Students learning greenhouse production and care.
First fruits of our aquaponics greenhouse are a smashing success. Roman leaf lettuce was chosen for the startup production. It turned out to be a very good selection, going from transplant to harvest in one month. We continue to harvest from this first planting, while the second transplant gains strength and weight.
This is the first of two aquaponics greenhouses planned for our Amun Shea, Center for Integrated Development. Developed as a viable option for food security and production in the face of ever-changing weather problems which have disrupted traditional basic grain cultivation throughout El Salvador and all of Central America.
As the funding builds for the second greenhouse, we will be applying lessons learned through the experience of operating the present structure. Controlled ventilation, water/nutrient distribution and further options for plant management are areas in which adjustments will continue.
As expected, the participation of the students in this project has caused an impact in their eating habits. Green salads included in school lunches no longer are pushed aside, but heartedly consumed by our students. This is a principal goal of the project, to improve diet and eating habits.
Real and working proposals for food security in the face of climate change are few and far between. This is an opportunity to join in with us and to actually build solutions. Join in, today!
Selection of produce for our school lunch
Explaining aquaponics to visitors during setup
Tomatos and green peppers coming along.
Learning includes post harvest management
Science class, for real and with an impact.