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Converting Locally Collected Waste Plastics into A Clean, Durable Orchid Medium

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Agriculture
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
79655
Program Year/Program:
2006 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
2006-00621
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Kamuela Greenhouse/Specialty Orchids
64-5131 White Road Kamuela, HI 96743 8239
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Woman-Owned: Yes
Minority-Owned: Yes
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2006
Title: Converting Locally Collected Waste Plastics into A Clean, Durable Orchid Medium
Agency: USDA
Contract: 2006-33610-16809
Award Amount: $69,000.00
 

Abstract:

In Hawaii, commonly used, expensively imported organic orchid growth media -- bark and coir -- quickly break down, inviting pathogens, pests and other problems for commercial orchid growers, who are striving to stay competitive amid global expansion in the orchid industry. Also, as an island state with extraordinary environmental attributes, Hawaii has special problems dealing with the solid waste abundantly generated by local residents as well as millions of visitors annually. This project will find if locally collected waste plastics can be cost-effectively converted into high performance orchid growth media immune to the problems of imported organic substrates. If so, island orchid producers will have a competitive edge, and the local economy and environment will benefit.

Principal Investigator:

Cassandra B. Phillips
Co-Owner
8088876505
kamuelagreenhouse@gmail.com

Business Contact:

Cassandra B. Phillips
Co-Owner
8088876505
kamuelagreenhouse@gmail.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

Kamuela Greenhouse/Specialty Orchids
64-5131 White Rd. Kamuela, HI 96743

EIN/Tax ID:
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees: N/A
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No