Aquaponics at Cambry - Haiti


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The first of 7 Aquaponic food farms is in transit and waiting on the volunteers of #givehopeglobal to arrive to begin set up. Just imagine a self contained food farm producing 600 lbs of tilapia and 200 lbs of veggies to feed the orphans of Cambry.

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  • please advise where the project is , i am in aquaponics and hydroponics in canada would be interested in helping develope a low cost system to be used in haiti
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Aquaponics at Cambry - Haiti

  1. 1. Aquaponics at Cambry August 28th, 2013 Lives Changed… All Around
  2. 2. What is Aquaponics? Aquaculture Hydroponics Aquaponics is a combination of aquaculture (growing fish) and hydroponics (growing plants without soil).
  3. 3. How the System Works • An aquaponics system is a controlled ecosystem that uses biofiltration to sustain fish and plants. • The fish produce ammonia and solid wastes, which are transferred to grow beds where these waste products are converted to plant nutrients (fertilizer) via bacteria and worms. • The purified water is then returned to the fish.
  4. 4. How the System Works With all 7 systems running, we will harvest ~600 pounds of tilapia each month. While plant harvests will vary widely based on the species grown, we can anticipate harvesting 1200-2500 pounds of vegetables each month.
  5. 5. Aquaponics vs Traditional Farming Annual yield in Aquaponics Annual yield in Field Basil 1.55 lbs/ft2 0.48 lbs/ft2 Okra 0.83 lbs/ft2 0.0093lbs/ft2 • This balanced ecosystem produces no waste, and all produced food is organic. • This closed system fosters very efficient plant growth as it provides an abundance of easily accessible nutrients for plants. • Studies have shown that plants in an aquaponic system often yield 3 to 4 times the harvest of plants grown in similar-sized fields (Rakocy et al.).
  6. 6. Cambry's Nutrional Needs • Nutrient deficiency causes a wide range of crippling defects, including decreased physical and cognitive growth, increased risk of disease, and a drastically reduced life expectancy. • The diet of the those at Cambry consists primarily of rice and beans.
  7. 7. How Cambry Benefits • While donations from outside organizations have significantly improved the children’s diet, this has left the orphanage highly reliant on outside help. • An aquaponics system would allow Cambry to grow crops to exceed their nutritional needs and give them the freedom to adapt harvests to meet their future needs.
  8. 8. How The Community Benefits • Once completed, these aquaponics systems will bring an agricultural industry that will, in addition to feeding those at Cambry, give them a product to take to market. • This system will also improve the surrounding community by providing a source of fresh food with large monthly harvests.
  9. 9. Short Term Goals • We plan to build the first phase of this project starting October 5th. • The number of grow beds supported by the fish is dependent on the amount of waste the fish produce. • We expect to harvest the first portion of our grow bed by early December.
  10. 10. Expenses  Grow Beds – 4 for $6,460 (2 for ~$3,230)  Solar System - $3,790 + Cost of Batteries in Haiti  Electrical Material - ~$2,000  2800 Gallon Fish Tank - ~$700  Shelter over Fish Tank - ~$2,000  Grading - ~$2,000  Fish Supplies - ~$1,000  Well - ~$2,800  Freight Costs - ~$4,000  Total - ~$24,750