It’s about time, huh?
Well, with construction finally complete, we’re very excited to once again to offer standard weekly public tours!
Every Saturday at 1pm, meet in the new lobby at 501 West Sixth St (Suite 105). It’s immediately next door to West Sixth Brewing. Tours will last approximately 45 minutes to 1 hour. (If you want to, you can make a day of it and stick around for the 2pm tour at West Sixth Brewing!)
We ask for minimum suggested donation of $10/person to help us cover operating expenses and to ensure that FoodChain’s education carries into the future. We accept both cash and checks and all donations are tax deductible.
If you have a special group visit you’d like to arrange, please let us know.
We are located in the Bread Box Building (home of the old Rainbo Bread Factory) at 501 West Sixth St Suite 105 in Lexington, KY, right at the end of Jefferson St.
Sadly, because we’ve had so much going on recently with the construction of our indoor aquaponics system, we haven’t been as diligent about updating our website. But yesterday was one of those days that was too big to let pass by without spreading the word.
We’ve added FISH!!
That means are system is far enough along where all the water has been added, the chloramine has been removed, and all systems are cycling enough to add our first living part!
Thanks to Kentucky State University, we stocked the first of our six tanks yesterday with 65 tilapia. These guys came to us between 100g – 200g (.2 – .4 lbs), which is a little larger than they will be for future stockings, but in our system they’ll grow to approximately 2lbs each before we harvest them.
Now that we’ve got the fish in, we’ll start monitoring our water quality daily to see when our bacteria have naturally colonized the system. Once this happens, we’ll find that all of the waste produced by the fish has been converted into food for plants, and then we’ll be able to get our lettuces, herbs, and microgreens growing too! So that we have those plants ready to go when the water’s ready, our Farm Manager, Mims, has already gotten the seedlings started!
All this exciting news is starting to spread too, so thanks to the Herald-Leader for the awesome piece in the paper today, and to WKYT for their video clip! And also a shoutout to Dustin over at Dustin’s Fish Tanks for the cool video he came by to shoot! Be sure to join the FoodChain Gang (upper right corner) to stay updated on our work and like us on Facebook to get even more photos!
And stay tuned for updates on a Open House Celebration once the system is fully functioning!