Global Food Garden

Background

The Global Food Garden (also referred to as the "Bubble") originated as a project by OM Germany to produce vegetables without the use of much water using a bubble-like greenhouse structure. The team are looking to bring this technology to OM fields so it can be used as a sustainability/ministry opportunity.
The "Bubble"
The "Bubble"

Aeroponic System
Aeroponic System

At A Glance

  • The GFG grows vegetables with up to 90% less water than usually needed and with no soil
  • It uses up extremely little space
  • It can produce food independently from weather conditions e.g. rain
  • The food is "homegrown" so local identity is strengthened and there is no need for long transportation
  • It is mobile. If the need arises the GFG can be moved

Project Overview and Outcomes

The Global Food Garden is a system that makes cultivating vegetables possible with hardly any water and without any soil, using a combination of hydroponics and aeroponic technology.

In many regions of the Earth, it is difficult to cultivate good vegetables because of a lack of water and soil.

The first bubble was started in China as a response to the Sichuan earthquake back in 2008. However the system was too technical and too expensive to be easily replicated. Recently, Humberto Martin, working with a team at OM Germany, successfully recreated a small scale bubble (9 m diameter) to develop and test simpler systems. The goal was to have a tailor-made bubble system, dependent on the needs of the country, with the right size and environment; anything from rooftops to commercial systems.

The model of the Global Food Garden is relatively easy to multiply and is particularly suited for growing vegetables and also for farming vegetables in arid and harsh climates where temperature fluctuations and moisture content are difficult to control.

GSI funded initial survey trips to OM Global South fields that were interested in developing a GFG. These trips were intended to undertake research on the feasibility of the concept in the field and to establish budgets and start-up plans.

Besides the more obvious advantage of providing food and a source of income for local ministry workers, the GFG also serves as an excellent ministry tool to engage with the local community, whether it be through the sale of vegetables or employment of locals.
 

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