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Aquaponics pilot project has expansion potential


September 6, 2013
By Dave Harrison

Sept. 6, 2013, Anaheim, CA — Greengro Technologies, Inc. has completed
its business plan and is beginning fundraising activities in conjunction
with Controlled Environment Agriculture (CEA) specialist BP Gardens,
Inc. to develop an aquaponics pilot project on a 4.5-acre property
located in Buena Park, Calif.

Sept. 6, 2013, Anaheim, CA — Greengro Technologies, Inc. has completed its business plan and is beginning fundraising activities in conjunction with Controlled Environment Agriculture (CEA) specialist BP Gardens, Inc. to develop an aquaponics pilot project on a 4.5-acre property located in Buena Park, Calif.
 
Aquaponics is a sustainable food production process that combines conventional aquaculture (fish farming in tanks), with hydroponics (soilless) plant growing methods in a symbiotic environment.
 
The BP Gardens venture is an ambitious CEA greenhouse growing, marketing and distribution project designed to serve southern California regional communities, restaurants and grocers with fresh, chemical-free and pesticide-free produce and specialty culinary herbs.

Within its greenhouse space, BP Gardens will grow four types of lettuce, basil and tomatoes.
 
The first-phase of the initial BP Gardens project involves prime real estate space strategically located in the heart of Buena Park, Calif.

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The property, formerly John’s Wholesale Nursery, currently features 30,000 square feet of existing greenhouse facilities.

In addition, an abundance of open area on the site is available for an additional 18,000 square feet of greenhouse structures for research and development (R&D) and future community activities.
 
The Buena Park project calls for remodelling the site’s existing greenhouses, each of which will be refurbished or purpose built and will highlight the most advanced and cost-effective commercial growing systems in use today.
 
The greenhouses will be equipped with plant growing systems from Greengro Technologies in conjunction with The Waters Wheel, a Los Angeles firm that specializes in the design and construction of certified-organic, recirculating water farms (including aeroponic, hydroponic, aquaponic and aqua-bioponic systems).
 
In addition to using water in place of soil, these systems also use soil developed from aquaculture and specialized media. Besides accelerating growth of densely concentrated crops and making better tasting produce, recirculating water agriculture conserves as much as 95 per cent of the water needed to farm in soil.


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