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.