Hey folks, Jacob here,
Sam and I have been hoping to get this blog up and running, but the focus lately has been more on getting construction in the greenhouse underway. We are probably about halfway finished at this point, so it’s a bit late in the game, but I think a short update as to what is going on down at The Farm would be appropriate.
We’re currently building an Aquaponics system. If you aren’t familiar with that term, the elevator pitch is that it’s an agricultural technique that focuses on the relationship between fish and plants, where the fish produce waste full of nutrients necessary for plants to grow, and the plants clean the water pumped from the fish tanks through the grow beds. This water is then pumped back into the fish tanks and the cycle continues. There’s more information on Wikipedia page (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aquaponics) for anyone who is curious.
Sam works for a non-profit corporation here in Charlotte called 100 Gardens (http://100gardens.simdif.com/index.html). The 100 Gardens mission is to establish a partnership between aquaponics labs in Charlotte and in Haiti. The story of how this idea came about is really compelling, and I highly recommend you take a look on the website sometime. Feel free to follow the progress of the 100 Gardens mission via Facebook as well (https://www.facebook.com/100Gardens).
So far, at Garden Number 4 at Garinger High, we have finished the construction of the two Grow Beds and as of Friday they have been lined with carpet and plastic (kind of like a milk carton sort of material). The fish tanks are full of water and we’ve been checking the pH and ammonia levels getting the water ready for fish to live there. We’re expecting to have 75 fish in each of the four tanks and 250 servings of greens a week from the Grow Beds.
Our next steps in construction mostly involve installation of the plumbing. Unfortunately I’ve got next to zero experience with PVC and plumbing related installation, but I’m excited to learn! We’re hoping to keep the blog updated after each work day, so hopefully this was a good introduction and you are now up to speed with everything going on.
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