Hydroponic Lunar Settlement / Local Communities Agri-Tech Production and Research Project

There is an urgent need for the research and advancement of high nutritional quality green leaf vegetables and other high quality vegetables for future Moon settlements.

Piloted in Enugu, Nigeria, two hydroponic facilities (40ft. fitted shipping containers) for university Agri-tech research and development will be used to strongly promote hands-on higher education and aims to transition the team to their own independent company in the business sector. In addition, to meet the ever-increasing demand for high quality vegetable material and to reduce the under nourished local population. a second facility is to be installed. The production of both facilities  (9 days per cycle) will be both given and sold at competitive prices in the region. Thus, a two-pronged approach.

 

 

The Moon

Future moon settlements need the highest quality, vitamin-rich greens for healthy consumption and this is the first quality driven hydroponic green vegetable test aimed at constantly analyzing and increasing the level of nutritional value for maximum efficiency aimed solely for early Moon settlement participants’ food consumption.

 

The People

Close to 14 million people in Nigeria, including children, are malnourished.

According to statistics from the UN Population Division. Yearly consumption is nearly 70% lower in Nigeria than the World Health Organization’s recommendation. Overall, in Sub-Saharan Africa, population growth will result in a doubling of the global demand for food by 2050.

 

Our Solution

 

One overall project with three priorities; sustainable, beneficial, and highly cost-effective

 

- Two Indoor independent hydroponic Green Vegetable structures operated and maintained by university students in Nigeria under the initial guidance and continual support of Ron Mitchell (Expert Agri-tech Grower), one for Lunar research and development and the other for the local community; Moon Unit and Community Hydroponic Vegetable Development Uni

 

- ​University hands-on workshops by Ron Mitchell on Agri-Tech and indoor hydroponics and aeroponics in 3 major cities

 

- Community workshops in in 3 major cities and surrounding regions by Ron Mitchell on indoor home farming.

 

Along with the combination of research and development, trainings on the production of high yield and high nutrition vegetables and online support, there will be a sharp increase in quality food production in the target areas that will be eventually increased by the expansion of this self-sustaining food project in the coming years. We look to replicate the  Project in Ghana, Kenya, Angola and Senegal, advancing Moon Agri-Tech to create a continental, state of the art Space Agri-Tech source of knowledge and experimentation for future planetary settlements and bring high quality vegetable greens at a regionally adjusted price to the populations by the team who become the proprietors of it as an independent company owned and operated by themselves.

 

Overall Deliverables

Moon Unit

High quality hydroponic organic vegetable plants that are able to be harvested every nine days for consumption by Moon inhabitants being constantly tested, refined and improved so as to be the most vitamin-rich and excellent tasting. The entire system will also be adjusted for maximum performance in Moon conditions. Results will be shared with the international Space Community through the Space Platform website.

 

Community Vegetable Development Unit

High quality hydroponic organic vegetable plants that are able to be harvested every nine days for community members (50%) and commercial establishments (50%). As in the Moon Unit, the system will be constantly tested, refined and improved so as to be the most vitamin-rich and excellent tasting. Prices to be substantially lower than current and similar availabilities.

 

University Workshops

Four hands-on trainings on hydroponic growing environments, seed germination, maintenance, water purifying, management and harvesting of the vegetable food products for maximum quality, growth and production. Equipment such as small indoor growing structures, seeds, lighting and soil to be provided. Online assistance will be available after the sessions.

 

Community Workshops

A series six Presentations/Workshops on home based indoor agriculture in three major cities (Lagos, Abuja and Enugu) along with equipment, instructions and sustainable maintenance on how to grow high-nutrient and high-quality vegetable greens with minimal care for community members, families and schools.

 

Success Criteria

Each of the four sub-projects will be measured on careful attention to instructions that results in regular crop harvesting, sustainability and profitability (>60% for relevant sales)

It will be also measured in nutritional benefits to families, especially children, who will have fresh organic produce to eat on a regular basis. In fact, the success criteria for reducing hunger and furthering education in modern technology-based agriculture with this project is a horizontally increasing scale without limitations.

