G.Nardi Tomato Growing 101 Logistics



After careful consideration, Carla and I have decided to do a tomato growing video instead of a live session on the IES balcony and post this video on the IES Sustainability Club Website. There were too many complications in doing a live tutorial, such as the balcony not getting the best amount of sunlight.  Also, as Solomon, the president of the sustainability club stated, administration requires that any plant on the terrace has to be looked after by someone between semesters, so making a video also eliminates the problem of having to find someone to take care of live plants and not necessarily being able to do so.  The video includes step by step instructions voiced  by me and Carla on how to grow your own tomatoes.  The video is detailed but also basic enough that really anyone can do it.  I handled the logistics of this action while Carla did the actual research on how to grow tomatoes.

1.2.1.SWOT Analysis for logistics of action (marketing, finances, administration)



-Not costly at all.

-easy to spread film around.

-can watch film as many times as needed and on own schedule/ in comfort of own home.

-Because it is online, film is essentially immortalized and saved forever.

-Is not something that IES necessarily needs to approve.




-Incentives for people to actually take the time to WATCH the film.





-encourage students to make similar films in the future , such as how to grow a different plant.

-Attracting people from outside of IES (Faculty, family members) who are interested in learning to grow own fruits/vegetables can see film.

-Good eco-friendly publicity for IES




-Lack of interest from IES students







1.2.2.Feedback Loops
Reinforcing, Similar to my sustainability video loop:
 Film an action -> make film available to any and everyone -> film influences more of same actions thus resulting in growth of action


1.2.3.Potential Benefits

-Long term: Expansion from just tomatoes to other fruits/vegetables

-Short term/long term: Students learning to do something themselves and  feeling a sense of accomplishment.  also, tomatoes!

-Domino effect: Once you know how to grow tomatoes, you can teach other people to grow tomatoes and learn how to grow more things.

- Students being able to save money on vegetables

- less packaging for tomatoes going to waste.

-Good attention towards IES, especially if it expands outside of IES which can now easily be done via email.

-People being able to watch film on their own time and in comfort of their own home.

-Students making similar videos.


1.2.4.Potential Costs


-Time: students have to be willing to spend the time to actually WATCH the film once they get the email or facebook message.

-Time spent making film/researching how to grow tomatoes



Now that we are doing a film, the "how" part of this action is a lot more feasable.  I say this because it does not involve as much time and no money from the IES administration but still greatly involves the IES students and community.  The important thing is that our video is not too long so as to keep the viewers attention yet still is able to show all the necessary steps.  We simply took step by step pictures on how to grow tomatoes off line and then read steps aloud to match up with the pictures.  This created the perfect video.


1.3.1."Cradle to Cradle" design

Because this action is a film, it is definitely cradle to cradle ready.  No waste was used in the implementing of this action.

1.3.2.Questions for the unified survey

We changed our action after the survey deadline, however if I had done the survey questions in time or if a student continues this action in the future, here are some survey questions regarding the logistics that I would ask:

1) Do you like tomatoes

2) Would you want to learn to grow your own tomatoes?

3) Would you be willing to pay for your own seeds and bring them to a free live tutorial?

4) Would you also be willing to pay for your own pot and bring it to a free live tutorial?

5) Would you rather attend a free live tutorial on how to do this or watch a free short video?

6) If a short video was sent to you in an email would you actually take the time to watch it?

7) If someone on the street handed you a free pamphlet on how to grow tomatoes would you take it or just throw it away?  

        -Would you rather have a pamphlet or a video on how to do it?


1.3.3.Analysis of the results in the survey



 Incentives include:

-Saving money on food

-Sense of accomplishment, both learning how to be independent by growing own food and pleasure of knowing you’re helping environment

-A new skill: being able to grow own food and cook with it.

-Once you know how to do it, you can potentially make your own film on how to grow a different vegetable.


1.3.5.Relationship with the "Sustainability Club" (SC)

Our video will be advertised on the IES sustainability club Website.

1.3.6.How will this action be sustained when you are not here?

This action is essentially forever available because it is on the internet, so it can continue to thrive semester after semester at IES.  

