Iraq Pilot Farm

Project Overview

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30K

Impact

$500K

Cost

100+

Backers

Project Concept
  • 01 HydroponicsBuilt within a fixed greenhouse or hoop house Deep water culture (DWC). Very water-efficient to plant water-intensive crops. Allows year-round crop yields Ideally, nutrients would come from fish farming = aquaculture.
  • 02 Aquaculture and ProcessingCustom-built or prefabricated structure. Fishponds—Used to raise fish. Nutrient-rich water is pumped to hydroponics, closed-loop system. We can improve plant and fish health by oxygena􀀁ng the wa-ter using EarthWise Global’s nano-bubble technology.
  • 03 Solar panels with battery storageGround-mounted more efficient for maintenance. Gel Acid or Lithium Ion battery storage. Low- tech techniques can be used keeping solar panels cool and clean. Gas generator can be used as backup.
  • 04 Irrigation system (Responsive Drip Irrigation)30-50% less water than drip (which is 40% more efficient than conventional irrigation). Installed 8in deep by a tape-injector—approx 16 inches apart. For trees, additonal vertical feeders needed down the sides of the trees - allows for deeper tree roots. Can be fed by gravity storage tanks. Last 10+ years once installed.
  • 05 Water retention ponds/Outdoor FishpondsCan be dug in-ground with pond liner. Used to raise fish = extra revenue and nutrients for plants. Various plants can be raised in ponds to attract insects and/or feed fish directly (like duckweed, Azolla, seaweed, etc..). Fish water can be pumped to the irrigation storage tanks. Would serve as a large reservoir for irrigation.
  • 06 Grazing LivestockMix of goats, sheep, cows and other grazing animals—carefully selected breeds that are best acclimated to climate. Holistically planned and managed Livestock used to “prepare” the land for planting of crops. They would provide natural “fertilizer” for the crops and trees.
  • 07 Mobile Chicken CoopChickens will follow grazing livestock by a few days - feed off magots and other insects that appear after grazing. Eggs will provide ongoing source of income. Mobile chicken coops can be built out of readily available materials. Contained using mobile electric fencing.
  • 08 Trees/Permaculture/AgroforestryWould be planted in rows approx. 25-30ft apart. Trees will be planted in tight rows alternating patterns. Specific tree species will be selected that are climate tolerant, and have multiple functions. Produce crops that can be harvested (fruit or nuts), for timber and other similar products, and support diverse trees/crops/livestock, and provide flower for honey.
  • 09 Crops/Alley CroppingIrrigated with RDI system. Soil, water, and air conditions will be monitored using Agrology sensors and app-based platform. We would use a no-tilling planting. Ground will be “cleared” by the livestock (or mechanically). Mix of cash crops, cover crops, herbs, spices, medicinals. Crops will be grown based on grazing and seasonal schedules.
Project Roadmap
Estimated completion date:
11/11/2022

Phase 3 - November 2022

Project goes live.

Phase 2 - October 2021

Construction started.

Phase 1 - May 2021

Project was born.

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