Aquaponics and Sack Gardens

Our goal: To create aquaponics systems and training centers that include aquaponics system, raised garden bed, sack gardens, and a compost area, as well as training to keep it running efficiently.

We also work with villages and organizations that are interested in learning how to create sustainable food sources. We teach how to create sack gardens, self-watering container gardens, composting and how to regenerate plants. We build partnerships with people in the areas in which we work and they spread the knowledge we provide to their friends and neighbors.

What is Aquaponics?

  • Aquaponics is a system that uses recycled water and fish waste to fertilize plants.
  • The fish are on the bottom of the system. Water is pumped up from the fish tanks through the grow beds and then pulled through pipes using gravity.
  • Plants are then placed into holes made in the pipes.
  • The plants use the fish waste as nutrients and the water is pumped back to the fish tanks, clean.

The Benefits

  • Water is recycled and the system uses 80% less water than traditional gardening methods.
  • Plants are grown organically and the system produces both fish
  • and vegetables.
  • Plants grow as much as four times as fast as they do in traditional gardens.

What is a Sack Garden?

  • Sack gardens are plants that are grown in a bag.
  • Rocks are in the center and fertile soil surrounds the rocks.
  • Vegetables and herbs are planted in holes cut around the sack on the bottom and middle. They are also planted on top.
  • The rock core aerates the roots and absorbs water, creating less waste and faster growth.
  • Plants grow in layers, allowing a variety of crops to be planted (melons on the bottom, peppers in the middle, tomatoes on the top, etc.)

 

The Benefits

  • You do not need land to grow herbs and vegetables.
  • You can grow multiple crops in a small area.
  • Sack gardening is extremely efficient in areas with water shortages and poor soil quality.
  • Crops grow twice as fast.