1.3.7.Document format

HTML document.

1.3.8. Copyright license of your report


CC BY-NC-SA: This license lets others remix, tweak, and build upon your work non-commercially, as long as they credit you and license their new creations under the identical terms

However our actual film is all rights reserved and cannot be expanded upon or edited.

1.4. Time Sheet/ Chronogram


Month 2

Month 3

Month 4

-Talk to IES, inform them of our idea


-start working on film, hand out pamphlets

-at end of semester, send out film to IES students.






important: We decided to change our action from a live tutorial to a video relatively recently, so there is not really a time frame for the logistics of this action, especially because we no longer needed funding or equipment. However, in the past couple weeks, Carla and I spent time researching tomato growing videos and found a time to voice over our film and put it all together.

1.5. References & Links

I used the Internet to search places to buy cheap gardening utensils in Barcelona, however did not find many websites at all, which is another reason why we decided to make a video.  

Here is the link from which we took the photos:



1.6. Students involved in this action

Carla Fischzang and I are the main people involved in this action.  she is the co-author of this action.  We were partners in this project and split the work, I handled the logistics of the action such as speaking to IES administration while she did the actual research on tomatoe growing.  We made the video together.





 Assignment 4: Peer review form

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Items found: 18
Grade per actionReviewer Comments
94 vydraThis is a great idea. I think that this action is even more sustainable than creating a garden itself, because students will learn the knowledge then teach it to their friends and family back at home, and the knowledge will spread far. Also, I agree, this could lead to an actual garden if given enough attention.
69 vsienkieI love the idea of an IES garden but youre right, it would be hard to maintain a real garden. Maybe you could raise money to buy soil, planting pots, and seeds and have an event at IES that would help students plant their own tomato or basil plant that they could take care of in their own apartment.
93 steph.eastlakeI think this is a great continued action for IES Barcelona and it leaves a lot of room for continued improvement in the future. I think that the choice of growing tomatoes is a very good one because most people like to add tomatoes onto many different foods so it can be utilized by most students. My suggestions is for you to try to get food allowed in IES Barcelona so that while people are eating, they will be able to utilize the food in this sustainable garden. This will be important especially if the garden continues to grow, and there are more fruits and vegetables to consume.
94 SolomonBPGood thinking to start with only one vegetable, and then maybe the garden can grow from that. There wasn't much student interest in maintaining a full garden in the survey, so the SC dropped the garden goal. I think if you can start the process of growing tomatoes out back before you go home, that would be a step in the right direction for future students to build off. That being said, Administration was very clear with me, that any plant on the terrace, has to be maintained by someone between semesters, so either you or I has to find someone willing to look over your tomatoes before summer semester.
88 seantubridyI think a lot of students at IES would gladly participate in this action. Like some people said, the terrace does not get much sunlight, but you could encourage the students to bring the pamphlets pots back to their apartment or homestay and grow the tomatoes there. Also, you might want to add more parts to the feedback loop so that it ends at the same place it began, making a full loop.
95 Sarah ColeGreat idea! I think this is a fun and easy way to both promote sustainability and bring IES students together. I think the hardest part will be finding enough students to take time out of their day to come together and do this because I know at least speaking for myself i always feel like im busy over here. I think maybe better incentives would help more students participate.
49 obiajuluI think that this is a great idea, however the terrace at IES hardly gets any sun now and this could be a problem for growing successful plants.
95 MbowermanA garden in IES would have been amazing it's too bad you couldn't do it on the roof or something. I really like that you found a way around the fact that the garden wouldn't work out. This is such a good idea because it's something students can use at home and gardening might be something people will really like!
