Think Again – Ignite The Youth

SOCIAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP has a lot of advantages, including that the person is self-employed, satisfied, creates jobs for others, above all, there is an impact on the community – Iheme Ogechi Linda.

Gone are the days when men work because they have to feed their families and farther away are the days when people take up jobs because they have to make ends meet. Today, we the young generation have to embrace jobs that give us pleasure and satisfaction. Until we do this, our potentials will not be maximized, our inner strength will remain untapped and our names will leave the earth’s surface without any impact.

Using Nigeria as a case study with over 150 million people, above 60% of these persons are youth and contrary to expectations, majority of them walk around blaming the next person for the country’s backwardness. Many graduate from school looking for jobs and others think of their qualification in school as the only way forward. It is my dream that many youth will think again.

Here is a new trend—“making money while developing the community”- this is called SOCIAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP. Today, many youth want to make money (good desire) but are not interested in making the world a little better than when they found it .In order to synchronize making money with developing our community, it requires that we think of gaps that exist in the community and think of how to fill those gaps i.e. solving the problems. In most instances, the solution you come up with makes the life of the people in your community better and rewards you with money – ‘killing two birds with one stone’.

Many people think that being a social entrepreneur requires them to forget about their academic qualifications but rather it requires you putting into practice both your learning in school and your passion in life. For instance ,a young lady who is passionate about taking care of the people in the community and happens to have read Dentistry in school, need not go take a nanny’s job ,instead, she can think of creating an organization that take basic health care to rural places. When you put together both your academic qualifications and your passion, a great profession emerges. Since people have different passions, we can both study the same course but have different professions .Enough of job monotony!

When you are doing something you are passionate about, you will forever enjoy it i.e. your work (job) becomes a source of pleasure and satisfaction. Imagine being paid for your hobby.

SOCIAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP has a lot of advantages, including that the person is self-employed, satisfied, creates jobs for others, above all, there is an impact on the community.

Oh youth, please think again! Our talents cannot just waste because of “white collar jobs”!

  • Iheme Ogechi Linda

 

Source: Think Again – Ignite The Youth

We Need Team Work – Ignite The Youth

“We, the young change-makers of this generation need to work together. By doing so, we harness one another’s competence and use it to bring to actualization our collective dream of changing the world. Team work is the best!” – OGECHI LINDA IHEME

A message to fellow Change-makers

You may have heard this story, but there is no doubt that you have not heard the complete version. Several years ago there lived two creatures; a Tortoise and a Hyena, on  Victoria Island. Though they lived in a city, their means of livelihood, a palm nut plantation, was located in Mowe. The distance between the two cities is 200 Kilometers by land and about 50 kilometers by the  water-way.

One day, the two decided to find out who will be the first to reach the plantation from their city.  I haven’t yet told you that the Tortoise walks slowly but can swim, while the Hyena runs fast but cannot swim! At the appointed time, the two set out on the journey. The Hyena ran so fast but when he reached Ketu, a place about half way to the palm nut plantation, he decided to stop and sleep. It took several hours before the Tortoise caught up with him. But whilst the Hyena slept, the Tortoise continued his journey and finally arrived at the plantation first. From this story, the conventional lesson; “Slow and Steady wins the race” was extracted.

However, this story did not end there and the following day, the Hyena requested that the contest should be repeated, to which the Tortoise agreed. This time around, the Hyena ran so fast while the Tortoise was walking. He refused to make the same mistake twice and did not sleep along the way. Now, obviously he got to the plantation several hours before the Tortoise. After a careful look at this story, I wish to say that though slow and steady wins the race, but Fast and Consistent is better.If you remember very well, Tortoise is the animal that is ‘all-knowing’ according to our childhood story books. Because he wanted to live true to his name, he requested that the contest should be repeated a second time. Although on this occasion, the two animals would have to use the water-way. When the journey started, the Hyena ran very fast but when he got to the bank of the river he needed to cross, he could not swim and therefore did not continue the journey.

For several hours the Tortoise continued walking until he got to the bank of the river. Since the Tortoise could swim, he swam across to the other side of the river and reached the plantation.The Hyena could never reach the plantation through the water-way route. We now know that it is true that “slow but steady wins the race” though “fast and consistent is better” but eventually realize that your ‘Core Competency’ and ‘Capitalizing’ on it, is one of the most powerful things any change-maker can do.

