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Aquaponics Farming on the Border


Facing the challenges of limited water, limited access to land and the challenges of weather, an aquaponic growing system for food is a perfect solution for border communities.  An Aquaponics has clear benefits over soil-based gardening including lessened, adverse environmental impacts, reduced consumption of resources, faster plant growth, and higher yields.
The Paros Foundation working through its Aygepar Incubator, has won a $53,000 grant from the Austrian Development Agency to install a 1,760 sq. ft. greenhouse along with a control building to house an aquaponic growing system in the village of Nerkin Karmir Aghbyur.  Our contribution towards this important project is an additional $15,000.  The system will be housed in a 160 square meter controlled environment greenhouse.  This fully recirculating system will be used as both a training center and as a plant production business. The system will introduce rabbit waste into a small waste processing station before being pumped into a fully aqueous media environment which converts the waste to usable nitrates.  The resulting nitrate fertilizer will be circulated through the bioreactor, into Deep Water Culture beds and Nutrient Film Technique gutters prior to their return to a waste processing station.   
Once completed, this system will serve as a model for the entire region.  Its training component will serve to instruct the next generation on how to benefit from and properly care for an aquaponics farming system.  



City / Village

Nerkin Karmir Aghbyur, Aygepar

Start Date

Spring 2022

End Date

Aquaponics Farming on the Border
$15,020 of $17,500 raised
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The Need

Because of a shortage of land and lack of water in the community of Nerkin Karmir Aghbyur, it is difficult to farm.  The introduction of an aquaponic system and training will greatly benefit this community.

Short Term Impact

In the short term, the preparation and construction of the aquaponic system in Nerkin Karmir Aghbyur will bring a mild economic benefit to the community as local labor and materials will be used whenever possible.

Long Term Impact

In the longer term, the community will benefit economically as any proceeds from the sales of the aquaponic farm will be reinvested directly in the community.  In addition, the villagers will benefit from the training they receive in this new cutting edge technology. 

Sponsors Benefits

All sponsors of this important project will be listed on The Paros Foundation’s website and in all press related to this project. Visits to these communities can be arranged for sponsors visiting Armenia.

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Mr. & Mrs. Patrick & Mary Goshtigian

Hermosa Beach, CA November 16, 2021

Updates: Images & Information

November 15, 2022

Construction on the Nerkin Karmir Aghbyur aquaponics greenhouse begins. 

April 27, 2023

Greenhouse construction is finished, officially launching the aquaponics program. We look forward to  planting the first batch of plants and presenting this asset to the community!  

May 12, 2023

Two greenhouse employees will maintain the greenhouse and teach classes to locals and students. Today they plant strawberries and tomatoes.

June 23, 2023

The Ponics Greenhouse and Education Center is open! A ribbon cutting ceremony was held with donors Patrick & Mary Goshtigian present who generously supported the project. This resource will benefit the community for years to come because the lack of water and land make it difficult to farm in the border village of Nerkin Karmir Aghbyur.

September 10, 2024

Regular classes for students at the school began today. 

January 20, 2024

Gas pipelines are added to the greenhouse so that it can fully operate in the winter months.