Life is ultimately about systems - organisms, social/economic systems and ecological systems. To encourage new ways of learning science, math and numerous other subjects we are forging development partnerships in schools, prisons, and community institutions to establish a network of Aquaponic Gardens. To learn about STEM learning through aquaponics visit our Projects page.
Two Aquaponics Installations in Haiti are Now Complete! (June 2015)
We are proud to announce that our first two aquaponics installations in Haiti are complete! In Mahanaim, the Aquaponics Training Center is up and running, training agronomists in aquaponics as well as testing crops and collecting important data for system optimization. The effort was a collaboration between Johnson C. Smith University, Joseph's Exchange and 100 Gardens. It will serve the greater Haitian community as a learning center for aquaponics and renewable energy, as it is run completely on solar power.
The second installation is at the St. Vincent's School for the Handicapped in Port au Prince, Haiti. This smaller system is now stocked with fish and vegetable seedlings will be stocked in a few short weeks. Students at the school are managing the system and collecting data for water quality, plant and fish growth, yields and other metrics. This experience not only grows food but also provides experiential learning for science, math and technology. For updates visit the 100 Gardens Blog.
Newly Completed Community Garden at Christ Resurrection Church in Charlotte, NC (June 2015)
A partnership between New Leaf Foundation and 100 Gardens has resulted in the completion of the new community garden at Christ Resurrection Church. The garden consists of 25 raised bed gardens that will provide fresh food for low income families who attend the church. The gardens will be maintained by community volunteers and the young students who attend the after-school program at CRC. 100 Gardens will also be installing a small aquaponics greenhouse on-site that will introduce the community to aquaponics and also provide STEM learning opportunities to the students in the after-school program. For more information on the New Leaf Foundation click here.
Back in Haiti - Two Projects Underway (April 2015)
SIHS - Haitian Aquaponics Collaborative Videos (March 2015)
The French classes at South Iredell High School, led by Bonnie Estes, have created a series of informational videos to help growers in Haiti get started in aquaponics! To make the videos accessible for a large audience in Haiti the videos are narrated in French, by the students at South Iredell High School.
When 100 Gardens returns to Haiti in late April, we will be taking the videos to all of our partners in Haiti to learn from them and distribute to growers around the island. Upon completion of the first aquaponics facility in Haiti, SIHS students will be in frequent communication with growers and students in Haiti, sharing experiences from each others aquaponics facilities and learning about each others culture. Follow the official website here...
First Harvest - Aquaponics Training System for Haiti (March 2015)
The first round of crops have been harvested in the Aquaponics Training System for Haiti. To see the first stages of the crop visit the first blog post. The students at Stonewall Jackson YDC harvested 24 heads of romaine lettuce. The next round of crops will be Carolina Reaper chilies and okra. Both peppers and okra are common crops in Haiti. Follow the blog!
"Garden 6" Underway at Adventist Christian Academy
"Charlotte’s Adventist Christian Academy is excited about partnering with 100 Gardens this year as we move our educational program to match the goals of the S.T.E.M. initiative. We are looking for ways to create healthier, more ecologically conscious and higher thinking citizens for tomorrow’s world. We also want our students to be involved with taking a role in helping our less fortunate neighbors in a practical and sustainable way, even at the earliest of elementary school grade levels. The Aquaponics lab as designed and supported by 100 Gardens is a huge part of meeting these goals on our campus. It’s ability to connect us with other learners both locally and internationally is taking our students educational experience way beyond the classroom. 100 Gardens’ is our connection to the future of education in 2015."
Aquaponics Training System for Haiti Up and Running at Stonewall Jackson YDC (Jan 2015)
Students in the Horticulture Program at Stonewall Jackson YDC have completed and "turned on" the aquaponics training system that will be used in Haiti at the St. Vincent's School for the Handicapped. This is a prototype system that will be tested by the students at SJYDC in conjunction with an identical unit that will be installed at St. Vincent's in March 2015. This system is a scaled down version of the University of the Virgin Island's Commercial Aquaponics System, built with materials that can be acquired in Haiti such as plastic drums, concrete block and plastic plastic sheeting....read more
Stonewall Jackson YDC Horticulture Program Featured on NC Dept. of Public Safety Newsletter (Jan 2015)
Prototype for Haiti Under Construction at Stonewall Jackson YDC (November 2014)
100 Gardens will be installing a demonstration aquaponics unit in Port au Prince, Haiti in early 2015. The system will be located at the St. Vincent's School for the Handicapped. The system is a scaled down version of the larger system to be installed at the future location of St. Vincent's in 2016 .
The purpose of the system is to give students at St. Vincent's real world experience managing an aquaponic system before the larger unit is installed, which will be used to produce some of the food for the 300+ students at St. Vincent's. The students in the Stonewall Jackson Horticulture Program have designed, with the assistance of 100 Gardens, the prototype training system that will be built in Haiti in early 2015. SJ students have begun fabrication and installation of system components. While building the system, SJ students learn teamwork, leadership, construction and management skills. For updates please follow the blog.