The Tucson AquaPonics Project, an open-source, non-profit, community supported training and resource organization is designed to help individuals and communities achieve Food Freedom and Food Security.
Food Freedom includes the right and the ability to grow, eat, trade, buy and sell locally or regionally grown, safe, healthy, delicious foods free from Genetic Engineering (GE), Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO), drugs, hormone modifications, irradiation and/or pesticide/herbicide/sewage contamination.
Food Security in desert or arid regions is different than in well-watered areas and is a primary focus of the Tucson AquaPonics Project. Food security involves creating and managing healthy, diverse, sustainable ecosystems that require very few outside inputs to maintain their long term viability and productivity.
The Tucson AquaPonics Project is committed to supporting organic food production, both by Aquaponics methods and land-based agriculture.
The Tucson AquaPonics Project will research and test methods and designs for constructing and operating low-cost Aquaponics systems in non-tropical desert or arid climates, as well as provide training and support for individuals and communities that desire to pursue Aquaponics.
Casey Townsend, Founder
As a long-time backyard organic gardener in Tucson, Arizona I have experienced that growing food here in the desert can definitely be a challenge.
About 5 years ago when I learned about aquaponics I built a small (300 gallon fish tank) raft based system in my backyard, but as I learned more about the potential of aquaponics, and talked with people about it, I was encouraged to help bring community-scale aquaponics to Tucson. I now have five separate systems in my backyard. I have also helped many other people to set up their own aquaponics systems and am glad to continue to assist others to do the same.
The benefits of locally produced food will become ever more important, especially as the price of gasoline and diesel continues to rise and food supplies are diminished due to the weather related disasters that appear to be occurring with greater frequency and impact all around the world.
Since aquaponics can produce high quality, nutrient rich organic food using a fraction of the space, energy and water than is required for conventional agriculture, or even backyard gardening, it is well suited for use by non-profit community service organizations and smaller private enterprises, as well as families, to provide food, and even jobs, for our communities.
Please be sure to RSVP for our upcoming meetups. I look forward to meeting you in person if we haven’t yet met, and learning about what we can to to help each other.
Thanks, and I hope to hear from you,
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