Last month, Anacostia Aquaponics hosted a delegation of 20 researchers from the Chinese Government for two days of lectures on aquaponics. We also arranged a tour of Bella Vita Farm in Brookeville, MD.
The delegation is travelling the U.S. for three weeks to study modern agriculture technology. They are visiting Washington, DC, New York, and Chicago.
Anacostia Aquaponics Director Brian Filipowich stated “I enjoyed spending time with the researchers and discussing different agricultural trends in our two countries. We have a lot to learn from eachother.”
What percentage of fresh fruits n’ veggies consumed within DC is grown within DC?
b) 1% – 5%
c) 5% – 10%
e) no one knows
Washington, DC is doing some great things for urban agriculture. For more info, check out the DC Sustainability 2.0 Report, or the Food System Assessment. We also recently created an Office for Urban Agriculture.
But a lot more work needs to be done. An old adage: “you can’t manage what you can’t measure”. Here’s some questions we should answer:
How much are we actually growing as a percentage of our consumption? what are we growing? and what is our goal?
What percentage of food grown in DC is edible, and what resources are needed to improve our growing skills and grow better fruits n’ veggies?
One issue is that policy-makers nationwide continually underestimate the skills and resources necessary to grow high-quality crops consistently… it’s very hard! Unfortunately this is the problem UDC ran into over the last few years.
Answering these questions will inform the next steps we take to improve urban ag in DC!
Brian Filipowich, Director
Anacostia Aquaponics DC LLC
We had a great visit to a VERY impressive aquaponic system at South Mountain MicroFARM in Boonsboro, MD.
This farm uses aquaponics for commercial crops like lettuce, which are sold locally. Aquaponics allows the farm to use only one-eighth of the land and one-tenth of the water as the same crops grown in soil!
A warm Washington, DC welcome to Professor Ayoola Akinwole (pictured right) from the University of Ibadan in Ibadan, Nigeria!
Professor Akinwole is here to take our Small-scale Aquaponics Training Course. While in town, we will also be visiting other aquaponics sites including South Mountain Microfarm, the University of Maryland Envi-Sci & Tech Department, Cultivate the City’s H Street Farms (pictured), IDEA Public Charter School, and maybe UDC.
After DC, Professor Akinwole will travel to Tennessee to view more aquaponics attractions.