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How to Extend Harvest Time?

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Hoop House

One great obstacle that faces many in the agricultural industry, is dealing with the harvest at the beginning and end of the growing seasons for vegetables. This is because the harvest is typically lighter and not as sustainable. Goals 2 (Zero Hunger) and 12 (Responsible Consumption and Production) of the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals are directly inhibited by this problem.

One recent solution that has been attempted at some research Universities and farms is that of a “Hoop House”. These structures are similar to greenhouses but are not heated electrically. The Chicago Botanic Garden states that the benefits of a hoop house are that it provides a longer growing season (1-2 months longer) for plants while also protecting them from poor weather and insects.

These buildings can extend and increase the number of crops available making their growing seasons more sustainable. The largest employment sector in the world is agriculture-related as it employs 40% of the global population. This sector is also the largest source of income for people living in poor rural areas as well.

A hoop house’s ability to be moved around, operate without electricity and extend the growing season has the ability to also tackle goals 8 (Decent Work and Economic Growth) and 1 (No Poverty). This is because it will allow workers to not only maintain the hoop houses themselves but to tend to the farms as well. The hoop houses do require a small initial start-up cost. However, these structures more than pay for their initial costs, because of the larger quantity of produce able to be grown.

In the meantime, if you are involved with initiatives that champion the other SDGs and have a special focus on alleviating hunger and sustainable farming, you can join the Entrepreneurship Campus and enter our competitions. You will have the opportunity to expand your network with other people that share the same interests, ideas and projects. On the other hand, you can inspire other people to start another similar movement in a different country.

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  1. This competition had enabled me to learn more about other Sustainable Development Goals and to have an idea or glimpse about what other goals entail that is distinct from the one I am currently tackling which is SDGs (4 & 8).

  2. As if green houses are not enough! It’s a wonderful idea. The farmers can only harvest when they are ready. It gives them time to get ready for the big sale because we know vegetables are perishable. If not harvested in good time their nutritional content gets depleted.

  3. Greenhouses are not enough but good health and proper well being are very much important to humanity.
    Vote and comment on my idea

  4. Information is POWER.

    This information will be very useful for any of the co-contestants in this year competition who is focusing on Zero Hunger.Also,is an additional information and eye opener to the rest of us who are passionate about other SGD’s goals.

    Thanks for sharing.

  5. wow. Amazing.
    Adoption of these a hoop house in Uganda would really help us protect delicate plants from extreme temperature fluctuations and rainy seasons. I am impressed by this idea. Thank you for sharing

  6. My dad is a farmer and he uses greenhouses, I like the concept of hoop houses and I’ll research about them and try to implement them in our farm
    Thank you for this

  7. In Africa, we sometimes answer a question with another question:
    Why would you extend harvesting time? Don’t you want to use your produce asap and gain asap? ON LIGHT NOTE

  8. Fantastic!!! This model is ideal to Ecological Community PopulAction, a ecovillage to empower excluded social minorities through the construction of sustainable ecovillage and educational programs that stimulate entrepreneurship in agribusiness, gastronomy and handicrafts, in order to achieve economic self-sufficiency by promoting actions that raise the standard of quality of life and re-entry into society.

    My idea, “Ecological Community PopulAction”, was nominated for the Youth Citizen Entrepreneurship Competition in the Best Ideas 2019 category. Please read my idea at and consider supporting my idea with comments and votes!

  9. Great information. This has given me new recommendations on agriculture. I will now try to design a plan intertwining permaculture and hoop houses. Thank you!

  10. Knowledge. This was helpful

  11. This is such a brilliant idea

    Entrepreneurship campus you are really diversify our mind here, i will recommend this to few farmer in my country. this might just increase food security in my country. I will encourage agriculturist to carry a research on it.

    Oshikulu cultural village and living museum

  12. A majority of the population in my countries are rural farmers. Many fail to live on subsistence because of pest attacks. Hoop houses are a cheap and impressive solution that would make a perfect extension to their occupation. It also promotes decent work, which my project (Eyesaver from youth competition) also aims to accomplish.

  13. Great!
    My idea “Positive Change” seeks to address hunger and sanitation problem in the world. Kindly read my idea.

