Please come join us for an evening with Steven Van Ginkel, a research engineer in the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering, as he shares with us his expertise on Aquaponics.
Format: 07:00 - 08:00 - Pot Luck Dinner (please bring a dish)
08:00 - 09:00 - Lecture, with questions...
If you come without food, please donate $5.00/person
"If urban farming is the cure for food deserts, Steven Van Ginkel may be the man to lead us to the oasis.
During the two years since he arrived at Georgia Tech from Phoenix, Ariz., the research engineer in the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering has worked with people across the city and country to bring local, sustainable food sources to these so-called food deserts — areas with limited access to fresh, affordable groceries. In April he was honored with the Georgia Tech Earth Day Environmental Leadership Award, a nod to an individual or group that has had a significant, long-term environmental impact on campus.
When he came to Tech in 2011, Van Ginkel took the helm of a net zero water, energy, and nutrient, high intensity, urban aquaponics initiative. His upbringing on a family farm in Iowa, combined with degrees in fisheries and environmental engineering, made the project a perfect fit.
In addition, Van Ginkel has focused on his own Sustainable Aquaponic Systems project, also a net-zero, high intensity urban farming endeavor aimed at helping city dwellers grow their own food. Aquaponics is essentially a high intensity farm that produces both vegetables and fish with the same resources; it lets people become urban farmers by growing their own food in a small space."
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As an additional note of information, Steven is also and expert at earthship building and is involved with the Wheat Street Garden Initiative in downtown Atlanta....