Imagine fresh, farm-raised fish and produce in just a fraction of the space and with only 5 percent of the water required in traditional farming. Imagine being able to grow any crops year-round, anywhere.
That’s what aquaponics is all about. FreshMinistries is establishing programs to build agribusiness incubators where education, hands-on training and production will take place using these revolutionary methods. We have just built a naturally fertilized greenhouse and aquaponics complex in Jacksonville and will be harvesting produce by summer of 2017!
We seek to help churches and non-profits throughout the world to build highly productive farms and training centers as social enterprises and sources of fresh fish and produce. In October 2015, FreshMinistries received a $1.98 million federal grant to create an aquaponics training center in the U.S. Virgin Islands.
Aquaponics is a combination of aquaculture and hydroponics, where both fish and plants can be farmed in a healthy, cooperative relationship. Working together, the symbiotic activity feeds a closed ecosystem where both plants and fish can thrive. Crops grow more quickly, requiring only 3-5 percent of the water needed in a traditional soil-based system. Aquaponics farm systems are environmentally responsible, extremely productive and, since it raises foods in hydroponic growth beds, may be built on land previously deemed unsuitable for farming — such as the rooftops of flat-roofed urban homes, or a vacant lot near an inner city church.
If your organization is interested in working with FreshMinistries to create an aquaponics farm, email Theresa Johnson.