We want you to understand that we are trying to start a movement. We are attempting to create a sustainable model, that other blighted neighborhoods and cities can follow. Reclaiming abandoned or unused space is the first step. While Growing vegetables is our priority, we also want to educate the community as much as possible.
We are active members of the Kansas City Food Growers Circle and have taken their pledge to grow as organically and practice sustainability.
Where to Begin....
Urban Harvest KC is an indoor aquaponic farm, produce shop, art space, and learning facility. We grow organic chemical free micro-greens and leafy green vegetables. We support ourselves by providing specialty micro greens and hard to find gourmet vegetables for chefs.
We are also a Community Supported Agriculture. We have a local organic farmer that provides us with just enough winter vegetables, from his greenhouse, to provide us with fresh produce. This allows us to be a spot for people to pick up their "CSA" packages. The farm provides us with carrots, spinach, beets, lettuce, sweet potatoes and onions. So we are also able to provide CSA packages. What ever we do not sell, we donate to a community outreach and network center, just around the corner from our farm.
There are so many other things in store for the future for us. We give tours and offer workshops to teach people how to build and maintain a small system.
What is Aquaponics?
Aquaponics is essentially a type of hydroponics and it acts as a great controlling measure to protect the environment from the harmful effects of a few substances which pollute the environment. It’s principally a perfect combination of aquaculture and hydroponics. Ideally, aquaponics consists of two main things – fish culture and hydroponics, i.e. planting without soil in water as a medium.
These two aspects of aquaponics complement each other to work efficiently. If planned properly with good equipment and proper knowledge then aquaponics can surely give you good yield. As this method is on similar principles as hydroponics, you do not use soil. The fish waste serves as food for plants while plants generate oxygen for the fish to survive and breathe. With this symbiotic process you can create a healthy growing atmosphere for fishes as well as the plants.
We really would like it if you could help us build our farm, so that we can support our community. Help us spread the word and the knowledge.
Risks and challenges
The projects that we have started and the goals we have set for our selves have changed since the first time we made a project:
Q. Can we become a "Food Shed"? A. Yes. We have a market on Saturday Mornings that we host at the farm. Our neighborhood is in what is considered to be a "low-income" neighborhood. But the History is rich. We are a farm, with a store front, inside of an old grocery store. Its about 1,600 square ft.
Do you provide education for the youth and anyone willing to learn? A. Yes we have had 2 successful community events. We networked and gave tours. The children are really eager to learn and explore. Everyone always wants to see the fish.
Q. Do you offer tours and sessions on how to grow food in the home using aquaponics. A. Yes. We are set to speak at several different conferences as well as giving interviews for KC publications.
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Q. How will you connect with the community and potential growers to provide a space for them to grow vegetables where they are unable to? A. We hope that local growers will accept our invite to share our space when ever our farm is open to market. We want to provide a space for other farmers and local growers a space to sell their produce.
Q. Can you become a CSA providing locally grown vegetables all year around.
A. We firmly believe that Aquaponics is the farming of the future. We want to encourage sustainability how ever we can. Mostly by conserving water. Our project includes trying to grow as much vegetables as possible, and have the lowest water bill of any farmer in Kansas City.
Q. Are you growing fruiting trees indoors? A. We plan on trying.
This year we are focusing on our table strictly for growing different strands of hops for brewing beer and partnering with local micro-brewers.
We will begin growing tilapia and Koi in March.
Expansion to the front 1/2 of our shop is in the process.
Start second 250 gallon tank.
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We just need a little help.
Eric Person - Co-Owner/Operator
Jason Irish - Co-Owner/ Operator
- (58 days)