Community support

Funding level: £1,001 to £5,000

Description

Crookes Community Farm is a Community Association based in Sheffield that is on a mission to connect the community with their food.

The current system of tasteless, chemical pumped food, travelling thousands of miles wrapped in plastic to arrive at your table is broken. It is bad for you, bad for the farmer and bad for the planet. This system must change.

We combine traditional organic farming with exciting technologies such as renewable energies, vertical growing and aquaponics, (which is where fish feed the plants). All this set in a semi urban oasis providing access to the local community.

We are looking to raise £4,920 to provide aquaponics at the farm. We believe that aquaponics “the combination of aquaculture and hydroponics” will play a vital role in the future of food production globally.

THE SCIENCY BIT

Aquaponics is the combined culture of fish and plants in recirculating systems. Nutrients generated by the fish waste (manure) are absorbed by plants cultured in water. Fish provide most of the nutrients required for plant nutrition. As the aquaculture effluent flows through the cultured plant component of the recirculating system, fish waste metabolites are removed by nitrification and direct uptake by plants, thereby treating the water, which flows back to the fish rearing component for reuse. This system uses up to 95% LESS water than traditional horticulture farming.

THE NUMBERS

Pumps £250
Tanks £200
Pipes £300
Valves £200
Grow Beds £600
Grow Bed Medium £600
Solar Panels £400
Solar Mounting £100
Batteries £400
Solar Charge Controller £50
Inverter £250
Wire £60
Fish £300
Fish food £60
Water testing £150
Poly tunnel £ 1,000

TOTAL £4,920

The money would enable us to build a fully operating rig that will allow individuals, schools, youth groups, and other community organisations to learn about aquaponics first hand whilst sampling the food that is produced.

Aquaponics is an amazing way allow children to learn a huge number of different general and specific skills. From basic science and maths to environmental issues such as food sovereignty and symbiotic growing.

Aquaponics will be a part of other offerings provided at the farm. We currently have chickens, a variety of grow beds, ponds, polytunnels and traditional composting facilities. Over the next 12 months we will start to operate a renewable energy hub, community composting facility, and mushroomery allowing people to get involved with and learn about a wide variety of food and environmental projects.

Crookes Community Farm is run by volunteers and has approximately 100 families and individuals that come down to get involved with work days and generally enjoy the outdoors and local chemical free food.

So, if you want to see a better world, where people are connected to healthy food and communities come together to learn and grow then please support Crookes Community Farm and help us get aquaponics at the farm.

The Well Community Allotment Group (T/A Crookes Community Farm)

At Crookes Community Farm we don’t just grow food, we enable people to join us on a journey of rediscovering traditional growing techniques whilst exploring the latest in healthy chemical free growing. We just love the way all sorts of different people have come together to make this happen.

Location: Crookes, Sheffield, United Kingdom