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Breaking the cycle of breaking bones: Nurture the mind, body and SOIL

Nurturing the mind, body and SOIL to promote healthy eating and heal and build stronger bones after a break.

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What challenges or opportunities are you trying to address within the problem? (200 characters or less)

As we age, we spend less time outdoors. Encouraging osteo patients to grow their own food outdoors (calcium rich Kale and tomatoes) we can gain valuable health benefits both physically and mentally.

After a family member or patience suffering from Osteoporosis has a broken bone, it is difficult to establish new routines, whether that is at their home or in their community. But it is never too late to establish new routines and one of those routines might be spending time in a garden growing calcium rich foods like Kale. Not only does that help after a break but it reinforces new habits and in the best case scenario gives the patient a reason to make a difference in their community and even on a larger scale for the earth itself. 

Who is your target end user and why will they be interested? (650 characters or less)

The end user is the actual patient post-break who gets a Osteo-Grow-Kit from the clinic, doctor or hospital. This kit includes information about the benefits of growing calcium and Vitamin D rich foods while spending time in a garden. the health benefits alone of being outside, perhaps in the sunshine (vitamin D) and growing greens or tomatoes can make a big difference in their outlook and improve their mental health as well as strengthening their bones. Growing and nurturing plants is not only fun but it is a great way to watch something become a life producing plant that nurtures your mind, body and soul. Their journey back from a break can be devastating but with the right thing to nurture, you nurture your self without even knowing it. In the end the physical Osteo-Grow-Kit the patient receives post-break will have information about the why it is important to eat well and why growing things at home or in a community garden can make a difference and make this break their last.

How is your idea scaleable? (650 characters or less)

The kits can be designed with the patient in mind to help them move to a new chapter in their health after a bone break.

What do/will you measure to know if your solution worked? (500 characters or less)

We will measure both the mental and physical benefits of gardening both for the person and the planet as we measure the soil organic matter as we build better soil, stronger bones and a clear mine. As we get our hands in the soil and begin to grow our own food, we gain valuable benefits both physically and mentally.

What is the current stage of development of your idea?

  • Blueprint: We are exploring the idea and gathering the inspiration and information we need to test it with real users.

If you were to become a Top Idea, would you want to actively participate in piloting your idea?

  • I want my idea piloted, but I’d prefer not to be involved in the pilot and prefer that the health system adopts my idea for piloting with assistance from the Challenge partner

Company / Organization Name, if applicable (140 characters or less)

MariLark Farms, Berkeley, CA - Building community one seed at a time.

Website (if applicable)

Tell us about yourself or your team (500 characters or less)

I am a passionate photographer, labor activist and seed saver to name a few, and am also a big believer in Design Thinking, building prototypes, testing them and ultimately creating solutions to many of the worlds problems. My family background includes osteoporosis and this is an opportunity to combine a passion of gardening, seed saving and soil regeneration in a way that helps people build stronger bones and a better mental state of being. It also is about our future and creating passionate individuals that want to do their part in healing the planet and doing good in their community. Enjoying the benefits of not only the food and physical work while being outside in the sunshine, it feels good to do your part in helping create a better community and better future. Having traveled throughout Asia, living and working iniJapan and Thailand, I have been able to see how our plant and animal biodiversity is in grave danger. We can improve our own health and the health of the planet!

Location (50 characters)

We are located in Berkeley, California USA

What is your legal / organizational structure?

  • We are individuals

Innovator/Organizational Characteristics

  • Locally/community-led organization

How did you hear about the Challenge?

  • OpenIDEO announcement email
  • OpenIDEO social media
  • Direct email invitation

Why are you participating in this Challenge?

I am a passionate design thinker and social entreprenuer trying to do my part to heal the planet, our culture and while we are at it, our bodies and build stronger bones at the same time.


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