Founded in 1994 The Grenada Project (TGP), a non-profit organization was established as a "501(c)(3)" in the United States to help the less fortunate on the Island of Grenada. Over the past 20 years, TGP has expanded its scope and has raised and funded projects worth over a million dollars. The founder and director of the organization, Mr. James Aronson, has been directly involved in overseeing these projects and working with the recipients on the ground.

Organization Overview

TGP works closely with the Government of Grenada, The Rotary Club of Grenada East, and other organizations and individuals to identify and assess the needs of the country's population. Earlier contributions included: clothing, food, medical/dental equipment and supplies, buildings/roofs, labor and materials, engineering services, educational support and grants.

Over the years TGP has determined that the most effective place to intervene with our limited resources is economically through sustainable agriculture. According to the World Bank, "Farming is the most important contributor to the early stages of economic growth. The really poor get three times as much extra income from an increase in farm productivity as from the same gain in industry or services."

Since Hurricane Ivan devastated over 90% of the Island's housing units in September 2004, TGP has been actively involved in not only helping to provide humanitarian needs, but in developing programs through economical sustainable agriculture programs including grants and loans directly benefiting individual farmers and small agro processors who work with crops and animal production.

To read more please download our Organization Overview.

History & Background

Protein From Waste and Local Crops (PFW) is a model project that addresses three aspects of importance for small countries struggling to:

  • reduce imports (specifically food and fuel)
  • create employment in sustainable livestock agriculture
  • recycle noxious waste products heretofore not utilized or neutralized

In May of 2012 the project produced its first product, a fish meal based high protein supplement that has been lab tested and proven to be very valuable (protein is by far the most expensive component in animal feed). This was achieved using all free inputs including fuel.

The background and history information provided herein explains the process and will attempt to show in pictures what has been done to date. The present and future information will describe our current position and future aspirations. We were fortunate to receive a grant from the Organization of American States [OAS] last year for a one year program and we are currently receiving a new grant from the Inter-American Development Bank [IADB] in an 18 month program. The Grenada Project, a small NGO is grateful for the infusion of monies from these organizations that will allow the project to enter into sustainable full time production. In the near future we will be purchasing trucks, tanks, pumps, bins, elevators, condensers and spares that will facilitate this transition.

To read more please download PFW: History and Background.

Present & Future

Present

A lot has changed since our last update. At that time, we 'proved the concept' by producing valuable products from all waste inputs. These products can sell out from our plant on a daily basis without the need for marketing and at the same time, have the potential to radically change the lives of Grenada's farmers by lowering the cost of animal feed.

Proof of concept demonstrated that PFW was capable of doing what it said it could do. Our heaviest weight was lifted. To that point, potential funders felt the goal [making animal feed from garbage with spent motor oil as a fuel] was unobtainable, but finally that heavy risk was set aside. We immediately set about to raise the capital to implement the second half of the journey. We had a few successes and more than a few failures but aside from a few trucks, putting PFW into full production is now completely funded. Things picked up only months after proof of concept. The Organization of American States [OAS] put out a request for proposals entitled: Sustainable Cities Initiative. 14 organizations from Latin America and the Caribbean received $50,000 and PFW was fortunate to be one of them.

The slog to proof of concept was littered with the jerry-rigged remains of the devices that allowed us to complete that mission with the little funds we had. Here are a few examples: In February of 2012, Team Member Robert Davenport and Director Jim Aronson fabricated equipment to automate and finish the product lines. In this photo is our brand new second hand fuel tank that was funded by the OAS. In the inset is a picture of our old temporary plastic tank which the new tank replaced. This system is augmented by a pumping system that allows trucks to deliver our (used oil) fuel and for us to pump it into the new tank.


The next photo shows our new input conveyor where all the feedstocks will be placed into the cooker from the shop floor. Like the tank this is a recycled piece of farm equipment. It was custom tailored to fit the PFW plant and a new motor and bearings were installed. In the inset we show our 'proof of concept' human conveyor that loaded all the feedstock one bucket at a time. This fabrication work took place in a farm field in Central Florida where Team Member Davenport lives. He was able to find many used but useful pieces of equipment in his favorite junkyard. Without his ingenuity we could never have stretched our budget to include all the equipment that we shipped back to Grenada.


