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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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  • Eileen N.

    Very informed, I look forward more about the subject.

    1 · January 31, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry to miss this. If you have more I'll try to make it.

    January 29, 2014

  • Megan E.

    Hey Brad if it comes up tonight or I forget to mention. I do vermicomposting and have a small flock of chickens. If you want any super fantastic compost I have loads of it here! Or I can offer support with getting started even though I'm still pretty new to chickens and worms.

    January 29, 2014

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