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Aquaponics Education Initiative

Goal: To demonstrate and education area youth in various permaculture and sustainability techniques

Total Project Value: $2,500

Project End Date: 1/1/2020

Status: Amount Given: $0 | Goal Amount: $2,500

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Project Description

The goal of Native Fresh’s “Urban Aquaponics Farming Initiative” is to train and support at-risk youth and entrepreneurs through the introduction of aquaponics and other sustainable grow techniques. By combining FreshMinistries’ extensive background in job force training, business incubator programs, and sustainable economic development with our emerging aquaponics agribusiness training program, the Urban Aquaponics Farming Initiative will provide healthy food alternatives to an existing food desert , while educating the community in various permaculture techniques.

The Urban Aquaponics Farming Initiative incorporates Native Fresh’s ADA accessible 6,000 square-foot environmentally-responsible climate-resistant closed-loop aquaponics greenhouse space that combines raising fish with hydroponically grown organic produce in downtown Jacksonville, Florida. This facility is powered primarily by renewable energy technology and is currently being used in similar programs in conjunction with Florida State College of Jacksonville (FSCJ). This state-of-the-art system has been fully functioning since October 2017, is fully compliant with the USDA’s Good Agricultural Practices and Good Handling Practice, and gives the community direct access to purchase locally-grown produce in their own community. In addition to having access to fresh produce, the Initiative gives the community an opportunity to learn about plant growth, farming techniques, proper food handling, and new types of produce by opening its doors every Friday morning to the public for free tours.

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