This project is about herb & vegetable production using organic methods, and water wise aquaponic growing systems in arid Colorado.
Colorado Springs, CO -- (SBWIRE) -- 04/26/2013 -- Christine Faith and her team will be partnering with a "no-pay" restaurant by selling fresh produce to the restaurant for meals. "No-pay" restaurants ask patrons to donate funds for their meal, whatever amount they can afford. If a patron has no funds to donate, they exchange their meal for volunteer work. No one is turned away, and everyone has access to high quality, nutritious food. These restaurants serve all members of society and are not charities - they ask for a donation or volunteer time in exchange for a meal.
Additionally, a strong 10% of the food grown in this greenhouse will be donated to the Southern Colorado AIDS Project (SCAP). SCAP manages a food pantry for low income AIDS sufferers and is always in need of donations. Christine’s farm currently donates produce, eggs, and honey to the SCAP food pantry, and donations are expected to triple with the new greenhouse project.
Christine believes strongly in community and is delighted that she has the opportunity to support her local community by growing food while at the same time earning a living wage.
This project is the internal build-out of an existing greenhouse with aquaponic growing equipment. Aquaponic growing systems recirculate fish water to both feed and water plants, and reduces the amount of water used to grow food by 90%. By using this existing greenhouse the project will save approximately $50,000 in capital costs, and eliminate the need for new resources and new construction for the growing space.
Funding support will specifically provide the project with fish tanks ($1,000), fish ($250), growing towers ($6,000), plumbing ($1,000), pumps ($1,000), and some minor electrical upgrades ($400).
Kickstarter Page: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1431407854/lets-feed-people-who-struggle-to-get-access-to-fre
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