    I am Lomotey Francis Korsi,
    My idea, “Positive Change”, was nominated for the Youth Citizen Entrepreneurship Competition in the Best Ideas 2019 category. Please read my idea at and consider supporting my idea with comments and votes!
    Thank you.

  14. It is time to rethink how we grow, share and consume our food. If done right, agriculture, forestry and fisheries can provide nutritious food for all and generate decent incomes, while supporting people-centered rural development and protecting the environment.

    Right now, our soils, freshwater, oceans, forests and biodiversity are being rapidly degraded. Climate change is putting even more pressure on the resources we depend on, increasing risks associated with disasters, such as droughts and floods. Many rural women and men can no longer make ends meet on their land, forcing them to migrate to cities in search of opportunities. Poor food security is also causing millions of children to be stunted, or too short for the ages, due to severe malnutrition.

    A profound change of the global food and agriculture system is needed if we are to nourish the 815 million people who are hungry today and the additional 2 billion people expected to be undernourished by 2050. Investments in agriculture are crucial to increasing the capacity for agricultural productivity and sustainable food production systems are necessary to help alleviate the perils of hunger.

  15. Hunger:

    An estimated 821 million people were undernourished in 2017.
    The majority of the world’s hungry people live in developing countries, where 12.9 percent of the population is undernourished.
    Sub-Saharan Africa remains the region with the highest prevalence of hunger, with the rate increasing from 20.7 percent in 2014 to 23.2 percent in 2017.
    In sub-Saharan Africa, the number of undernourished people increased from 195 million in 2014 to 237 million in 2017.
    Poor nutrition causes nearly half (45 percent) of deaths in children under five – 3.1 million children each year.
    149 million children under 5 years of age—22 percent of the global under-5 population—were still chronically undernourished in 2018.

  16. Food security

    Agriculture is the single largest employer in the world, providing livelihoods for 40 per cent of today’s global population. It is the largest source of income and jobs for poor rural households.
    500 million small farms worldwide, most still rainfed, provide up to 80 per cent of food consumed in a large part of the developing world. Investing in smallholder women and men is an important way to increase food security and nutrition for the poorest, as well as food production for local and global markets.
    Since the 1900s, some 75 per cent of crop diversity has been lost from farmers’ fields. Better use of agricultural biodiversity can contribute to more nutritious diets, enhanced livelihoods for farming communities and more resilient and sustainable farming systems.
    If women farmers had the same access to resources as men, the number of hungry in the world could be reduced by up to 150 million.
    840 million people have no access to electricity worldwide – most of whom live in rural areas of the developing world. Energy poverty in many regions is a fundamental barrier to reducing hunger and ensuring that the world can produce enough food to meet future demand.

  17. I’m luck to have come across this article. It was really helpful for the project.

  18. The cost to build a greenhouse ranges from $5,000 to $25,300, but the average cost to build a professionally installed greenhouse is $13,893. Homeowners who want to construct the greenhouse on their own pay as little as $3,500 or less depending on the materials they choose.
    It must be noted that some communities may require that the greenhouse be built at least 20 feet away from the lot lines. In some cases, after meeting the zoning requirements, a potential greenhouse owner will have to get a building permit.
    Ioannis Emmanouil Kosmadakis
    Founder & Chief Troublemaker of “fisea – Book your fishing holidays”

  19. While commercial greenhouses can be expensive and labor-intensive, starting a small greenhouse doesn’t have to cost a fortune. There are thousands of resources online for produce growers and dozens of ways to keep costs low in constructing and maintaining your greenhouse and marketing your business.

    1. Conduct a feasibility study to ensure that the local market is large enough to accommodate another greenhouse business. Look at the population, projected growth, income levels etc.
    2. Determine the type of crops you want to grow. Review industry magazines such as Greenhouse Grower, Greenhouse Manager, and GrowerTalks for the latest industry trends.
    3. Determine the size of your operation. Evaluate what crops you will need to grow in order to turn a profit.
    4. Contact your zoning authority to learn the rules governing your greenhouse. It may be worthwhile to secure land outside of cit.
    5. Design your greenhouse. In recent years, solar greenhouses have gained in popularity. While all greenhouses collect solar energy, some are better suited for collecting solar energy during the day and storing it at night, allowing farmers to extend the growing season.
    6. Outfit your greenhouse with an irrigation system, fertilizer system, benches, and wire shelving to allow for air flow and fans to evacuate hot air if the temperature gets too hot.
    7. Purchase seeds, plugs, or cuttings from wholesale suppliers.
    8. Make a name for yourself at farmer’s markets. Contact local grocers, florists, contractors, nurseries, and farm stores to sell your products.

