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Intro to New Food Systems: Hydroponics and Composting

Want to find out how to grow vegetables inside during the winter? Want to learn more about hydroponics? What is hydroponics? Why does it matter? And what’s compost got to do with it?

It might sound like space age technology, but it's not.

“Hydroponics is a method of growing plants using mineral nutrient solutions, in water, without soil. The earliest published work on growing terrestrial plants without soil was in 1627, in a book written by Sir Francis Bacon” (

Join us for an informational session about a systems approach to urban issues, as we talk about food and energy, alternative growing methods and systems of food production besides the traditional soil-based methods we are more familiar with. We will also begin to explore the basics of composting and how it can be done easily and integrate with hydroponics [or traditional gardening, or not!].

This session will be an unconference style participatory discussion, which will grow into a larger and deeper build workshop series in the next few months. This will give you the skills, knowledge, and even some materials, to build and run your own home systems.  The future workshops will include elements of games and experiential learning as we explore and discuss in a workshop/unconference style setting the history, reasoning, economic viability, sustainability, methods and possible uses of different types of hydroponics food production systems, and how to integrate compost into the system.  This will be the start of a pilot program to help local New Haven residents perform these activities at home with personal assistance.

So come for community, have some fun, and learn about cool stuff! And of course get your hands dirty (but not with dirt!)

This series is presented by Brad A., founder of Kensho SEED, which stands for Sustainable Economic Educational Development. Kensho is a green/clean technology company, developing social and skill training programs for at-risk individuals delivered through green infrastructure projects, and education and community building workshops and activities.  Read more about it here.

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  • Brad A

    Hi!. I apologize for any confusion about the meet-up, having to cancel with the weather being typical New England. I posted a message on the event wall (I do hope you all saw it). And then it was brought to my attention that an announcement went out saying ‘good to see you’, which makes it appear as if the workshop happened! It did not! I am however scheduling another make up session (same content and description) as we speak, and will have a date within a couple of days. I am sure that it would have been ‘Good to see you’ had this happened, and I hope to see you at the make-up, and that I can genuinely say, in the near future, that it was indeed good to see you :)

    January 23, 2014

  • Brad A

    OK, due to forces beyond our control, and if you all promise to come to the reschedule, it would seem to be imminent that this session is cancelled. The Grove is
    closing at 4.30. Stay home, stay safe. Stay tuned for further details and a snow make up date (within the next 2 weeks I imagine).

    January 21, 2014

  • Brad A

    WHA-AT?! Snow in January?!?! Oh No! That's right kids, the fake weatherman says 'stay tuned for school closings'.

    Updates will be sent tomorrow as the picture clears, let's see what Ol' New England is gonna have in store for us.

    January 20, 2014

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