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)


SIHS students harvesting fresh lettuce from one of the aquaponic systems
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
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 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
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!

Participants committing to the cooperative on left. 1st trial system on the right.
Participants committing to the cooperative on left. 1st trial system on the right.

Anson-East Union Aquaponics Cooperative Workshop (Sep 26th 2014)

100 Gardens has partnered with the Anson-East Union Aquaponics Cooperative to educate, equip, and assist low-income neighbors with the skills and resources to produce fresh fish and vegetables for their families and neighbors through multiple home-based aquaponic systems linked in a cooperative community network.
The first aquaponics design workshop will take place on September 26th, 2014.
Educators experiecing aquaponics at Stonewall Jackson YDC
Educators experiecing aquaponics at Stonewall Jackson YDC

NC New Schools STEM Workshop a Big Hit! (June 2014)

Big thanks to NC New Schools for giving us the opportunity to host a STEM workshop at Stonewall Jackson YDC. Educators from around NC  met with students in the Aquaponics Program at Stonewall Jackson and learned how aquaponics can be used as a vehicle for experiential learning. Thanks to all the educator who participated and provided these kind comments!


"What stood out to me was the cross-curricular focus. That's what kids are looking for today. Sometimes kids say "How will I use this?" and when you can put math into a real-life problem they can see the meaning of things like flow rates, radius of the pipe, amount of power in the pump." –Calvin Miller, Teacher, STEM Early College at NC A&T, in reference to how aquaponics touches many academic subjects.


"A key takeaway was how students can channel their interests from one subject or career to another, like the student we saw today whose experience with aquaponics has motivated his interest in owning a mechanic shop. What they need to see is "I am capable of something" and then they ask "So what can I do next?".  –Erin Bingham, Teacher, Early College EAST

Haitian community members working hard on the aquaponic system construction
Haitian community members working hard on the aquaponic system construction

Aquaponics Training Site in Haiti Nearing Completion! (June 2014)

The aquaponic system at Mahanaim, Haiti is nearing construction! The in-ground fish tank and grow beds have been constructed with poured concrete walls. Next the concrete will be finished with plaster, then the shade structure and solar system will be installed.

This project is funded by the Duke Endowment, in partnership with Johnson C. Smith University and Joseph's Exchange. Thanks to all parties involved and follow the blog for updates!

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The Garinger High School Aquaponics Lab is Complete!

The new Aquaponics Lab at Garinger High School is now complete! In collaboration with Friendship Gardens and The Green Teacher Network, the Urban Farm at Garinger will demonstrate various forms of food production and give students hands-on experience. Jacob Huffman, a recipient of a Levine Scholarship at UNCC, facilitated the first Aquaponics system at Garinger High School through his scholarship. This "UVI Type" raft aquaponics system serves as a science lab for Garinger students, as well as supply Frienship Trays with approximately 150 servings of high quality salad greens per week. Visit the facebook album here.