February Ramble #4: Organic Farm Tour
February 25th, 2022
Gathering Place and Time: 13:00 meeting at the location: https://goo.gl/maps/6YJUAtLw2CATDKPB8
Duration: 4 hours
Trip Leaders & Coordinator Omer Bin Abdul Aziz, QNHG, Dr.Theodora Karanisa & Dr. Aspa D. Chatziefthimiou
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COVID-19 restrictions being the new norm, we’ll have a limited number of participants. So please register as soon as possible, and honor your commitment. Masks and Etheraz app are mandatory.
Agrico for Agricultural Development is one of the first agricultural companies in Qatar established in 2010 and located in Al Khor, Qatar. Agrico produces a big variety of products including vegetables, leafy greens, fruits, mushrooms and plans to expand its product range with tilapia, shrimps, and eggs in the near future. The company uses innovative production methods and has advanced hydroponics and aquaponics facilities.
In our ramble, we will get familiar with different food production systems including soilless farming techniques like hydroponics and aquaponics that combines aquaculture (fish farming) with hydroponics. Moreover, we will get to know some organic farming techniques which differ from the conventional ones in terms of chemical pesticide and fertilizer use, as Agrico is certified organic by the USDA (United States Department of Agriculture).
Notice: Please remember that every person attending the Ramble is responsible for their well-being and safety. Make sure to carry you QID and Ehtaraz App. As Covid restrictions are in place, we do not encourage potluck.
Children are welcome to join our activities, but should remain under parents supervision
Trip Leaders - Omar Bin Abdul Aziz Bio
A birding enthusiast by day, an astronomer by night and an engineer in between. Behind me are hundreds of pinhole projections of the eclipsed sun from Doha earlier in 2020. I'm proud to live with my 8 inch telescope, a bunch of cameras, a bicycle and three daughters!
Trip Leaders - Dr.Theodora Karanisa Bio
Dr.Theodora Karanisa holds a Ph.D. degree in Plant Science from the Agricultural University of Athens, Greece, and an M.Sc. in Organic Food Chain Management from the University of Hohenheim in Stuttgart, Germany. Her research areas focus is on agriculture, food security and sustainability, and she is currently working on research projects of the Center for Sustainable Development at Qatar University, which are focused on design-led approaches for sustainable food, energy, water, and waste nexus through urban agricultural practices. She has also participated as an expert in research projects for Qatar Green Building Council and College of North Atlantic – Qatar, related to education and professional training.
Trip Leaders - Dr.Aspa D. Chatziefthimiou Bio
Dr. Aspa D. Chatziefthimiou, is an Ecologist, and has served as the QNHG Talks Coordinators since 2015. During this time, she has attracted experts who gave talks and rambles in a wide range of fields including ecology, geology, archeology, sustainability, geography, climate change and astronomy. She is a fervent steward of nature, she conducts research on desert ecology for a number of international Institutes, and carries out educational nature tours for the general population and schools.