AquaGrow Farms | The Mississauga Food Bank

AquaGrow Farms

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What is AquaGrow Farms?

AquaGrow Farms is a sustainable aquaponics farm in the warehouse at The Mississauga Food Bank.
It was created to:

  • Provide an additional source of healthy greens and protein for our hungry neighbours
  • Educate people about where their food may have come from and introduce them to the idea of sustainable “urban agriculture”
  • Draw attention to the need for fresh food by those who live in poverty in Mississauga

What is Aquaponics?

Aquaponics is a form of agriculture that combines aquaculture (fish-farming) and hydroponics (soil-less agriculture). We chose this method of farming because it gives us the opportunity to raise fish and greens year-round for our hungry neighbours.

Our Farm

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We have three grow beds and two fish tanks that will produce approximately 645 servings of fish and 10,800 servings of greens each year. All of the healthy greens and protein-rich fish we grow are distributed to our member agencies across Mississauga. From there they are given to hungry members of our community who otherwise would have limited access to fresh, healthy food.

Come visit the farm!

If you’d like to learn more about what happens at AquaGrow Farms, we would love to have you visit! We hold interactive, educational tours every 3rd Wednesday of every month at 6:00pm. Please RSVP to Colin Cotton at colin@themississaugafoodbank.org or 905-270-5589 x231. If you are interested in bringing a school, corporate or community group for a tour at another time, please contact Colin to arrange a date and time. We even have a specialized tour just for kids!

Volunteer on the farm

Please visit our Volunteer Calendar to register for any posted AquaGrow Farms volunteer opportunities.

How YOU Can Help

YOU can help now by:

Meet Farmer Colin

Colin Cotton

Colin Cotton holds a Bachelor of Science degree from University of Toronto and is responsible for all farm operations.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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AquaGrow Farms is made possible by the generosity of the Ontario Trillium Foundation who is funding the cost of setup and 2 years of operating costs.

Enbridge

Thanks to Enbridge for their sponsorship of AquaGrow Farms in 2017.