It was clear to both the Tortoise and the Hyena that they each had something the other animal did not have and so they decided to run the race together. Of course, they chose the water-way since it was about 150 Kilometers shorter than the Land route. In the first part of the shorter route to the plantation, the Hyena carried the Tortoise on his back and reached the river bank very quickly. For the second part crossing the river, the Tortoise carried the Hyena on his back and swam across the river. All in all, their journey took them a total of 45 minutes and they both arrived at the plantation site.

Their journey as a team was much quicker than any of the two could have achieved individually. Therefore, although discovering your core competence and capitalizing on it is one of the best things anyone can do, harnessing other peoples’ competence and working in a team still remains the best of them all!

We, the young change-makers of this generation need to work together. By doing so, we harness one another’s competence and use it to bring to actualization our collective dream of changing the world. Team work is the best!

Source: We Need Team Work – Ignite The Youth

Capturing Youth Interest in Agriculture – A YPARD Example

It is widely acceptable by people that information is crucial and as well as a powerful tool for decision making.

Properly quoted: “What I hear, I forget. What I see, I remember. What I do, I understand” –Rural proverb.

In order to meet up with YPARD vision, mission and objective, a representative from YPARD Nigeria team honored the request of Agric-World TV show program as a means to engage more youths on the huge opportunities in the agricultural sector and the surprises surrounding it. YPARD Nigeria also aimed at sensitizing  young people about YPARD and ultimately increasing the number of youths involved  in agriculture in Nigeria.

As part of the effort to validate the quoted proverb, the video record of the TV show is available publicly. The video was first published by John Agboola on the 20th of July, 2016 and you can watch the recording on YouTube.

Source: Capturing Youth Interest in Agriculture – A YPARD Example

Obama Signed Into Law Controversial GMO Labeling Bill. Now What?

What’s an advocate of clear GMO labeling to do now that President Barack Obama has signed into law the food industry-supported measure dubbed the DARK Act?

One option, according to the Organic Consumers Association (OCA), is to join roughly half a million people who’ve said they will boycott brands that won’t label their products—in a clear way for everyone to see—that have been produced with genetic engineering.

When Obama on Friday signed the measure “paid for and written by corporations who clearly have something to hide,” said Ronnie Cummins, international director of OCA, the president “succumbed to industry pressure to betray the 90 percent of Americans who want GMOs labeled.”

Congress passed the measure, which supercedes Vermont‘s historic labeling law, last month, and now, as the Associated Press reports, the “Agriculture Department has two years to write the rules.”

Here’s where the controversy lies: While called a GMO labeling bill—and though the White House says it “will provide new opportunities for consumers to have access to information about their food”—the organization Just Label It says it “falls short of what consumers rightly expect—a simple at-a-glance GMO disclosure on the package,” and “contains loopholes that could limit the number of products that must carry a GMO disclosure.”

In fact, says the Center for Food Safety, which opposed the measure, it’s discriminatory, as it “allows companies and producers to use QR codes, 1-800 numbers, and other difficult-to-access technology.”

Noting the impact of using QR electronic barcodes, OCA’s Cummins says that “more than a third of Americans can’t even read [them] because they don’t have smart phones or reliable internet service.” As such, he says, it “allows corporations to hide information about GMOs.”

“Passage of this bill leaves consumers with no other recourse but to boycott any brand or product that is not labeled either USDA organic, 100-percent grass-fed, or non-GMO. Consumers who want to boycott those brands that have fought to keep labels off of their products, or any brands that refuse to label, can join the nearly half a million consumers who have already downloaded our boycott app,” Cummins added in his press statement.

OCA is also calling on consumers to support the so-called Monsanto Tribunal, a two-day event that will take place in The Hague in October in which a panel of international judges will hear  testimony from citizens across the globe who feel they’ve been harmed by the company’s products. A binding decision will not be produced by the tribunal; rather, the judges will issue opinions on six questions, including whether Monsanto violated the right to a healthy environment and the right to food.

 

Source: CommonDreams

Africa’s Cheetah Generation — If you love Africa, you need to watch this!