This third photo shows the new output and bagging line. It includes the output conveyor, the grinder [for fish bones] and the steeper bagging conveyor. Not shown is the bagger and scale which are shown in the last image at the end of this document. The inset shows our 'proof of concept' version. The first time we processed fish into fishmeal; no conveyors, just an old rusty bin. That did not stop us from taking a sample and sending it to a lab in the US. The results: 60% protein, a quality product for making feed. All of this [funded by OAS] equipment makes it possible for us to go from wet feedstock to dry bagged product with a suitable shelf life.

Probably the most labor intensive part of the OAS program occurred when we returned to Grenada. The original steam condenser system had problems with cooling. So, we brought back pipe and fittings in our container and set to work on a better cooling system.

The concept was to tap a neighboring stream at a high enough elevation to create the pressure needed to keep up with the steam output's cooling needs. In this photo we show the catchment basin which is actually a natural pool in the stream bed. It is 500' of pipe upstream and 50' higher than the plant. You can see the white 2" PVC pipe going towards the basin. Near the basin we used 2" steel pipe because that section is in the path of the stream when it floods.

The photo on the left shows the 2" output pipe at the cooling tank. When the stream flow is greater than 20% [most of the time] it delivers 5,000 gallons per hour. Setting the whole thing up took 4 weeks of hard work but the end product was well worth the time spent. When the spigot was opened the reassuring blast of uninterrupted water was a great moment for our weary crew.


During the dry season the stream flow falls below the minimum needed for our condenser cooling. Thus, we also constructed a low cost tankage system that fills overnight and is ready for the next day's run. In the photo below you can also see the black horizontal 6" steam pipe which then uses a jet of our cooling water which gets sprayed down the vertical [cooling water jacketed] steam condenser.


This is our crew standing in front of our new [OAS funded] cooling coils that are now submerged in the cooling tank and fed from the stream. These are the men who built the plant and assembled all the equipment. They live in the surrounding area and work as pickers in the landfill when the plant is not active. With the advent of the new grant their work will pick up and they can transition into full time employment. We have been working together for 5 years and we all look forward to a productive and fully operating facility in the near future.

In closing, we leave you with a last photo of the men bagging product which we have been testing with the local farmers. The results of feed consumption and palatability tests have been encouraging. Like people if chickens do not like the taste of the food they do not eat as much and cannot grow as quickly.






Future

We look forward to the new grant from the Inter-American Development Bank's [IADB] Compete Caribbean Enterprise Innovation Challenge Fund which is just getting started. Some of the highlights include:

  • A CEM Sprint - Rapid Protein Analyzer
  • A budget to start a poultry farmer's cooperative that will be given the opportunity to operate and possibly own the PFW plant.
  • A budget to make a public service video that encourages Grenadians to buy local products instead of imports.
  • A mixer for feeds which is central to our operation.
  • Consultants: Team Members and their travel.
  • On The Job training from professionals directly to our staff.

The terms of the new IADB grant require PFW to come up with $90,000 in cash to earn IADB's $178,000 commitment. PFW must buy the trucks that are so necessary to our operation and over 70% of our money will go for these vehicles. We received no fiscal help on our road to proof of concept. We did that all ourselves. Because we are always strapped for cash we are most interested in working with partners who might have the ability and the inclination to lessen our cash outlay in this final segment of the project. Thank you.

Download PFW: Present and Future in PDF form.

Grenada Address:

PO Box 4005

St. George's, Grenada

West Indies

473-534-2653



USA Address:

The Grenada Project

PO Box 25

Franklin, Maine

04634

207-460-7592

If you would like to contact the Grenada Project, please send us an email at thegrenadaproject@yahoo.com, or send us postage at either of these addresses.