Nooitgedacht Fresh Produce at Bredasdorp Park uses soilless and organic farming to produce healthy, nutrient rich vegetables and herbs, on a reduced farm footprint, and in doing so spread awareness of the use of the technology to inspire others.
The need for vertical production at Bredasdorp Park stems from a board decision to support food security as set out in the 2030 plan and to be mindful of water scarcity and its efficient use.
The concept was first presented to the current service provider soon after Nampo 2019, and after a 6-month feasibility study it was decided with the development of the facility during March 2020.
The main objectives are:
to establish a demonstration facility where hydroponic and aquaponic principles were on permanent display to the public, and
to provide training and skills transfer opportunities to interested parties such as upcoming farmers and backyard gardening enthusiasts. A specific emphasis was put on simplicity and affordability of soilless crop growing systems so that the application of this type of farming could potentially be rolled out as wide as possible in in the region. By achieving these objectives, Bredasdorp Park will be seen to make a positive contribution to job creation and food security in and around rural towns.
the development and operation of a commercial hydroponic farm was added to the facility in November 2021, to make the facility economically sustainable to provide services and products to a wider community.The full article is for subscribed members only. To view the full article please subscribe. It’s FREE!Log In Register