    Ioannis Emmanouil Kosmadakis
    Founder & Chief Troublemaker of “fisea – Book your fishing holidays”

  20. With some creative thinking, you can get the most out of your garden hoop house regardless of how hot temperatures are outside. Here is an excellent article about how you can make the most of your hoop house:

  21. Although this is not on the field that I’m working, But every single idea that making a world a better place than before, give me hope that we are going to the right direction. I would be glad when I see something in the world is improving without causing more problems.

  22. Brilliant … I think through this campus i’m learning a lot. Today i learnt about sustainable harvesting. Thankyou so much to make me a part of this campus

  23. “I shall argue that strong men, conversely, know when to compromise and that all principles can be compromised to serve a greater principle.” – Andrew Carnegie

  24. I want to reminds all my co-finalists to remember September 22, 2019
    Deadline for receipt of videos from finalists in both

    As a social innovation expert now, my job is to helps others create their start ups across borders. Ephraim Essien Nigeria Finalist Best Idea 2019

  25. I have never really thought about the future until Until two months
    ago an announcement was made at our school about one girl. She
    was seriously ill. She had cancer. A very aggressive form of it. The
    doctors in our country did everything they could for her. Still she was
    dying. Her only hope was the treatment that she could get in
    Germany. She needed minimum of 50 thousand Euros to be able to
    go and soon. The price of the human life. It’s a lot of money here. So
    her parents started raising funds wherever they could and
    eventually came to our school. Nowadays we have almost got used
    to such stories because after the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Station accident the rate of cancer
    among children in Belarus has increased 13 times. This power station is situated almost at the
    boarder of our Republic and right after the accident the wind was blowing north and carrying
    radioactive clouds in our direction So there are articles in newspapers, announcements on TV,
    Internet about kids dying of cancer who need urgent help.

  26. The wonderful thing is that as we decrease the scale of economic activity, we actually increase our own emotional well being. That is because at the deepest level localization is about connection. It is about re establishing our sense of interdependence with others and with the natural world. And this connection is a fundamental human need.

  27. ” I began my career as an economics professor but became frustrated because the economic theories I taught in the classroom didn’t have any meaning in the lives of poor people I saw all around me. I decided to turn away from the textbooks and discover the real-life economics of a poor person’s existence.”

    Muhammad Yunus

  28. Not all of us can do great things. But we can do small things with great love.

    Mother Teresa

  29. Green Ribbon is not just a social business in Nigeria but it has brought smiles to million of lives throughout Nigeria

  30. Campus Administrator really stirred GREEN RIBBON (2019 BEST IDEA) to be the mirror of the world best enterprise.
    Opeyemi, Lagos, Nigeria.

  31. Entrepreneurs are positive and patience in nature, they are not pessimistic and poor as we think.

    Ephraim Essien Green Ribbon Startup Founder 2019/ Best Idea Finalist – Nigeria

  32. The fact that the poor are alive is clear proof of their ability.
    Muhammad Yunus

  33. Why could not advantage be taken of a time of relative calm and quiet to investigate and try to solve a question of such immense and worldwide importance, both from the humane and Christian stand-point?
    Henry Dunant
    Christian, Taken, Trying

  34. It is a great honour for me to be “A 2019 Best Idea Finalist”: to follow in the footsteps of world-renowned thinkers and activists-many of whom, incidentally, I am happy to count among my friends and colleagues. An honour and also a source of great hope and strength: that an organisation as prestigious as The Entrepreneurship Campus should understand and value the role of economic localization in helping to create a more equitable and sustainable world. i thank you for your support and accept this global position as a finalist on behalf of the emerging worldwide localization movement; a movement that, I believe can not only help to prevent ecological devastation but also substantially improve the quality of life for the great majority of people on earth.
    Ephraim Essien
    Green Ribbon Best Idea
    Start-up Founder

