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.
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.
The same open-source plans and operating procedures used for our own operations in the
United States and Central Asia.
What you get
Fully detailed build instructions
These are the procedures we use for our own system.
Full list of parts to build this in many parts of the world.
Online Community and Support:
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As we update our documentation we will post the latest improvements and changes and notify you in a changelog.