The INMED South Africa team broke ground on an aquaponic system for the Pella Food Garden Cooperative, an all women-run farming group in the desert region of the Northern Cape. As you can see from this photo, the geography is not conducive to lush vegetation, with extremely high salt content soil and extremely low annual rain fall.
With the support of financial services provider Old Mutual, INMED is preparing the site for a commercial-scale aquaponic system for the group, excavating the unfriendly soil by hand for the infrastructure. The project will also include a shade canopy for traditional vegetable production. The team recently installed a drip irrigation system for a large garden plot, which was richly composted and planted with drought-resistant seeds. A full-time INMED staff member will provide daily training and will work with the group for a full year.
For more information about INMED aquaponics in South Africa, Jamaica and Peru, visit https://inmed.org/what-we-do/changeadaptive-agriculture-and-aquaponics/ #adaptiveagriculture #aquaponics #climatechange #farming