 

The Plan

 

There are eight steps from inception to distribution in the Dual Positive Project.

 

-  Get the gear, send the seeds, purchase the solar panels and water purifiers.

-  University student participants, Install the units with exterior insolation, fitting the units with water inputs and water, lighting  system and timers.

 

- Set up the farming areas with soil, seeds and placement structures

 

- Agree on a fixed schedule and begin production.

 

- After first complete nine-day cycle, the produce will be distributed to outlets for testing, enjoying and promoting future cycles.

 

- For the next two cycles (nine days each) regularly analyzing and monitoring the progress of the farming units as well as  refining the growing processes will take place. Please note: This refining etc. process will regularly occur moving forward but   at a lower rate.

- Harvest, package and transport to destination outlets.

 

- Repeat processes, create independent Agri-Tech Company owned and operated locally

 

(After successful implementation and production, replicate the  Project in Ghana, Kenya, Senegal and Angola)

 

*Seeds – Four locally popular green leaf vegetables

Fluted Pumpkin Leaves - Botanical Name: Telfairia Occidentalis

Jute Leaves, Saluyot leaves, Jews Mallow Botanical Name: Corchorus

Bitter Leaf Botanical Name: Vernonia Amygalina

Eru “Wild Spinach or African Joinfir - Botanical Name: Gnetum Africanum

 

Roadmap

 

Phase One: 45 days (see above for the itemized list)

Assemble Local Team and Team Leader

Purchase and Delivery of Installations and Materials

General preparation of installations

Prepare university and high school lectures

Prepare Community lectures

 

Phase Two: 3 days

Arrival of Expert and Coordinators

Finalize any logistical matters

Team meeting and instructions by Expert Grower, Ron Mitchell

Final preparations for installations and testing

Approve installations for use

Begin the growing process cycle

 

Phase Three: 11 days

School and Community Lectures by Ron Mitchell (Enugu, Lagos, Abuja)

Training for university students to give lectures in other areas of the country

Final training and coordination with local team

Success dinner with local team, expert and coordinators

 

Phase Four: Ongoing

Indoor installations produce complete cycles every nine days

Lectures and trainings by university students in their communities

Online assistance by Ron Mitchell once every two weeks as well as email support

Monitoring by Nelson Nwokoma weekly

Support by John Astor as needed

Project becomes self-supporting and a profitable spin-off independent company

Organize future projects in Ghana, Kenya, Senegal and Angola

 

Conclusion

By creating these two indoor farming installations we advance university hands-on research and development and train the students to share their knowledge with local communities and supply a steady flow of green leafy vegetables to an undernourished population, directly. The value/cost ratio will be a very, very rapidly increasing one. 

Profit Projection (for each country's project)

Year 1                7,000

Year 2              12,000 (Spin-off target year)

Year 3              24,000

Year 4              35,000

Year 5              50,000

                     $128,000           

With an increase of 25% per year after the 5-year mark.

(not including expansion of the project to be based in other urban and rural areas which will match or increase the performance above)

 

These are conservative estimates, given the talents and drive of the university students and the availability by Ron Mitchell and the team to support them. We see the possibility of a large-scale operation in place that could produce a very large quantity of green leafed vegetables delivered and sold around Nigeria. The ultimate goal is to create not only a self-sufficient growing system owned and operated locally, but to create the most nutritional green leafed vegetable for the Moon settlements that will be proliferating in the very near future. By testing, re-testing, measuring nutritional value, adjusting growing procedures and timing and reproducing indoor conditions similar to what will exist on the Moon, we can be the innovators of Space projects beyond to planets and possibly asteroids in the future. We will not only be refining the growing environments and conditions but researching installation and structural possibilities moving forward. The talent in Nigeria’s university demands that we bring them the highest possible quality and expertise to support their creativity, advancements and intellectual capabilities. We firmly believe that the university students are on the cutting edge of new technologies and firmly support the providing of materials and experts to foster their innovative ideas and strategies have infinite possibilities for their future and our futures as a world community.

 

We are proud to be a part of this future and look forward to your support and assistance making this project a reality.

Projects