I have two close friends moving abroad to third world countries with the goal of providing their services on a volunteer basis. Regardless of where they end up there will be communities in need of food production enhancements, water harvesting and other systems for sustainability. I am asking for your input to help figure out a way to make it possible for Earth Solutions to support their mission, by facilitating the use of aquaponics in their communities. Just tonight I was contemplating how to make all this happen, when I received the email below and decided to start moving this mountain by putting my thoughts into words.
As I write this first blog, I realize that my best resources are among my closest people and those who share this passion. So what I am doing is crowdsourcing you, my friends, family and all to help me determine a means to make this project happen.
Coincidentally, or not, the email below, forced me to put this task into words.
With your help in the way of providing ideas and resources I hope to make it possible for Earth Solutions to leverage our collective wisdom to meet their needs. Please read the below from Eric, who lives on a Native American reservation in Wisconsin. If you know of any resources to help us develop a strategy and mechanism to make this possible, please share your ideas in a reply post.
As a token of our appreciation, for those who provide actionable resources to accommodate these efforts we will give to you or the school of your choice a Farm in a Box aquaponic ecosystem.
Dear Earth Solutions
I am an Alternative Education teacher on an Indian reservation in Wisconsin. We have 40% unemployment here. (fish farms) Looking for solutions for a better life or a means to produce employment and income for the (Students)tribe.
It is very timely that you mentioned this. I am trying to develop a plan to build a sustainable business model which affords my company the opportunity to provide aquaponic training and essential materials for communities in need just as you describe. Aquaponic systems are relatively easy to build but requires, training, time and energy on both of our sides. In order to be of service to you it will be my task to find out how can Earth Solutions can create funding to support such an endeavor. For your climate we will need greenhouses, heating (passive and active solar), building materials, hose, pumps and miscellaneous components plus working hands. Once things get rolling then a closed loop aquaponic growing method will create commerce, food security and pride through self sufficiency,
Let me study what available resources can help make this happen. Lets stay in touch.
David Epstein, D.O.