somehow i feel like i have been with holding information. have you ever done something so fun you almost didn’t want to share – well, pretty much like fire cannot be hidden with the naked hand g2g keeps raring her head.
guns to garden – g2g is (was) one of our secret projects where we are converting a jrotc rifle shooting range into a commercial smart aquaponics indoor farm. this is as an entrepreneurial component to our ‘one school one garden’ osog program we have been piloting at castlemont high school in east oakland ca. east oakland is a tough place to be a youth: guns, gangs, drugs, prostitution. living is tough frisking, curfews. i have been chased at least twice by monstrous pit bulls while cycling.
so what’s fun. watching the kids we work with in an after school program grow – the transformation right before our eyes is amazing. once you earning their respect, they are a joy to work with. we started by modeling the aquaponic gardens and indoor greenhouse in 3d using sketchup. we are now preparing the room by pulling down the sound proofing and stray bullet deflectors. we already did an environmental assessment of the room for weapon residue and came out clean. still we are about to seal all surfaces to keep anything away while protecting against potential moisture related issues problems. soon we will be building.
the large room we will turn into a classroom/workshop – kids can earn more money building and installing gardens for the immediate community.
some sneak preview images … ohh, we are in need of funding (still such things don’t stop us)