LifeNets Support of Hydroponic and
Organic Farming Infrastructure Project

UPDATED October 6, 2012

In May 2012, LifeNets helped develop an organic hydroponic infrastructure in urban Guatemala City. The ongoing project is being led by Francisco Solorzano, who has worked as an agronomist for several decades.

Recently Mr. Solorzano updated LifeNets and Good Works on the progress being made with the project. He has organized four groups of five individuals who wish to learn about the hydroponic process and begin their own gardens.

At the same time, Mr. Solorzano will be overseeing a planting program for those who would like to participate. It will allow them to work with Mr. Solorzano to produce seedlings at the facility, before they are transplanted in the individuals’ own garden

The teaching facility that was constructed in May is located on the roof of Mr. Solorzano’s house, allowing him to maintain it regularly. Everyone involved is excited about the project and the potential of expanding it to the surrounding areas. Thank you to everyone who has contributed in some way for helping improve the quality of life for those involved.

by Milan and Sarah Bizic

The images below show some of the activity of this May 2012 project

Posted March 14, 2012

From left Sarah Bizic, Milan Bizic, Jonathan Magee shown with large supply of white shirts to go with them to Guatemala. White shirts are compulsory part of school uniform and are in great demand. Shirts were sent by anonymous donor.

From May 13 to May 22, 2012, Jonathan Magee, Milan Bizic and Sarah Bizic will travel to Guatemala to assist local brethren in a joint Good Works and Youth Corps project. The main goal of the project will be to establish hydroponic and organic farming infrastructure to produce food for personal use and to sell.

Updates on this project will be made here and on in the next few days for a full update on this project along with donation information.

United Church of God is supplying the three Youth Corps workers. Through its Good Works program the United Church of God is providing the air travel to Guatemala. LifeNets is providing the supplies the hydroponic venture as described below.

You may interested in more of the details of the project as outlined in the proposal below:



Urban Production of Greenhouse Vegetables and Ornamental Techniques to Hydroponics


Urban agriculture is the option to grow vegetables intensively in small areas. The production areas may be patios or terraces. Hydroponic techniques allow the use of lightweight materials and the use of all types of plastic containers, promoting recycling and avoiding environmental degradation through organic urban agriculture.


The cultivation of vegetables and other crops, using the technique of hydroponics, has been increasing in urban areas as an alternative to meet the nutritional needs of the population. According to data collected, it was found that the diet of the population have and a lack of vitamins and minerals present in vegetables.

Hydroponics techniques have been improved, making the production of vegetables in wooden boxes and plastic containers recycled.


Produce vegetables, ornamentals and herbs intensively for family consumption and sale system using hydroponics techniques beds under plastic structures and Saran (special mesh fabric).

Plants reproduce by vegetative propagation and acquire new species.


In order to grow vegetables intensively, is required to build a structure with galvanized pipes and installation of PVC plastic and saran (mesh) to protect plants from extreme weather such as rain and excessive sun.

For the production are built wooden boxes filled with inert materials such as rice hulls and other materials and apply the nutrient solution that provides the necessary elements for their development. In another embodiment is "seed" vegetables in sheets of hard-port placed in wooden boxes lined with plastic filled with water.

For adopting organic production methods for physical and biological exclude pesticides, thus ensuring the production of vegetables free of chemical residues.

Planting vegetables is done in stages to ensure continuity of production throughout the year, taking the plastic cover.

Compared with the conventional production system, it is possible to produce 40 kg / year / square meter of vegetables. The minimum area for a family to produce vegetables for their food security is 12 square meters.


By plastic cover occurs without interruption throughout the year and production is not affected by climate variations.

Once collected the product will be placed on trays for sale, mainly members of the congregation in Guatemala so they can eat vegetables produced organically without chemical contamination.

Material to be used

  • Galvanized pipes
  • PVC plastic pipe
  • Plastic greenhouse
  • Black polyethylene plastic
  • Manufacturing wooden boxes
  • Plastic containers for recycling waste
  • Nutrient solutions
  • Hard-port plates (foam)
  • Garden tools (scissors, spoons, hoes, clippers etc.
  • Plastic trays for seedlings
  • Pylons for transplantation
  • Rice husks and other inert materials
  • Sand
  • Plastic sleeves for sowing
  • Wire hanging baskets
  • Polyethylene bags
  • Plastic pots
  • Wire
  • Links
  • Irrigation sprinklers
  • Black Pipeline
  • Hoses and sprinkle

Planting area

It has a floor space of approximately 90 square meters where it can grow horizontally and vertically in several growing seasons throughout the year.


To cover expenses, the investment is approximately $ 1, 500 (one thousand five hundred dollars), which can be specified for each item.


The production center of this project will be used to provide training to members of the Church who so wish to become self-sufficient in vegetable production at household level.