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).
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.
First Fall Harvests From the Garinger High School Aquaponic System (November 2014)
First Harvest of Aquaponic Produce at South Iredell High School (October 2014)
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 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!
Experiential Learning Through Aquaponics – Part 1 Garinger High School
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!