Problem: What problem is this project trying to address?
Mobile Garden Carts can benefit the urban and/or rural environment, decrease heat-bloom, improve air quality, support pollinating insect and bird populations, offer nutrition and possible income to landless, impoverished, and other indigenous/community peoples. Ownership of the productive MGCarts positively impact work/life balance, citizen inclusion and tolerance, all age, ability, cultural and income groups, and can utilize local materials, celebrate indigenous culture, be constructed to work in any existing infrastructure, with a proven (if very small, and localized to the areas where I have lived) success record in many climates and urban/rural landscapes around the world. MGCarts can support fresh-water hydroponic gardening systems, or use grey-water container systems in arid zones.
Solution: What is the proposed solution? Please be specific!
Mobile Garden Carts address the needs of resource-poor and landless peoples, providing a movable space to grow container-sized plants to augment diet and income. The carts can be manufactured wholly from reclaimed materials, as I and community people did outside Dakar, Senegal, or from reclaimed and new materials, as I did in Fukuoka, Japan and elsewhere. If a manufacturer partners with the project to market the carts, which can be up-scaled to fit into modern urban life-scapes, roof-top, balcony and sidewalk gardens (still compact enough to move indoors during storms or cold months), then the MGCarts could offer buy-one-donate-one price scales, so that vulnerable and impoverished populations can receive newly-constructed, durable Mobile Garden Carts themselves. Accessible to all age and ability groups, inclusive of homeless, landless poor, as well as affluent residents, MGCarts offer an opportunity to learn agricultural skills and composting, provide nutrition and possible income through sales of produce/flowers/herbs, urban renewal/beautification (and opportunities for seasonal harvest parades/festivals), utilization of indigenous materials and plants, celebration of the innate artistry of each gardener, mentoring/outreach/training opportunities for participants, additiona construction (of the carts and containers), soil and seed-sale micro-enterprising opportunities, and ownership of a "bit of land" that can travel wherever the gardener goes, to find a place in the sun, and provide for the well-being of individuals, families, and, by extension, the community as a whole.