UAE Center Uses Aquaponics To Employ I/DD Students
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UAE Center Uses Aquaponics To Employ I/DD Students

UAE’s Zayed Agricultural Center Uses Aquaponics and Farming to Help Individuals with Special Needs The Zayed Agricultural Center for Development and Rehabilitation was founded in 1994 by the late Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan. “The foundation of the center aims to the inclusion of enrolled students with special needs into the productive and social life...

On October 16, 2017October 16, 2017by
Hospital Partners with local Aquaponics Farm
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Hospital Partners with local Aquaponics Farm

HealthPartners hospitals just got a huge upgrade at the dining hall. HealthPartners just partnered with Urban Organics in St. Paul, MN for fresh greens in their hospitals. Urban Organics provides the hospital with greens that were harvested less than 24 hours from their drop-off. In a news release, CEO Steven Massey cited that fresh and sustainably...

On July 3, 2017June 27, 2017by
Bristol Adult Resource Center’s Vertical Aquaponics Greenhouse
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Bristol Adult Resource Center’s Vertical Aquaponics Greenhouse

Project Description In August 2016, the Bristol Adult Resource Center (BARC) approached Trifecta Ecosystems to install an aquaponics system in their Greenhouse Nursery known as Jerome Gardens. They were looking to increase the impact of their nursery by using aquaponics to provide supplemental produce to the onsite Hidden Cafe and reduce their overhead. In addition,...

On June 15, 2017February 17, 2017by
Unlocking Hidden Farmers: Substance-Use Disorder – Part 6
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Unlocking Hidden Farmers: Substance-Use Disorder – Part 6

Unlocking Hidden Farmers: Part 6 Education, 2. I/D Disabilities, 3. Prisoners & Reentry, 4. Retirees, 5. Veterans, 6. Substance-Use As a blog reader, you are aware we are all entering a new food paradigm.  This paradigm shift is emerging from the countless small organic producers, family gardeners, and aquapioneers across the world.  New and emerging...

On April 11, 2017April 14, 2017by
Unlocking Hidden Farmers: Returning Veterans – Part 5
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Unlocking Hidden Farmers: Returning Veterans – Part 5

Unlocking Hidden Farmers: Part 5 1. Education, 2. I/D Disabilities, 3. Prisoners & Reentry, 4. Retirees, 5. Veterans For the last four weeks, we’ve been discussing hidden groups of potential farmers, including the developmentally disabled, schools, and senior citizens. Each of these groups receives extra benefits from using aquaponics, beyond the amazing food it produces....

On April 4, 2017April 4, 2017by
Community Farm Stand at the Arc of New London
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Community Farm Stand at the Arc of New London

Project Description   The Arc of New London was one of our first ever projects outside of building our own original systems. The Arc of New London serves over 620 individuals in New London County. They offer advocacy, employment opportunities, life skills training, recreation, residences and person-centered, community-based services As part of their mission, the...

On March 30, 2017April 13, 2017by
Unlocking Hidden Farmers: Golden Years – Part 4
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Unlocking Hidden Farmers: Golden Years – Part 4

Unlocking Hidden Farmers: Part 4 1. Education, 2. I/D Disabilities, 3. Prisoners & Reentry, 4. Retirees Hey Aquapioneers! Farmers are old and getting older. According to the Department of labor, the median age of farmers is 55.9 years old, making farming the second oldest occupation in the country. Not only that, but farmers are getting...

On March 28, 2017March 28, 2017by
Unlocking Hidden Farmers: Prisoners and Reentry – Part 3
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Unlocking Hidden Farmers: Prisoners and Reentry – Part 3

Unlocking Hidden Farmers: Part 3 1. Education, 2. I/D Disabilities, 3. Prisoners & Reentry Hey Aquapioneers! Over the last few articles, we’ve explored groups of untapped potential farmers.  These are groups of people who derive additional benefit from aquaponics farming beyond the food itself.  These groups use their gardens for purposes like education, rehabilitation, and...

On March 21, 2017March 21, 2017by
Unlocking Hidden Farmers: Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities – Part 2
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Unlocking Hidden Farmers: Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities – Part 2

Unlocking Hidden Farmers: Part 2 1. Education, 2. I/D Disabilities Hey Aquapioneers! Last time we discussed a group of Hidden Farmers, the students in our educational system. These children will be the first generation educated about aquaponics in their formative years of schooling. However, they are not the only group of people that have the potential to...

On March 14, 2017March 14, 2017by
Skill-training and Community Interaction at the Arc of Meriden Wallingford
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Skill-training and Community Interaction at the Arc of Meriden Wallingford

Project Description Starting in 2013, a group of employees from the Arc of Meriden-Wallingford began integrating aquaponics as an innovative community program. They saw the potential of growing food for the local community. In addition, they could see aquaponics empowering individuals with developmental disabilities through engaging job training and personal skill building. After creating a...

On February 18, 2017February 20, 2017by