“We new astronauts needed a renewable food source” said Lilly Bulawa. “[This is] a hydroponic garden.”
It’s called the Garden of Eton and it stands for Extra Terrestrial Organic Nutrition.
Eighth grader Adia, 11th grader Lilly along with college-bound older sister, MaryAnn Bulawa, have spent two years creating the Garden of Eton. The self-proclaimed “Chicks In Space” hope to send their creation to the International Space Station.
“It’s just three minds working together on a single project.” said Lilly.
First the Garden of Eton has to get to space.
“We had to make Nano Eton. It as to be a four by four replica. This is what would go to space.” said Adia.
The Chicks in Space are working with a group called Nanoracks out of Houston, Texas.
“We are working with a woman named Patricia Mayes at Nanoracks. She is helping us get Nano Eton to the International Space Station.”
“We checked last fall and the Nano Eton was about 90% ready for launch. We’ve checked back and they made the changes, so now I believe it is ready to to.” said Patricia Mayes from Nanoracks.
That cost money and the Chicks in Space have that covered as well with a crowd funding page.
“Our goal is to raise $15,000. We are a third of the way there,” said the two sisters. “Then we can send Nano Eton onto the ISS and see if plants actually grow:”
To get more information or make a donation log onto their fund raising website. It’s https://experiment.com/projects/sending-the-garden-of-eton-to-space.