Two Buckets on a Mission

Is it possible two cheap plastic buckets can help reduce global malnutrition?

Sounds crazy, but there's some amazing technology that can be created by combining two cheap 5-gallon buckets along with some other low cost or free materials. The result is a low cost foolproof system of growing food.

Benefits of the 2-bucket system:
1) 50% to 80% reduction in water usage.
2) 100% reduction in weeds...never pull a weed or use herbicides.
3) Once planted, very little attention is required.
4) Foolproof: People with very little training (like us!) can reap bountiful harvests.
5) All you need are a few square meters of space...even rooftops, industrial wastelands, etc

Two Brothers on a Mission
Our vision: Turning the rooftops and abandoned industrial wastelands of developing countries into mini-farms filled with green growing vegetables. The goal of this website is to share with the world the simple steps required to build the 2-bucket system.

To the right of your screen are a series of "How To" videos we created to get you started.

Please visit our other project where you can perform scientific research on clean energy while watching TV (really).

Above photo from Green Roof Growers

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What are you selling?

Max Buster
A lot of people ask "Who are you and what are you selling?"

It started when our dad (we're in high school) bought an EarthBox® planter. We read in the sales materials that the United Nations was using Earthbox® planters to teach people in developing nations an excellent way to grow food. This sounded like a great project, but we thought it could be made even better by using locally sourced free or low cost recycled materials. That's what got us started.
Also, watering Global Buckets by hand become a BIG pain everyday so we explored ideas on how to automate the watering job using atmospheric pressure. Our system works great! This entire summer we only spent about 20 minutes dealing with water. Previously, we spent about 10 minutes a day. Using some engineering and physics to create wonderful efficiencies was the most rewarding part of the project.

Grant Buster
What's next? Our eyes were opened when Curt Lindley, a Peace Corp worker in Mandeville, Jamaica, wrote to us and pondered if an alternative design could be created which didn't use 5-gallon buckets. Why? Curt wrote that 5- gallon buckets are so valued by the people of Mandereville that they would be very hesitant to put holes in the buckets. So, now our energy is directed at creating an alternative system using totally valueless materials. Whoops! Now we'll have to change the name to "Global Worthless Materials". Click here for our new Garbage Gardening summer 2010 experiment.

Grant & Max

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