At the Mississauga Food Bank, in a large city near Toronto, a new aquaponic farm is growing both fish and fresh greens next to shelves of donated goods. “We’ve tucked a farm into the corner of our warehouse,” says Chris Hatch, the food bank’s executive director.
Hatch started reading about aquaponics—an farming system that uses fish to fertilize plants, and plants to purify the water—a few years ago, and realized that it could help the food bank fill shortages.
“It was becoming increasingly difficult to get fresh produce from our donors,” he says. “We’re in a very large urban setting, the sixth largest city in the country, and we have only one working farm left. All of the farmland’s been paved over, so to speak, with condo towers and strip malls and parking lots.”