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The Projects

We aim to help eliminate food deserts by funding two hydroponics facilities and one aquaponic facility powered by solar panels that will grow fresh affordable food year-round for three of these communities, providing a vehicle for youth education, increasing access to quality food, and reducing pollution.

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Indianapolis ranks among the worst cities in the nation for food deserts.


food des·ert

noun

an urban area in which it is difficult to buy affordable or good-quality fresh food.

 

 

Food deserts in Indianapolis intensify poor health conditions and diminish energy by leaving citizens out of reach of fresh, healthful, whole foods.

Easy alternatives become fast food and convenience store items which are often cheap and accessible.

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Urban gardening provides independence from the industrialized food systems that create pollution and leave many households out of reach of healthy food.

 

Everyone has the power to grow food. Let’s remember this power and spread the magic.


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To accompany each year's Full Circle Fest theme, we organize sustainable community projects that make Indianapolis a better place to live. We use money raised to support these vital community initiatives.

This year we are using funds raised to build two hydroponics facilities and one aquaponics facility to serve as platforms for nutritious vitalization and education.

This is a sustainable solution to hunger, illness, and pollution. These facilities will grow fresh, affordable food for three Indianapolis neighborhoods, spreading the power of urban gardening, teaching people “how to fish."

Aquaponics and Hydroponics are important additions to existing urban gardening operations because they allow our partners to grow fresh food in ideal conditions 365 days a year.

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Aquaponics

Hydroponics

Aquaponics is a combination of hydroponics and aquaculture, which is the raising of aquatic animals in tanks. In these aquaponic facilities, fish will be raised in the water for the plants. The fish poop provides a nutritious diet for the plants in the form of nitrates.

Hydroponics is a method of growing plants without soil. Resting plant roots directly in nutrient dense liquid allows for a highly controllable environment. This maximizes the amount of energy plants can use for vegetative growth and fruit and flower production.


The construction and maintenance of these facilities also provide science and engineering learning programs and professional training for young people in these communities.


 

Community Coalition

These programs and facilities are lead by our three non profit partners, The Kheprw Institute, Groundwork Indy, and Lawrence Community Gardens.

This group of organizations give hope to Indianapolis with a commitment to community empowerment, sustainability, and youth development. They all shoulder a devotion to the stewardship of our environment and the cultivation of integral food for hungry bodies.


 
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Kheprw Institute (KI) is a community organization that works to create a more just, equitable, human-centered world by nurturing youth and young adults to be leaders, critical thinkers and doers who see the people in any community as the most valuable assets. They are committed to working with marginalized communities to bring about change that leads to empowered self-sustainable communities.

They have extensive experience in urban agriculture, integral healthy food distribution, and a proven aquaponics concept, already being used to educate the community on this eco-conscious form of agriculture.

 
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Lawrence Community Gardens is grows accessible fresh produce running an impressive operation just outside of 465. They have a 7.6 acre farm with a sizable portion allocated as “pick for free.”

“Good nutrition is the foundation for just about everything in your life, from being able to focus in school for our children with less behavior and social disorders for them, to healthier adults with less diabetes and heart disease.
- Director Sharrona Moore

 
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Groundwork Indy’s mission is to bring about the sustained regeneration, improvement and management of the physical environment by developing community-based partnerships which empower people, businesses and organizations to promote environmental, economic and social well-being.

Groundwork Indy is dedicated to improving access to healthy food. While already committed to providing support for existing efforts to grow fresh produce in community gardens and establishing new gardens, they are eager to build and maintain an aquaponics facility of their own.

 
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These facilities will be completely self-contained ecosystems powered by solar panels, embodying the Full Circle movement, keeping energy in rotation.

 
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