Meet Alan Fleming, social entrepreneur, farming fish in the Philippi Village

During our outdoor broadcast at sustainable entrepreneurial hub Phillipi Village, we spent time with Alan Fleming, co-founder and Director at The Fish Farm.

(Also read our article: CapeTalk Breakfast celebrates Mandela Day at Philippi Village)

The Fish Farm empowers 100 individuals or families to produce four tons each, profitably, right where they live.

Fleming is co-founder of this 10-year community-focused vision called “Philippi Village”, but is now focusing on The Fish Farm as a solution for food security, low-carbon footprint food production, job creation.

It was vision that grew over a decade. We came onto this land in 2004 and began to envision something that would serve the local economy in as strong and sustainable way. We started with with business assistance for the thriving informal economy for the township entrepreneurs.

Alan Fleming, Director at The Fish Farm.

Each farm produces 2.5 tons of edible fish per year, and 15 tons of aquaponics vegetables with a total crop value of approximately R300 000 per year.

Fleming is funding 6 fish farms to be placed in a Philippi community, and the project capital is valued R3 million.

Listen to the full conversation, with John Webb standing in, on Breakfast with Kieno Kammies:

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