South Africa School Sets Stage for Aquaponics Training Curricula

JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA (October 21, 2019); As South Africa President Cyril Ramaphosa calls for schools to explore integrating aquaponics into their curricula to meet a growing demand for practical skills and food security, one school in Ekurhuleni is already proving his point.

At a special press event last Thursday at Laerskool Kempton Park, students and teachers demonstrated how they’re using their aquaponics system to not only provide year-round fresh produce and fish for the school’s meals, but also serve as an innovative teaching tool for core subjects, adaptive agriculture and environmental protection. Teachers also noted that the aquaponics system has been a particularly effective learning environment and behavior therapy tool for their students with special needs who don’t adjust well to traditional classroom settings.… Read the rest...

INMED a Finalist for International Sustainability Prize

STERLING, VA (October 14, 2019): INMED Partnerships for Children has been selected as one of three finalists in the food category for the prestigious Zayed Sustainability Prize 2020 for its international aquaponics program. This annual international prize rewards the achievements of those who are driving impactful, innovative, and inspiring sustainability solutions to address pressing international development challenges.

The food security challenge INMED addresses through aquaponics lies at the very heart of the organization’s mission to build pathways for vulnerable children, families, and communities to achieve well-being and self-reliance. “The stress of living in poverty and struggling daily to obtain enough food means that children in the low-resource communities INMED serves often do not get the nutrients they need to feed their growing bodies and brains, leading to high rates of malnutrition, developmental stunting and preventable disease,” notes INMED Founder and CEO Dr.… Read the rest...

Local Data Center and Construction Giants Team to Support New INMED Project

STERLING, VA (October 9, 2019): Heavy equipment rumbled into action early yesterday morning as volunteers from CyrusOne, a leading global data center REIT, HITT Contracting and Blue Ridge Landscape Design donned gloves and safety gear to clear a patch of vegetation from an empty field on Paxton Campus in Leesburg. It is the site of the future INMED Aquaponics education center, a collaboration between INMED Partnerships for Children and the Paxton Trust.

The program will serve children and youth in need—including those hindered by economic disadvantage as well as those with developmental and mental health challenges—through vocational training in the burgeoning field of adaptive agriculture.… Read the rest...