schmalbach

Creativity is always craziness

Our creation studio for making the pitch. Craziness followed us through this period

Our Mission

Our mission is to create a highly efficient process in small spaces for the large-scale production of edible fungi, transforming agricultural waste into a food of superior protein quality. In this way, agricultural practices are promoted preventing the loss of biomass in the agroecosystem, Contributing in the improvement of soils –since the derivative of this process is a fertile substrate. Helping the community involved in the process.

Our Background

We are a group of professionals who care about sustainable development and sustainability in agriculture assuming the challenges that come with the growing increase in the word´s population and the degradation of natural and energy resources. We want to develop technology that is easy to adopt and that addresses the most pressing problems in food production, allowing us to leave a responsible legacy of the care of our common home (Laudato Si) to future generations.

Chemical characterization of organic material / Published May 6, 2018 by Arizandy Cruz

Chemical characterization of organic material

We found that the organic material has good levels of nitrogen, phosphorus and postasium. These levels of N, P, and K are similar to most vermicomposts. This material helps us to increase the content of organic matter, an element that is important in the retention of water and nutrients.

Etch-A-Sketch / Published May 3, 2018 by Arizandy Cruz

Etch-A-Sketch

A crazy session to define our logo.

Huaca on your table / Published May 3, 2018 by Arizandy Cruz

Huaca on your table

We organized a meal for several people to taste our mushrooms, the result was delicious.

Huaca in action / Published May 3, 2018 by Arizandy Cruz

Huaca in action

Our experience in field is crucial to develop a project that can be easily implemented by our users worldwide. We must try it first before making it public.
Developing technologies is an iterative process and must be completely achieved and tested before giving to the market and users.

Creativity is always craziness / Published May 3, 2018 by Joshua Schmalbach

Creativity is always craziness

Our creation studio for making the pitch. Craziness followed us through this period

Our Team

Our Mission

Our mission is to create a highly efficient process in small spaces for the large-scale production of edible fungi, transforming agricultural waste into a food of superior protein ...Read More

Our Background

We are a group of professionals who care about sustainable development and sustainability in agriculture assuming the challenges that come with the growing increase in the word´s population ...Read More

Our Badges

  • Power Team
    Your team has at least three members
  • Design Lab Experts
    Attended at least one of the weekly TFF Design Lab “office hours” sessions.
  • We Famous
    Your project has been covered by your university or other media outlet
  • Get #Social
    Created team Facebook or Twitter page and attached to team page
  • Fan Club
    You have 100 likes or followers on your team Facebook or Twitter
  • Interior Architect
    Posted three pictures of your team workspace
  • Idea Parkers
    Shared a picture of your teams unique “idea parking”
  • Global Foodies
    Posted three facts about global food issues learned in the Explore mode
  • Insight + Insight + Insight
    Shared three new insights your team formulated in the Define mode
  • On Time, On Target
    Shared your Design Statement created during the Define mode
  • Post-it Fiends
    Shared pics of the chaos of the post-it filled Ideate work mode
  • Brain Food
    In the Ideate intro video, Richard shares an important tip while eating an apple. Share a team-apple-eating pic!
  • Expert Input
    Shared three pieces of expert feedback on your concept
  • GIF Masters
    Shared a GIF of the prototype building frenzy
  • Live Testing
    Shared a video of a user testing your concept
  • Way To Go
    Shared a picture of your plan for iterating your project
  • Etch-A-Sketch
    Shared your logo sketching session on your team blog
  • WE DID IT!!
    Submitted Final Pitch, including videos and concept details
  • Introduction
    Completed the Introduction section of the Design Lab
  • Explore
    Completed the Explore section of the Design Lab
  • Define
    Completed the Define section of the Design Lab
  • Ideate
    Completed the Ideate section of the Design Lab
  • Conceptualize
    Completed the Conceptualize section of the Design Lab
  • Prototype
    Completed the Prototype section of the Design Lab
  • Test
    Completed the Test section of the Design Lab
  • Iterate
    Completed the Iterate section of the Design Lab
  • Pitch
    Completed the Pitch section of the Design Lab
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.