ALP – Happenings in the farm

30 Jun

By Scott Chiang (Theme 9 – Plant Factory)

Hi, I’m here to provide you with some updates on the elusive Plant Factory team.

Yes, the team that stays in the “farm” most of the time while the rest resides in the city.

So what has happened since the last time we posted?

Well, loads of stuff happened.

Firstly, the crops that we planted have grown really huge.

The patch started only with a little shoot in the first few days.

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Then in a few weeks…

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And after another week

The insects started feeding on those tender leaves

The insects started feeding on those tender leaves

Weeds start to grow

Weeds start to grow

Eventually

It was as though we were growing weeds

It was as though we were growing weeds

and we had to start plucking them out till they are cleared

and we had to start plucking them out till they are cleared

Next, we also grew plants in our little experimental boxes.

The purpose of these experiments was to investigate how certain factors will affect the growth of the plants.

Remember them?

Remember them?

These trays go into the boxes

These trays go into the boxes

and are left to grow indoors

and are left to grow indoors

This is how they look like now

This is how they look like now

Every now and then, we had to “pay” for our stay… (just kidding!)

By plucking cherry tomatoes!

By plucking cherry tomatoes!

Look at how happy they are with their bountiful harvest

Look at how happy they are with their bountiful harvest

too bad, it's not entirely for our consumption

too bad, it’s not entirely for our consumption

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The aftermath

The aftermath

Wait, is Plant Factory only about planting?

Are we city kids here to learn to be farmers?

Nah, like most of the other themes we have to learn sketching too.

To do that, we even invited a mentor from another theme to teach us.

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Look at how serious we are.

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even in the dark, we sketched

even in the dark, we sketched

Other than sketching, we also had to understand what our prospective customers want and need.

Hence, we headed to the streets in Hangzhou during the weekend to ask for interviews.

They were like, please.....

They were like, please…..

Interview at the interviewee's home to better understand his background

Interview at the interviewee’s home to better understand his background

Following that, we consolidated the data we had and presented our ideas for our product, the plant factory.

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Then we had another mentor to teach us about formulating a business model for our product.

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Formulating our business model

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Presenting them

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On one weekend, we decided to embark on an adventure and explored our surroundings.

we went up a hill

we went up a hill

where there was a monastery

where there was a monastery

where the elusive pagoda resides

where the elusive pagoda resides

we stumbled into the bamboo forest

we stumbled into the bamboo forest

and braved the suspension bridge

and braved the suspension bridge

We slogged, we designed and we had fun.

That’s what we did in Plant Factory!

Cya, Scott signs off.

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