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SPROUT

UI GRAPHIC ⁕ RESEARCH

Food distribution is closely entwined with neoliberal farming practices driven by a pursuit of capital gain. These practices often involve destructive mass-production methods and can contribute to the exploitation of workers. In our research, we identified numerous strategies to counteract these detrimental farming approaches. In our project, our goal is to develop a scalable product that can be initially implemented at a local level, eventually evolving into a globalized solution. The aim is to transform the way farming and locally grown food are supplied to communities. With this objective in mind, we conceptualized and designed both a mobile app and a website ⁕
WEBSITE & APP PROTOTYPE
Team Members ⁕ Roslyn Nip, Nicole How, Saumya W

Tools ⁕ Figma | Illustrator | Miro
PROBLEM

Poor land management is one of the reasons for degrading 30% of the world’s soil for nutrients and water scarcity currently affects 28% of agricultural systems. Many agricultural firms are taking sustainable food systems into thought in order to solve these problems, but they have not accepted sustainable practices as a major element of their business strategies ⁕
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SOLUTION

So, we decided to create a product that works within the confines of capitalism while providing a solution to the inequalities within distributed food production systems and provide food security and safety for homes and communities considering sustainable cities and communities, responsible consumption and production.

Our solution is to create a scalable product that could be implemented at a local scale and eventually become a globalized product to alter the way that farming and locally grown food is provided to local communities .

Our design uses a hydroponics system for its many benefits, especially for indoor farming such as minimal space, 90% less water usage, accelerated growth, and reduction in risk factors such as pests. This allows plants to focus on directly providing plants with their required nutrients - resulting in an increased yield per unit area ⁕
OBJECTIVES

Our plan primarily caters to middle-income households, restaurants, and small-scale food producers who are willing to adapt to green products over traditional foods. Ultimately we want to support the local community, and manage positive relationships while supporting the idea of making local communities sustainable ⁕
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RESEARCH

To address these issues, we started conducting extensive research on problems related to food production systems and scarcity. Our aim was to gain a deeper understanding before embarking on the design of a solution. ⁕
KEY POINTS

As a team, we explored existing examples and gathered testimonials to support our goals and identify areas where we can enhance our app.
"...to support the local community, and manage positive relationships with consumers by allowing them to stay informed about the supply chain".
(Brain, 2012)

"In terms of waste management and obtaining materials, we hope to form partnerships with environmentally conscious companies like Miller’s Waste, a company dedicated to environmental protection and supporting local communities by 'providing innovative waste collection, haulage, and disposal, recyclables, and organic waste' solutions".
(Miller Waste Systems - Waste Management Solutions, 2022)
"Vertical farms are a viable option as they make better use of these resources as local agricultural cultivation and harvesting drastically minimize travel expenses and carbon footprints".
(Barbosa et al., 2015)

"Including agricultural input distributors and manufacturers following sustainable practices such as True Leaf Market, and identifying horticulture organizations that do not acquire, sell, or exchange genetically modified seeds or plants ensuring responsible consumption and production".
(True Leaf Market, 2022)
BRAINSTORMING

Building on our research and comprehension of existing systems, we aimed to address this issue at a community-based level. Initially, our focus was on optimized community gardens. However, after thoughtful consideration and discussions with our mentor at Hi-Garden, we decided to scale down even further to households, with the potential to expand outward on a community scale. ⁕
Brainstorming
PERSONAS

with a preliminary concept for our product and essential information, we crafted three distinct personas. These personas are instrumental in helping us pinpoint user requirements and identify pain points, guiding the development of both our product and a subsequent web app + mobile prototype ⁕
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Persona 3
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WIREFRAMING

Poor land management is one of the reasons for degrading 30% of the world’s soil for nutrients and water scarcity currently affects 28% of agricultural systems. Many agricultural firms are taking sustainable food systems into thought in order to solve these problems, but they have not accepted sustainable practices as a major element of their business strategies ⁕
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VISUAL DESIGN

Poor land management is one of the reasons for degrading 30% of the world’s soil for nutrients and water scarcity currently affects 28% of agricultural systems. Many agricultural firms are taking sustainable food systems into thought in order to solve these problems, but they have not accepted sustainable practices as a major element of their business strategies ⁕
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WEBSITE

Our website will give insight into our business’ sustainable goals so that people may understand the roots and continue to make better food choices.
Website Prototype: Figma Link
APP
App Prototype: Figma Link
REFLECTION

Sprout aims to foster inclusivity and availability of diasporic plants and crops as farming in urban spaces allows everyone better access and availability of appropriate food for diasporic cultures.

As well as, eventually implement an educational space and warehouse to support agricultural university programs and laboratories to facilitate opportunities for volunteering and or field trip opportunities, allowing future generations to reconnect to green spaces and interact with farming processes ⁕