Are you curious about sustainability and off-grid farming? Well, these are some of the efforts that we, at Roots in Bloom, have been focusing on. We’ve dedicated 2016 to becoming more sustainable by producing hydro-power, creating a water filtration system, and constructing a cure house. These systems will provide clean water and power to our greenhouses, production kitchen, and a future cure house. With these systems we’ll be able to extend our operation hours and our growing seasons. We are dedicated to providing Certified Naturally Grown produce, plant starts, and wellness products year-round!
Our sustainability project consists of four phases. The first two phases are focused on creating hydro-power and turning it into usable energy. What is hydro-power, you ask? Hydro-power is energy generated using natural water movement. This type of power has been used for centuries by farmers. The first large scale hydro-electric plant was constructed at Niagara Falls in 1879 which powered the street lamps in the city by 1881. Hydro-electric power provides about 1/5th of the worlds power. RiB will construct a hydro-electric system using hydro-power created by a pond fed water wheel. RiB also vows to re-purpose as many building materials and equipment as possible; reducing waste in our local landfill.
Phase 1– Water Wheel
¨ Redevelop the terrain
¨ Build a working waterwheel and it’s support structure using many re-purposed materials
¨ Develop hydro-power system
This phase is nearing completion. We have a waterwheel which is being designed with a central axle. The support structure for the wheel is being constructed out of reclaimed wood from a playground structure.
Phase 2– Powerhouse
¨ Install alternator
¨ Construct powerhouse
¨ Install battery bank and inverter
¨ Connect powerhouse to hydro-power system
¨ Run power to work spaces
Phase 2 is sponsored in part by the New Leaf Fundraising program at Ozark Natural Foods. This new program, developed by the staff and P6 committee, is meant to assist local small businesses and farmers grow their business. It allows consumers in the community the opportunity to round up their bill at checkout if interested in donating to the current project. If you would like to donate to this phase of our project, you can simply stop by ONF. The Front End staff will be happy to share their vast knowledge about the program and our project.
Phase 3– Potable Water
¨ Construct/ install water filtration system
¨ Build water tower
¨ Run water lines to work spaces
Once we’ve completed the first two phases of this project, we will move forward with phase 3. This step is just as important as the first two phases because it will create clean water for use in the garden workhouse, greenhouses, and production kitchen. We will use multiple forms of filtration to clean and structure our water.
Phase 4– Dehydrator/ Cure house
¨ Construct Cure house
¨ Install equipment for controlled environment
¨ Run power lines to structure
We aim to complete this sustainability project by the end of 2016. This project would normally cost upwards of $12,000 in new materials. We anticipate that, by re-purposing many materials, we will be able to complete this project in almost half the cost.
If you’re interested in receiving updates on our progress or to assist with additional funding for this project, find us on social media or visit www.gofundme.com/RootsinBloom. Looking for products made by RiB, visit www.etsy.com/RootsinBloom.