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FoodChain's Aquaponics Educational System

FoodChain is a nonprofit in Lexington, KY committed to reconnecting people with their food. We do this by providing education and demonstration of cutting-edge, sustainable methods of indoor food production. Our first phase of operations has been to build and operate the state’s first indoor commercially-scaled aquaponics system, growing lettuces, herbs and microgreens hydroponically using the waste from fish as natural fertilizer. The plants then clean this waste out of the water, sending fresh water back to the fish. Overall, this method of cultivation uses less than 10% of the water of conventional growing methods.

During 2013 we built the system and hosted more than 2000 visitors to our site, showing them the benefits of aquaponics and providing a new way for food to be grown in the heart of a city. As our facility is located in a formerly abandoned bakery warehouse, we’re able to repurpose the space and benefit the residential neighbors that surround our industrial building. We strive to model closed-loop systems and are working with a neighboring brewery to utilize their spent grain as food for our fish. On the output side, we’ve recruited a restaurant to our building. This establishment uses our ingredients in their food, which is then consumed by neighbors and visitors alike. 

Where it's at:

501 West Sixth St.
Suite 105
Lexington, KY 40508
United States

Garden type:

demonstration/education garden

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Garden beneficiaries:

families and food insecure people

Number of people reached:

3 000

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Project leaders:

Rebecca Self
Megan Winfield

About us:

KGI is a nonprofit community of over 30,000 people who are growing some of our own food and helping others to do the same.  

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Kitchen Gardeners International
3 Powderhorn Drive,
Scarborough, ME, 04074, USA
(207) 956-0606