Agriculture and Aquaponics

For many years we have known that our campus has enormous potential for agriculture and plant life. Now we are tapping into that potential as we to learn, apply and grow more in agriculture and learning to care for the land.

We are taking this opportunity to learn about Bible based agriculture, aquaponics, and creating a self-sustaining gardening system. We are actively taking this experience and knowledge with us to the nations that need it most.

Now, we can go to the nations with God’s living water and daily bread, while also leaving behind self-sustaining food systems and the training that goes with it, thereby creating a life-changing and lasting impact on the nations.

To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted.

Ecclesiastes 3:1-2 

Agriculture in Missions

We dedicated half an acre of land on our campus to the growing of food.  We use no-till gardening and on-site materials like wood chips and leaf mulch to create our growing beds. Also, all of our pest control is natural and organic.  Our gardeners use a variety of different gardening techniques to learn and train from.

Our industrial kitchen is able to use this food in increasing amounts to feed our own volunteer staff, providing a healthier alternative to purchasing fruits and vegetables from stores. Our primary goal, however, is to learn the process, so that we can then take teams to build sustainable systems in those parts of the world that are suffering from drought, instability and hunger.

Aquaponics Overview

The simplest definition of aquaponics is the marriage of aquaculture (raising fish) and hydroponics (the soil-free growing of plants) that grows fish and plants together in one integrated system. Fish waste provides an organic food source for the growing plants and, in turn, the plants provide a natural filter for the water the fish live in. The third group of participants are the microbes (nitrifying bacteria) that thrive in the growing media. They do the job of first converting the ammonia from the fish waste into nitrites, then into nitrates that are food for the plants.

We are increasing our knowledge and expertise of aquaponics because we believe that it provides a solution for growing food in nations and areas where there is no suitable soil or enough available water. We recently took a team from Chico to develop an aquaponics system in a children ministry operating in India; and plan to travel to Uganda in the near future.

COMING SOON!

We are offering a 3-Week Farming With A Mission seminar for those interested in learning agricultural techniques for the communities fighting hunger and poverty. Begins April 19.


We appreciate the Sustainable Seed Company for their seed donation for our experimental garden.