I can’t believe this video is already several years old, but it remains — to this day — one of the most candid and explosive TED Talks about Africa I have ever seen. This amazing man really says it as it is! Ghanaian economist, George Ayittey, sees Africa’s future as a fight between Hippos — complacent, greedy bureaucrats wallowing in the muck — and Cheetahs, the fast-moving, entrepreneurial leaders and citizens who will rebuild Africa.

In this mind-blowing and absolutely amazing video, he unleashes a torrent of controlled anger toward corrupt leaders in Africa — and calls on the “Cheetah generation” to take back the continent. He touches on several serious issues affecting Africa right now, especially government, the economy and African pre-colonial and post-colonial history.

George strongly believes that corruption and complacency are the bedrock of Africa’s troubles, and until the ‘Cheetah generation’ does something about it, the continent will not move forward.

I don’t want to spoil the thrill and shock you’ll experience. Just invest a few minutes and watch the full video.

Source: Africa’s Cheetah Generation — If you love Africa, you need to watch this!

LATEST STUDY: This Green Herb Could Be The Cure To Five Different Types Of Cancer Including Ovarian, Liver, Lung, And Melanoma !

 

Moringa tree is also regarded as the “miracle tree”, thanks to its numerous benefits. The tree is popular in India, the Philippines, and some parts of Africa. However, it is fairly unknown in countries like the USA. You shouldn’t be surprised by the fact that the pancreatic cancer death rate in India is 84% lower than in the USA. This glaring contrast can be explained by the fact that India boasts the world’s largest Moringa crop. The crop is also extensively grown across Asia, the Caribbean, Central America, and Africa. Its popularity is also believed to skyrocket as several studies have confirmed its potential to cure most serious ailments of today’s world.

This tree has long been used as traditional remedy due to its anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, anti-diabetes, and antidepressant properties. It is also effective in reducing pain, fever, and even treat asthma.

Moreover, moringa is rich in isoquercetin, rhamnetin, and kaempferol, which are powerful anti-cancer compounds, According to a recent research, Moringa has anti-cancer potential.

It has so far returned positive results against liver cancer, ovarian cancer, lung cancer, and melanoma in laboratory tests. While further research is still necessary on this tree, these studies are very significant as they show the potential of a future medicine.

You can get Moringa supplements online.

Source: Family Life Goals

Solar energy rolls out like a carpet with groundbreaking Roll-Array photovoltaics

Solar power is easier to install than ever before thanks to the latest innovation: the Roll-Array. John Hingley and his team at the renewable energy company Renovagen designed a high power PV array that rolls out like a carpet. This flexible and easy-to-transport instant microgrid has the capacity to bring alternative energy to places we never thought possible. Check out the video below to see it in action.

The Roll-Array is easily towable by a standard 4×4 vehicle such as a Land Rover. When connected to the back of the car, the flexible solar panels are pulled out of a spool and create ground cover in a matter of minutes. On their website, Renovagen claims the panels will be able generate up to 100kWp – 10 times more power than other transportable solar panels on the market today.

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Not only is this new technology installed quickly, but the fuel cost savings during transportation is noteworthy. The tightly wound solar spools can be carried by the 4×4 vehicle attached to a small air pallet trailer in tow, which eliminates the need for large diesel generators.

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According to Renovagen, a standard rigid solar field takes 22 hours of man-power to install, while the thin, flexible sheets roll out in just 2 minutes. Once spread onto the ground, the panels can be bolted or staked to withstand winds of over 80 mph. After just five minutes of installation by two people, the panels are ready to generate solar power. Batteries and inverters are attached to the base of the panels.

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This ingenious development is of course ideal for large areas of flat ground, such as remote camps or military bases. They also have the potential to provide instant energy in areas hit by natural disasters.Hingley tells the Guardian, “It is like a microgrid in a box. It has all of the components integrated into it that you need to run a 24 hour microgrid.” Renovagen is now crowd-funding for the Roll-Arr ay onCrowdcube.

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Source: Inhabitat

 

11 Business Opportunities in Africa That Will Make More Millionaires in 2016

The latest Africa Wealth Report by New World Wealth reveals there are now just over 160,000 millionaires in Africa.

Interestingly, from 2000 to 2013, the number of millionaires on the continent grew by more than 145 percent, compared to the worldwide growth rate of 73 percent.

In recent years, most of the ‘new millionaires’ have been young entrepreneurs and investors who have created promising businesses and invested in lucrative sectors of Africa’s fast-growing economies.

