Last time many of us spoke, I had probably just announced that I was taking a leave from broadcasting at NBC after nearly 10 years to go “Beyond Talk” into action… and, as we enter Memorial Day weekend, I want to share this update. I partnered with Louisiana-based oil executives who have dedicated the past few years to building a 21st century “defense” company and I want to tell you about it today. It’s called, Helical Holdings, and it makes standardized equipment to provide basic resources using state-of-the-art technology in the name of increased community and global stability. Helical designs and deploys plug-and-play solar power, water filtration, communication and hydroponic farming systems that are as well suited to creating a high-performance, all-season hydroponic farmers market in your town as they are to establishing a community hub in a refugee camp in the Middle East. Helical Holdings, LLC is a product development company with a mission to solve some of the world’s largest challenges through resource management, veteran employment, and innovative, sustainable solutions.We strive to employ veterans to continue their mission towards global security by building community and commerce, sparking education, driving job creation, curing food deserts and reducing global poverty.Our first product is called The Helical Outpost. It is a standardized and integrated hydroponic farm, solar power station with satellite communications and a water filtration system that creates up to 4,000 gallons of clean water a day, as many as 45 kilowatt hours of commercial grade solar power and 2,300 plants per week, the equivalent of 3 acres of soil in a 2900 square foot greenhouse. The Helical Outpost’s hydroponic farm uses 80% less water, 90% less land and all of these resources unpack from a shipping container with plug and play capabilities that can be easily deployed anywhere in the world.
The Outpost breaks down barriers and provides people access to resources and information. Its mission is to create jobs for returning veterans; teach students at universities and schools about science, technology, engineering and math; help provide resources to people around the world; and help communities across the U.S. that lack access to local fruits and vegetables.
The global thirst for sustainable systems is massive and extends far beyond Helical Holdings and the Outpost. Last spring I attended the Global Forum for Innovations in Agriculture (GFIA) in Dubai. The forum’s mandate was to show how innovation gives us the only real chance of feeding the world without destroying the environment. Attendees offered everything from insect protein as feed for livestock, fish and chickens; to a salt-water plant that turns into jet fuel; to an electric tractor that has a universal spinning rod that can serve as a crane, drill, plow or motor for textiles, construction or harvesting tool. There was agriculture software that boosts yields five to ten times; a “floppy” sprinkler capable of watering 2x the land using 1/2 the water; and they even had salt-water tolerant potatoes, onions, carrots, beets and more.
This is what Helical Holdings and the Outpost are working towards. We need your help, your innovation, your compassion and your entrepreneurship.
We will be keeping everyone updated as we work together to bring the Outpost to your town, school, or community center. We hope you will join us in this mission. To find out how to get involved or for more information please visit HelicalHoldings.com.