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Now in Canada, looking to set up in Nicaragua, have 1/2 acre, half of it planted to fruit trees, bananas, root crops etc. There is a 12' dia. hole in the ground, waiting for a liner & tilapia, but will start with a 3 barrelponics & a couple of glass tanks, looking for a UVI type of setup as a maybe, not commercial, lots of neighbors!
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Posted on August 26, 2010 at 10:40am 0 Comments

In the interest of developing food for all these fishes, am wondering if any work has been done to investigate the use of Moringa, a plant (tree) with higher vitamin and nutrient content than most any other on earth - could it be a supplemental food source for omnivores such as tilapia. A world map of where the Moringa grows matches, almost exactly, the area we know as the 'developing world', and is (there) being developed as a food source for people and livestock. Here is a very comprehensive… Continue

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At 9:47am on May 18, 2012, Glen McDonald said…

Hahaha, yes heating is definately an issue. We are looking into solar water heating to provide radiant heat for the grow house. We are also looking into off-grid ways of generating power as well. We have a desire to to be totally self sustainable eco friendly and organic.

At 9:07pm on May 17, 2012, Glen McDonald said…

Hi Eric,

Were you doing aquaponics when you lived in BC? If so, what did you use for fish, and where did you get them.

Your pictures of your new set up looks awesome. Our little grow house is just is a setup model. If it all goes as good as we expect it will, my brother has 3 acres of gently sloping land. We envision several large grow houses on a tiered system. Gravity feed down from our huge fish ponds at the top. A large pump at the bottom to return water to the fish tank.

At 10:54am on September 13, 2010, Michael S Uhl said…
Thanks for taking the interest in searching out similar "work" of mine. I am familiar with Will Allen and Growing Power. We inherently address similar issues and have started with similar motivations. I will be researching the viability of an urban microfarm in Baltimore, with Johns Hopkins, using available vertical, rooftop, and aquaculture growing methods. The idea is to build a scalable, profitable business for the locals to eventually take over. I have a personal stake in the work too. I want to live and learn about the sustainable systems in order to repeat it somewhere else of my choice. Who wouldn't?! I want to live sustainably while I help others understand how its possible also. :) Do you still need clarification of my effort? It will be
At 6:32am on September 13, 2010, Michael S Uhl said…
"Disadvantaged communities" is a term used by many social activists for the poor and low income people, usually minorities in urban settings. In my research focus, a low-moderate income community in Baltimore is my focus for a few reasons. 1) The NEED for quality food. 2) The potential of community involvement 3) The NEED for a local business with small-moderate profit and 4) The proof that, if it can work here, it could work anywhere (nationally or abroad) to serve. It seems like you are working internationally. I think we should talk, esp. about your interest in Moringa. I used it in Uganda to improve our water purification method. Would that be helpful to know?
At 2:32pm on September 7, 2010, Gus Cabrera said…
Hi again, Eric. I don't know any of the folks you mentioned. There are Cabreras in many parts of Nicaragua and the World, none that I can think of on Ometepe. It's been many years since I've visited. I don't remember any of the names you mentioned. I know Aviles and Castillos, and Molinas in Rivas, and a couple of others whose surnames I don't remember. You can get just about any equipment in Nicaragua, but you'll pay a premium. I would look into bringing it in and trying for duty-free. You can state that you'll be growing fish for export. Since it would for agricultural use, you may be able to get an exemption.
At 3:37pm on September 6, 2010, Gus Cabrera said…
Hi, Eric. I never imagined there would be someone in Nicaragua wanting to get into AP. I happen to be from Nicaragua and have relatives and friends in Rivas and other parts of Nicaragua. I was born in Rama, near the Atlantic Coast. I'm sure you already know that Nicaragua has some huge tilaipia farms. I'm thinking it would be easy to get into AP, although energy costs are high. Lake Nicaragua also has a large wild population of tilapia and have I personally caught some when I visited, breeding stock should be fairly easy to obtain. Anyway, good to meet you and hope you get your 12' hole filled soon.
At 7:10am on August 1, 2010, Sylvia Bernstein said…
Hi Eric,

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