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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

News on Aquaponic + Hydroponic research unit.

News on Aquaponic + Hydroponic research unit.

The seeds are in (Vegetables all!)
Some shoots have sprouted (The Peas)
We’ve set up a control exp. using soil in trad. pots – well it’s our own 3 year old compost.
Our French engineer student, Nicolas, is still struggling with constructing a Bell Siphon despite watching countless YouTube vids on subject (mind blowing and numbing stuff)
Our two Spanish agricultural engineer students Mercé and Joan, are filtering compost tea solutions today (smelly job).
Water leaks from pipes a bit but that’s only to be expected when recycling old fittings.
General water conditions are low due to low rainfall.
Everyone well spirited, well fed and sleeping soundly.
Good music night at Radnorshire Arms Hotel last Tuesday.
Designing an aquaponic touring exhibition so we can take a demo. unit to shows.
Half painted the aquaponic exhibition.
Tested pumps and found we need bigger ones. All donations welcome.
Today – a day of cutting grass at the Field Centre and mending two gates, although, I think Nicolas is carving a robot into one of the pillars along the walk to the hydroponic unit whilst contemplating bell siphon design.