Imagine a small plant where you can grow lettuce or tomatoes without soil, in water, and use the same freshwater to irrigate. The waste from rabbits or chicken is converted to fertilizer for plants. That is ponics. In other words, ponics is a technology that combines aquaculture with hydroponics (cultivating plants in water) based on recycling water, nutrients, and energy.
What are the benefits?
Soilless culture is an expanding agricultural practice. The benefits are many. Meanwhile, ponics is a technique that has its place within the wider context of sustainable intensive agriculture. The sustainability of ponics considers the environmental, economic, and social dynamics.
Ponics is a particularly great solution for arid regions or areas with non-arable soils or for using marginal lands in urban areas for food production closer to markets. The unsustainable use of land and water resources is already a challenge in Armenia resulting in soil eutrophication.
FarmFresh: food production and management system brand from The Distrikt.
Now imagine a local grocery shop on the corner of the street where you will find fresh vegetables by the local farmers. The food production and management systems are regulated by the FarmFresh – a startup from the District.
FarmFresh Startup suggests mobile and web application which controls production in real-time and manages ponics’ farm data using IoT system by ensuring the greatest efficiencies in production and preventing imbalances in the system. FarmFresh will let you:
FarmFresh marketplace: benefits
The passive solar greenhouse of The Distrikt
The ponics system will be implemented in the greenhouse of The Distrikt which will be a symbol of the circular economy.
The greenhouse will be heated with the geothermal heating and cooling system, which is a clean and renewable energy source. While the excess organic waste will be fed into the bio digestor to be converted into biogas.
Moreover, the greenhouse will be equipped with rainwater harvesting tanks which will allow reducing the water use even more.