Harp and Story

Aqua – Ponics for Bamboo School

Steve and Tooey bring home the IBC totes using the infamous green machine!

Steve and Tooey bring home the IBC totes using the infamous green machine!

Another Shabbat is almost upon us so…SHABBAT SHALOM from Bamboo School, Bong Ti, Thailand!

It has been a busy last few days as we have been driving all over this province trying to find and then collect all the parts necessary to put together this aqua-ponics system.  But HOORAY! The parts are finally assembled and the tank cutting has begun.  If we ever settle down someplace long enough to have a garden I want Steve to make me one of these systems!  So far we have spent less than $600.00 US for all the parts to assemble.  There is still gravel and plants to finish up the project, but not bad for a year-round consistent source of vegies and fish!  Thank you all ho so generously gave toward making this aqua-ponics project happen for Bamboo School.  We hope to return in the near future to build an aqua-ponics system for the village of Nang Kwan Kan where Gary and Karen Sloan minister so fervently and effectively for YHVH.  There is a lot of interest in aqua-ponics around here.  Bamboo School will be the model for many more to come, I think!  Thank you to all who so generously gave to help make this project a reality!

The totes we were able to acquire transported glue so they are sitting in the sun as I write this post to let the glue dry so it can be peeled off by the kids, either later today or Sunday.  It was difficult to find totes that were safe for agriculture and fish farming, the majority of totes transport hazardous materials that cannot be cleaned effectively enough for our purposes.  These totes are popular items among the farmers in Thailand as they are relatively inexpensive and can be used for water storage during the dry season as it is now.  The hazardous materials stored in the totes that are for sale make me wonder what kind of health concerns these totes might cause for farming use.  And how would one know if the vegetables or other food stuffs or water to farm or drink hasn’t been stored in a hazardous material tote.  There is not much regulation about such things in Thailand. Not that I am for more regulation!It’s hot here and the little breeze that floats by from time to time is always welcome!

All the parts for the aqua-ponics sytem are assembled and waiting.

All the parts for the aqua-ponics sytem are assembled and waiting.
The kids have been clearing an area for the system's new home.
The kids have been clearing an area for the system’s new home.
Steve takes a break from cutting the totes into grow beds, a sump and a fish tank.
Steve takes a break from cutting the totes into grow beds, a sump and a fish tank.
The totes are cut to size, now just have to get the glue out!
The totes are cut to size, now just have to get the glue out!
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