Project Canaan Farm

Growing towards self-sustainability.

The Project Canaan Farm (PCF) initiative is vitally important to our goal of self-sustainability. The farm has multiple approaches to agriculture: utilizing outdoor field farming, greenhouse aquaponics and hydroponics, dairy farming and egg farming. The farm provides milk, eggs and vegetables for the children living on Project Canaan, and our surrounding community, as well as employment for local Swazis. 

Plants growing at Project Canaan to fight hunger in Eswatini.

Green House

"We grow tomatoes, green, yellow and red peppers, cucumbers, beans, snow peas, cabbage, strawberries, chives, basil, parsley in the greenhouse! Plus we have the ability to grow 1.2 million seedlings at a time."

- Ian Maxwell

What is aquaponics?
Aquaponics uses 5% of the water to bring a seed to harvest, compared to growing in an open field. The fish provide the fertilizer (nitrates) to grow the plants and the plants, in turn, clean the water for the fish. This system also allows us to grow without pesticides or herbicides.

What plants can you grow in an aquaponics system?
Aquaponics systems support various fruits, herbs, floweres, vegetables, root vegetables, and more.

Hydroponics definition and how does hydroponic gardening work?
Hydroponics is up to 90% more efficient in use of water than field farming, with the use of wood chips instead of fertilizer. It enables us to increase production 3-10 times, in the same amount of space. Watch how we grow tomatoes using hydroponics, here!

Picture of cows getting ready to be milked.

Dairy cows

Since 2013, our dairy project has grown to 120 cows in the dairy and 20 in the beef herd. The children at Project Canaan consume 1,500 Liters of milk each week and that amount will continue to grow every month. You can purchase one dairy cow for $1,300, to provide fresh pasteurized milk for our children and to sell in our community. 

An avocado tree with an avocado keychain hanging from it.

Plant a tree

Project Canaan is covered in wild African bush, with very few trees that provide shelter from the hot sun. By planting trees on Project Canaan, both shade trees and fruit trees, we can offer nourishment and provide a place of shade for rest. We have planted 3000 banana trees, 500 papaya trees, 320 avocado trees100+ shade trees and 280 dragon fruit stations thus far. Help us provide life to many for years to come by planting a tree on Project Canaan for $12

Farming at Project Canaan in Eswatini

Field Farming

In the field we grow beetroot, a variety of cabbage and tomatoes, butternut squash, green beans, carrots, kohlrabi and baby spinach.

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