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PROPOSAL: Productive Collective: The Aquaponics Greenhouse Project

Monday, October 29, 2012 | Posted by Alex
Nataka Crayton & Bobby Walker

The Productive Collective is a group of urban farmers, architects, artists, contractors, renewable energy consultants, and community organizers committed to urban citizenship.

Describe your project.
The Aquaponics Greenhouse Project is an installation at the Village Farm in Dorchester to support both food production and season extension capacity. It is one of a four-year series of design/build/evaluate urban agriculture/aquaponics projects and design studios.

Aquaponics—the combination of aquaculture and hydroponics—is a highly sustainable organic farming system that creates a symbiotic relationship between fish and plants, converting fish waste to plant food. Aquaponics systems are ideal for urban applications as they are scalable, easy to maintain, highly productive (year-round), and provide the opportunity for accessible, waist-height gardening.

How will you use the grant to make your idea happen?
The grant will allow us to purchase the necessary materials to complete the last phase of the project, the Greenhouse enclosure. Students will then complete the design and build a greenhouse/enclosure for the system, as well as all necessary infrastructure (wood, nails, etc.), plumbing, and climate control systems (louvres, solar PV systems, passive ventilation, etc).

Why and to whom is your project important?
Partnering with local farm initiatives such as Bobby & Nataka's Village Farm, we believe strengthens the very systems necessary to increase both local capacity and access to such food production for Boston’s typically under-served communities. The site is being used to promote educational and economic opportunity, while supporting healthy local food access in the process by supplying the Frederick Douglass Square Farmers Market in Roxbury, MA.


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