Life is ultimately about systems - organisms, social/economic systems and ecological systems. To encourage new ways of thinking and systemic institutional change, we are forging development partnerships in schools, prisons, and community institutions to establish a network of Aquaponic Gardens (AquaLabs)


Seedlings inserted into Aquaponic Training Prototype

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

NCDPS "On the Scene" 2015

Stonewall Jackson YDC Horticulture Program Featured on NC Dept. of Public Safety Newsletter (Jan 2015)

CONCORD | Produce grown by students at Stonewall Jackson Youth Development Center is helping to feed the homebound of Cabarrus County. A special partnership to donate the vegetables grown as part of the youth development center’s horticulture program sprouted in October between Cabarrus County Meals on Wheels, the youth development center and 100 Gardens LLC, a Charlotte-based initiative working to connect the area community to struggling communities in Haiti. Sam Fleming from 100 Gardens modeled this partnership upon a similar collaboration in Charlotte between Friendship Trays and Friendship Gardens....read more
Fabrication of the drain manifold by Stonewall Jackson Horticulture students.

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.

Garinger students accessing the plants ready for harvesting

First Fall Harvests From the Garinger High School Aquaponic System (November 2014)

Students at Garinger High School are harvesting the first rounds of lettuce from the Aquaponic system. This system is student managed and student run. Every week students will be harvesting 180 servings of leafy greens for Friendship Trays. For updates please visit the 100 Gardens Blog.
SIHS students harvesting fresh lettuce from one of the aquaponic systems

First Harvest of Aquaponic Produce at South Iredell High School (October 2014)

The AquaLab at South Iredell High School in Troutman, NC is now producing food! The lab includes indoor fish tanks located inside the AG Mechanics workshop with a roll-up door that leads directly into the greenhouse. This week students started to harvest the first heads of lettuce from the system and the catfish are thriving! Follow the 100 Gardens Blog for updates!
Kitchen staff from Cabarrus MOW accepting produce from Stonewall Jackson YDC

New Partnership between Stonewall Jackson YDC and Cabarrus County Meals on Wheels (10/27/14)

Every week starting October 2014, the horticulture program at Stonewall Jackson YDC is donating produce from the raised beds and aquaponic systems to the Cabarrus Meals on Wheels program. So far the students from SJ have donated more than 15kg of peppers, turnips, and romaine lettuce. Click here to view the Stonewall Jackson YDC Horticulture Blog!

Food Science class with Sam Fleming

Food Science and Aquaponics Lecture at CPCC (September 19th 2014)

The Food Science class taught by Chef Jess Cochrane was a great audience! Everything from GMO's, the problems with commercial organics, GAP certification, food production in developing countries, and anything food related was explored in an open discussion type setting. Big thanks to all of the students for their enthusiam concerning the future of food!

AStudents testing water quality parameters

Experiential Learning Through Aquaponics – Part 1 Garinger High School
(September 2014)

Today the AP Environmental Science class, led by Nemal Patel, tested an recorded critical water quality parameters, recorded the amount of fish feed administered, and seeded 250 lettuce plants. Over the course of the year, several classes will perform activities that relate to their specific standards. Follow the blog here!