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Lake Zurich Couple Enters Online Grant Contest to Fuel Aquaponics Farm

Cultivating Change, a grant program that gives local farms resources to upgrade, invest in and implement sustainable technology, is awarding a total of $75,000 in funding to a handful of winners across the nation — with $20,000 to be decided by an online popular vote. Purewater Aquaponics, a Lake Zurich, Chicago farm owned by Teresa Johnson, tells the Chicago Tribune that she would use the money to add a new greenhouse and a barn that would house saltwater shrimp.

School-based aquaculture programs in Maryland provide hands-on lessons about environmental science

The first aquaculture program in Maryland schools started about 20 years ago in Carroll County through a partnership with Maryland Sea Grant. Now, there are aquaculture programs in 23 schools in 14 counties throughout the state. A few schools are taking the process one step further with aquaponics, as described in this Baltimore Sun article. Students at many schools are growing striped bass and perch, two species found in the brackish Chesapeake Bay.

Letter to NOAA Regarding Unlawful Funding to Industrial Ocean Fish Farms

Friends of the Earth, Center for Biological Diversity, Center for Food Safety, Food and Water Watch and Recirculating Farms Coalition have sent a letter to NOAA about its decision to provide federal funding assistance to industrial ocean fish farms in domestic waterways without first conducting any environmental reviews or consultations. The decision was made without fulfilling NEPA or ESA requirements.

There’s Something Fishy About This Farm

Chef/farmer/entrepreneur Yseut Berlingeri of Lantana, Texas, along with her partner/assistant kitchen manager Betty Beard of Lewisville, Texas, run MY Epicurean Farm – an aquaponics farm in Denton, Texas, where they produce organically grown vegetables and herbs. The two tell the Cross Timbers Gazette, “Chefs order our greenhouse trays of plants…We teach chefs where to store the plants and how to harvest with small scissors as needed.”