1 Million Pounds of Organic Food on Only 3 Acres Using Aquaponics

Posted on Nov 17, 2011 in DIY Projects, Emergency Preparedness & Survival, Featured Articles, Urban Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

Kevin Hayden – TruthisTreason.net

Source: Wakeup World (See part 2 here)

Will Allen, the co-founder of this amazing initiative, called Growing Power, believes, “If people can grow safe, healthy, affordable food… if they have access to land and clean water, this is transformative on every level in a community.  I believe we cannot have healthy communities without a healthy food system.”

Their goal is a simple one: to grow food, to grow minds, and to grow community.

So how do they do it?

  • By producing 10,000 fish,
  • Using 300 to 500 yards of worm compost,
  • By utilizing vertical space,
  • Having 3 acres of land in green houses,
  • Using 1 simple aquaponic pump,
  • Food is grown all year by using heat from the compost piles,
  • A packed greenhouse produces a crop value of $5 Square Foot! ($200,000/acre).
  • Total food supply approximately 1,000,000 pounds per year!

Can you imagine if places like this started popping up all over the world? It would be one giant step towards self-reliance. Food self-sufficiency is a major step towards being sovereign.

The urban farm currently includes:

  • six traditional greenhouses growing over 15,000 pots of herbs, salad mix, beet greens, arugula, mustards, seedlings, sunflower and radish sprouts.  These greenhouses also host production of six hydroponic systems growing Tilapia, Perch, and a variety of herb and salad greens, and over 50 bins of red wriggler worms;
  • two aquaponics hoop houses with two independent fish runs and growing beds for additional salad mix and seedlings;
  • seven hoop houses growing a mixture of salad greens and mushrooms;
  • a worm depository hoop house;
  • an apiary with 14 beehives;
  • three poultry hoop houses with laying hens and ducks;
  • outdoor pens for livestock including goats and turkeys;
  • a large plot of land on which the first stage of the organization’s sophisticated composting operation is located including 30 pallet compost systems;
  • an anaerobic digester to produce energy from the farm’s food waste;
  • a rain water catchment system; and
  • a retail store to sell produce, meat, worm castings, and compost to the community.

The centre offers schools, universities, government agencies, farmers, activists, and community member’s opportunities to learn from and participate in the development and operation of Community Food Systems.

http://www.growingpower.org/headquarters.htm

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