85 MarthaMayI like how you used an old action and focused on one aspect in order to actually achieve something! Many people I know like tomatoes and I think they would be interested in learning. One way to re-design this action would be to try to teach the tutorial in Sustainability class. If Xavi could fit it into his schedule it would go along well with the field trip we had where we learned about solar cookers and terrace gardens. Either the day before OR after the field trip in class the tutorial could be taught! That was you can guarantee people will show up to the tutorial.
82 m.bernsteinI think the way you guided your action was a very smart idea. The fact that you realized the obstacles you would face before you did your action is a good thing. Using tomatoes to demonstrate is a good choice as well. Maybe in your pamphlet you can add in other vegetables that would be easy to grow to spread more knowledge to students. Also you talked a lot about reducing dependency and long term effects in your why section - Add those into your feedback loop to strengthen your point on your action. I think this action could be very successful
83 Kmacdonald4I think this is a very interesting idea because instead of just having the one garden on the IES balcony there is the possibility of many gardens when students know how to plant their own produce. I agree that there is a risk of lack of interest but maybe if you schedule the sessions during the middle of the day when people are just getting out of class and dont have be too time consuming students would be willing to stay at IES for a little after class to learn. Maybe another incentive could be giving each student a few seeds of their own if they attend the tutorial? Also I think email advertising might be more effective and sustainable than a lot of posters? Is there a way to make the pamphlet available online as well.. students might misplace them is they are in paper format.
90 Julia NuttI know that I would really enjoy learning about how to grow things in a garden. Although I agree that creating an actual garden would be difficult, I think that teaching students about growing certain things would be just as beneficial. How would you teach students? I don't know if students would actually grow their own tomatoes while they are here, but I think that they would definitely use what they have learned once they got back home. It would be hard to think about a time that would be good to have sessions for many students, but I think that if you found ways to make people want to come and learn about this it would be much more successful and you would have a turnout. Maybe offer dinner at some of the sessions?
91 jschayeI really like this idea. I think that maybe you could have a contest for who can grow the biggest tomato and that would encourage more students to join in and would be a fun activity. This would also have the people who are participating to have more of an incentive to take care of the garden.
92 Drew.peroI think this is a great activity for students to get involved with. I think many people would find it fun to learn how to grow tomatoes in an ecologically friendly way.
92 CFaheyI think that this is a good action because it actively lets students make a difference in a fun and easy way. It does not seem significantly difficult to do and I think students would participate. To get more students to participate I would have a few different types of vegetable offered for students to grow.
98 carlafGrowing tomatoes is a genius idea because it's simple and relevant to the country we are all studying abroad in (tomato is one of the most popular foods here and it can be easily grown). It does save money, it is environmentally friendly, and it is a community-building activity. The only hard part is getting people who are genuinely interested in tomato-growing together to take part in this action. Otherwise, this can be taken very far and succeed.
84 Brian McNevinI think the tomato growing continued action is a great idea that a lot of students at IES would love to be involved with. I think that many people would find it really fun and exciting to actually grow their own food. If I were re-designing this action next semester though, I would suggest trying to go to IES and speak with them about renting out a space where there already are terrace gardens. If the terraces at IES do not get enough sunlight, this would not be feasible, but most garden terraces are able to be rented for a relatively low price.
92 agluskerI really like the idea of making it unique and focusing on one product to grow. It is easy to say that IES is creating a garden, but I for one would not know where to start. Giving us guidlines of how to grow tomatoes makes the idea of a garden more tangible and feasible and I really like the practicality of this action.

 Grades for this action report (From the PROFESSOR)

