Flint Aquaponics Network

The Flint Aquaponic Network Co-Implementation Plan will bring together partners to co-create a grassroots entrepreneurial structure and process that will allow ex-offenders and other low-income individuals to learn how to grow and bundle a package of aquaponic products in a makerspace. The goal is to produce a living wage and then operate their businesses in afterhouses. (An afterhouse is a neighborhood house irreparably damaged by disuse, vandalism and fire. Rather than raze it and leaving fallow land, it is deconstructed with the basement foundation being used to build a semi subterranean passive geothermal greenhouse.) Aquaponics is the integration of aquaculture (fish farming) and hydroponics (growing plants in water) in a water-circulating, soil-less system. The natural bacteria in the ecosystem converts waste from the fish to nutrients which are absorbed by the plants and removed from the water. This growing method, scalable from small backyard gardens to large commercial systems, requires minimal water usage and no chemical fertilizers while providing organic produce and fish from the system.

Project Information

Type of Project: Educational

Target Population: Young Adults Adults Older adults

Start Date: 2/15/17 End Date: 2/15/17

Target Locations: Flint

Principal Investigators: Bob Brown

Lead Institution: MSU-CCED

Project Partners

Current Academic Partners: Kettering University, Mott Community College, MSU Extension, Matthew Sanders - Kettering University; Robert Mathews – Mott Community College. Jonathan Jarret – Mott Community College. Frank Gublo – MSU Extension . Jennifer Bruen - MSU, Center for Community and Economic Development. Bob Brown – MSU, Center for Community and Economic Development.

Current Community Partners: North Flint Reinvestment Corporation, West Pulaski Block Club, Metro Community Development, WOW Outreach, Red Ink, Flint Soup, Black Men for Social Change, Habitat for Humanity, and the Flint Food System Initiative. Kenyetta Dotson – WOW Outreach. Joel Rash – Red Ink. Adrian Montague – Flint Soup & Flint Area Reinvestment Office. Mark Evans – Metro Community Development, Oak Business Center. Tracy Joseph – Metro Community Development. Hubert Roberts – Black Men for Social Change. Vince Slocum – Habitat for Humanity. Artina Sadler - Flint Food System Initiative. Chuck Breidenstein – Builder. Pete Breidenstein - Builder

Contact Information

Email: brownr23@msu.edu