Each Green Oasis commercial farm combines 23.8 acres of indoor plant production with a recirculating aquatic ecosystem, all on a 9.09-acre footprint. The climate-controlled environment of the facility provides year-round production of organically grown fresh leafy greens, herbs, micro greens, botanicals, fish, and rich vermacuture soil.
What is Aquaponics?
Aquaponics refers to any system that combines conventional aquaculture (raising
aquatic animals such as Rainbow Trout, Arctic Char) with
hydroponics (cultivating plants in water) in a symbiotic environment.
In normal aquaculture, bio-waste from the animals being raised can accumulate
in the water, increasing toxicity. In an aquaponic system, water from an
aquaculture system is fed to a unique hydroponic system where the by-products are
broken down by nitrifying bacteria initially into nitrites and subsequently into
nitrates that are utilized by the plant as nutrients. The water is then recirculated
back to the aquaculture system.
The facility is subdivided into four bio secure zones. Each zone is comprised of a fish farm working symbiotically with five aquaponic raft towers for plant production.
Green Oasis Foods has implemented an aggressive Bio security regime, which sets parameters for the physical attributes of our farms and processes alike. Our farms are designed from the ground up to assure that pollutants, pests and disease are physically barred from entering. We also employ state of the art sensors and analytical controls to constantly monitor every stage of the processing and packaging stages.
The CEVAS™ farm management system can maintain an annual output of over ~3.9 million pounds of the highest quality produce and 550 metric tons of fish for each commercial farm. Our food is harvested, processed and packaged in-house and then delivered to market while maintaining complete bio-security.
Our plants start from Organic seeds. We grow them under Photobio LEDs for either 10, 21, or 42 days, depending on the crop. We seed our rafts with an automated machine, which also soaks the seeds to begin their germination. After spending their time floating on water in a carefully monitored growing environment, a Raft Retrieval system brings the rafts to a harvesting and packaging system to prepare the greens for shipping. We grow and package produce for the wholesale retail grocery, food service and botanical extracts industries.
Raised from incubated eggs, our fish live in the facility's nursery for three months. At 'fingerling' stage they are 10 cm long, and are transferred into their first of three rearing tanks, for another nine months. The transfers allow the fish to move into
bigger tanks as they grow. Once grown to a weight of approximately 1.1kg, they are introduced to a specially designed tank to purge them for one week before they are harvested, processed, packaged and distributed. 66 metric tonnes of Rainbow Trout are produced annually.