Weekly Harvest 6/30/17

Happy Friday!

With a holiday weekend for most on the horizon, we have a lot to celebrate this Friday! In today’s harvest, we’ll check in on updates from the Sprout Food Hub, learn more about the budding urban farming industry, catch up on this week’s blogs and much more!

1. Client Updates

This week we spent the week with CREC school systems working on a project for the coming fall. While we can’t reveal all the details just yet, we can let you know that CREC schools have begun a district-wide aquaponics project that will house aquaponics systems at each of their high schools in the state. This will be a multi-year project that will include professional development workshops for all their teachers to learn the ins and outs of aquaponics, training on their systems, lesson planning on how they can best utilize aquaponics as a classroom learning tool. We’ll be providing updates and details on this project as we can so keep on the lookout for more news about this super exciting project.

2. Company Updates

We had another highly productive week at our inaugural Sprout Food Hub in Meriden. We met with community members and discussed partnership opportunities with a few organizations that we are very excited about. We finished all the electrical work needed for our grow lights and will begin installing them over the weekend. In addition, we finalized the plumbing design, laying out all the components of the farm and making sure what worked on paper works in the actual space. We’re getting real close now to water flowing in the system and can’t wait to fill up all 12,600 gallons that will be flowing through our farm. While that seems like a lot of water initially, we’ll recirculate that water constantly and only ever have to top off for what the plants use and evaporation. In the long run, we’ll be saving thousands of gallons of water a year over what it would take to grow the same amount of food in the soil.

3. Blog Updates

We had two new blog updates this past week. The first was our continuation on exponential technologies that will change the way we farm forever. This week we looked at artificial intelligence asking the question, can A.I. teach us how to farm better. A.I. is an amazing technology that is really still in its infancy. With proper data tracking and analytics, A.I. computers and programs will actually be able to gain new insights into how we make farms more resource efficient, more productive. and less laborious. This technology has the potential to give even the smallest of farmers a serious boost to their bottom lines using the insights we would otherwise not gain without the help of A.I. If you missed the blog post this week, click here to see why we’re excited about the future of farming and A.I. technology.

Proposed Urban Farm centered development in Sunqiao China
Proposed Urban Farm centered development in Sunqiao, China

Our second update for the week poses the question, can we feed 9 billion people? The latest estimates believe that by 2050 the world will have around 9.6 billion mouths to feed. Knowing that we don’t even feed the 7 billion people that currently like on our planet, how can we adjust to feed that many people. In addition, the World Health Organization believes that 70% of those people will be living in cities. This means more urban sprawl resulting in less traditional farmland. What’s the solution to being able to produce more food with fewer resources? Urban farming using resource-efficient technologies like aquaponics, vertical farming and LED lighting. We are seeing large growth in the urban farming industry as experts around the world see the potential and the need for food to be grown in cities. Check out our latest blog post on what cities will look like in the future, with urban farms being a foundation of a highly urbanized population.

4. Industry News

Another busy week for the aquaponics industry as we reported on a few cool projects throughout the country. In our first report, we talked about a Church that has turned to aquaponics as a way to help provide food for those in need in their communities. We’re so excited about this story because it is the perfect example of a hidden farmer group in action. Churches have always looked to help those in their communities but we’ve never seen them act as a food producer. Traditionally churches wouldn’t have enough land to make a serious impact growing food with traditional methods. But using aquaponics they can grow a large amount of food in a small space. Check out how this church is turning a new leaf using aquaponics to empower themselves and their community.

We also reported on a school that has recently begun an aquaponics program as a way to address diminishing enrollment. Tarleton State University was seeing enrollment drop in their turf management program. To address the issue they searched for new programming that would engage, excite and inspire students. They found what they were looking for with their new aquaponics program. Click here to read the full story.

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Thank you so much for reading our blog and supporting our journey.

Abundantly Yours,

The Trifecta Team

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