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
-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.
-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
-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.
1.3.8. Copyright license of your report
OLD TIME SHEET:
-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
Grades for this action report (From the PROFESSOR)