Greens for Good

Project Category: Food and agriculture

Community: Sensorica

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Objectives

  1. Design and prototype an open source, DIY plant protein extractor to bridge protein demand deficits at present or in catastrophes.

    • Optimized for extracting proteins from green leaves

    • Performant in at least 3 other important food processing functions.

  2. Evaluate its performance.

  3. Dissemination of the device to local producers.


A modular, open-source, do-it-yourself (DIY) and scalable extruder that can be used to extract proteins and oil, mill corn, make pasta and chips, among other things. The device can be produced using locally available parts and materials in rural areas and villages across the developing world.

Description

In times of crisis, when industrial food supplies break down we can avoid famine by processing indigenous plants, which we see as a latent nutrient capacity. Most of these food sources are growing wild or are discarded as agricultural waste, they are not considered in normal times.

Our project’s main motivation is to provide a method to extract proteins from leafy biomass to bridge current protein demand deficits or during catastrophes. The best way to disseminate this food crisis solution is to embed the function of leaves protein extraction into a more generic and accessible food processing device. This device will be designed to address labor intensive and repetitive food processing activities in rural areas such as grains grinding, cassava preparation, oil extraction, tofu and soy milk preparation, etc. Since the device has economic merit in normal times, it would be adopted and embedded into local communities, thus providing a latent response capacity in case of a food shortage.

The extruder design pattern is used to mince meat, extract juice, extract oil, pattern (make pasta), grinde, and extract leaf concentrate It is then possible to combine them all into a single modular device. Leaf concentrate is essentially a curd, produced by coagulating the juice of fresh green leaves, also known as leaf protein, leaf nutrient, and leaf extract. Most of the research for making leaf concentrate has been done by Leaf for Life. Example of a leave blender for leaves concentrates.

Our goal is to create an easily scalable food processing device, which can also be used to produce leaf concentrate. The scale of this device is between DIY home and industrial, village scale. Our design will be easily replicable , using stock components and make minimal use of custom parts (unless they can be digitally fabricated with a RepRap class 3-D printer or CNC mill –e.g. limit to what is found in most fab labs and avoid high energy processes and a skilled machinist). It minimizes cost and complexity while keeping throughput high (continuous if possible).


Project nature

This is a sponsored project, i.e. an organization is paying us to do the work.

Deliverables are open source with commercial rights granted.

We can get more funding for this project.


Economic model

Commons-based peer production, with spinoff ecosystems services as monetizing activities to insure the continuity of the project.


Purpose

An efficient process to extracts proteins from green leaves. Supply chain disruptions can lead to food shortages. In times of crisis, when access to protein-rich staples is cut, people can fall back on lower protein plants that are available in their immediate environment. The extractor can provide essential nutrition for up to village scale.


Project requirements

Need to be developed using only OS tools (e.g. OS CAD-like FreeCAD or OpenSCAD) and be digitally replicable (e.g. make the pulleys 3D printed primarily from a RepRap-class fused filament 3D printer) and only common cheap off-the-shelf components (e.g. cheap reliable electric motor).


Deliverable

Source code (CAD in native format and STL), full BOM (component, number, cost, and source), build instructions with pictures, operation/maintenance instructions, video of operation and prototype sent to the Project Sponsor


Other conditions

The Project Sponsor would retain first academic publication rights (with Sensorica co-authors if wanted). At the time of academic paper submission full open source documentation released to the world.

Contents

Communication and coordination

Communication channels

Coordination tools

Planning

Status: Started - Building understanding

Needs

  • Mechanical and electrical engineering

  • Animation

  • Relations

Shared undestanding - Leaves Blender

Notes

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  • June 03 2021 starting Design phase, see presentation.

  • Rebranding the project: changed name from Leaves Blender to Greens for Good.

  • Ending Design Considerations phase, slowly starting Design phase.

  • Writing funding proposal template (get more funding and accelerate the project)

  • Rebranding the Leaves Blender project - to help, go here. See proposed names

  • Monday April 19th 10am - Building understanding meeting - discuss findings during Internet mining, synthesize, define the scope of the project. See Doodle. See Meeting doc, see Presentation.

  • March 31 - Meeting with first tear Partners (users, dissemination of project deliverables)

  • March 30 - First funding payments were completed

  • March 23 - kick-start meeting; meeting agenda

  • March 20 - Created project dashboard.

  • March 19 - Formalizing payment procedure with Sponsor.

  • March 17 - We have crated an invoice for Sponsor.

  • Beginning March

      • We worked out the budget.

      • We have built an initial core team for this project. The project is open, in the future core team will de defined by pas contributions.

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Incentives

Incentives are stakeholder specific

Contributors (project affiliates)

  • Money: This is a financially sponsored project, you'll get paid in proportion to your contributions.

  • Entrepreneurial opportunity: This is an open source project, you can use the prototype and the business model that we will design around it to start a small family business.

  • Learning: This project is a great opportunity to experience and learn an open source hardware development methodology, to experience a highly participatory work culture, and learn about the technologies used in the project. You'll also be exposed to collaborative entrepreneurship and collaborative business models.

  • Exposure: Co-author one or more scientific papers that are planned to be written on this device and process.

  • Networking: Get to know people with various skills, some of which are versed in p2p economics and collaborative entrepreneurship.

Disseminators (NGOs)

  • Exposure: your brand carried forward with our Outreach campaign

  • Mission: new tools to help their fulfill the mission of the organization, i.e. the equipment developed in Deliverable

  • Networking: develop new relations with all stakeholders or participants in this project and beyond.

  • Funding: together we help you acquire financial resources to spread this technology, see ,more in Dissemination

Users (farmers, local communities)

  • Food autonomy, security, resiliency: process local food sources.

  • Entrepreneurial opportunities: build a local business around Greens for Good, see Collaborative Entrepreneurship

Equipment manufacturers (for profit companies)

  • Exposure: your brand carried forward with our Outreach campaign

  • Novel innovation methods: crowdsourced R&D on demand, open (source) innovation, new business models based on open innovation, see more on open innovation services

  • Sales: new product line for sub-industrial grade equipment, parts supply.

  • Talent: spot brilliant engineers and students contributing to the project, see project Dashboard.

  • Access (distribution logistics): discover/understand new and/or untapped markets through Dissemination viral process.

Innovation intermediaries (tech transfer bridge and advocacy organizations)

  • Exposure: your brand carried forward with our Outreach campaign

  • Novel innovation methods: crowdsourced R&D on demand, open (source) innovation, new business models based on open innovation, see more on open innovation services

Academia (university labs)

  • Research: plant-based food processing development.

  • Applications development: translate research into high-impact applications

  • Funding: together, we define new research projects and write funding proposals, see more on Dissemination

  • Teaching: practical learning opportunity for students, international collaboration experience.


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Organizational context

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