Build our system

Born from a heart to eradicate poverty, and providing nutritious food sources year-round to the globe, YWAM Emerge decided to use their expertise in the field of aquaponics (the union of hydroponic growing and aquaculture) and design a food system which can be built almost anywhere in the world. Our simple goal was creating the most affordable, robust, simple to build, and easy-to-run, high output systems, and then give it away to the world. 

Rather than create multiple designs, our target was a system large enough to provide a livable income to a family, workable within 40 hours per week. Need more income? Simply build more systems. By keeping to a single design, training, troubleshooting, maintenance, and managing operations all become simpler. As we continue gathering data, we will continually improve the plans and operating procedures available for everyone. 

The system


System size - 10 meters wide, 15 meters long

Grow Beds - 6 beds @ 9.2 meters long, 1.2m wide each


3060 total holes for planting produce

  • 10 week grow cycle @ 460 produce units per week

  • 9 week grow cycle @ 554 produce units per week

  • 8 week grow cycle @ 655 produce units per week


3 IBC tanks for fish with independent shut-offs

Dual pump design for independent water & aeration

Radial, Matala & Biological filtration design

6 grow bed design with independent shutoffs


Our system was designed to use off-the-shelf, common components to keep the costs as low as possible.


Our actual cost to build a system in Central Asia 

  • System build - $10,000 USD

  • Greenhouse structure (not included) - $15,000 USD

  • Site/infrastructure expenses - $5,000 USD

  • TOTAL - $30,000 USD


Estimated man-hours required to operate are at or under 40 hours per week. 

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The same open-source plans and operating procedures used for our own operations in the

United States and Central Asia. 

What you get

Build Instructions​:

Fully detailed build instructions

Operating Manual:

These are the procedures we use for our own system. 

Parts List:

Full list of parts to build this in many parts of the world. 

Online Community and Support:

Join our online community and ask questions of us or others.

Continually Updated:

As we update our documentation we will post the latest improvements and changes and notify you in a changelog.

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