Follow a Farmer Marcus Sewell Summer 2018 Update

Marcus Sewell is a 33-year-old emerging aquaponics farmer in Spanish Town, St. Catherine in Jamaica. After receiving online and hands-on technical training through INMED’s Increasing Access to Climate-Smart Agriculture program, Marcus spent the summer building a small INMED ebb-and-flow system, which he will use to demonstrate feasibility and risk mitigation to potential investors, as well as generate crops for income generation. Below is a pictorial progress report.

Summer 2018: Building INMED’s EBB-and-Flow System

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INMED Caribbean brings the future of farming to Jamaica

Tanesha Wallace dreamed of starting her own commercial agri-business one day.

For the past few years, she had been struggling to help support her widowed mother and younger siblings in Montego Bay, St James, and saw aquaponics as a means to improve her family’s livelihood and food security.

The life-long gardener and nature enthusiast watched dozens of YouTube videos and experimented with a home system, but admitted that it was not as easy as it looked.

So, imagine her delight when Wallace learned of a new programme by INMED Partnerships for Children to help smallholder farmers, women, and youth launch aquaponics enterprises in Jamaica.… Read the rest...

Follow A Farmer: Marcus Sewell

Marcus Sewell is a 33-year-old emerging aquaponics farmer in Spanish Town, St. Catherine. He became interested in aquaponics two years ago when he was surfing YouTube and came across a how-to video on building a home system. It sparked his interest, so he decided to design a system that would feed his family and provide high-quality produce to sell to his community.

After a lot of research, Marcus constructed a float-and-drain aquaponics system with five grow beds, two filters (bio filter and swirl filter), sump tank and fish tank. He planted basil, dill, cilantro, cucumber, broccoli, cauliflower, spinach, parsley, kale, tomato, pepper and arugula in his grow beds.… Read the rest...