Farming | Oct 26, 2020

Bredasdorp Park: Come visit our hydro- & aquaponics project

 Hydro- and aquaponics are established methods of farming (mostly with vegetables and herbs). They are distinguished from other farming methods in that they are soilless, i.e. the crops grow in water and inert crop support structures.

It offers many benefits, such as lower water consumption, better fertilizer management and shorter growing times, which makes it particularly suitable for plantings in small areas and where water availability is under pressure.

Bredasdorp Park NPC decided to investigate establishing a facility for hydro and aquaponics on the Park site after Nampo Cape 2019. The aim is to encourage and support small-scale farming in and around the surrounding towns.

This initiative, strongly driven by the Bredasdorp Park Chair and Management, led to the appointment of a local project management company, Two Oceans Projects & Services, during October 2019 to conduct a feasibility into the viability of such a facility. This investigation lasted about 5 months, after which it was decided to proceed with the formal establishment of the facility.

Here’s what we’ve been up to since… 

A variety of growth methods and crops were experimented with on a small scale, while at the same time an extensive contact network was built up to support the scaling up of the project. This network includes agricultural, nutrition and crop experts, as well as a training agreement with the University of Stellenbosch’s Water Institute. During April 2020, this project was launched on the Park site.

The facility has two purposes:

  • To serve as a permanent exhibition space for different methods of hydroponics and aquaponics and;
  • To serve as a working hydroponic farm where training can take place at different levels.

 

The facility has been open for viewing and training since September 2020, and visitors are welcome to pop in to see what we’ve done.

At the same time, expansion is ongoing, and will continue for some to come.

 

The development to date – and what’s to come:

The current area under tunnel cover is about 450 m², with a further 150 m² covered area currently being developed. The development of a further 500 m² area is planned for 2021.

There are currently 9 different planting techniques used (8 hydroponic and 1 aquaponic system), with about 4500 plants in different growth stages. Crops include leafy vegetables, tomatoes and a variety of herbs, and harvests are sold locally.

Training has been given to a small team from Cape Agulhas Municipality’s Local Economic Development department since September 2020. A continuous introductory and training programme kicked off on 1 October, with informal and formal courses on offer.

A Practical Approach to HYDRO- AND Aquaponics

You’re now invited to join this extremely limited training workshop on hydro- and aquaponics, taking place in November. Our expert team will teach you to choose the right fish species, the plant varieties, how to market your product and much more.

 

Date: 26 & 27 November 2020

Time: 09h00

Place: Bredasdorp Park

Cost: R2250/person

For more info, click here

Images: Ian Goldie

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