The Gothic-style greenhouse from the MSC Greenhouses Company arrived at the beginning of November 2023 and has been successfully installed. The greenhouse has an additional shading cover system, installed 2 meters below the dome structure. The shade cover can be rolled out manually and will offer additional shade and temperature control in the greenhouse when required.
This feature will be handy during the summer months (July-November), when high temperatures and little wind affect the production of more temperature-sensitive green-leaf edible plants, like arugula and lettuce. The installed fan will ensure regular air circulation. Eventually, a water misting system will be incorporated to aid the cooling process and ensure proper humidity inside the greenhouse.
Currently, we are reviewing different hydroponic systems with local companies and a local agricultural engineer with vast experience in hydroponic production and greenhouse management. Successfully growing green leafy vegetables year-round in hot climate conditions will depend on the temperature and oxygen levels of the fertilized water used as culture media in hydroponic systems. A possible 6-month consultation will be discussed to ensure the production team's proper start-up and capacitation in all aspects of the hydroponic production process.
We are thrilled to be one step closer increase the production of our own vegetables!
The new hydroponic production program will showcase an innovative and highly efficient hydroponic agricultural system suited to produce fresh vegetables in the tropical hot climate of the Punta Cana region. Over 2 months ago we purchased a 200-square-meter Gothic Style greenhouse from the MSC Greenhouses Company based in Pamplona Spain.
MSC Greenhouses is a company with over 30 years of experience in the production and installation of metal frame greenhouses adaptable to local needs and climates. The greenhouse is equipped with a ventilation fan on each side of the rectangular structure, a sliding door on one of the long sides of the structure, and an overlapping curved roof with a longitudinal window for additional hot air ventilation that can be closed with a flap system depending on requirements.
Conditioning of the terrain where the greenhouse will be located has started. The ground will be sloped with a 1-degree angle on the long side to ensure proper drainage of the plastic roofing. The floor of the greenhouse will be the natural dirt ground with a geomembrane lining covering the walkways between the isles. Our new green house will arrive on the 21st of October.
With the first donation we received for this project, we have ordered a greenhouse from MSC Invernaderos in the Dominican Republic. The greenhouse is being manufactured and will be built in the next few months.
In the meantime, our team has been fine-tuning the details to build out the hydroponics system, develop a business plan and budget the first phase of the system. We are planning a system that will have between 25-50 vertical towers with a potential to produce 6 cycles of produce per year.
We have also conducted workshops with local farmers from Miches and surrounding communities about compost and sustainable agricultural production. We are working to maintain existing relationships and establish contacts with new communities.
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