What We Do
Taaluma creates aquaponics systems, sack gardens, raised gardens, compost bins, and training centers to help people in West Africa learn how to feed their families. We build systems for our partners in the region who in turn educate the families they work with and help their neighbors to feed themselves.
Aquaponics is a recycled water system that uses fish waste to fertilize plants that are grown without soil. We use Tilapia fish that are in tanks at the bottom of the system. The fish waste water is pumped up to grow beds and then down pipes that contain seedlings and plants. There are many benefits to using aquaponics. No water is wasted, it is completely organic and plants grow four times as fast as in traditional gardens. Additionally it provides protein and vegetables for well-balanced meals.
Sack gardens are inexpensive and very easy to make. All that is needed is an empty sack (rice, coffee, etc.), rocks, soil and plants or seeds. The center is filled with rocks and surrounded by soil. Plants are grown on three levels in the sacks. On the bottom we grow things like watermelon, cantelope and cucumbers. Around the middle we grow
peppers, zuccini and other hanging veggies. On top we grow cassava, tomatoes, spinach, kale, etc. Sack gardens can be made anywhere and add essential vegetables to families’ diets, which often consist of meals of rice. By adding superfoods like kale and spinach, children get the vitamins they need to grow up healthy. Below is what a sack looks like after three months.
In addition, we create raised garden beds to show people how to make the local soil more fertile by mixing it with sand and hay. We also build compost bins to help reduce waste and for use in the raised gardens and sack gardens.