Update #4 (February 17 – March 8)

In the past three weeks, our team has  taken action for the Vertical Food Wall Project.  From Reading Break up until now, we have been fairly busy with the plant list for the food wall, the organization of bottle collecting events, and the design of miniature garden structures.

During Reading Break, we each came up with our own individual plant list, which was then compiled into one master list.  The compiled list was emailed to Judy for review.  A few of the included plants are listed below in their respective seasons:

  • Spring/Summer:  Cabbage, cucumber, broccoli, bok choy
  • Winter Thriving:  Lettuce, Kai-Lan, parsnips, brussel sprouts, kale

The three main tasks left to complete are the collection of 2L bottles, design and construction of miniature gardens, and the final poster presentation.  The progress of each are described below:

Bottle Collection

We have contacted various local businesses and residences about our bottle collection but have been denied by many.  However, we managed to book a stand in the Kaiser atrium on March 13 from 11 AM to 2 PM to help spread the word of the food wall and collect pop bottles from students and staff.  We will have multiple shifts for manning the booth to accommodate our busy schedules.  In addition, we have contacted Gage residence to see if we can hold a bottle collection booth for one night.  We have yet to receive confirmation of this event, but the target date is March 14 from 3 PM to 6 PM.  For these two events, we plan on baking cookies and exchanging them for 2L pop bottles.  Hopefully this will give people an incentive to bring in their empty bottles.

We have put together a couple of posters to put around campus, mainly in the engineering buildings.  One of our posters are shown below.  In addition to these, we are going to advertise our project in our classes to raise awareness of this project to encourage people to collect and donate their bottles.  We have set up two boxes in the Civil Design Studio and are planning to implement more boxes around the buildings for convenience.

Bottle Collection Poster

As of now, we have collected 51 bottles.  The goal is to reach 2500 bottles by March 18, but as time is very limited, this goal is unrealistic at this point.  We have notified Sabine and Warren about this situation and have been told to just collect whatever we can.  One of our alternative solutions include collecting all types of bottles and trading them in for 2L bottles or raising money to help purchase the remaining bottles.


After researching various ways to plant fruits and vegetables, we came up with a few unique solutions that use common household items.  The idea behind these structures are to “Think Big, Grow Small.”  A few conceptual designs are provided below.  These designs are meant to be low cost and easy to construct.  We are planning to use various items like incandescent light bulbs, tennis balls and beer cans to create fun little gardens that can be placed in various places around the house.

Mini-Garden Concepts

Mini-Garden Concepts Cont’d.

We are planning to construct multiple mini-gardens.  The selected designs and the team member responsible for each are as follows:

  • Beer bottle pyramid- Christopher
  • Suction cup tennis ball  – Jasmine
  • Upside down coffee tin – Megan

Peyman, Christina and Samuel will assist in collecting materials and building the mini-gardens.  We will continue to develop more concepts as we stumble upon more interesting ways to grow plants.  The mini-gardens are going to be due on March 18 so that we have everything sorted out for the final presentation.  Once completed, the miniature gardens will be given to Sabine to showcase to the community.

Poster Presentation

The final poster project will be started on the week of March 18, when all the bottles are supposedly due.  This way, we will have more time to focus on making the poster and preparing for our presentation.  We will need to purchase a poster board and paste incorporate visuals that help describe our project.  Everyone will help out with the final poster as we are presenting on March 25.

We are so excited!  We cannot wait to see how this all turns out!


2 thoughts on “Update #4 (February 17 – March 8)

  1. Hi Team,

    I have been looking into taking photos of students while they are working on their CBEL projects, particularly being involved with some kind of activity, design, testing, or building process that would really show the engineering work in relation to the community project. Your project seems like a great opportunity to do just that! It can also be when you’re presenting the final deliverable to the community partner. Please let me know if your team would be ok with a quick photo session and also the details (where, when, activity), and I can get a photographer from the CLI to attend. My e-mail is below.


    Ara Beittoei
    CBEL Officer

  2. Congratulation on this excellent progress. You’ve got some great ideas for finding bottles! I see what you mean about finding the 2L size – not nearly as common as the 500ml size.

    This really is an interest project. Excellent ideas for the mini-gardens.

    When you step back form all the details, can you identify the similarities and differences between this project and the CIVL 201 project? How does your project compare to other CBEL projects (check out: http://civl202-civil.sites.olt.ubc.ca/community-service-learning-projects/csl-project-blogs-2012/) How might the management of a large civil engineering project compare?


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