Jun 11, 2015
I love what this team is doing!! And it is a joy to get their produce! Their greens are literally 'vibrating with life' --- really makes me realize how 'dead' all that other stuff is. Thanks goodness for their PASSION!
Jun 11, 2015
My wife and I are lucky enough to be members of Green Guys on the Drive's VHF and we can attest that the freshness and quality of the greens are second to none. Meal decisions have become very easy of late: a "big salad" always hits the spot. Each week when I collect our share of the greens harvest, I marvel at the genius of the VHF setup. I wish that I had the skillset necessary to make a similar contribution to healthy living - to help others gain access to nutritious, local food and also to help reduce the environmental impact of industrial food production - and wouldn't hesitate to get involved with helping to spread the wonders of VHF gardening.
Jun 11, 2015
We've been members of Green Guys on the Drive for 2 years now and it is quickly becoming one of my favourite things about summer. I look forward to picking up my harvest each week because it not only makes me like part of a community but it also makes me eat healthier! The fact that it reduces my carbon footprint also helps my environmental conscience!
Jun 12, 2015
As a holistic nutritionist with a bachelor in environmental science, this project is right up my alley. The more people get back in touch with their food, the more they can benefit from it on so many levels. Our disconnect from our food has contributed to digestive issues, nutrient imbalances, and a lack of being able to fend for oneself. The more we bring food production back to the small, local scale, the more engaged one becomes with the process, and the less packaged and processed foods are appealing. Keep up the great work Green Guys!
Jul 2, 2015
Hi Green Guys, This is an innovative and 'green' idea. The concept of Community Supported Agriculture is really fascinating. It is economical that volunteers would be utilized but may I ask if there is any way the starting and operating cost could be further reduced through use of locally-made or alternative materials. Best wishes, Olawale MIT catalyst
Jul 18, 2015
Hello Green Guys! I added your proposal to https://www.climatecolab.org/web/guest/plans/-/plans/contestId/1302001/planId/1318803 Please let me know what you think and my best to you!
Jul 20, 2015
Olaniyan Our model uses materials that are easily found in the North American market. Our idea is designed to be flexible to adopt locally available materials. Substituting locally-made construction materials is feasible provided they function the same way. Sincerely, Green Guys
Aug 3, 2015
Like this very much, but, are plastic materials the best choice? note: plastics found in our bodies - transference from pvc to plants? what is the science behind using pvc/related materials for growing food in related to health?
Aug 5, 2015
Hi pcj, Great question! When we first started our project three years ago we too were concerned about the potential of PVC transferring from the pipes into the nutrient solution and then into the roots of the plants. Our research found no conclusive scientific evidence to show that PVC leaches into the water supply at an amount anywhere close to levels that are dangerous to human health. We also found no evidence to show transference of PVC from the pipes into plants grown hydroponically. What our research did show is that the PVC pipe we are using (NSF schedule 40) is rated for potable (drinking) water and that many other hydroponic growers use PVC pipes as per of their growing operation. Thank you for asking the question,
Aug 9, 2015
Green Guys: I just voted for your urban VHF proposal. Great idea! In addition to the benefits you have listed, I see some possible positive unintended consequences. Maybe urban VHF will bring back some sense of community and sharing, leading to more civility and less crime. I have worked on two proposals in contests other than the one you have entered. I would appreciate your considering voting for my proposals at 1. https://www.climatecolab.org/web/guest/plans/-/plans/contestId/1301411/planId/1319603 Stopping Unstoppable Sea Level Rise 2. https://www.climatecolab.org/web/guest/plans/-/plans/contestId/1301501/planId/1319613 Saving Hoover Dam Thank you and good luck!