This year, more new millionaires will join the club.

In this article, I’ll share with you the top business opportunities on the continent that will make more millionaires in 2016.

Let’s meet them…

1) Solar Power

Top Africa Business Opportunities for 2016 - Solar

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Solar energy is one of Africa’s most abundant natural resources. Most parts of sub-Saharan Africa enjoy more than 300 days of free God-given sunlight every year.

Still, over 600 million people on the continent, especially in rural areas, don’t have access to reliable electricity. In most cities and towns, power outages are the norm and people often have to rely on noisy petrol and diesel power generators.

Solar energy is free, absolutely clean and abundant. And it provides the best alternative for people in remote parts of Africa who are out of reach of electricity grids.

Interestingly, some smart entrepreneurs are rising to the challenge of lighting up Africa through solar energy, and are very likely to join the millionaires club in 2016.

I’ll share a few interesting examples…

Off Grid Electric, a solar energy provider in Tanzania recently raised $25 million from international investors and won a $5 million grant from USAID. The company is already on track to provide solar power to 1 million homes in East Africa by 2017 and has recently expanded into Rwanda.

M-KOPA, which provides ‘pay-as-you-go’ solar power systems has attracted investments of up to $40 million. This Kenyan-based business has already provided solar power to nearly 300,000 homes in Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda.

2) Agribusiness

Top Africa Business Opportunities for 2016 - Agribusiness

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Agribusiness is Africa’s untapped goldmine, and a major potential source of millionaires in 2016.

According to a World Bank report, Africa’s agribusiness industry is expected to be worth $1 trillion by 2030.

With up to 60 percent of the world’s uncultivated arable land, fertile soils, abundant labour, and all-year sunshine, sub-Saharan Africa surely has the potential to become the world’s biggest exporter of food products.

Even if Africa decides to ignore export markets, the continent’s one billion people provides a huge and ready market for agribusiness.

Still, every year, African countries import more than 70 percent of wheat consumed, over 300,000 tons of chicken and spend more than $10 billion on imported grains, especially rice.

Interestingly, more African entrepreneurs are tapping into the vast opportunities in Africa’s agribusiness market.

And with the continued harsh impacts of low crude oil prices in 2016, sleeping agribusiness giants like Nigeria and Angola are finally putting a strong focus on agribusiness as a means to diversifying their economies. This means that governments in these countries are now more open and supportive of agribusiness initiatives.

3) Smartphones

Top Africa Business Opportunities for 2016 - Smartphones

The phone in the picture is one of the versions of the Obi Worldphone; a low-priced smartphone that’s specifically targeted at the African market.

Guess what? It sells for just about $129, and it’s selling like hot cakes.

Africa is currently the second fastest growing market for mobile phones, after Asia. However, the first wave of Africa’s mobile phone revolution is almost over.

These days, African consumers are looking to upgrade from ‘first generation’ feature phones to smartphones. It’s no surprise that the continent’s growing population of technology and fashion-savvy youth now presents a multi-billion dollar market for smartphones.

However, most ‘new-age’ smartphone devices like iPhone, Blackberry and Samsung are quite expensive for the average African. This has created a huge opportunity for low-priced smartphones that are now hitting the African market.

Better still, many of these smartphones are built on the Android operating system, have similar features to the ‘high end’ smartphones and most are just as stylishly designed.

In the last eighteen months, over a dozen low-priced smartphone brands have debuted on the African market. Given the market potential for these phones, they’ll very likely make more millionaires for the entrepreneurs behind them.

4) Internet Access

Top Africa Business Opportunities for 2016 - Internet Access

Africa’s internet market is worth billions of dollars.

It’s no surprise that tech giants like Google and Facebook are scrambling to improve internet access to millions of Africans. Google’s Project Loon and Facebook’s Free Basics are just two of several bold initiatives to connect Africa.

However, some smart African entrepreneurs are already making impressive moves to conquer the internet access market.

One example is ‘BRCK’ a startup company in Kenya that has created a rugged internet modem device that’s designed for harsh environments with limited internet connection and electricity. The modem can hop between Ethernet, WiFi, 3G and 4G, and comes with eight hours of battery life.

This African-inspired invention has already sold thousands of units in 54 countries, even in faraway places as India. Their biggest customers have been schools.

