Thursday, April 25, 2013

Urban farming: Catfish and koi need you

Posted by on Thu, Apr 25, 2013 at 4:20 PM

Ivywild Farm

A note of clarification up front here: Ivywild Farm is not part of the soon-to-open Ivywild School project. Though the urban farm is located just blocks away, and there's a good chance some items produced by Ivywild Farm — possibly eggs, honey or more likely herbs and produce — will be sold at a farm stand inside the school, it is still its own entity.

That said, yes, this post amounts to yet another local Kickstarter appeal. But hey — at least it isn't a film pitch related to zombies or stoners.

It's something a little more wholesome, literally, in that it intends to feed more of the community, possibly to include guests of the upcoming Seeds Community Cafe. Ivywild Farm owner Christine Faith is also the founder of the local Colorado Springs Urban Homesteading group.

Faith teaches free classes, donates 10 percent of the farm's bounty to the Southern Colorado AIDS Project and is basically an urban farmer and local blogger by trade, operating the super informative Right to Thrive site.

If you watch the four-minute pitch below, you'll see glimpses of her farm, where chickens, ducks, bees and koi contribute to the mini ecosystem. What's being asked for is $9,650 to get a second, much larger, greenhouse overhauled and turned into a productive 40-tower aquaponic system, to include catfish.

With the increased production, Faith says she could increase her contribution to SCAP, supply more to SEEDS and interested area restaurants (who are sustainability leaders) like Margarita at PineCreek , all while continuing to educate the community on urban farming's many benefits. (Think: water savings, fuel savings, resource efficiency, etc.)

So, if that tugs at your little green heart, you know what to do with your credit card.

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