FoodChain, a Lexington non-profit, has changed the way people think about food. They have opened Kentucky's first Operational Indoor Aquaponic Food Facility right here in Lexington.
At first glance, it doesn't look like your typical farm. The facility doesn't use soil, but it still produces bed after bed of all sorts of fresh greens. They also have tanks of Tilapia, which is the fourth most consumed fish in the U.S.
The food facility just uses water to grow everything. They use waste from the fish as fertilizer for the plants and the plants act as a natural filter for the tanks.
"So it's recirculating system that allows us to grow all of that food both the fish and the plants using only five percent of the water of conventional agriculture,” said Rebecca Self, Executive Director of FoodChain."We make a really love nutritious lettuce blend for the restaurant next door that uses it for their salads."
They know that it isn't enough to just offer healthy options, they also plan to open a demonstration kitchen where people learn how to cook healthy food and a neighborhood green grocery where people can buy food.
“We know there's a need for access to fresh food. We always know it's more than just access. There has to be the knowledge to support it. That's why we're all about education and demonstration. Show them how it's done, teach them how it's done and then along the way, make it more accessible,” said Self.
FoodChain is holding a fundraiser next weekend, on October 2, to raise money for their new kitchen and green grocery.
For more information about the fundraiser, click here.
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