Reporting: Monessa Guilfoil
Jami Brown is a Chattanooga citizen whose working for the betterment of our community through her participation as Vice Chairperson and founding member of Chattanooga’s Chapter of the National Sierra Club and as a consultant for the Gathering Garden in Hixson and as a member of the Food and Agriculture Board of Chattanooga. Born in Cleveland, Tennessee, Brown holds a Master of Environmental Science from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and has lived here for 10 years.
The Chattanooga Food and Agricultural Board was founded as a result of the local Climate Action Plan with a mission “to promote local growers and farmers markets.” The following comes from page 46 of the Climate Action Plan:
Local food production, community gardens, and farmers markets provide multiple benefits to a community – boosting the local economy, reducing transportation costs and emissions, improving the health of the population, promoting community spirit and social interaction, and providing educational opportunities.
Brown volunteers as a consultant for the Gathering Garden, a Community Garden started in 2009 by The Gathering Church as a mission to feed the under served in our community through donations of produce to Hamilton County Baptist Association. Brown has a “grand plan” for biodiversity at the Gathering Garden which includes an aquaponic system and a greenhouse. For more information about the Gathering Garden, refer to last week’s “Around and About” story here.
Aquaponics is a sustainable food production system that combines aquaculture (raising fish in tanks) and hydroponics (growing plants in water) so that both grow better.-Friendlyaquaponics.com
Jami Brown believes that integrating urban farming and verticle farming with aquaponics will provide solutions to feed people in years to come because these techniques require much less water and land to produce large amounts of food. Here are more reported benefits in using aquaponic systems from friendly aquaponics:
- Aquaponics uses less than 2% of the water that traditional farming does.
- Aquaponics is energy-efficient: our current systems use one-tenth of the energy conventional farming does!
- Aquaponics has eight to ten times more vegetable production in the same area and time.
- Aquaponics is fully scalable from indoor systems to backyard family systems to full commercial systems.
- Aquaponics is pure, clean, and natural: USDA Certified Organic and Food Safety Certified.
- Aquaponics is easy to learn and operate: anyone can do this!
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