Haiti Aquaponics Project – Nelson and Pade, Inc.

Published on 6 Aug 2012


The Living Food Bank® is a unique aquaponic food production system that provides a continuous supply of fresh fish and vegetables, grown aquaponically. The Living Food Bank® was designed for missions and social projects in developing countries, urban areas and other places that traditional agriculture doesn’t work or access to fresh food isn’t available. The Living Food Bank® produces a high volume of fresh food in a small space, using minimal resources. This reduces the reliance on imported food rations for feeding programs in developing countries while providing higher quality, more nutritional food.

A Living Food Bank® includes the complete aquaponic system and crop protection, designed for local climate conditions and crop choices, plus a complete energy system (solar panels, battery bank and generator back-up). A Living Food Bank® can be set up anywhere, to provide fresh fish and vegetables to those in need.

The first Living Food Bank® aquaponic system is set up in Haiti at the Northwest Haiti Christian Mission in St. Louis Du Nord. The system at NWHCM will be housed in a tropical greenhouse. The aquaponic system is designed to grow tilapia, a fresh water fish and a variety of vegetables. In addition, field crops such as corn and potatoes will be grown in the soil using excess, nutrient-rich, system water. Executive Director of the mission, Janeil Owen, is collaborating with Nelson and Pade, Inc. in developing aquaponics in Haiti and expanding the use of the Living Food Bank® throughout Haiti.

Since soil is not necessary to grow crops in aquaponics; the system can be set up nearly anywhere. The biological process that makes aquaponics work relies on beneficial microbes that naturally occur everywhere to convert the fish waste into water soluble nutrients that the plants use. Filtration components in the aquaponic system simply provide habitat for the microbes and removal of the solid fish waste, which can then be used to fertilize soil crops.

Network of Women for Food Security in Jamaica

Published on 6 Feb 2015

Network of Women for Food Security is a group that uses eco-friendly agricultural practices to provide income-generating opportunities and training for underserved rural women in Manchester. Their social enterprise focuses on the production and marketing of mushrooms.
Network of Women for Food Security: growing communities
Tel: 876.420.8909
Email: [email protected]
Address: 6 George North, Spauldings, P.O, Manchester

Rabbit rearing a gold mine

Published on 1 Sep 2014

Rabbit rearing is one farming enterprise that many consider a fun venture. Many rear rabbits to keep the home beautiful by having pets move around the compound. But Jessica Nantale has turned this fun into a money making venture.

After working for several companies with little pay, Jessica felt that her resource was being underutilized and decided to turn this fun venture of rearing rabbits into business.

Kennes Bwire visited Nantale’s rabbit farm in Buloba, Kampala and filed her story of how she is making millions out of passion for exotic rabbits.



Published on 15 Oct 2012

It’s one of the few species of fish that has no scales on its body. It derives its name catfish from the whiskers that resemble those of the cat. In Kenya catfish is becoming more common as more people prefer this species whenever they venture into fish farming. Cat fish is more common in western Kenya and Meru regions. But central province and in particular Kiambu, it has become part of their staple food thanks to Jambo Fish Farm.

How to grow hydroponic Strawberries

Published on 30 Nov 2012

Covering the basics of how we grow hydroponic strawberries off the ground. Showing the growing medium, watering/nutrient supply system, how to plant & harvest.
Richmond, Nelson NZ

Nutritional requirements-
Nutrients should contain the following minerals.
Nitrogen, Potassium, Phosphorous, Calcium, Magnesium, Sulphur, Sodium, Chloride, Silicon, Iron, Manganese, Boron, Copper, Zinc, Molybdenum.

Leaf analysis;
Nitrogen 2.6 to 3.5% Phosphorous 0.25 to 0.35%
Potassium 1.0 to 2.0% Calcium 0.7 to 1.5%
Magnesium 0.25 to 0.4% Sulphur 0.15 to 0.35%
Iron 100 to 200 ppm Manganese 200 to 500 ppm
Boron 30 to 100 ppm Copper 5 to 12 ppm
Zinc 30 to 80 ppm

Plant growth promotants are often added to the nutrients to produce quality growth during periods of poor conditions, e.g. in winter under low light.

The growth promotants, Agronomix at 20 gms per 20 Kg of dry powder mix, and SGP at 500 mls per 20 Kg dry powders may be added to drum ‘B’.

Nutrient formulation is blended to suit the water supply, so a water mineral analysis is essential for optimum formulation.

Downwards pH correction is usually with Phosphoric Acid, but there may be situations where Phosphoric/Nitric Acid mixes are used, or even straight Nitric Acid at times, especially if the water supply has a high pH, above 7.8 for example.

Upwards pH correction is always carried out with Potassium Hydroxide. Common name Caustic Potash.
Note… all pH correctors are added in a very weak form; never use full strength acid or alkali to adjust nutrient solution. Dilutions of 500 to 1 with water are normal.

reference – http://pgohort.co.nz/resources/1/crop…


Aquaponic Gardening Rules of Thumb


for beginning aquaponic gardeners. Dr. Lennard has earned one of the few PhDs in aquaponics in the world, and he currently runs a consulting practice called …

Wilson Lennard, Aquaponic Solutions at the SCRT



Growing Fish in Greenhouses

Uploaded on 6 May 2009

Milwaukee’s Growing Power, a community-based urban food center, is using plants as natural water filters for raising yellow perch. Fred Binkowski, an aquaculture specialist with the University of Wisconsin Sea Grant Institute, provides technical advice on the experimental effort.