Created in 2015 by Olivier and Émilie, ÉAU (Écosystèmes Alimentaires Urbains – Urbain Food Systems) is an urban agriculture company specialized in aquaponics, an innovative and ecological system of food production. ÉAU develops vertical farms that produce fruits, vegetables and fish year-round to create a healthy, sustainable and affordable food source for Canadian communities.
The communities that can benefit from these systems are:
The farm belongs to the community, which chooses the marketing channels for its products (directly to community members or to high-end restaurants in the region, for example).
A technical team develops the production system by taking into account all the stakes of the project (economic profitability of the farm, environmental and societal issues) to meet the expectations and needs of the territory.
Once the project has been validated, the construction and assembly of the system can begin, leading to the start-up of the farm.
Some characteristics of the systems installed:
Example of an aquaponic farm
Training of farm managers and operators recruited by the community.
The network of aquaponics farms provides access to various services:
ÉAU designs the building and the aquaponic system with a public reception area (according to the wishes of the community). The farms are equipped with hundreds of sensors that record data, which is then pooled on devices to optimize farm management. ÉAU is working with the University of Montreal to develop tools and algorithms to optimize farm operations.
ÉAU would like to expand its activity and work on developing systems for communities in other countries, with the challenge of adapting their systems to other climates. ÉAU is also working on energy efficiency on its farms, and on the use of renewable energy.
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