  35. I know God won’t give me anything I can’t handle. I just wish he didn’t trust me so much.”

    Mother Teresa

  36. “Live simply so others may simply live.”
    Mother Teresa

  37. Richard K. Morgan
    “A weapon is a tool,” she repeated, a little breathlessly. “A tool for killing and destroying. And there will be times when, as an Envoy, you must kill and destroy. Then you will choose and equip yourself with the tools that you need. But remember the weakness of weapons. They are an extension–you are the killer and destroyer. You are whole, with or without them.”

    ― Richard K. Morgan

  38. “Being unwanted, unloved, uncared for, forgotten by everybody, I think that is a much greater hunger, a much greater poverty than the person who has nothing to eat.”
    Mother Teresa

  39. “No man can become rich without himself enriching others.” – Andrew Carnegie

  40. “We ourselves feel that what we are doing is just a drop in the ocean. But the ocean would be less because of that missing drop.”
    Mother Teresa

  41. “it is better to lead from behind and to put others in front, especially when you celebrate victory when nice things occur. You take the front line when there is danger. Then people will appreciate your leadership.” ~ Nelson Mandela

  42. “Peace begins with a smile.”
    Mother Teresa

  43. “Love begins at home, and it is not how much we do… but how much love we put in that action.”
    Mother Teresa

  44. “Be faithful in small things because it is in them that your strength lies.”
    Mother Teresa

  45. “Joy is prayer; joy is strength: joy is love; joy is a net of love by which you can catch souls. ”
    Mother Teresa

  46. “Spread love everywhere you go. Let no one ever come to you without leaving happier”.
    Mother Teresa

  47. Haruo Miyagi

    Founder and CEO of ETIC. (Entrepreneurial Training for Innovative Communities). In 1993, while studying at Waseda University in Japan, Mr. Miyagi founded ETIC. as a nation-wide network of student entrepreneurs, and it was incorporated as a non-profit organization in 2000. In 2001, he established ETIC. Social Venture Center, which has supported and trained over 1,000 young social entrepreneurs to date.

  48. “The miracle is not that we do this work, but that we are happy to do it.”
    Mother Teresa

  49. “When the game is over I just want to look at myself in the mirror, win or lose, and know I gave it everything I had.” Joe Montana

  50. Six days to our 2019 entrepreneurship summit, l urges all 7 billions global citizens to visit this site and be a part of our sustainable and culture of peace

  51. “Let us touch the dying, the poor, the lonely and the unwanted according to the graces we have received and let us not be ashamed or slow to do the humble work.”
    Mother Teresa

  52. “God doesn’t require us to succeed, he only requires that you try.”
    Mother Teresa

  53. Entrepreneurs are those who intersect a balance between social, economic, and environmental toward a sustainable future

  54. “Not all of us can do great things. But we can do small things with great love.”
    Mother Teresa

  55. “Even the rich are hungry for love, for being cared for, for being wanted, for having someone to call their own.”
    Mother Teresa

  56. “Our life of poverty is as necessary as the work itself. Only in heaven will we see how much we owe to the poor for helping us to love God better because of them.”
    Mother Teresa

  57. As a 2019 Best ldea Finalist, l welcome ALL global citizens to our magnificent entrepreneurship summit 2019, You are ALL WELCOME!

  58. As a 2019 Best ldea Finalist, l welcome ALL global citizens to our magnificent entrepreneurship award ceremony day 2019, You are ALL WELCOME!

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Timeline 2019

March 18, 2019
Competition launch.
Entries are welcomed
May 15, 2019
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July 31, 2019
Deadlines for entries
August 31, 2019
Deadlines for votes & comments
September 12, 2019
10 finalists announced in both categories
September 12, 2019
People’s Choice Prize winners announced
September 22, 2019
Deadline for receipt of videos from finalists in both
October 12, 2019
Deadline for Panel of Judges’ selection of the winners
October 19, 2019
Winners announced at Entrepreneurship Summit in Berlin

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