Sierra Agroecology Center
The Sierra Agroecology Center (SAC) is a program of the nonprofit, Tahoe Food Hub, and is teaching our mountain community about agriculture in an alpine ecology. It is located at the Truckee Community Farm in Truckee, CA. The Growing Dome is the center piece of the Truckee Community Farm and allows places like the Sierra to grow food year-round. Our Growing Dome is specifically designed for high snow loads and captures more sun throughout the day than a traditional greenhouse. Surrounding the Growing Dome are outdoor cold frames which demonstrate that with limited space and resources, anyone can extend the season and grow in their backyard from March to November.
We outreach to local schools and host tours and workshops for grades 3rd to 6th. We offer different lesson plans which integrate with California's Common Core Science Curriculum providing a hands-on compliment to what students are learning in the classroom. Systems-based learning is very effective in helping students better understand science and make connections to the relationships we share within our ecosystem.
At the Sierra Agroecology Center (SAC), we have beehives, chickens, different permaculture techniques and a compost program. And inside the Growing Dome, we also have an aquaponics system. The Sow It Forward grant will help SAC complete the aquaponics system which has not yet been completely operational. We need to reroute the plumbing, add an additional grow bed, buy seedlings, and buy 20 catfish. Aquaponics is a great way to explain how an ecosystem works because it is a demonstration of a closed loop cycle...fish feed the plants and the plants clean the water for the fish.
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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