As you might have read in one of our previous posts, the Belhar Early Childhood Development Centre is using the first funding to install new grow beds. This expansion is the first step in making the Aquaponic System profitable, creating a sustainable source of income to provide a better environment for the children of the Centre.
The new installation uses a slightly different method to set-up the grow beds. By cutting a 1000L water tank into three “layers”, the grow bed consists out of three separate square meters of growing area (see the upper images). The benefit of this method is that there is a larger growing area for the plants, and the system is more remote as the grow beds are smaller. This makes the system easier to manage, which is essential for the continuation of the project.
Last week, the final stage of the expansion was realised. Firstly, clay and stones were bought to fill the grow beds. This creates the soil for the vegetables and herbs. When this was all installed, Mr. Hartzenberg, head of the Belhar Community Centre, bought new plants to fill the grow beds. The first harvest will consist out of basil, lettuce, cucumber and tomato. Everyone is very excited to see how this harvest turns out.
As usual, any progress will be posted on this website 😉