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"Cannafish valorizes manure from fish and chicken farmers, using a unique bioreactor technology and worms to produce liquid organic fertilizer suitable for hydroponics - Cannafish valorise le fumier d’éleveurs de poissons et de poulets, en utilisant une technologie de bioréacteur et de vermicompostage pour produire un engrais organique liquide adapté à la culture hydroponique."
Cannafish is a startup working with hydroponic farmers to include manure and compost in their fertilisation plan. Doing so, they reduce the use of chemical fertilizer in hydroponics while valorizing organic residual matter. However, to replace chemical with organic fertilizers requires good practice and precision to achieve competitive yield. Hence, using a specific ion monitoring strategy in organic hydroponics allows the preparation of a nutrient solution that is rich in nutrients and optimal for hydroponic plant growth.
By bridging the gap between innovative farms and suppliers of residual organic fertilizers, we open the door to new interactions between animal farms and organic matter generators, such as schools, households and public farms.
By creating these links, we allow commercial agriculture to break away from mined and synthetic fertilizers having significant environmental impacts, while working on the ecological management of organic materials from local suppliers.
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David is a chemical engineering Alumni 2017 from Polytechnique Montreal, specialized in organic waste management and beer brewing. Completing his Master’s degree in Bioresource Engineering at McGill within the Biomass Production Lab, he studies plant factories, innovative northern food systems and vermicompost-based nutrient solution. Valorising waste for biomass production is his main topic of interest and the business idea is inspired by his past and present research projects. His engineering background, communication, and leadership skills are key for the business success.
Nico is a McGill Alumni 2018 BSc. (AgEnvSc) majoring in Agricultural Economics from McGill. He works for an agribusiness consulting firm and as a part-time Cegep agricultural teacher. Nicolas has been involved in many student organizations, he has great communication and management skills. He has experience and a network in the agriculture business. As a future agronome, he has the knowledge to recommend fertilization practices to hydroponic farmers and understands the challenge for farmers to go organic.
Peter is a McGill Alumni, 2019 Ph.D. in Bioresource Engineering, BSc. (AgEnvSc) and MSc in Forestry. For his Ph.D. thesis, he developed a nutrient monitoring tool for manure extracts using ion activity. David and Peter worked together on research projects, to convert chicken manure into hydroponic fertilizers. Peter’s experience and knowledge of the technology used are key factors to the success of our business. Peter also works as a data analyst and has experience in farming micro-greens.
Neelay is a Food Science undergrad from McGill University. Passionate about aquaponics and sustainable food systems, he has worked in greenhouses and vegetable gardens. He also has experience working in food processing facilities dealing with food safety aspect. His main task at Cannafish is to ensure our product is food-safe, to reach the norms of the MAPAQ in terms of fertilizer production and pathogen control.