E.A.T. (Environment, Aquaponics, Technology)
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EAT will offer young entrepreneurs in Cyprus a unique opportunity to learn how to build, operate and manage a sustainable Aquaponic farm business, producing organic food and fresh fish, forever.
Aquaponics is a sustainable, urban farming method using 95% less water, a fraction of the land, and none of the pesticides or chemical fertilizers associated with traditional farming. It is 100% environmentally-friendly, giving year-round harvests of low cost organic produce, with low maintenance and low overheads. Aquaponic farms can be built to any size - to feed a family of four, or a whole community.
This 8' video, gives a general idea of what Aquaponics can offer and produce:
Beginning with the construction of a fully operational Aquaponic farm using mainly recycled materials, EAT will demonstrate to young entrepreneurs the feasibility and low start-up costs which can be achieved when establishing their own aquaponic business. They will learn how to build and operate different aquaponic systems and their training will include a certificated course in the PORTABLE FARMSTM Aquaponic System which will enable them to build their own business in a unique modular way, increasing production in easy steps.
Online, EAT will build an aquaponic community linking local producers, farms and others to suppliers of recycled materials, parts, seeds, fish etc, as well as linking retailers and promoting network opportunities within the community. This local network will be part of a larger Euro Med Aquaponics resource platform, providing users with knowledge and step-by-step guides to build, operate and manage their own aquaponic farms of any size.
After the initial 9 months of the project, the first four EAT entrepreneurs can be in business for themselves as part of a growing Cyprus network. The EAT training farm will be solar powered and producing enough organic produce and fresh fish to meet the full daily nutritional needs of over 60 people. Local restaurants, such as the ‘Silverpot café’, have agreed to buy this premium produce at current local prices and EAT is also in discussions with other restaurants and retail outlets to establish future demand, expanding the EAT farm network.
Jonathan Ayre: project coordinator, responsible for training programs, marketing and day to day operations.
Savvas Vladimerou: qualified engineer & organic farmer, donating use of fenced land and amenities to the project, supervising overall construction and daily operations.
Roberto Sciffo: aquaponics specialist, responsible for training, building, crop testing and planting.
Gabriel Pantelides: experienced in aquaponics, will assist with training and setting-up the E.A.T. farm.
The E.A.T. team is looking for:
Gabriel Pandelis has a wide range of experience.Trained and worked in Sound Engineering...
Aquaponic technology trained, with a background in engineering, including BSc. Mechanical...