One day in what is now South Sudan, we got a phone call. A family living in a remote village in North Sudan was at the end of their rope. They were starving. They had no money. And yet, they were helping others around them who were even poorer. This not only tugged at our heart strings, it tore them. We had to do something about it.
In 2010, our non-profit ministry was first introduced to the concept of farming with aquaponics. We saw this as an incredible opportunity to not only allow families living in poverty to grow their own food but also as a small business venture that could relieve the additional stress of providing for a family.
Today we operate our own aquaponics system in a 22,000 square foot greenhouse on a 42 acre property nestled in Black Forest, Colorado. From here we grow, sell, train and engage our community to create an impact, including donating our lettuce to other organizations in the Pikes Peak region that are addressing food vulnerability. Our team also trains and consults in a dozen other locations around the world as well.
Our mission is to help organizations launch local food systems that reduce poverty with dignity. We believe fully in long-term solutions that prosper local economies.
Aquaponics cycles the water through the system with no need to flush the water at any point. Therefore, we use 90% less water than traditional farming
By delivering nutrients directly to the root systems, we can plant crops more densely which allows for optimal space efficiency and greater harvest sizes.
Not only does an aquaponic system produce leafy nutritious greens but it also produces high protein fish to harvest and eat for a rounded diet.