Items found: 2
1.7 G.Nardi Tomato Growing 101 Logistics Good The action re-design to focus just on one species like tomatoes. Once it works, other students can analyse/consider extending to other species, avoiding the failure from previous semesters. Presentation of the swot in a table! Well done! (for asking in class how to do that in this type of websites based on wiki syntax and/or html) swot analysis content 1.2.3 and 1.2.4, in general (see below for specific comments on how to improve them) 1.3.8. You understood the meaning of that license you chose. Well done. Improvable 1.2. "which was something noted by the students from the previous years who wanted to build a garden and something that is not very eco friendly". Please, expand (or redo) this sentence, because it's not clear what you are talking about (or the professor, at least, don't get it). 1.2.1. T: is the space required from the terrace already agreed with IES Abroad Barcelona administration? How much space will you use? O: Use the ecoeuro incentive system. O: Use water collected from the rainwater collection device implemented by students from previous semesters (cite them accordingly) 1.2.2. "Talk to IES administration -> get funding for pamphlets/gardening equipment -> recycle pamphlets and reuse utensils." This is not a full loop. Please, improve, and state whether this is reinforcing or balancing. 1.2.4. Make some estimation of expenses in euros from all potential costs (order of magnitude, at least). Include price of the seeds and to water the plants (find some order of magnitude of water needed for tomatoes to grow in spring and or summer, and cite your source of information accordingly). 1.3. "This process involves talking to IES and getting permission to use the balcony and have a set time to have tutorials there. It also involves promoting the tutorial by hanging fliers and making pamphlets. " Have you done so already? You are expected to do it within your action design, so go ahead. 1.3.1. Consider also the other materials you will be using: earth, plants, water, ... Consider also some materials that you could be using from others (using subproducts from other actions as food for yours!). Isn't there a sustainable source of water to pour in your pots around? Did you look at the terrace already (from previous semesters)? Cite that action accordingly in your references section. 1.3.2. "We changed our action after the survey deadline, but Carla made new survey questions anyways; they are on her template". Your action is about organization. Think and write some question about the organization, for instance, regarding some of the costs you identified: "[Potential costs]-Time: students have to be willing to spend the time going to the tutorials to learn" Would they be willing to help if X and Y (incentives?)... Create your own question/s for the survey, to find out how to improve your action to make it have higher chances of success. 1.3.4. Incentives: why not also receiving some ecoeuros? (that you can use to rent one of the bicycles some days, or other benefits, etc) 1.3.5. "Ideally, sustainability club will help us promote this and will participate in it. They can help hand out pamphlets. ". I'm afraid that "Sustainability Club" is YOU, and not someone else payed to provide services for you. It's run from students, and by students like you! If you don't do something, it's very difficult that some other student will do it for you without any incentive... Have you done it for others? Would you do it for others without any incentive? And with some incentive (which one would be good enough)?... 1.3.6. "The sustainability club could implement it into the club activities, also as a continued action.". Please, do so! If you do nothing about it, your action will vanish in the shadow... like many other actions from previous semesters... Leave all the required information in the sustainability Club website, for instance (the minimum that could be done, I guess). 1.3.7. "HTML document, also some paper pamphlets and posters will be used to advertise the tutorials" Where are they? Upload them to the course website (ask for help if needed) and link them here. 1.4. Time sheet: please, redo including who should do each action. So that identify how many people are needed , who does what, etc. Timesheet is to program the action for the next semester, not to report what you did this semester regarding this action. 1.5. References and links: "I used the Internet to search places to buy cheap gardening utensils in Barcelona, however did not find many websites at all. So instead I started asking around my neighborhood and locals a good place to buy gardening equipment." This equals nothing in this section. Please, provide details on where to get/buy/exchange whatever things are needed for your action to succeed. Adn cite the equivalent actions from previous semester students, etc. 1.6. "however the sustainability club is also going to help us." Who is going to help you next semester? (cite that person/people with their names and surnames in the references section, with something like "Surname, Name. Personal Communication"). How do you know that the SC will do that next semester, when those people in charge nowadays, are already away? Do your best to ensure that the action is well designed, so that some person attempting to continue your action has the minimum work to do (from the design stage at least), and just follow your guidelines and the materials your created for them, so that your action can be implemented / followed easily next semesters. Some pictures would be welcome. And why not some comparison with the action implemented last year? (they also planted tomatoes). Why that action failed? (there are not tomatoes now, even if it's already the beginning of the tomato season)
"Because this action is a film, it is definitely cradle to cradle ready. No waste was used in the implementing of this action.". Well, yes, but some information waste is created (the imovie film in your computer). You didn't pass the source files to produce such video, so that it won't b e easier for someone else to edit it (even if due to the copyright license that you added to your video project, you already offered anyone to request you the editable files. Questions for the survey: remember that it will be a common unified survey, so that not so many questions per single action would be possible, I'm afraid. (to keep the survey short enough for people to fill it in completely). "Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike .... However our actual film is all rights reserved and cannot be expanded upon or edited. " this is contradictory. the document format is html for the report, and some video format for the video (.mov maybe? and converted into flash video at teh website: .flv) Very good adaptation of your former action and the resulting video 2nd

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