Synergy of four mutually supportive objectives has been the centerpiece of the NEEED Project from its inception. It’s in the name. It’s in the founding documents. (Articles of Incorporation, bylaws, filings with the IRS and promotional materials) Nutrition, Energy, Environment and Economic Development are its goals.
Early on, a strategy was adopted whereby “a different kind of community garden” would be the first of those four objectives to be pursued because of its “humanitarian” impact, its visibility and potential for local support. The name, “Heart of Missouri Gardens” was adopted, officially registered as a component of the NEEED Project and presented to the public. That choice has been an obvious success.
Now it’s time to remember those three remaining synergistic components of the NEEED Project and take the first steps toward bringing them to life. Those steps are: #1) choose names for each component; #2) officially register those names with the Missouri Secretary of State and #3) present them to the public explaining how they relate to one another and the whole NEEED Project.
Consider the following: Do some creative thinking; Join the process. Suggest a name.
Energy – by integrating application of emerging technologies we can demonstrate efficacy of converting waste organic matter into usable energy that supports operation of the community gardens. In doing so, overall energy expense may be reduced and may enable year-round vegetable production. Widespread application would further reduce need for fossil fuels, imported or domestic.
Environment - Typically, seventy-five percent of material going into landfills is organic in nature and can be converted directly into a very useful soil amendment or converted into energy used to convert waste organic matter from other sources into that soil amendment. That is to say, much of the waste we now pay to dispose of can be turned into useful products – the basis for the “ultimate recycling program”!
Economic Development – Mid-Missouri has an excellent mix of urban and rural environments that provide all resources needed to develop, perfect demonstrate, utilize and market products made possible by emerging bio-technologies. There is the added advantage of having a charitable and educational community garden where those technologies can be tested and demonstrated and, most importantly, we have in our midst a public university where related research is underway.
A growing interest in a food production and distribution system more attentive to quality and nutritional value creates a huge economic development opportunity for innovative programs responsive to that interest. That simmering interest can almost be labeled “explosive “and it’s currently focused on promoting local, organic production of vegetables. The economic development potential can be realized in growing or generating and marketing products of organic origin, designing, fabricating and marketing associated equipment, informing the public how to utilize related products and services and training people to perform those tasks.
Please review ideas outlined above and suggest an appropriate name for each. As with HOMG, the name selected may have a significant impact on future development and play an important role, once we initiate serious fund raising efforts. Let your brain run wild – suggest a name(s).
Off the cuff examples are:
Energy – Green Energy Solutions
Environment – FreshEnviroTech
Economic Development – MOTECH Progress
(I’m sure you all can do better! Please try)
In a few days I’ll appoint a small, temporary committee to select names to be adopted, subject to approval of the Secretary of State. Participation on that committee will involve no more than two and most likely just one brief meeting. Along with your submission of names, let me know if you’d like to sit on that committee.
Best wishes to all,
The NEEED Project