Our current food systems are threatening the ecosystem by using inefficient cultivation practices. These practices include using more resources than necessary, ridding the land of diversity, using chemicals that kill beneficial organisms as well as pests, etc.
There is a solution and it is Project Ecosystem United. We focus on working with small communities and helping these communities integrate ecosystem-conscious processes that handle compostable waste, food production, and resource reclamation - both locally and ethically. Our food production model helps you save money, protect your local ecosystem, and promote unity within your community.
How This Affects You
The consequences of industrial agriculture may seem far away, but we promise you they are not. Waterways flow throughout the land and are often polluted by fertilizers. If you've ever heard of a dangerous algal bloom, chances are it was caused by man and it could've been prevented. This is just one of the many issues you should be aware of.
Project Ecosystem United is not a filed organization and is in a piloting stage. This website is solely meant to showcase our vision and current projects so that you can follow our journey or contribute to the mission.
Residential Ecommunity Model
Ecosystem Concious People
Cleaner local and periferal ecosystem
Industrial Cultivation Decreased
What is an Ecommunity?
The Ecommunity model gives people of residential communities access to everything they need for home food production. The issue with a large number of residents within an area gardening is education on how to grow food independently, without creating another problem for the ecosystem. The problem stems from sourcing materials ethically and not falling into product-intensive growing methods.
The Ecommunity model is designed to solve these issues through the HUB and the HomeGrower Program. Not only does the Ecommunity create gardeners who aid the regeneration of the ecosystem, but it also decreases the need for industrial agriculture nationwide and the harm that comes with it.
The HUB is implemented within communities as an amenity to prevent materials from being transported long distances and to give residents easy access to their gardening essentials. If a community does not have space for a HUB, the residents would follow a different procedure. The HomeGrower program works with individual residents and the space they have available.
The HomeGrower Program
Through the HomeGrower Program, we help residents design, construct, and maintain a home garden. We provide the materials and education required for each person to have a bountiful garden year long.
How is our program different from all the others? We teach product-free growing. Product-free means gardening with the goal/intention of using zero manufactured products or resources the resident cannot make/save from the landfill. We feed and protect our gardens by forming relationships with local plants and animals, completely cutting out conventional applications.
Pilot Project One: Final garden design.
Why is Product-Free so Important?
Pilot Project One: Garden on October 5th. All structures were made using reclaimed wood. The beds were filled with compost made at the garden.
Product-free growing is so important. When using product-free methods, not only are you saving money, but you are also making sure your food isn't covered in chemicals. Product-free also eliminates the need for industrial manufacturing, which inevitably causes damage to the ecosystem elsewhere.
Although we cannot enforce the homeowner to eliminate products from their garden, we as an organization will not utilize or recommend any product purchased from the store. Please contact us for more information.
Facilitating resident interaction, compostable waste managment, and material salvaging, the HUB is the backbone of the Ecommunity. The primary purpose of the HUB is to provide all materials needed to create the HomeGrower gardens to maintain our product-free goal.
The secondary purpose of the HUB is to hold space for the Gift Market. The market is an online and in-person store that follows gift economic principles. Each community is set up with their own market where residents can interact by making listings to trade or gift time/resources with/to someone else. If a resident cannot store an item they place on the Gift Market, we can store it at the in person market and ensure it is reused.
What's the Price?
Project Ecosystem United is run soley on the gifts received by our community. The HUB, even though implemented as an amenity and maintained by us, costs the community nothing. When residents sign up for the HomeGrower Program they are asked if they would like to contribute, but no payment is necessary. We operate this way because we want to help as much as possible and we don't believe money should be a limiting factor for anyone.
What Makes us Different?
We are currently running a residential pilot in Austin Texas. The pilot consists of five HomeGrower Gardens and one garden acting as the HUB that produces the compost for all projects. Four projects are being conducted at houses and the last is at an apartment.
1) Observe whether people will utilize portions of their outside area for a garden
2) Test our abilities to salvage all the materials needed for each garden
3) Create independent gardeners
4) Conduct five pilot projects with the intention of growing product-free
If you would like to see the progress of the pilot check out our blog. Each blog post relating to the pilot is updated at least twice a month.
Currently, all the garden spots have been filled, however, there is more testing to be done. We only have the resources to conduct five pilot projects, however, we would like to prove that even more people are interested in our idea. Our goal is to get a list of 100 people that would participate if there were more spots available. We are also looking for more people to provide compostable material and resources to be salvaged. More information on how to contribute is down below.
My name is Andre Sanchez and I am the founder of Project Ecosystem United. I started this journey because I noticed a large portion of our society is becoming dangerously desensitized to the harm humanity causes to the ecosystem. We are used to and expecting people to harm other life on this planet for their own personal gain. I noticed this as an opportunity to change this narrative. We can instead expect ourselves to grow food with the goal of healing and cleaning our local ecosystems. We can do this by providing havens for organisms to escape common chemicals applied to outside areas every day. Not only can we create havens for other organisms but we can produce our own clean and nutritious food for our families.
My vision is for so many home gardens to be made that we decrease the need for industrial agriculture that is ravaging land all over the globe. Hopefully, when the land is no longer needed for agriculture it can have a chance to heal. This is a super complex idea, and not all of it can be covered on this small landing page. If you are really interested in what I am doing please consider contributing or even reaching out to learn more. With much love, I hope you have an amazing day and to see you outside in your home garden.
Get Involved with the Pilot
As mentioned above, we are conducting a pilot using our product-free growing methods. Since we are only incorporating a few houses, we don't have the materials a whole community can provide. Currently we are producing and salvaging materials for the pilot's base needs, but we need more. If you would like to contribute materials to the pilot, please fill out the form below and we will contact you with more informaiton.
Materials Needed: We can pick up materials for the following zip codes: 78739, 78749, 78704, 78745, parts of 78735 and 78746. If you would still like to participate, consider dropping off materials. Fill out the form below and we will send you drop off information.
- Compostable material (detailed list)
- Branches 1 inch - 3 inches in diameter
- Scrap wood (pallets must have a stamp indicating treatment)
- Chicken Wire
- Garden Tools
- Glass Jars
- Food Grade Plastic Containers
- Seedling Trays or Containers
If something you have isn't on the list, please send us details at firstname.lastname@example.org. We will get back to you in one to two days.
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