GOE has developed a unique, proprietary, copyrighted training program that can be offered locally within projects or at our training center in Seattle. Training emphasizes hydroponic gardening and related food industries. Graduates are prepared to work in hydroponic gardens, and they also emerge with certificates in food handling, sanitation and related skills. Our core training program requires contact 160 hours.
Planning and Budgeting
We work with local project developers to assure their success to the maximum possible level. Funding must be locally developed for each situation. Our budget models provide for a large variety of garden and crop options.
Operational Management for Gardening Projects
Projects can be locally developed and managed, or we can act as all or part of the management team. Assistance may range from concept to harvest. It is normally our practice to establish a project and withdraw, but the time to turnover may vary considerably.
Site Selection and Preparation
We are well connected with realty, architectural and contracting firms to help local project developers make good choices regarding location and facilities.
Crop Selection and Growth Phase Planning
We help the local developer to select crops suitable to the local market. We assist with seed selection and train on propagation, phases of growth, harvesting and delivery planning.
Equipment Selection, installation and Technical Support
We coordinate initial equipment selection, purchase and delivery. Projects may vary from turnkey to self-defined. We provide installation and training as needed, and we interact with project managers and vendor technical support to assure maximum efficiency and minimum downtime.
Management and Process Control Software
We provide a growing, proprietary system of process control and management software that we provide as a service to projects. The software tracks all core aspects of production from propagation to harvest, provides key management reports, records employee activities, and produces reports and exports for management analysis and fiscal control.
Non-profit Certification Assistance
Our team can assist local projects with achieving non-profit status. We arrange legal and accounting services appropriate to each project; however, each project must also consider local requirements and conditions. We work under our own non-profit status or in cooperation with certified non-profit agencies depending on the nature of individual projects.
Project Goals and Objectives
In each project our goal is to foster several key outcomes. Each has a specific set of measurable objectives that define success
- Improvement of nutrition in disadvantaged urban communities:
We track the presence of better quality foodstuffs in the communities we serve, whether our own or those of competing suppliers.
- Establishment of small to medium sized, locally owned businesses:
We create projects - whether for-profit or non-profit that bring new activity into neighborhoods and keep money circulating locally.
- Increasing local employment that cannot be outsourced:
Fresh food, interestingly, needs to be fresh. We believe that local and fresh are closely related and provide the best quality at the best price for any given commodity.
- Creating employment and entrepreneurial opportunities for at-risk persons:
Our candidates and trainees are frequently recruited from occupational health agencies, former soldiers, at-risk youth, former offenders, and disengaged workers such as housewives returning to the workforce. We work closely with state and private employment training agencies.