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Project 111

Challenge Question

How might distributed food production system be used to provide food security and safety for homes and communities?

Partner: HiGarden

Project Summary

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Food security and safety are urgent and important issues - especially in light of the effects of the Covid pandemic and current geopolitical conflicts. One way to address this issue is to develop a food production system that is sustainable and regenerative in nature for use in the contexts of homes, communities, and food providers serving underprivileged groups. A sustainable, regenerative food production system is currently in the final stage of development by HiGarden. A prototype has been run for three years inside a community centre and a pilot project with the City of Brampton is now under construction.

Research teams working on this project will focus on understanding the design and operational aspects of the system and considering how such a system is best rolled out to a community. Researchers will need to establish: who needs to participate in community discussions; how best to involve key stakeholders in the marketing and deployment of the system; and, how a successful and equitable implementation of the system can be ensured.

Research teams might be composed of individuals with an interest in environmental studies, agriculture, marketing, equity studies, sustainability, and social studies.

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Sustainable Development Goals

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Organizational Profile

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HiGarden has a mission to create regenerative (net-positive) indoor environments and communities in Ontario and beyond. The company achieves this through innovative designs and products that bring people closer to nature. HiGarden’s overarching design principle is that “Every Building works like a Forest”, connecting the needs of occupants with the essence of nature. Our unique bio-inspired design approach follows this maxim to realize the “Seven Dimensions of Wellness” that refreshes, rejuvenates, and renews building occupants in line with the UN sustainable development goals.

Partner Website

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Key Words

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  • Food Production
  • Sustainability