HAPI has received a grant from The Human Ser­vices Research and Tech­nol­o­gy Insti­tute. The grant is being used to move for­ward a num­ber of ini­tia­tives with­in the HAPI project, includ­ing the pro­to­type of the ver­ti­cal grow­ing unit designed by the HAPI engi­neer­ing team. Oth­er HAPI efforts advanc­ing through the grant include pro­vid­ing ongo­ing hydro­pon­ics projects in Ten­nessee-based K‑12 class­rooms with open source mon­i­tor­ing and con­trol sys­tems, and the con­struc­tion of a wall-mount­ed herb gar­den and “hot” grow sec­tion in the HAPI-Colum­bus pro­to­typ­ing facility.

This fund­ing comes at a crit­i­cal time for us.” said HAPI founder Tyler Reed. “We’re using this grant to advance our ini­tia­tives and increase the vis­i­bil­i­ty of our efforts in antic­i­pa­tion of the launch of our upcom­ing Kick­Starter campaign.”

Kei­th More­house, a senior ana­lyst with HSRTI, stat­ed that “HAPI rep­re­sents inno­v­a­tive options to bring­ing local pro­duc­tion of healthy food to indi­vid­u­als and com­mu­ni­ties.  We are very excit­ed about the HAPI vision and the con­cepts that are being worked on.”

Human Ser­vices Research and Tech­nol­o­gy Insti­tute (HSRTI) is a not-for-prof­it (501(c)(3)) Insti­tute formed in 2004. The vision of the Insti­tute is to “Pro­mote inno­va­tions in health and human ser­vice through col­lab­o­ra­tions of research and tech­nol­o­gy”. HSRTI oper­ates from a col­lab­o­ra­tive mem­ber­ship model.

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