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STUNG TRENG, CAMBODIA

Stung Treng
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  • Climate:
    Southeast Asia, Tropical
  • Country:
    Cambodia

Location: The AOC Stung Treng FoodMachine Project is located in the North of Cambodia in the province of Stung Treng.

Desired Outcome: The hope is that this project can be operated within the AOC agricultural training centre and livelihood program, whereby beneficiaries will be able to come, see/study, and learn about the FoodMachine. After training they will down-scale the model to fit their context and use it in the communities, helping combat the effects of poor nutrition and food insecurity. All profit made from this FoodMachine install will be applied toward helping fund the project.

PLANTS GROWN:

For the first six to nine months an assortment of greens will be grown.

STATS:

Yearly Average Air Temp:
26°C (80°F)

Monthly Average Precipitation:
150mm (6 inches)

Tank Capacity:
12,600 liters (3,329 gallons)

Total water volume:
22,200 liters (5,865 gallons)

Grow-bed area:
48 square meters (158 square feet)

Location Details:
The AOC Stung Treng FoodMachine Project is located in the North of Cambodia in the province of Stung Treng bordering Laos. To learn more visit www.aocam.org

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Great updates from Cambodia and Guatemala

We got some great pictures back this week from the FoodMachine locations in Cambodia and Guatemala.

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ZAPOTE, GUATEMALA

Zapote
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  • Climate:
    Tropical
  • Country:
    Guatemala

The first FoodMachine in Guatemala is located in the village of Zapote near the village church. The desired outcome of the project is to impact the lives of community members by providing both food, income potential, and job skills. Kids from the school will be responsible for the daily tasks during the week, while the pastor and his wife will manage the system on the weekend.

PLANTS GROWN:

A wide assortment of greens will be grown in the FoodMachine for the first six to twelve months. Then flowering plants such as tomatoes and cucumbers will be added to the system.

STATS:

Yearly Average Air Temp:

Monthly Average Precipitation:

Tank Capacity:
~3,168 liters (837 gallons)

Total water volume:
~9,206 liters (2,432 gallons)

Grow-bed area:
37 square meters (400 square feet)

Location Details:
The FoodMachine is located in close proximity to the village church and school.

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Zapote FoodMachine Salad Festival

This week was the first community gathering held specifically for the purpose of telling the people in Zapote about the importance of vegetables in their diet. What an amazing time it was!!!

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YWAM PUYALLUP, WASHINGTON, USA

Puyallup, WA
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  • Climate:
    Temperate
  • Country:
    United States

The FoodMachine located at YWAM Puyallup is in a 5,000 square foot greenhouse. A wide variety of crops will be grown at this FoodMachine location and sold into the local market. This will also serve as one of the primary training sites for both the local and international community.

PLANTS GROWN:

A wide assortment of greens and herbs will be grown and sold.

STATS:

Yearly Average Air Temp:
50°F (10°C)

Monthly Average Precipitation:
3.5 inches (8.9 cm)

Tank Capacity:
~4,500 gallons (17,034 liters)

Total water volume:
~12,479 gallons (47,238 liters)

Grow-bed area:
1,600 square feet (488 square meters)

Location Details:
The FoodMachine is located in a greenhouse at New Beginnings Home. The produce from the FoodMachine will be sold while also providing job opportunities and training to those involved at the home. To learn more about New Beginnings visit http://www.newbeginningshome.org

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Spring is in the air!!

Spring is right around the corner! As the pictures below show, the plants at the Puyallup FoodMachine are looking great.

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LAHAINA FAMILY FARMS, HAWAII, USA

Lahaina, Hawaii
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  • Climate:
    Tropical
  • Country:
    United States

The FoodMachine at Lahaina Family Farms is the first installation intended specifically for commercial use. Lahaina Family Farms will grow a wide variety of crops in the FoodMachine to be sold into the local market.

PLANTS GROWN:

Market research is on-going.

STATS:

Yearly Average Air Temp:
76°F (24°C)

Monthly Average Precipitation:
1.2 inches (3 cm)

Tank Capacity:
~2,500 gallons (~9,464 liters)

Total water volume:
~11,983 (~45,360 liters)

Grow-bed area:
1,900 square feet (579 square meters)

Location Details:
The produce from this system will be sold into the local market.

