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Land Two – Hydroponics ‘WoW Style’

Rolling out hydroponics at the WoW Field Centre
Volunteers at the WoW Field Centre next year will get a chance to help on the design thinking and early prototypes for ‘LAND TWO’, our first aquaponics unit and our second hydroponics demonstration unit.

Since our charity’s last look at hydroponics, algae farming has become its new ‘green baby’. Some hydroponic farmers produce Green Crude – algae bred for its oil content, whilst others farm algae for use in foodstuffs or in pharmaceuticals.  One of the first algae research facilities in the early 1970’s, managed by Rod Cousins at Scottish Sea Farms, designed vertical plastic tube culture systems – a design change that enabled the industry to farm algae commercially.

The concept of our LAND TWO hydroponics farm has been designed by architect Tim Griffiths who also designed WoW’s first membership certificate and many of our touring exhibitions.

There’s enough space (and water) at our Field Centre for the pilot hydroponics scheme but as you can see from the artist’s impression below, the full LAND TWO farm is going to need more land and more water. We’ll cross that bridge as we near it 😉

If the future of aquaponics, hydroponics and airponics interests you, please volunteer on one of our charity’s ‘Aquaponics Junkyard Challenges‘ and really get to understand how to make aquaponics work  in any conditions, Globally.

The challenge ahead for ALL of us is how to feed the World’s growing population as it soaks up more land for housing.

Let’s work out what we are going to do, together.

LAND TWO Hydroponics Farm

School Talkabout on: The Future of Food for Wildlife

In a World becoming packed with soil and water based farms, where will wildlife source its future food?

 

So the story goes, dinosaurs were all killed after a meteor landed that was big enough to make the Gulf of Mexico and fill the World’s sky with smoke and dust which blocked out sunlight and reduced plant growth for a very long time.
Maybe.

In our tale of ‘Hew the Human’,  it was Hew who became too efficient at killing wildlife for food, ran too low on wild food so invented farming to secure year round food for Hew’s family.

Oh yes; Hew found he could also make money by selling food to all those who didn’t farm their own.

Sounds familiar?

At the end of our story, all ‘Hewmans’ (humans) looked to the open sea for food as they had totally covered all land with buildings :

 

In the more planet-friendly story …

the sea remains unpolluted and therefore full of food forever.

However …

In the real World, the sea is filling up with pollutants daily.

And the real story of fishing is mainly one of industrial greed and not one of feeding a family’s need.

School Talkabouts on the subject of ‘need and greed’ reveal both the problems that capital-driven societies continue to propagate and the options available to each new generation to solve our shared global food requirements.

If you and/or your pupils have a stomach for rich debate, book a Zoom date in your diary with us