THE PONIC PROJECT

The name ponic comes from the Greek word "ponos" for work, therefore let’s get to ponic!

From the School of the Art Institute of Chicago

Meet the Team

 

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JUSTINE GUZMAN
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Creative Director and Founding Member

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SAVANNAH BELL
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Communications Manager

and Founding Member

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SARA
NIROOBAKHSH
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Events Coordinator

and Founding Member

SANA
JANKHARIA
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Education Specialist

and Founding Member

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SANA
JANKHARIA
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Curriculum Coordinator

and Founding Member

Our Mission

The name ponic comes from the Greek word "ponos" for work, therefore let’s get to ponic!

In order to feasibly reverse the onslaught of climate change, it is important to advocate for circular economies, systems that encourage the elimination of waste and the continual use of resources. Our structure emphasizes the perfect cycle between producers, consumers and de-composers, as a powerful visual reminder of nature's flawless design. We provide open source options to spread information on sustainability through detailed curriculum, vibrant community centers, and even ineractive models to be 3D printed out. These resources give agency to the average person as a springboard to get involved and think more holistically about their environment! We always remember don't panic... PONIC!

Our systems, feature a three step cube with integrated aquaponics and vermiculture. Everything from the bountiful organically grown produce  down to the nutrient rich fish waste is an important part of keeping the system at a homeostasis. Even the discards from the plants are happily consumed by the worms in our vermiculture system which thus produces wonderful micro and macronutrients that can be added to existing soil as a fertilizer. The Ponic Project produces these structures at various scales to be a hands on interactive installation. Today's agriculture systems heavily camouflage the process between soil to table thus causing a rift between people's relationship to food. These centers give agency to many living in food scarce areas that lack access to affordable fruits and vegetables.

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