The harsh conditions of altitude and cold in the Andean range prohibit the growth of certain vegetables and fruits. These are grown in warmer climates and shipped to Andean cities. We proposed to streamline this process by producing self-sustaining, scalable, water-efficient, organic greenhouses.
Serving two purposes
We have two types of greenhouses, each for a specific production purpose:
• Greenhouse for production for consumption of the orphanage (IPCO in Spanish) that uses an area of 100 m², the frame is of tubes of metal soldier and for their construction requires a roll of plastic agrofilm. In this greenhouse we can grow from 15 to 20 different vegetables, legums, spices, medicinal plants, and condiments to be used by the kitchen of the orphanage. The children at the orphange each have duties in planting, weeding, and caring for the plants. They also reap the benefits of the harvest. This model teaches the children to connect with the Earth, improve ancient farming techniques still used by peasants, develop a work ethic, and eat fresh foods they helped to grow.
• Greenhouse for agribusiness production (IPA in Spanish), is a greenhouse of 240 m² of area, of welded metal and uses 2 rolls of plastic agrofilm. In this greenhouse we can cultivate one or two cash crops that will be sold in the local market to generate profit to the orphanage. In the past we have grown strawberries and sold them to hotels in Cusco. This year we are selling Big Beef Tomatoes and Cherry Tomatoes. These fetch a high price in the tourist industry in the Peruvian Andes.
In addition to model design for production, we also have designs for climate optimization.
• Generations humanitarian constructs two models of greenhouses: First, those that are adapted to the Andean climate of high altitude, cold nights. Later when we have perfected this model and have produce successfully to market, we will begin to work in greenhouses modified for the coast and the jungle that have temperate and warm climates.
• Our greenhouses are constructed of welded metal frame covered with 200 micron thick plastic agrofilm containing various additives that counteract the UV rays, prevent fungus/mold, and for elasticity.
• Both greenhouses are the same width, but vary in length.
• Both greenhouses are calculated to optimize the plastic and the area of land permitting
• We use a natural homemade fertilizer and pesticide called “Biol” to increase production and ensure a healthy crop.
The cost of building a greenhouse is $6,000 USD. In three harvests we can break even on construction costs. Since these can operate year round, they can become self-sustaining in under two years. We are looking for sponsors who will donate the construction costs and first planting. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or make a donation.
We currently have greenhouses in our Anta and Azul Wasi homes as well as Ccor-Ccor.