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Aleksandra Ivonina
Mark Kagach

Aquaponic Farms


The challenge

Today, millions live in food deserts; areas where residents have few to no convenient options for securing affordable and healthy food. The USDA reported that 39.5 million people - 12.8% of the U.S. population, live in low-income and low-access areas. Low socioeconomic status individuals purchase inexpensive fats and sugars over fresh fruits and vegetables that are more expensive on a per calorie basis and harder to get. Residents of the “obesogenic” neighborhood would have spent 56% of their income on buying healthy food and, by The Colorado Health Foundation report, have a higher risk of chronic disease.

The solution

Introducing a more affordable and convenient way to receive freshly grown fruits and vegetables - Aquaponic Farms. Aquaponics is a food production system that combines conventional aquaculture (raising aquatic animals) with hydroponics (cultivating plants in water) in a symbiotic environment. Our product will be a box that will contain all the needed ingredients to build a farm (in the future, extension kits will be provided). The farm will take no more place than a bedside table and will allow people without stepping out of the home to grow their food without any waste or daily hours on its maintenance.

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