** This previous hydroponic nursery experiment was eventually changed to pre-potted and chicken and worm manure fertilized, pot growing, without liquid feeding via the hydroponics method. Less labor intensive.
From: Julie Thomson
Subject: hydroponic gardening
Date: Monday, February 15, 2010, 9:15 AM
Hello from Canada
I was recently visiting in Hopkins, Belize. A group was speaking to the local citizens about hydroponic gardening. I wonder if you are associated with that group as I would like to learn more with the possible aim of assisting in projects which would assist locals in growing their own vegetables.
Hoping to hear from you soon.
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HYDROPONIC VEGETABLE GROWING IN BELIZE!
You should find our stuff on the internet Julie. You might also look through over 650 short news items on vegetable research experiments in Belize at: http://westernbelizehappenings.blogspot.com
We ran hydroponic research for 3 years here for our NGO called the Belize Development Trust. No! We have no relationship with any other group. We printed about 4 books on our discoveries and the last one was the culmination of everything we had learned. Books were only printed in small quantities, like twenty or so, and mostly given out to interested parties. Which was the Research Unit of Central Farm, The Prime Minister's of two consecutive party governments and also to the United Nations FAO. Since we closed up that project as successful, the FAO and the European Union has given GRANTS to the government to cover further experiments in water systems, soil systems, worm farms, and greenhouse vegetable production. I'm not keeping up with it anymore.
We still have two nurseries ( very small ) and they are going to the weeds, though I do have a couple of nice crops of two types of Mustard Spinach growing for home consumption. You would be welcome to come down and use them for further experimental work. Presuming you are financially self sustaining. We grow in bags, or old chlorax pots. I am on to other development projects right now and too busy to really even water the plants. Though they seem to be growing well without my attentions. One small nursery is producing food for the table. Few tomatoes, leeks, mint, spinach lettuce, and that sort of thing. The three and a half years we ran the experiments, of which two and a half years were in pure hydroponics, ( hand fed and food mixed by ourselves here ) were successful. The only real problem were finding varieties for the climate and the research showed we had basically too seasons and you needed different varieties for year round production. We had always wanted to go to an ebb and flow system experiment, but never got to it and you cannot buy any kind of irrigation tubing and root feeders in this remote area. So hand labor in hydroponics was a big thing. The only plants having trouble with bugs and diseases were the tomatoes.
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