Americover Donates to the FoodMachine Foundation
The thrill of travel often ignites something within us that gives perspective to the world we live in. For Evan Thomas his love of adventure and years of international travel would spark a dream to help alleviate hunger and promote economic growth in the developing world.
The FoodMachine Foundation was created to help over 800 million lives affected by malnutrition, utilize innovative technologies in aquaponics that embrace environmentally responsible, economically viable and replicative systems solving unique challenges in sustainable agriculture. Evan and his team at the FoodMachine Foundation are changing the way people cultivate their food from the ground up.
“We don’t believe in hand-outs. Our goal with each FoodMachine is to partner with locals on the ground, give them the tools they need to succeed and build a system that allows them to feed themselves. It’s a micro-economic system providing vegetables and fish,” explained Evan.
In June, the FoodMachine Foundation began its latest project in San Pedro De Macoris, Dominican Republic. A month after Evan and his team first met with the local team they returned to the urban school campus to help begin training people about the system that had been constructed. In addition to providing fresh food for the school, the food can also be sold for profit, benefiting the school’s programs and the lives of the people who are working to make a difference in their community.
“While traveling the world I saw a lot of need. We are trying to make a system that’s both incredibly simple, but financially viable for these communities. Each community funds most, if not all of their own FoodMachine. It’s our job to provide them with the education and tools they need to succeed,” said Evan.
FoodMachines are aquaponic systems, which are a combination of aquaculture (fish farming) and hydroponic (growing plants in water without soil) systems that work in symbiosis to sustain both aquatic and vegetative life. These systems don’t require nutrient rich soil – or soil at all, as the roots of the plants are suspended into nutrient rich water. The filtration of the water is dependent on the plant life, while the plants extract nutrients from the waste produced by the fish. Together they work to sustain a food production system that’s environmentally responsible, effectively lowering electricity coasts utilizing eco-friendly construction materials including a 20mm plastic liner from Americover that supports healthy growth without chemical contamination of the food.
The FoodMachine Foundation is entirely funded through donations, grants and partnerships. Americover has donated their product to help Evan and his team continue their dream of improving an epidemic that claims thousands of lives every year with a specialized focus in the developing world. Currently there are FoodMachines in Tacoma, Washington; Kona, Hawaii; the Dominican Republic and Battambang, Cambodia with plans to begin construction in Uganda and Haiti.
To learn more about The FoodMachine Foundation and how you and your company can help support this program changing people’s lives all over the world visit: FoodMachine.org.