[dropcap size=big]C[/dropcap]arryGo Farm was conceived by Charles Agbemashior, a native of Accra, Ghana, as a direct response to the massive amounts of plastic waste he observed in Africa, as well as the widespread inaccessibility to quality food. 300 million tons of plastics are produced each year, and only about 10% of that is recycled, negatively impacting the environment. In addition to this, the World Bank purports that 19 million people in West Africa live with the threat of hunger and malnutrition.
Food security and environmental waste are global issues which require global solutions, and it is with that approach that CarryGo Farm addresses these crises through flexible, minimalist design. 3D printed from 100% recycled plastics, the structure is comprised of three simple, dynamic components: the container, inside of which the plant grows; the ribbon, which acts as a scaffold on which multiple plant containers attach vertically; and lastly, the rod, which serves as a structural spine.
Through materialism and form, flexible plastics allow the ribbon and container to expand and contract to accommodate the spatial needs of various plants. The concentric, stackable form of the ribbon structure and folded container yields compressed packaging, facilitating a minimal footprint and easy mobility. Construction and assembly is as simple as expanding, unfolding, and clipping, making it accessible to all socioeconomic groups. Its production is low in cost due to the nature of the material and design, enabling a quick return on investment for purchasers.
The CarryGo Farm structure is meant to be aggregated as many times as necessary to yield the amount of crops desired. The structure may hang above from a frame or drape from a ceiling, and stack tangentially or vertically. A single ribbon holds up to 5 plants. Suitable applications may be anywhere, ranging from urban cities to rural environments. Potential users may be large and small-scale farmers, families, and/or individuals.
The first CarryGo Farm structure prototype was 3D printed in November 2017 in Accra, Ghana, where our printing partner is located. We are continuing to develop the design as well as printing techniques.
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