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If they can plant their own herbs and vegetables, they can be independent and self-sustaining.

We were not just growing vegetables; we were planting the right mindset by shifting the children’s mindset away from the consumer mindset and empowering the young children.

Problem:

After visiting the Tha-It community, we found that the vegetables that community members consumed were bought from outside the community. Underlying this observation, there are several problems which are:

1. By buying vegetables from outside, the community is creating unnecessary carbon footprint. 
2. The vegetables that are bought from outside might contain pesticides and are not as as fresh. 

Additionally, given that the is a low-income community, we wanted to help the community members to reduce their cost of living by planting their own vegetables instead of buying vegetables from outside. More importantly, we want to empower the community members to be more self-sustaining.

Solution:

We decided to run a project with 2 objectives in mind:

1. To decrease the cost of living for community members 
2. To improve the surroundings of the community with vegetables and herbs gardens 

The first thing we did was to do more observation of the community’s way of living and to research on how to create backyard vegetable gardens, vertical gardens and more. In the second week, we went through the ideation process to brainstorm ideas to roll out our project. We decided to use waste materials such as water bottle and tyres to plant the vegetables.

In the 3rd week, we started our prototyping process.

Once we were satisfied with our prototypes, we showed the prototypes to the community members. The response was positive and we proceeded with our project by teaching young children how to plant vegetables in waster materials and to use soil from the community. We also encouraged students to plant herbs and vegetables that they can use for their own living. Together with the students, we came up with the idea of planting all the ingredients for particular Thai dishes in one tyre. For example, we have a tyre with herbs that are used to make “Tom Yum Goong” which is a type of spicy and milky soup and another tyre with vegetables and herbs to make green curry.

After 1 month passed since we taught the children how to plant vegetables, we went back to the community to check if the children continued with the project. It turned out that they did.

We also went back to the community school to check on the garden that we planted there and we found that the tyres with vegetables and herbs were in good condition. The school had taken very good care of the garden.

We were not just growing vegetables; we were planting the right mindset by shifting the children’s mindset away from the consumer mindset and empowering the young children. If they can plant their own herbs and vegetables, they can be independent and self-sustaining.