Eden Aquaponics was started by one man’s mission to prove that aquaponics is a sustainable way to increase food production while reducing inputs like water and fertilizer. That man, Jack Probart, a former wealth manager who started Eden Aquaponics in 2013.
In just two years, Jack and his team were able to start making money off of their system. The first two years were spent, experimenting to fine tune the system and learn the ins and outs of producing food with aquaponics.
Eden Aquaponics has a pretty unique environment to be dealing with and when they started there wasn’t a whole lot of information about how to produce aquaponically in the unique conditions of South Africa. Eden Aquaponics has to deal with extremes in temperatures, both cold and hot, sometimes even on the same day. They grow in greenhouses to get better control over their environment and use fans to deal with the heat, and wood fired stoves to deal with the cold. As a result, they are able to grow tilapia and a wide variety of greens and herbs profitably.
The company can produce 9 harvest cycles a year which would be impossible if they were to practice field production because of the climate limitations. They are also noticing differences in the shelf life of their produce compared to those grown in the field. They last for double the time the same produce from field producers lasts!
The vision of Eden Aquaponics is to become a major player in the aquaponic industry and be the main supplier of aquaponic equipment and services in South Africa, as well as to develop a community of aquaponic farmers in order to feed the nation. To learn more about Eden Aquaponics and their mission, check out there site!