From Farm to Fork, Ripple Farms is Growing Canada’s Freshest Greens
FROM FARM TO FORK, RIPPLE FARMS IS GROWING CANADA’S FRESHEST GREENS
Ripple Farms seeks to engage in a partnership with The Stop Community Food Centre, in which Ripple Farms would occupy 1,500 sq ft of The Green Barn to manage and maintain a small commercial aquaponic farming operation - producing fresh greens and sustainable seafood 365 days a year - showcasing the sustainability of controlled environment farming practices. We anticipate using the space for public demonstration and a pilot for future projects across Toronto. Ripple Farms hopes to activate localized production hubs to service local communities through the deployment of a three-tiered agenda:
- Activating Healthy Communities,
- Administering Agricultural Education for all, and
- Producing Accessible & Affordability Nutritious Food.
Ripple Farms utilizes controlled environment agriculture, using aquaponics to showcase sustainable innovation and year-round food production. In simple terms, Aquaponics is the combination of Aquaculture (the raising of fish) and Hydroponics (soilless agriculture). Our farms consume up to 90% less water than traditional agriculture - without any GMOs or pesticides. Each ecosystem is enclosed within a controlled micro-climate environment, creating optimal conditions for both fish and plants.
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With less than 2% of our population looking at the Agriculture industry as a viable career path, and the average age of Canadian Farmers being 52, education is a necessary tool to inspire future generations. Food systems are changing and there is a lot of new information on the market every day, often times making it harder for consumers to make informed decisions on what local food really means. Ripple Farms believes the solution is ‘Traceability’ - knowing where your food comes from, who’s growing it, and most importantly what’s going into your food - only then can consumers make an informed decision.
As part of their community engagement efforts, Ripple Farms hosts 2-4 hour workshops for school groups looking to dive deeper into the science and technology of Urban Agriculture - specifically aquaponics. Local food is an amazing medium to bring people from diverse backgrounds around the same table to learn and grow. Their workshops challenge students to understand the concepts of bio-mimicry, biology, ecology, closed-loop systems, the circular economy and more.