Build aquaponics center in Brooklyn

 
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Building the aquaponics system
Building the aquaponics system

Great news fans of Aquaponic farming. We begin phase one of construction on our youth educational aquaponics training center on July 22 - July 23 2011. Mr. Will Allen and the Growing Power staff will be onsite at the Brooklyn Rescue Mission in Bedford Stuyvesant, Brooklyn leading workshops and helping community members learn more about sustainable urban agriculture and aquaponic farming methods. We will also be hosting other exciting events to educate the community on the Good Food Revolution and continue to raise funds to support or training center during the weekend of July 21 - 23. Please visit our website www.brooklynrescuemission.org for more information concerning these great Brooklyn Rescue Mission events.

Fertilizer for plants in the aquaponics system
Fertilizer for plants in the aquaponics system
Fish and worm system working together!
Fish and worm system working together!

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Spring is here and the growing season is just around the corner. On Tuesday March 29, 2011 we met with aquaponics expert Martin Schreibman to review the plans for how to flow the water from our fish house to greenhouse that will house the hydroponic farm. How exciting a time this was for our youth interns who had the opportunity to meet with Martin and discuss what type of fish we will have at the Bed-Stuy Farm. We are all looking forward to clearing the ground to make room for the gravel and construction process that will happen within the next couple of weeks.

We are hoping that the weather will warm up soon and the signs of snow and winter will become a distant memory as we continue to prepare our farm for the new growing season. We are also in the process of putting in plumbing and electricity on the farm for our fish house and grow lights. We are happy to have your continued support as our aquaponic farm project takes shape and our youth interns learn new skills and have an introduction to green technology.

MPS Consulting Associates joins Robert and DeVanie Jackson at the Brooklyn Rescue Mission / Bed-Stuy farm to begin planning the early stages of our Brooklyn Aquaponics Center in Central Brooklyn. We toured the grounds with Martin P. Schreibman, Ph.D. Brooklyn College Professor Emeritus an expert in urban aquaculture and marine biology and began to create plans for the design and placement of our greenhouse which will house our aquaponics project.

We have also begun recruiting volunteers from our community and youth interns from our local Boys and Girls High School and have received a great response from our supporters. This aquaponics project will become a positive introduction to many neighborhood youth and help them to understand and partake in the green technology revolution that is impacting our lives every day.

Brooklyn Rescue Mission's assists Central Brooklyn residents to live healthier lives through urban agriculture, compassionate care programs and food and fitness advocacy.

During a recent trip to New York City, Felipe from GlobalGiving stopped by Brooklyn Rescue Mission for a quick visit. Here is his postcard from the field:

Brooklyn Rescue Mission's goal is to help Bedford-Stuyvesant residents live healthier lives through healthy eating and exercise.

I toured through their urban agriculture plot. They grow numerous vegetables and fruits: peppers, figs, lettuce, tomatoes, grapes, eggplant, etc. Quite a few volunteers were working on the plot, and when I talked to some of them, they said that some of them came back to work there regularly. The Jacksons, the directors, are looking to build a greenhouse to enable them to grow food throughout the year and to protect it from city cats. They also hope to install an aquaponic system.

The Mission has also set up a nearby farmers' market. The market is next to a park that has not been used recently, so they envision the market as a community revitalization project, in a way. Residents of the community will come to learn more about healthy food and how to live healthier lives. They plan to add yoga classes and walking groups into the farmers' market.

Through food and healthy living messages, the Jacksons hope to build a stronger community in Bedford-Stuyvesant.

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