Sunday, September 30, 2012


For almost a year Andy's dad, Tony Birchfield, has been working on an aquaponics project in Dadeville.  Aquaponics is the combination of aquaculture and hydroponics. In aquaponics, you grow fish and plants together in one integrated, soilless system. The fish waste provides a food source for the plants and the plants provide a natural filter for the water the fish live in. Aquaponics produces safe, fresh, organic fish and vegetables. When aquaponics is combined with a controlled environment greenhouse, premium quality crops can be grown on a year-round basis, anywhere in the world. Aquaponics can be used to sustainably raise fresh fish and vegetables for a family, to feed a village or to generate a profit in a commercial farming venture.(  

The goal is to replicate this in Jacmel in the next year.  We hope it will provide fresh vegetables and talipia to the children and staff at Children's Hope, a business for CH, and jobs for the kids as they get older.

600 talipia fish arrived Sept. 28

Leafy vegetables will be planted here and fertilized from fish waste

Beth picking first ripe cherry tomato

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