High Andes and Amazon Region, Peru / Volcano, Hawaii, USA
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Ky has designed a closed-loop hydroponic farm system that centers around a bird feeder.  Birds eat the feed and their byproducts fall in water that fertilizes plants including sunflowers (which provide a replenishment to the bird feed) and fruits and vegetables.  Ky has a working prototype already yielding food in Hawaii, and also built one from scratch on the Semester-at-Sea ship.  The system can be constructed entirely from biodegradable and recycled components, and construction and maintenance are simple.  Ky and his team will be training economically-disadvantaged families in urban food desert settings to build and operate these systems, generating some diversity in their food supply through this sustainable and innovative technology.