Remarkable IdeaLab, Inc. started as a group of scientists and educators who saw solutions for alleviating some of today’s many social inequities and created a company to effect change. Our ranks are growing as people hear our ideas and want to get involved.
Basically, we want to start by building a small urban farm to help feed the hungry here, in Southeastern Connecticut (Project 1, see below).
With tweaks here and there, this small urban farm can be replicated in communities throughout Connecticut and beyond. It can also be scaled up to feed a small village, helping to create a unique place to support those of our neighbors in most need (Project 2, see below).
The official mission of Remarkable IdeaLab is threefold:
Put simply, we believe in the basic equation:
food + housing = progress
Our first Project is optimization of our specially designed urban farm centered on an aquaponics facility. Aquaponics is a well-established method for growing plants in combination with aquatic animals. It is the intersection of aquaculture and hydroponics. Using green designs developed by our scientists, our system will use less electricity and commercial feed than traditional year-round farming facilities while maintaining high yields of the finest quality vegetables, produce, and fish. Plus, our designs ensure maximum health of our animals, resulting in happy fish!
The optimized farm from Project 1 will be scaled up to serve a nearly self- sufficient village designed to give up to 500 marginalized people living in our area food, housing and employment on a temporary or permanent basis. Individuals and families are increasingly finding themselves on the brink of homelessness. A transitional place with food, housing, employment and child care can help get people back on their feet. For others, such as the many still vital elderly who want to participate in the life of the village, this will serve as a permanent home.
Lessons learned in Projects 1 and 2 will be shared with communities around the state and beyond. If every community supported its neediest members, community by community we could eradicate hunger and homelessness and create the basis for true social equity. And that would be progress!