The Oasis Aquaponic Food Production System
The Oasis Aquaponic Food Production System is a recirculating system with a gravel biofilter. The Oasis is an ultra-low cost aquaponics system and requires minimal assembly prior to use. While the Oasis was designed with developing world farmers in mind, it is useful to anyone wishing to grow their own food with a low impact on the environment.
The Oasis finished second in the Biomimicry Global Design Challenge (Read more here) and is a winner of the Blue Economy Challenge (details).
Check out the history of the Oasis below.
Version 2 - Brick Tank Prototype
Our second prototype increased capacity significantly. This model has a 500 gallon brick tank and 12 square feet of growing space. These systems can produce 100 Tilapia per crop cycle. We obtained a grant to build 31 of these systems from The University of Michigan Dow Sustainability Fellows Distinguished Awards Program. News article about the grant here.
Version 1 - Barrel Prototype
Our first prototype was a simple 3-barrel set up that held approximately 100 gallons of water. This system could raise 20 Tilapia at a time and provided 8 square feet of vegetable growing space. Garlic chives produced in this system had a 50% increase in dry weight compared to those grown in a finished compost control bed.
This system was piloted in El Salvador. The main feedback we received was that the operators wanted to grow more fish at once. This led to the construction of our second prototype.
Current Team Members
Jacqueline Hernandez Ortiz, Michelle Leach, Teresa Viola and Yasmin Giron.
Past Team Members
Samantha Cabala, Sarah Baruch, and Sam Tuck.