This project is the first in a unique level of partnership for community groups and urban farming programs. This project, which is a joint operation between the Fort Worth, TX ministry Feed By Grace and the Dallas-based Aquaponics education/design firm Green Phoenix Farms, is located at a garden site that sits almost under the freeways in a part of town that has not witnessed successful farming for a long time.
Green Phoenix Farms has used an existing greenhouse as the site for the installation of the first commercial aquaponic system within the urban areas of DFW. This is a huge step forward for urban farming and for aquaponics in the North Texas area for sure! The system, which was funded in part by an anonymous donation to Feed by Grace, was completed in time for the February 1st “soft” opening on February 1, 2013 that was covered in the Fort Worth Star Telegram (HERE).
Unfortunately there was an unforeseen delay in the initial start-up of the system. Specifically, it was necessary to have a new electric pole installed on the property for the Aquaponic system and the other projects planned for the near future. However, due to the “Arctic Vortex” that strongly affected both the East Coast and the Southern states all of the installation crews from the DFW area were pulled away for repair efforts.
But, today, we are happy to announce that the system has now begun full operation. The water is flowing, the rafts are in place and the initial stocking of goldfish has been completed. Take a look at the pictures below to see the system. We are planning to put in the first plants on Saturday.