Help us convert a vacant garage into an environmentally sustainable fish farm!
We've got veggies. We've got fruit trees. Now all we need is some protein!
WE WANT TILAPIA!
Your help is being requested by
the Parkview Community Garden group to construct a fish farm in the Idora Neighborhood of Youngstown, Ohio. The farm will be a
neighborhood-scale, zero discharge recirculating aquaponics system that will
enable the group to raise and harvest healthy and nutritious tilapia, as well
as fresh produce year-round. The system will incorporate environmentally
friendly components, including the reuse of an existing large vacant garage
structure that is directly across the street from the existing garden site, solar thermal to heat the water (tilapia prefer warm water), rain barrels, and sky lights for natural lighting.
What the heck is aquaponics???
Basically it's a recreation of a naturally occurring ecosystem. The fish are fed a predominately vegetarian diet of food produced in the system (like duckweed and algae). The water with the fish waste is pumped into a grow bed with gravel, home to lots of little tiny bacteria that work to purify the water. The fish waste is also a high-grade fertilizer that leafy vegetables love to soak up, further filtering the water that eventually makes its way back into the fish tank. Sustainable and all-natural!
Why are we doing this???
Like many inner-city neighborhoods, the Idora Neighborhood has become a “food desert” and does not currently have access to a full-service grocery facility. As the majority of the neighborhood’s population is comprised of low income (27% below poverty level) and minority (80% African American) individuals and families, the lack of healthy food options locally presents a serious social justice issue that this group and project is seeking to overcome. Idora also contains a large youth population (35% under the age of 19). Given the poor educational trends of the city population at large, this large youth demographic represents an at-risk population.
Your support of this project will enable neighborhood residents to provide themselves greater access to healthy and fresh food choices. Being able to raise and harvest fresh fish locally will build upon an already thriving Parkview Community Garden, allowing neighborhood residents to provide themselves with a locally produced and nutritious complete meal, supplementing healthy vegetables with a fresh protein option. This project will also provide an opportunity for neighborhood residents and participants to gain valuable knowledge about environmentally friendly practices related to urban food production, renewable energy production, and resource conservation, empowering them to implement changes within their own homes to improve the neighborhood's quality of life.
So please donate to this unique project and take part in the ongoing revitalization of the Idora Neighborhood and the City of Youngstown. The Youngstown Neighborhood Development Corporation (YNDC) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization serving as the fiscal agent for this project, making your donation tax deductible!
Here are some of the awesome rewards that can be had through your generosity!:
Idora Tilapia Logo Tee designed by our very good friends at Rusty Waters Apparel! (Graphic Representation Only)
The Defend Youngstown Tee
The t-shirts are available in adult sizes. If we reach our project fundraising goal and get funded, a notice will be sent to everyone who will receive a shirt asking for the size they need.
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A very sincere thank you!Estimated delivery:
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A handwritten fish shaped thank you card!Estimated delivery:
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A very snazzy and stylish Idora Tilapia Logo T-Shirt designed by our good friends at Rusty Waters Apparel (dark green print on an off-white/natural colored shirt. see graphic representation to the left!)Estimated delivery:
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The really awesome Idora Tilapia Logo T-Shirt PLUS an official DVD copy of The Idora Neighborhood, a film about the neighborhood's ongoing revitalization by Khaled Tabbara, Chris Rutushin, and Michael Moritz Jr and autographed by local neighborhood legend Jim "BIG JIM" London himself PLUS a Defend Youngstown Tee to show all your friends that you're serious about Rust Belt revitalization. DEFEND.Estimated delivery:
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Adopt-a-Fish! You'll receive the two T-Shirts PLUS the autographed DVD PLUS a picture of a tilapia named after you! (Don't get too attached...)Estimated delivery:
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The two T-Shirts PLUS the autographed DVD PLUS your name displayed on the wall inside the fish farm. We'll even send a picture of it to prove to you that it's there!Estimated delivery:
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Urban Fisher(wo)man. You'll receive the two T-Shirts PLUS the DVD PLUS your name displayed on the inside wall PLUS an exclusive tour of the fish farm at harvest time. Bring your tackle box, cuz we're goin fishin!Estimated delivery:
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Project Sponsor. The two Tees PLUS the DVD PLUS an exclusive tour of the fish farm at harvest time PLUS your name displayed prominently near the entrance of the facility as an official project sponsor!Estimated delivery:
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