This is a 2-hour workshop for school groups looking to dive deeper into the biology/technology of Urban Agriculture - specifically aquaponics. We don’t stop there… we challenge students to understand the concepts of biomimicry, biology, ecology, closed-loop systems, circular economies, and so on. We’ve found (local) food is an amazing medium to bring people from diverse backgrounds around the same table to learn and grow.
Things you should know!
Frequently Asked Questions
How did you get started?
“...Just do it” (Brett Wills). It all started with two strangers, one from business and the other from biology, who shared a strong passion for not only aquaponics but a more sustainable future as a whole.
What is vertical farming?
Very simply, vertical farming is utilizing cubic feet, opposed to just square feet, to grow plants in controlled environments.
Why did you choose vertical farming?
We realized a gap in the market and a need (socially and environmentally) for a more efficient way to produce food. Not to say farming in soil is now useless, rather the exact opposite - it’s a combination of many forms of agriculture that is going to help combat food insecurity today and tomorrow.
What is Aquaponics?
Our favourite form of biomimicry. Aquaponics is an ancient method of growing food that was once used in ancient Egypt. It is a process where plant roots are submerged and grow in water, using natural microbes in the ecosystem to provide nutrients to the plants.
How many fish do you have? Is there enough space for them?
Our vertical farming units contain 140 fish each. The tanks are sized large enough so that the fish have plenty of room to swim around. We also feed them a high protein organic food. For any questions about our practices feel free to reach out to Ocean Wise who has recommended our operations to be sustainable, safe, and transparent - they can also provide case studies that talk about above ground aquaculture, specifically with Tilapia.
What do you grow?
To put it simply, we bring the farm to the city to grow the crops that don’t have a stable/long shelf life (lettuce, kale, chard, edible flowers, etc), where our partners in soil can grow the more shelf stable crops (potatoes, squash, melons, fruits, etc).
Can I come for a tour?
Keep checking our Twitter and website for updated tour times. We often open our doors to the public with our operations at Evergreen Brickworks.