The farm consists of both produce and fish production. Seedlings are planted with an estimated 10 days to 2 week propagation period, 2 weeks in the nursery and 2 weeks in the finishing cycle, with an estimated 6 week overall planting to harvest cycle. Training of staff is performed by a qualified trainer with experience and background in the field of hydroponics and aquaponics.
A robust training program is in place, encompassing every phase of development, from seeding to harvesting, from back office operations to packaging. all staff are cross-trained for maximum efficiency and productivity. Employees who demonstrate proficiency in certain areas will be assigned to the task which is most suited to his or her abilities.
The fish (Tilapia) and hydroponic farm are monitored on a daily basis, and nutrients and Ph. levels are adjusted as needed. Monitoring equipment (sensors and gauges) are installed to enhance the redundancy of the systems which are in place.
THE LEARNING CENTER
Children from across the state will be able to take tours of the farm and see how we utilized modern technology (photovoltaic panels) to harness the sun’s energy to power the grow lights, pumps and generators needed to grow the plants and fish which they will consume. They will learn how from a single seed a plant or fish will grow, they will actually see, what the words "seeding, propagating, and harvesting actual mean.
A classroom and media center will be established to teach community residents and school children how to grow their own produce and or start their own business and invest in a City-Hydroponic franchise of their own if they wish to do so. We will provide information on financing to qualified buyers through our banking resources to facilitate easy accept to available monies. We will direct interested buyers to grant opportunities through our grant writing resources.
A Botany and Marine Biology research laboratory will be housed on the premises to enable students from local colleges and universities to learn more hands on methods of crop management, crop yield, and other topics directly related to the hydroponic/aquaponic farming industry.
Students will learn how to create, maintain and enhance eco systems with natural ingredients and modern technology. A network will be setup to provide research material to clientele, nurseries and educational facilities interested in hydroponic research.
The mission of the OASIS project is to demonstrate the power of sustainable urbn farming through the development of unused areas or underutilized structures in urban centers through sound ecological principles, methods, and techniques brought on by innovative urban farming. It brings together together food resources, social services, job training and education to city residents of all ages, encompassing all the elements necessary to foster employment and education in a burgeoning new industry.