Imagine raising fresh, organic 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 an organic 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 Haiti’s 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 Bobby Lee.