# 2700$ 3D modeling gig, payable in crypto
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# Help write grant proposals and earn
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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.
Evaluate its performance.
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.
Ensure access to safe and nutritious food for all: All people at all times have access to sufficient quantities of affordable and safe food
Shift to sustainable consumption patterns: Shift towards diets which are healthier, safer, and more climate- and nature-positive, the elimination of food waste, and circular food economies. This transformative shift must work in tandem with boosting the livelihoods, opportunities, and dignity of the most vulnerable.
Build resilience to vulnerabilities, shocks and stress: All people within a food system are empowered to prepare for, withstand, and recover from instability (including conflict, climate-related instability, and health-related instability such as pandemics)
Vision: Ensure safe and nutritious food for all.
Mission: Provide essential food processing tools, easy to build, operate and maintain, that are life-saving in times of food crisis.
In times of crisis, when industrial food supplies break down we can avoid famine by processing indigenous plants or byproducts of agricultural processes, which we see as a latent nutrient capacity. Our main objective 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 food processing platform (hardware, device), designed to be easily extensible to address various labor intensive and repetitive food processing activities. The multi-functional character of the hardware solution and its utility in normal times increase its desirability. Thus, the device will be adopted and embedded into local communities for sustainable operations, carrying with it the function of leaf protein extraction, which constitutes a latent response capacity in case of a food shortage.
Past work on leaf concentrate has been based on a batch processing method, which involves the coagulation of fresh leaves juice, and uses separate devices for pressure extraction, thermal precipitation and separation. Leaf concentrate is essentially a curd, also known as leaf protein, leaf nutrient, and leaf extract. A pioneering organization is Leaf for Life. See video explaining the process.
The extruder design pattern is already used with success to grind meat and grains, extract juice and oil, pattern (make pasta), etc. Moreover, all the steps involved in the leaf concentrate batch process can be reproduced with an extruder. Therefore, it is possible to have a leaf concentrate extrusion process, but what would be the optimal parameters and in what circumstances is this preferable to the batch process?
Our goal is to turn the batch leaf concentrate process into a continuous sequential process, based on the extruder design pattern. 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).
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September 2021: new push for attracting mechanical engineering skills to the project / Engineers Without Borders,
August 2021: development funding initiative - going on through September and October.
July 19th: diving into design considerations with a groups of food processing scientists and engineers - see video.
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
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.
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.
If you're new to the project see Onboarding document.
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.
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
Innovation intermediaries (tech transfer bridge and advocacy organizations)
Academia (university labs)
It's up to YOU to extract some or all the above benefits :)