Clean Weed Removal

Now you can garden and cultivate the plants you love without harming their home.

We hope to form a social enterprise that puts an effective natural herbicide we developed on the market for a reasonable price.

Use Case

The primary target user, a community urban gardener, needs to prevent weeds in her garden from reducing her crop yield. The gardener lacks extensive financial resources and cannot afford to use the other natural herbicides on the market, which are expensive and ineffective. However, she also prefers to avoid using the more affordable chemical herbicides, which have residual effects on the soils in her garden because she only has access to a small amount of land in the city and does not want to degrade that land. She also wants to avoid the health risks associated with chemical herbicide usage. By spraying our natural herbicide on the weeds in her garden, she can control these weeds at a low cost without degrading her surrounding environment.

Potential

Our concept will change the world because it will achieve the dual goals of (1) allowing farmers and gardeners to prevent weeds from reducing their crop yield and (2) helping preserve the soil and water systems needed to support future food production. The weed control solutions currently on the market compromise on one or the other of these two important goals, so our product offers a unique solution. Our concept is easily scalable, increasing its potential to have global impact. We also intend to focus on marketing our product to urban community gardeners and providing these gardeners with training, increasing the impact of our project because supporting urban gardening helps combat the problem of food deserts.

Business Case

Our primary customer segment is urban community gardeners, who have expressed to our team that they have a need for a cost-effective herbicide without negative health and environmental impacts. Our value proposition is that our product works just as effectively as the commonly used chemical herbicide glyphosate without glyphosate's negative impacts on human health and the sustainability of our food system. Our primary channel will be a website we have already created that could serve as an online storefront. If we have the funding to buy ingredients of our natural herbicide solution in bulk, we can produce one gallon of our product for $11.98 and sell it at $14.11 (the same price as glyphosate) for a 15% profit margin.

Objectives:

  1. Promote effective and sustainable agriculture that does not degrade the environmental systems that support food production
  2. Provide an herbicide solution meeting the needs of urban community gardeners central to combating the problem of food deserts

Team Engineers for a Sustainable World Natural Herbicides Team

Atlanta, Georgia, United States of America

Our Team

  • Grace Brosofsky Cornell Law School - Cornell U, United States of America
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Our Mission

The mission of our team is to encourage weed control practices that are both effective and sustainable, recognizing that both present and future food production are critically important. We also hope to help urban community gardeners maintain healthy gardens at a lower cost, and, in doing so, we hope to help alleviate the problem of food deserts.

Our Background

For the past four years, our project team has been focused on optimizing an effective natural herbicide and doing community outreach. We have taught classes and provided herbicide samples to gardeners through a variety of programs. These gardeners expressed a desire for our herbicide to become commercially available, but we are currently facing the barrier of lacking sufficient funding to buy the ingredients of our herbicide in bulk so that we can sell it at an affordable price.

Our Team

  • Grace Brosofsky Cornell Law School - Cornell U, United States of America
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Our Mission

The mission of our team is to encourage weed control practices that are both effective and sustainable, recognizing that both present and future food production are critically important. ...Read More

Our Background

For the past four years, our project team has been focused on optimizing an effective natural herbicide and doing community outreach. We have taught classes and provided herbicide ...Read More

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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.