The future of farming is here and it’s both sustainable & space saving
Reethi Faru Resort is a bio-luxury island resort situated in Raa Atoll, the Maldives infamous for their sustainability initiatives and marine conservation efforts.
Despite being a young property, the island is lush with viridescent flora and foliage tended to by a team of over 15 landscapers that work to maintain the flourishing greenery of the island.
Keeping to their promise to stay sustainable, Reethi Faru Resort started operating its hydroponic garden in late 2020, has yielded over 500kg of produce by mid-2021. With three different units allocated around the island to produce various kinds of vegetation, the resort has more extensive plans set in motion to grow the fresh salads required to cater to their guests and team year-round.
An introduction – what is hydroponics?
Hydroponics is a Greek term made from two words – "Hydro" means water, and "Ponos" implies labour, and hence "working water" is its plain meaning. In simple terms, hydroponics is the method of growing plants without soils. Without using pesticides, the hydroponics system substitutes soil with mineral nutrient solutions in water.
The resort has three hydroponic greenhouses, categorized by type, with a combined total capacity to grow approximately 2000 plants with crops, including all kinds of lettuce, pak choy, rocket leaf, mint coriander, mustard, cherry tomatoes, cucumber and many more organic produce.
The Reethi Faru hydroponic garden is another step they take in their numerous initiatives towards sustainability and conservation.