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)


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.
ZipGrow hydroponic towers suspended from pulleys and connected to brake winches. Plants will grow sky high in the greenhouse using no floor room and can be easily lowered to plant and harvest
ZipGrow hydroponic towers suspended from pulleys and connected to brake winches. Plants will grow sky high in the greenhouse using no floor room and can be easily lowered to plant and harvest

Construction Complete for the South Iredell High School AquaLab (August 2013)

The AquaLab at South Iredell High School in Troutman, NC is now complete! The lab includes indoor fish tanks located inside the AG Mechanics workshop. A roll-up door leads directly into the greenhouse. Please follow the blogs (which are currently being added) to see photos of the new AquaLab at SIHS. Big thanks to Scott Clontz and Brandy Starnes, as well as Iredell County Schools for making this vision come true! 
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.
Sam with the Agronomists in Bayonnais, Haiti (Villate, Sam, Jaque-Elie)
Sam with the Agronomists in Bayonnais, Haiti (Villate, Sam, Jaque-Elie)

100 Gardens in Haiti (1/10/14)

100 Gardens will begin instructing a team of agronomists in Bayonnais, Haiti, on an aquaponics training center. The center will be located next to a k-13 school which is currently producing the highest test scores on the Haitian national exams. 
For more on the Aquaponics Training Center in Bayonnais, click here.
Please visit the OFCB website for details on other projects going on in Bayonnais.