The Enactus University of Saskatchewan’s Food for the Future Program is about to launch a new project. The Hydroponic System developed by U-of-S Students has passed its first test run at the institution and is slated for a pilot project in partnership with the First Arrow First Nation this summer.
It looks like a big tupperware container with a sponge that absorbs water for the planted seeds.
Enactus U-of-S President Dani Nichols said the innovative devise uses only about 10-percent of the water needed for a conventional garden. It also reduces the need to transport large amounts of soil to remote communities.
The Food for the Future Program has helped build almost 200 garden beds for Northern Saskatchewan residents where getting groceries could take hours of driving or a plane flight.