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Ruta Verde works to further research of technologies that help that seek to fulfill human needs while causing minimal ecological disruption to aid in sustainable development. If you have information on these practices you'd like to share, please email

Aquaponics is a is a food production system that couples aquaculture with the hydroponics whereby the nutrient-rich aquaculture water is fed to hydroponically grown plants. It is a technique used throughout the world and we are trying to test its viability in the arid regions of Northern Peru.
After we learn more about how to make the Aquaponics systems work efficiently, we plan to use our prototype and facility as an educational space so that local populations can learn how to build and maintain their own aquaponics systems as a means of self-reliance. 

Image by Sebastian Pena Lambarri

These underground greenhouse designs use the earth to hold in heat collected through the sunny day and release the heat through the night. This allows for an accommodating space to grow foods even into the winter months. We are looking to build one on our site in Chelan, WA and use it to grow native tree seedlings to assist in our reforestation projects while we learn more about the Walipini Greenhouse and its viability.

Image by Thomas Verbruggen
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