Recently, BRCK raised $3 million in funding from investors to extend the reach of this amazing device. The entrepreneurs behind it will surely be smiling to the bank, after all the hardwork is done.

5) Education

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Africa’s human talent is one of its most ignored and underexplored assets.

With one of the world’s youngest populations (over 50 percent of Africans are younger than 31), the continent is rich with creative and innovative talent. However, poor access to quality education is a serious threat to Africa’s human capital.

Currently, a couple of interesting businesses and initiatives are achieving remarkable successes as they tackle Africa’s education problems head-on.

Bridge Academies (in Kenya and East Africa) and Omega Schools (in Ghana and West Africa) have built an incredible education model of low-cost primary schools that allow pupils to pay as low as $1 a day as school fees.

Another interesting business on Africa’s education scene is Andela. Through its free and highly rigorous training program, Andela develops promising African talents into top class software developers who are hired out to the likes of Microsoft and other tech giants in the USA and Europe.

This interesting business model is called ‘talent-as-a-service’.

Andela recently attracted $10 million in investment and is on track to train 100,000 world class African software developers over ten years.

6) African Art

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How much do you think African art is worth these days?

You’ll be surprised.

In November 2014, a collection of antique African art from Mali, Gabon, Congo and Liberia was sold in New York at Sotheby’s for a record-breaking price of $41 million. This is the largest ever sum realized from the sale of African art in the USA.

Not too long ago, a set of wooden sculptures by the Nigerian artist Ben Enwonwu sold in London for over $500,000, three times the expected price.

New World Map, the aluminium and copper sculpture of El Anatsui, the Ghanaian artist, sold for roughly $767,000, one of the highest prices ever fetched by the work of an indigenous African artist.

After decades of neglect, both antique and contemporary works of African art are attracting high prices in the world’s major art markets.

In 2016, more investors and collectors will be upping the demand for African art, and more millionaires will be made in the process.

7) Retail

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In April 2016, the Mall of Africa will open in South Africa. This massive 131,000 square metres of retail space is the largest shopping mall in Africa ever to be built in one phase.

Recently, the Two Rivers mall opened in Nairobi, Kenya. It’s the largest shopping mall of its kind anywhere in East Africa.

Across the continent, both local and international supermarket brands like Shoprite, Game, Checkers, Woolworths, Edgars and Spar are expanding as they scramble for every inch of available space in shopping and retail infrastructure developments.

Interestingly, the battle for retail supremacy in Africa isn’t only happening in physical retail chains.

eCommerce giants like Konga and Jumia have grown quite impressively in the last few years. Both internet-based retail businesses now have a combined worth of over $1 billion.

In fact, the battle ground for Africa’s retail market is moving beyond the continent’s shores. New eCommerce entrants like Mall for Africa and Shop to my Door now make it possible for Africans to shop directly from retailers in the USA, UK and China.

Amazing!

Africa is now one of the fastest growing retail markets in the world. A large and growing middle class, increasing local spending power, and a boom in the number of expat workers are fueling the shopping trend on the continent.

8) Apps and Online Services

Top Africa Business Opportunities for 2016 - Apps and Online Services

There’s a digital revolution taking over Africa. These days, many services now have an app or are going online. Africa’s digital economy is growing really fast.

These days, there’s almost an app or online service for anything you want.

If you’re looking for a suitable hotel accommodation in Nigeria, Hotels.ng and Jovago.com are now the biggest online services in the hotel booking business. Recently, Hotels.ng attracted an investment of $1.2 million.

If you want to watch African movies on the fly, there’s an app for that. IrokoTV is an app that gives you access to 5,000+ African movies on your mobile phone.

In January 2016, IrokoTV secured an additional $19 million in investment funding to expand its presence across Africa.

If you’d like to order bespoke furniture pieces without having to run after artisans or worry about quality, there’s an online service for that too. Showroom.ng is a Nigerian startup that’s changing how people buy furniture in Africa’s biggest economy.

In 2016, more apps and online services will launch across Africa to solve problems and provide value. And more millionaires will be made in the process.

9) Payment Solutions

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Every year in Africa, over $100 billion in transactions are still done in cash. This presents a huge and lucrative financial services opportunity for savvy entrepreneurs.

