We wanted to continue to keep you informed of the progress of First Nation Growers, LP.
Although we have not moved toward our funding applications in the time frames originally expected, the wait has been well worth it for our entire organization that now includes several innovative, indigenous community added value services. FNG has surrounded ourselves with a group of various innovative industry professionals that are both experienced and friends of Canada’s indigenous peoples, dedicated to helping serve the needs of indigenous communities regardless of geographical locations.
A goal of First Nation Growers is to empower Indigenous and Inuit communities, their members and their members’ children to embrace a healthier lifestyle including a diet of natural, nutritious, fresh foods. This goal will be achieved by providing each and every Indigenous and Inuit community with a financially viable, year round opportunity to grow their own nutritionally rich, fresh produce and other natural fresh foods – foods which will meet the daily, year-round nutritional needs of community members and their families, at prices indigenous families can afford, at a cost to operate that each community can absorb as a net positive project.
FNG’s 24/7 fully automated, cold climate commercial and or residential innovative growing technology is an environmentally friendly system that is specifically designed for year round, indoor, cold or hot climate fresh produce growing, worldwide. A technically advanced, and affordable, custom designed indoor growing system for natural, fresh produce serving the needs of First Nation and Inuit communities across Canada that ensures the continued successes of each operation.
Quality and costs are equally important as providing nutritionally rich values found in growing, natural, fresh garden greens, indoors, year round. The goal of FNG is to provide quality, innovative industry service, training and education workshop seminars in the best interest of providing better nutritional streams for First Nation and Inuit communities and their members throughout Canada regardless of remote geographical locations.
• Water & Soil Treatment – implementing fully automated, non-chemical water treatment for human consumption and wastewater treatment for polluted ground source water, rivers, lakes as well as contaminated lands that can be remediated and re-purposed – effectively, environmentally and economically. The conclusion is that in order to maintain clean drinking water for future generations the community may also be interested in cleaning their community’s precious mother-earth & soil from hydrocarbons and other contaminants that will continue to leach into their waters. Our new-age, innovative treatment technologies address such concerns.
First Nation Growers community water projects include four vital and inter-related components, which taken together help to maximize health and development benefits. Clean water, basic sanitation, hygiene education and natural foods farming are the ABCDs of project development—the building blocks towards a better future for every community, making water fit for natural community co-operative garden farming and most importantly, safe human consumption.
FNG uses practical, locally appropriate, cost-effective, new, and innovative natural water treatment technologies so to ensure that operational maintenance requirements for the new water supply and sanitation facilities can be easily learned and adopted by each individual indigenous community regardless of geographical location.
• Indigenous Community Energy Needs and Shortfalls – adding innovative renewable energy technologies to service every facility as a community Net Positive project is a priority, some communities today don’t have enough power to build one additional community home at the moment, through our Renewable Energy added value services (wind, solar and heat generated energy along with battery backed-up power), our facilities can be placed anywhere throughout the country and not only cut energy costs of operations in half, in many cases we can cut out project energy costs completely. Power supplies are the workhorses behind all electronics and electrical equipment in every community. Our FNG goal for each community project regardless of remote locations, is to address community and facility energy needs as a Net Positive community resource.
The race towards smaller, greener and cheaper power supply designs is more intense than ever before. Higher efficiencies, higher power densities, time to market, standard requirements and cost reductions are impacting designs and designers alike.
Designing a power supply is a complex process. When and where FNG can, we try to augment a part of the indigenous communities energy needs within our own FNG Community Co-operative Garden Farming Facility. We continually engage emerging technology with the goal of remaining technologically advanced in the best interest of the environment and our indigenous partners. We include renewable energy resources for both ‘community-owned’ projects and other third party-owned facilities, whose power-source can be shared by the entire community in our comprehensive planning process.
Each FNG Community Co-operative Garden Farm must determine the communities power resources in order to move forward, full knowing that the goal of each FNGLP Community Co-operative Garden Farm is to be self-powered-self-sustainable, providing excess power generated to the community we are working with.Our containerized Universal Battery platform allows for the integration of energy storage into any remote grid, micro-grid, or behind the meter applications, and allows for the control of multiple power flows, increasing overall efficiency that reduce community energy costs.
• Waste Management & Waste Minimization Solutions – is all about how to dispose of all the things you don’t want. Where most think Waste Management – FNG is thinking Waste Minimization and Sustainable Materials Management. We believe all peoples have the right to live and work in a clean environment.
Affluent societies often see waste plainly as garbage or an environmental problem, but in many communities waste can be an important and flexible source of income and can provide raw materials to many other sectors of their individual indigenous community economy.
Composting is an important FNGLP sustainable waste minimization practice that converts any volume of accumulated organic waste into a usable product. When organic wastes are broken down by microorganisms in a heat-generating environment, waste volume is reduced, many harmful organisms are destroyed, and a useful, potentially marketable, product is produced. Composting is a process by which organic wastes are broken down by microorganisms, generally bacteria and fungi, into simpler forms. The microorganisms use the carbon in the waste as an energy source. The degradation of the nitrogen-containing materials results in the breakdown of the original materials into a much more uniform product which can be used as a soil amendment that FNG can also make use of in our vertical grow rooms.
Advantages of composting include reduction of waste volume, elimination of heat-killed pests, and the generation of a beneficial and marketable material. Adding compost to soil increases organic matter content. This, in turn, improves many soil characteristics and allows for the slow release of nutrients for crop use for subsequent years.
Recycling and waste management is implemented as a resource management system, not a waste management system. Today the approach that is considered a “best practice” is to view recyclables as commodities that are managed under a resource management system consistent with management frameworks such as “sustainable materials management” and “zero waste”. Strategic planning offers the opportunity to deliver sustainable improvements to local waste management practices because it can respond to the ever changing waste and recovered materials markets wherewaste can be an important and flexible source of income and can provide raw materials to many other sectors of indigenous community economies.
FNG takes a collaborative approach to each community project. Community-Private Partnerships for service delivery is one of the proven approaches to resource management planning. The main objective is to promote sustainable, self-supporting partnerships between each Community Co-operative Garden Farm Market Facility and local indigenous governments along with individual, experienced, successful, Private Corporate Partners to support and to ensure the continued successes of the formation and operations of innovative indigenous community enterprises.
Our main goal is to stimulate co-operation between facility operations, community stakeholders and experienced Corporate Partner that contribute to the betterment of indigenous living through sustainable, affordable, self-sufficient, innovative, community projects that improve the lives and livelihoods of Canada’s 1st peoples and the indigenous communities First Nation Growers work with and in.
As an Indigenous organization, FNG is merely caretakers of the land for those that follow in our footprint.
For those interested in being included in our Project Prospectus Overview, we will need your Corporate Profile (one page on letterhead) as well as your logo to include in our Project Prospectus that is being distributed in person to more than 30 individual indigenous community decision makers, mid-June, including BC and FN communities from Vancouver Island as well as attending a very exciting conference in the Yukon for Northwest Territories/Nunavut.Yukon Territoryfor Inuit and NWT indigenous community decision makers addressing drinking water, fresh produce, waste management, energy and green house growing in mid-June, 2017 of next month.
Please find attached our final conceptual drawings prior to mechanical input.