First Nations across North America suffer from a host of issues like addictions, chronic overcrowding in often poor housing, a lack of infrastructure and even access to clean water and food. While some of these problems are far too complex for one person there was something we could do about a couple of them. We built a straw bale house and off grid power system and then we turned to aquaponics to see if we could secure our food supply in a sustainable cost effective manner.
We aren't alone in exploring aquaponics however and our competitors range from DIYers in the backyard to containerized systems ready to deploy in days in the arctic to multinationals using robotic greenhouses growing thousand of pounds of produce a day.
They all have one thing in common and that is their reliance on the grid or fuel for power. I believe that Thunderbird farms is unique in that we have been using open source, low energy, environmentally friendly, what I like to call “lo-fi” technologies using off the shelf parts and proven aquaponic designs.
With over 1200 first nations communities in in the US and Canada and hundreds of thousands of other disadvantaged communities throughout North America, there is plenty of room for growth. With our partnerships with the Lethbridge college Aquaculture center of Excellence and the leading aquaponics researchers in the world, we believe that our methods will be well received once we finish our prototype.
We are looking for like minded investors and partners to help us finish our second commercial scale prototype and fully validate our methods and systems. We look forward to hearing from you through the contact information posted Thank you.
- LeeAnne Schatz
- Gilles Leclair
- Meghan Murray
- Alexander Miller
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