This YouTube video is from a KPBS post on October 1, 2015.
Making an adequate profit on an aquaponics farm like this is easier said than done. Nonprofit definitely does not mean no profit. It appears that Solutions Farms is taking a very big step to get past the need for outside grant funding. Expansion to become the largest aquaponics farm in California is no small step.
A significant part of this story is the partnership with Go Green Agriculture founded by Pierre Sleiman. His business has been recognized at the White House by President Obama as a “Champion of Change” in “The Future of Agriculture” for their work.
I hope to visit them before I leave San Diego. What they are doing supports a very worthy cause with a high level of social benefit.
The farm uses sustainable aquaponics technology which operates without pesticides or chemicals, uses 95% less water than traditional farming, and grows up to four times more food per square foot. It also serves as one of the region’s largest private sector-funded workforce training programs for the homeless, helping nearly 200 once homeless parents reenter the workforce.
VISTA, CA – Solutions for Change, a San Diego nonprofit dedicated to solving family homelessness, has announced its highly anticipated expansion plans for Solutions Farms. The expansion will set Solutions Farms as the largest aquaponics farm in California.
“After years of trailblazing our idea, engaging with our community partners and winning over discerning social purpose investors, we are ready to expand our award-winning Solutions Farms,” says President and CEO of Solutions for Change, Chris Megison. “Throughout our organization’s history, we have reinvented the playbooks on what solving homelessness looks like. Now, with the Solutions Farms expansion, we’re continuing that tradition of innovation – solving family homelessness through hope and organic produce grown at our state-of-the-art aquaponics farm.”
The farm uses sustainable aquaponic technology which operates without pesticides or chemicals, uses 95% less water than traditional farming, and grows up to four times more food per square foot. It also serves as one of the region’s largest private sector-funded workforce training programs for the homeless, helping nearly 200 once homeless parents reenter the workforce.
Bolstered by the support of the Alliance Healthcare Foundation’s (AHF) Innovation Initiative (i2) grant, the group has undergone more than a year of planning and consulting with aquaponic experts and builders from around the world. After careful consideration, Solutions for Change has chosen local industry expert, Go Green Agriculture, to build the expansion.
Go Green Founder and CEO, Pierre Sleiman, says, “We are excited to come alongside such an innovative social organization like Solutions for Change. Aquaponics is a rapidly evolving method of farming that we’ve been closely watching. The community support and investments obtained by Solutions show us that they are on the cutting edge of doing big things in the world of local sustainable farming. As trailblazers ourselves, we want to be part of growing the best food, while also having a positive impact on society through solving family homelessness.” Read more...