George Haworth is a maker/coder/electrical contractor/wannabe polymath. His focus is on developing reliable, cost effective and elegant automation and monitoring solutions for growing systems.
He is currently designing an automated fish feeder for an aquaponics system that integrates with standard plumbing pipes. By clearly documenting the steps required to automate and monitor growing systems he will be providing a publicly available guide that anyone can apply to their own system regardless of their level of technical expertise.
By providing accessible automation and monitoring solutions he hopes to persuade those potential growers who think they are too busy/distracted/forgetful/lazy to get started. In the future George would like to apply the knowledge and skills that he is acquiring in his work at the Green Lab in providing system design for commercial scale sustainable farming operations.
Helene is a writer and editor on food, agriculture and social justice. Currently she is coordinator at ARC2020, editor of a book on grassroots agroecology projects and co-director of the London Freedom Seed Bank.
Her work focuses on seed sovereignty, agroecology, (urban) food justice, experimental and participatory policymaking and art-science collaborations for expanding the reach and potential of the food movement.
Helene is spending time in the Lab to help write a book on the Green Lab experience and concept.
Algaceuticals sustainably produce oils and chemicals from microalgae at a scale that is more cost effective than any alternative. There microalgae derived chemicals have a wide number of applications including dietary supplements, medical treatments, industrial pigments & skin care. Using state of the art technology they can reliably scale for industrial production.
They form part of the UCL research initiative and a small team have been occupying our wetlab to continue research and development for microalgae.
Whilst building a profitable company they have also been creating an Algae Wiki, a database to share the research and knowledge they have developed and to act as a tool for others wanting to find their own micro-algae derived chemicals, creating an open-source branch of the company.