Drilling holes for growing trays
Preparing nutrient feed buckets
Testing growing trays for leakage
Float valves maintain the nutrient levels
Every tray is checked for water-tight seal
April 2016 meeting with Kenya representatives
WHT Founder Randall Putala with Thomas Opiyo Ayugi, Principal of the Kings Way Primary and Secondary School in Kenya
Mesh pots with coconut husk are used to grow the plants
LED lights in WHT Franklin, TN Test Facility
Feed tubes supply custom nutrients to each crop
Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee Funded our Equipment Purchase!
What Does WHT Do? turning containers into greenhouses
We use cargo containers to grow food to feed the hungry.
We at World Hunger Team firmly believe in the adage, “crawl before you walk, walk before you run.” Our mission is to create greenhouses inside of decommissioned ocean shipping containers. Because America imports hundreds of thousands of these units every year, they are available at a very low cost ($2,000 to $2,500). They have a 25 to 30 year service life. And they provide excellent protection for plants.
We use non-circulating hydroponics to grow the food easily, with very little human intervention required.
We use LED lights as the exclusive light source, because they provide consistent light energy to grow the crops evenly, reliably, and economically all year round.
Our goal is to place these units at churches, senior centers, and other community centers, to allow volunteers - primarily senior citizens - to grow the food. This will provide these individuals with a 'purpose in life', an occupation that is based in service, and camaraderie / friendship that will help them find personal satisfaction and self-worth.
Note that our goal is NOT to out-produce farms or other food production methods. We believe that the social rewards, as well as the shared experience of growing food as a community group, far outweigh the need to compete with America's abundant farm and food distribution system.
We seek to bring people together under the cause of helping others, while giving them a vehicle with which to help themselves.