a system of aquaculture in which the waste produced by farmed fish or other aquatic animals supplies nutrients for plants grown hydroponically, which in turn purify the water.
Our aquaponic program will provide training for individuals on our farm by growing tilapia and seasonal leafy greens and herbs, which can be sold to local restaurants, markets, and schools. It functions as a laboratory for teaching important work values and preparing people for re-entry into the workplace, thereby raising hope, as well as produce. This offers an innovative form of therapeutic horticulture, a nature-based approach that can promote well-being for people with mental health problems through using a range of green activities such as gardening and contact with animals. The social enterprise approach builds on “social firms” by facilitating people to develop new skills and re-engage with the workplace while enhancing an individual’s self-worth. A core value of the aquaponics program is to engage our program through leadership training, active participation, team building, and provide them with the opportunity to gain new skills and competencies.