Fill Ministries Aquaponic Farm

Watch this page for updates on our aquaponic greenhouse progress!



Welcome to the Fill Ministries Aquaponic Farm, dedicated to improving diets and job prospects for low-income families.

Citizens of Georgia Power, January 2018

We love our farm volunteers!

Please contact Steve Daniels directly about in-ground planting days and other special projects: 770-905-9155 or leave a message at our volunteer line: 404-268-8924.
Flyover farm progress


Current Status





Greenhouse #1

Fish tanks in
Deep water culture beds in
30 tons of gravel spread
20 more to go!
Wiring is done
HVAC is done
Aquaponic systems mostly done
few random final things

Next

Final electrical inspection
Sawnee EMC hook up service
Repair weather damage to driveway
and re-inspection

Big News

Fish will be coming as soon as those are done!!! Woot! Woot!

FARM FACTS

Learn More

What is aquaponics and why is it the solution for our families and for ministry sustainability?

INVESTMENT OPPORTUNITIES

What Will It Take?

How you can solve food insecurity and make a lasting impact to improve the diets of low-income families in Forsyth, Dawson and Hall Counties.

IMPACT

A quality education for children starts with a child being ready to learn. The most-foundational block of that readiness is consistent access to adequate nutrition.  Quite simply, a hungry child cannot pay attention in class and therefore cannot succeed at learning.  Fill Ministries solves a child’s food insecurity with meals delivered directly to the home 52 weeks a year, through Meals by Grace food support.  Organically-grown produce and fish protein from our aquaponic greenhouses will go one step further, to improve children's diets, enhancing their quality of life and preventing health issues such as obesity.

Multiple studies have concluded that that a diet rich in fruits and vegetables can lower the risk of heart disease and stroke and may help to reduce obesity.  But when incomes drop, food choices shift, and the first items to go are usually healthier foods.  Lower-income households purchase more cereals, pasta, potatoes, legumes,
and fatty meats than their higher income counterparts. Their vegetables and fruits are often limited to iceberg lettuce, potatoes, canned corn, bananas, and frozen orange juice.

Georgia ranks number 39 out of 50 for daily intake of fruit and vegetables, with 42% of Georgians eating less than one fruit daily and 23% eating less than one vegetable per day.  To change that trend with the families we serve, we must acknowledge that low-income families make tough choices between eating nutritious food and paying bills. For these families, the Fill Ministries aquaponic farm fills the gap between subsistence calories and healthy nutrition.

After our second greenhouse begins to produce a consistent crop, we anticipate being able to provide produce for all of our client families, year-round. The flow of produce will be accompanied by recipes and life skills mentoring for how to use the food.

PROJECT TIMELINE

Winter 2017 into 2018

  • First crop from greenhouse #1; conduct process evaluation, implement improvements
  • Secure funds for build-out of greenhouse #2

Spring into Fall 2018

  • Site prep, permitting, order materials for greenhouse #2 and build-out
  • First UGA student internship
  • Continue the planting and harvesting cycle in greenhouse #1

Winter 2018 into Spring 2019

With two aquaponic greenhouses running at full capacity:
  • All client families receive fresh produce in weekly food deliveries + nutrition education
  • Conduct process evaluation, consider improvements (ongoing)
  • Continue developing and expanding distributor relationships
  • Begin writing curriculum for Job Sight aquaponic training for heads of client families and special populations
  • Farm tours / in-service training for STEM and interested educators