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Reculture’s vision is of a world in which everyone can grow their own food in the most efficient and sustainable way possible.
Reduction on the dependence on synthetic fertilizers, pesticides and toxic herbicides;
Promotion of local production and consumption, by creating a cooperative system that avoids the dependence on large retailers;
Reduction of CO2 emissions, when compared with the traditional vertical systems, that require artificial lighting (50% less energy inputs required, such as climate control, air conditioning, humidifiers...). Additionally, it avoids the emission from the transportation of goods, typical of conventional agriculture;
Water reduction consumption: 10 times higher yields per square metre (with €1.250/sqm/year, assuming €10/kg,), using 90% less water when compared to conventional agriculture;
Reduced vulnerability to climate change, when compared to organic and other eco-friendly farming techniques, that cannot be scaled up quickly to meet global demand;
Reduced land exploitation and pressure.
Food education, through events and workshops that connect the community, customers and beneficiaries;
Improved quality, variety and nutritional value of the food provided, in a country where 1/3 of the children are overweight, 1/10 of the households suffer food insecurity, and ½ fail to eat the recommended daily amount of fresh fruit and vegetables;
Innovative production: globally, over 1 billion tons of food is wasted every year, wasting almost ⅓ of all Earth's farmlands, creating 3 billion tons of greenhouse gases, and costing $750 billion per year. By creating centers of sustainable micro production in the heart of our cities, this solution leads to food sovereignty for all.
The goal of Reculture is to bring rotating vertical farms to Europe, enabling cities to grow food sustainably and profitably. The system, which has been developed in Singapore, consists of a rotating tower that allows for all the crops to get equal access to light, meaning they can be outside, with no expensive lighting or climate control required and all the work can be performed on the ground.
It’s an elegantly simple solution to the challenges of urban food production and consumption.
The money raised through this campaign will be used as launchpad cash to cover the costs of the first rotating farm arriving in Europe, in about a month. The tower will be installed at the Museum of Lisbon, in the garden of the Palácio Pimenta, for a year long exhibition about the future of food and farming in Lisbon, as part of Lisboa Green Capital 2020. This will be used as a showcase to demonstrate the towers in action, and their potential to transform an urban food system.
The exhibition will show models and renders of 8 actual Lisbon locations where rotating farms could be installed, each in their own Food Temple (the name for the bespoke, integrated greenhouse with an education zone, food preparation and dining area.) The goal is not only to imagine, but to demonstrate the potential that is within the grasp, to make the city more sustainable, healthy and resilient.
The 6-meter towers will grow about 100kg of leafy greens every month in just 8 sqm of land.
The money raised will cover the material costs of the tower itself, as well as its shipping and installation; the running costs of the farmer; the compost and baby plants that will be grown to maturity for local distribution and sales; and digital marketing costs.
The GoParity loan will finance: the purchase, transportation and installation costs of the first Tower; organic compound and baby plants for plantation and cultivation; sale and local distribution; and marketing costs. It will provide the working capital required to raise investment or secure a contract for the 16 unit farm by May 2021. That farm will then provide enough revenue through crop sales to cover ongoing costs, and to pay back the remainder of the loan (net €8.000 per month). Other sources of income include: the sales of crops generated by the Museum of Lisbon tower (net €500 per month); a rewards-based crowdfunding campaign with Circular Innovation Lab, aiming to raise €20.000 over 6 months; a BIPZIP grant of €75.000 to pay for the installation and management of 4 towers in Alvalade, in collaboration with the local Junta de Freguesia. This latter funding will act as a second demonstration site, with the added social impact of working in deprived neighbourhoods, using the food grown and the sales generated to enrich the community. Together, the two showcases of the Museum and the Alvalade site demonstrate the scalability and potential impact of this technology.
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