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Aquaponics system to be installed at Mission Waco

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The new aquaponics system is being installed at Mission Waco Thursday afternoon.

Jimmy Dorrell, executive director of Mission Waco, said the aquaponics system will support the greenhouse at the Urban Renewable Energy and Agriculture Project (REAP) next to Jubilee Food Market. 

Aquaponics is an ecosystem in which fish and crayfish keep the water full of nutrition and keeping plants growing.

"We'll be growing food that people can come right next door at the Jubilee Market and buy and they know its organic because they saw it growing over here and then they bought it over there," Dorrell said.

Glynn Barber, owner of ECSIA (Environmentally Controlled Sustainable Integrated Agriculture), drove from Indiana to deliver the parts for the aquaponics system on Thursday.

"The aquaponics is using fish waste in a recirculating system to grow produce," Barber said. “The system will grow healthy organic produce year round. And on the sustainability side, we are not weather dependent."

Dorrell said Mission Waco’s main purpose for this project is the community. He hopes this project will teach the community how to be sustainable.

“It all ultimately comes down to caring for the poor and the food sources and the people that need to have the resources to eat,” Dorrell said. “This [system] is a prototype of what we hope will become for of a thinking process for people in the community."

The system should be fully up and running in about a month. They have to get the pH levels right before adding the fish.

There are still a few more things that need to be complete with the REAP project, including the solar panels. Mission Waco expects the project to be done in about a month.

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