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Solar use in the FoodMachine

Solar is a great way to power a FoodMachine in environments where grid power is either unreliable or unavailable. At LaHaina Family Farms, the entire FoodMachine is powered via solar.

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LAS PALMAS SCHOOL, SAN PEDRO DE MACORIS, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC

San Pedro de Macoris
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  • Climate:
    Tropical
  • Country:
    Dominican Republic

The Las Palmas FoodMachine is located on the school’s campus in the middle of San Pedro. This school desires to impact the lives of kids in their community by providing a high quality Christian education.

In addition to providing food to the kitchen of the school, the produce also may be sold, even on the street right outside the gate of the school.

PLANTS GROWN:

An assortment of greens, cucumbers, and tomatoes are the crops to be grown in this location.

STATS:

Yearly Average Air Temp:
25° C (77°F)

Monthly Average Precipitation:
8.35 cm (3.33 in)

Tank Capacity:
~3,168 liters (837 gallons)

Total water volume:
~9,206 liters (2,432 gallons)

Grow-bed area:
30 square meters (320 square feet )

Location Details:
The Las Palmas FoodMachine is located in the courtyard of this urban school.

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Lettuce for Sale!!!

We recently heard from the FoodMachine team at Las Palmas school in the Dominican Republic that they have reached an important milestone. They are beginning to market the lettuce! We are so proud of them and all the hard work they have put in.

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WORLD GRACE MISSION CENTER SANTO DOMINGO, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC

Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
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  • Climate:
    Tropical
  • Country:
    Dominican Republic

The World Grace Mission Center FoodMachine is located on the center’s campus outside of Santo Domingo. The mission center has a vision for replication of the micro-enterprise aspects of the FoodMachine in Haiti, the Dominican Republic, and the world.

In addition to providing food to the kitchen of the mission center, the produce will also be sold to local restaurants and other consumers. This application of the micro-enterprise model is one that will ensure the continued success of the FoodMachine in this location.

PLANTS GROWN:

An assortment of greens, cucumbers, tomatoes, and herbs.

STATS:

Yearly Average Air Temp:
25° C (77°F)

Monthly Average Precipitation:
13.3 cm (5.2 inch) monthly average. Most occurring May - October.

Tank Capacity:
~2,366 liters (625 gallons)

Total water volume:
~9,842 liters (2,600 gallons)

Grow-bed area:
122 square meters (400 square feet)

Location Details:
Grow-beds are outdoors with gazebos covering the fish and harvest processing area.

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Pest Management in FoodMachine aquaponics

Unfortunately, when growing plants, the need for having a plan to manage pests is a reality. Following are a few of the basic steps taken in FoodMachine systems to prevent pests as well as deal with issues should they arise.

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KONA, HI

Kona, Hawaii USA
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  • Climate:
    Tropical
  • Country:
    USA

OVERVIEW:

The Kona FoodMachine™ is located on the Youth with a Mission (YWAM) base. YWAM is determining how to integrate the FoodMachine™ as a part of its larger mission strategy. YWAM currently has over 1,000 locations in 150 countries.

This installation grows many different vegetables. However, the main crop is lettuce that is donated to the YWAM base kitchen. The base kitchen feeds over 600 people daily. This site is the main training and demonstration location for the FoodMachine™.

PLANTS GROWN:

Many varieties of both red and green lettuce, cilantro, basil, chives, sugar peas, broccoli, soybeans, cabbage, cucumbers, squash, kale, peppers, garden beans, tomatoes, and celery.

STATS:

Yearly Average Air Temp:
77° F (25° C)

Monthly Average Precipitation:
<1” (2.5 cm)

Tank Capacity:
4,300 gallons (16,277 liters)

Total water volume:
6,000 gallons (22,712 liters)

Grow-bed area:
800 (245 square meters)

Location Details:
Grow beds are outdoors, fish under gazebos.

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Kona FoodMachine

The Kona FoodMachine is a shining example of what we desire for all FoodMachine installations. This project is now fully

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