New Forest Aquaponics is the idea of David Green & Lucie Mann. David is a trained fish farmer and has worked with many species of fish over his 30-year career. Lucie loves to grow and make things.
Having seen the problems caused by poor farming - lack of nutrients in our food - lack of quality and freshness - plastic packing - high prices - environmentally and money wise we want to do something about it!
To do this we are using our skills to develop the first aquaponics farm in the New Forest (south UK.) - we have the site, we have a huge amount of equipment (recycled of course), we just need financial support to be able to turn this into a productive aquaponics farm.
We are now a community Interest company (CIC), which means we are a non profit company that will invest any money made back to the project.
As community is an important part of any farm we want to share the journey with others, both our children are home educated so we would like to provide a learning space for other home ed families. Especially teenage boys who need to find their "village" to guide them through those lost years.
We would also like to focus on supporting stroke survivors with their rehabilitation, as our family are living day to day with the effects of a stroke, with Lucie falling ill with a stroke at 48. It would mean so much to us to give meaningful opportunities to help rebuild lives after the devastation of a stroke - not just the stroke victim but the families as well.
We are very passionate about helping everyone to rediscover a more connected way of living, respecting our biosphere. As part of this, we have started working with ecobricks. Lucie and her son Robbie have trained as Global Ecobrick Alliance (GEA) Ecobrick trainers. They give talks and run workshops on how to reduce your plastic. 2019 will see many things built on site at the greenhouses with ecobricks to help inspire people to use them within their communities.
Please support us on our journey - so we can go on and support others with food to love.
- This is Lucie's online persona. Why? Because she grows the watercress and eats lots of it!
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Our New Forest site needs to be made safe and secure so we can start aquaponic farming with co workers and volunteers.
Working with the Global Ecobrick Alliance to educate about plastic and how we can change our attitude to its value within society.
Holding workshops on ecobricks and building with cob, getting more and more ecobrick trainers into communities.
Raising consciousness around food, community growth, and harmonious living within our biosphere. Starting with the children, these will focus around the aquaponic growing of edibles, with different programmes aimed at the target audience to focus learning and healing, whilst working together to raise awareness of environmental issues.