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Digital Greens

location_on United Kingdom

Exploring new growing mediums to feed future populations

As global populations burgeon and land becomes harder to find, we must teach our children to sustain themselves to avoid future food scarcity. This project blends nature with digital technology, coding Raspberry-Pis to grow a range of edibles through the practices of aqua and hydroponics. The result is a digital garden 'greens' that are edible and grown on location.


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Anyone can submit their innovation to HundrED Open. All information on this page is provided by the innovator and has not been checked by HundrED. Innovation page has been created by Alex More on September 25th, 2022






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November 22nd, 2022
Engaging hearts and minds around ideas that matter
Alex More. SAST CPD and Pedagogical Learning Lead

About the innovation

Why did you create this innovation?

Following on from the success of our Future Classroom project, I wanted to shine a light on sustainable growing practices to solve a wicked problem; food scarcity. As global populations increase our children face an uncertain future. Food security is key and aligns with the UNESCO SDG 'Zero Hunger. ' We have created a digital food garden out of recycled and upcycled piping. This is Digital Greens

How does your innovation work in practice?

A group of students designed and then built a digital food garden. They learned how to code Raspberry-Pis to help regulate growing variables such as; temperature, water flow, and nutrient solution. In one experiment 'Nature. vs. The Machine' students set up a fish tank (nature) to race against a Raspberry Pi (machine) to see which one could grow salad leaves first.

Inspired by the Future Food SPACE10 project, students in the Shaftesbury STEAM program built hydroponic vertical growing columns and wheels. The fish were added to explore how fish waste can be used as a natural nutrient through the practices of aquaponics.

The result was fresh greens delivered with zero Airmiles! This is a high-impact project that is scalable in most settings.

How has it been spreading?

The Future Classroom project has attracted global attention since its inception.

Digital Greens is the latest extension of this innovation, showcasing how technology and nature can work together in symbiosis to solve a problem our children face; food scarcity.

The project is at the embryonic stage currently and the group has been running a series of trial experiments and controlled tests. We are excited to see where the innovation goes.

If I want to try it, what should I do?

Get in touch! We work with a range of schools across the globe and can buzz you into the Future Classroom live so you can see the innovation live. We have plans to set up a webcam to provide a live feed accessed online. This is coming soon!

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