The CDC Farm and Fishery is an indoor self-sustaining ecosystem that will provide fresh fish and vegetables to both individuals and restaurants in North Central Detroit, a neighborhood severely lacking in fresh food products.
How does it work? It’s actually quite simple. Tilapia are raised in a large aquarium, and the water from the fish tank is pumped to a worm bed where the fish waste is broken down into nutrients for the plants. The water then moves through a series of plant beds, naturally fertilizing them. Once the nutrients are absorbed, the clean water then returns to the fish tank and the cycle begins again.
The benefits are significant: It’s green (literally), with no fertilizers, pesticides or herbicides. Because it’s a closed system, only a small amount of water (once the fish tanks are full) will be needed to maintain operations. The farm will also provide training and jobs, and will contribute to a stable, fresh food supply for this impoverished neighborhood.
We’ve acquired an old liquor store at the corner of 2nd Avenue and Philadelphia. We’ve gutted the inside, repaired the leaky roof, installed skylights, and built the frames for the planters. We’ve accomplished quite a bit, but we have a long way to go – and that’s where you can help. We still need material to finish constructing the planters and fish tanks, and we need to purchase pumps, solar panels and of course plant seeds and baby fish!