"Empowering the Person Campaign" has recieved its first artistic innovation called "Mobile Garden Cart" that could help empower people who need food security, in which well-balanced “kitchen gardens” can contribute much to the diet and health of individuals and families, wherever they are. And if there is extra produce, it can be shared, or sold.
Leftover building material, furniture and many more are always scattered and found on the streets of Barcelona. It seems to us that its the perfect place for DIY projects. The "Mobile Garden Cart" MGC project will raise awareness on bio-diversity, and support of co-dependent pollinator ecosystems, which will appeal to the advantages of owning/propagating individual garden.
The MGC is a great contribution by Artist Vounteer Michele Baron who writes an effecient description for this intervention. However, the next step is to make this description visual for the public.
Here is Michele Baron's proposal: The MGC can be a wholly-contained unit, with seed-sprouting, container gardening, watering, and composting all in a portable growing system. The cart can be wheeled to maximize exposure to sun, and enable resilient gardening even when no plots of land are available. (Of course, the wheels must have a brake system, and, preferably, a block-and-wedge secondary stationary device.)
A water sack can be filled, and a flexible piping system can be used to either water (drip or osmosis), or to create a fully-operational hydroponic (soil-free) garden, as well. This decreases water waste and evaporation, and ensures sufficient watering even if the gardener is away for a time.
A composting unit can be enclosed just beneath the base of the container platforms—essentially, a double-platform frame, with perhaps 12 inches to 18 inches (30 to 50 cm) between the levels. A durable plastic housing can be placed within, benefitting from the warmer temperatures at the base of the Cart, where garden trimings, and other suitable vegetation can be combined to yield an ongoing source of compost. Worms or beneficial bacteria may be cultured within, as well—and thus if soil containers are used, the soil may be refreshed between each planting. If the garden is hydroponic, the compost may be donated to another garden space, nourishing more of the earth. Another benefit of this composting segment is that it insulates the base of the cart, ensuring a longer growing season, and enables a higher platforming of the framework for hanging containers, since the center of gravity and weight ratios are improved.
A central, higher “ridge-pole” frame piece may be added at the top-center of the Cart’s framing system, to support anti-insect netting, open-weave vine-supporting netting, or acrylic/plastic cover-sheeting (if available)—to protect from insects, high winds, rains or droughts, and cold, improving the growing season, and garden productivity.
Seed-sprouting trays, if desired, may be track-suspended along the top rails of the framework; they needn’t be very wide, only long, and will not block the sun’s rays to other garden containers.
If possible, carts could be sold to urban and other landless, financially-stable gardeners, with an announced slight increase in price, so that other carts might be donated to the indigent landless, who also need food security, and could vastly benefit from a sustainable gardening system.
Please comment to help us improve this intervention.
Thank you so much Michele Baron!
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