Congratulations Lillith! Okay, one more time, it is not a "self watering" garden. It is a hydroponic garden. Sheesh!
We need many thousands more Lilliths to help solve problems related to food production, such as obesity, hunger, and availability of local fresh vegetables, water conservation and more through the invention and use of modern technology.
We do not need more fantasy dirt farmers in the city. There is little or no future in often-contaminated soil in the city. Lower cost clean soil is in the country and surrounding peri-urban regions. This is where we have a very real need for new young farmers and hopefully we will find them.
Ava (WSYR-TV) - A thirteen-year-old girl from Central New York has earned the grand prize in the fifth annual Bubble Wrap Competition for Young Inventors.
Lillith Bulawa's invention was inspired by the recent flooding. She utilized bubble wrap to invent a floating and self-watering garden.
"The bottom piece is a wooden box made of bubble wrap, making sure that the box floats. On top of that is a box full of soil and the plants," Lillith explained. "Through both boxes is a nylon rope wick where, through capillary action, water automatically comes up and waters the plants."
Lillith's invention won her a $10,000 savings bond, which she accepted on Saturday in New York City.