1440 Snow Hill Road – Stockton, MD 21864

Future of Agriculture

 

An aquaponics farm can produce in 1/8th of an Acre, the same output as a traditional 1 Acre farm.

 

The global indoor agriculture market is expected to grow to more than $27 billion by 2020, fueled by consumer demand for fresh, local produce, a growing population, an ability to produce food in  otherwise unfarmable locations, and lack of investment.

 

This growth is all speculation unless there are actually growers to grow the food and fill these jobs of the future. With this in mind, several universities and experienced growers have begun offering an array of programs and short courses designed to create the growing class of controlled environment farmers.

Why is Aquaponics Important?

 

Aquaponics is a vitally important way for us to grow food now and for our future generations

 

Aquaponics can grow a tremendous amount of food with a fraction of the water that is normally used in soil-based agriculture

 

Food can be grown directly in our communities, providing access to nutritious food, creating jobs and eliminating the huge carbon footprint associated with food transportation miles

What is Aquaponics? The most simple definition of Aquaponics is the combination of aquaculture (raising fish or shrimp) and hydroponics (the soil-less growing of plants) that grows fish and plants together in one integrated system.

Education

 

Student learning environments are critical to solving

current community issues, as well as preparing them for the problems

they will be facing in the future.

“We will need to produce more food in the next 40 or 50 years than in the previous 500 years combined...

Our priorities are clear - we must focus on attracting the next generation of ag workers to the
highly skilled, well-paid career opportunities.

Failing to do so may lead to severe consequences.”

Lydia Botham

Land O’Lakes Foundation

Impact

 

• Schools reach children at an age when their food habits

   are being formed, when they are open to new ideas and

   they learn good practices and new skills effortlessly.

 

• School gardens are a learning platform to promote better

   nutrition, develop life skills and increase environmental awareness.

   Combined with nutrition education, students growing their own

   food enhances their preference for fruits and vegetables.

 

• Qualified personnel can teach and guide children, linking food

   and nutrition education with other subjects (e.g. science).

 

• School feeding programs can provide cost-effective nutrition

   interventions, as well as opportunities to practice healthy

   eating habits and food safety.

 

• Healthy meals and snacks in schools improves children’s health

   and nutritional well-being, enabling them to grow well and learn well.

   Combined with nutrition education, school food can directly improve

   student’s health and help to develop good eating habits.

 

• By involving families in their children’s nutritional education,

   via school garden projects, school canteens, cooking classes, etc.

   the benefits could ripple throughout the school and local communities.

 

• In food insecure communities, these programs help fight

   malnutrition and help keep children in school, while also

   dramatically enhancing their learning and retention.

 

1440 Snow Hill Road – Stockton, MD 21864