Since M-Pesa was introduced in East Africa, the transformational mobile-based money transfer and payment service has proved to be phenomenal in Kenya and Tanzania, where the platform handles over 200 million person-to-person transactions every year.

In other parts of Africa, there is a huge scramble for Africa’s next big money transfer and payment service.

In Nigeria alone, several promising businesses are jostling to dominate Africa’s biggest economy. Some of the top contenders are Paga, PayAttitude, SimplePay and PayWithCapture.

Less than six months ago, Paga attracted a $13 million investment to expand its business within and outside Nigeria. It’s a huge bet that has the potential to really pay off.

Payment solutions will be a key area to watch in 2016.

10) Real Estate

Top Africa Business Opportunities for 2016 - Real Estate

Africa’s real estate market is a multi-billion dollar opportunity, and several new millionaires will build their fortunes in this market.

In almost every corner of the continent, real estate projects are emerging. The biggest attractions are high-rise hotels and office buildings, residential homes and apartments, and shopping malls.

In Nigeria alone, there is a shortfall of 17 million housing units, with a funding requirement of $363 billion.

In Angola’s capital, Luanda, prime office rents are among the highest in the world at US$150 per sq metre per month.

In Mozambique, property prices at the sea ports, particularly for warehouses, are one of Africa’s most expensive.

The key markets for real estate on every investor’s agenda are Angola, Nigeria, Egypt, Mozambique, South Africa and Kenya. All of these countries are experiencing a real estate boom like never before in history.

Africa’s large and youthful population, an expanding middle class, increasing urbanization, influx of expatriates and multinational companies are the key drivers of demand for both commercial and residential real estate.

11) Startup financing

 

Investing in startup and early-stage businesses is on the rise globally, accounting for 67 percent of all venture capital (VC) funds in North America and increasing 19-fold in Europe.

Across Africa, start-up companies are attracting the interest of venture capital, private equity, social impact funds and angel investors who are looking for higher returns on invested capital.

In 2015 alone, the amount of capital invested in African startup businesses was roughly $0.5 billion. And in 2016, this figure is expected to double.

As Africa’s young entrepreneurs continue to come up with brilliant business ideas that have the potential to significantly disrupt both new and established markets, it’s almost impossible for investors to ignore the lure of attractive investment returns.

As of January 2016, there are now more than 200 investment organisations, firms and platforms that are focused on investing in early-stage African businesses.

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Urban Farmer Produces 1 Million Pounds Of Food Each Year On Just 3 Acres…

Urban Farmer Produces 1 Million Pounds Of Food Each Year On Just 3 Acres…

If you think YOU’VE got “limited space” to grow enough of your own food, then it might be time to think again.

Here’s the incredibly inspiring story of one man named Will Allen. Will has setup a largely self-sustaining food growing system that can produce 1 million pounds of food every single year…

Not only does he do this on just 3 acres of land, he does it smack bang in the middle of suburbia. In fact, his well-organized greenhouse system produces a crop value of almost $200,000 per acre.

 The system he uses mainly relies on the process of Aquaponics – that’s a process whereby you take advantage of the symbiotic cultivation of plants and aquatic animals in a re-circulating system.The fish (which supply you with protein – unless you’re just keeping them as pets) produce a continual supply of natural waste in their water. That water is filtered through “growing beds” which supplies valuable nutrients to the plants, and it’s then circulated back to the fish as freshly filtered clean water. The cycle then continually repeats.

You can learn more about Aquaponics here.

As you’ll see in the videos below, Will…

  • Maintains 3 acres of land in green houses.
  • Produces 10,000 fish (that’s some serious protein).
  • Uses 300 to 500 yards of high quality worm compost.
  • Makes use of vertical growing techniques to maximize all available space.
  • Runs the system on 1 simple aquaponics pump.
  • Grows food year round by using heat from the compost piles to keep the green houses at a regular temperature even in the middle of winter.

Here’s a brief introduction to Will’s “Growing Power” setup…

…and here’s a 10 min video where he takes a group on a tour of the “Growing Power” facility.

…in our opinion, Will is one smart cookie ;-0

You can find out more about setting up your own backyard Aquaponics system here.

You can find out more about successful worm composting here.

If you like this story, be sure to share it with your friends and inspire someone you know. Anything becomes possible with just a little inspiration…

Source: EcoSnippets