You did it!

by becca on April 14, 2014





It happened! KY Gives Day came and went, and in 24 hours YOU made it happen!

Last Wednesday, in a single day, FoodChain received $3,152 in donations online from 52 donors!

Plus, we placed 16th out of 216 participating small nonprofits in dollars raised!

That’s a huge victory and we have YOU to thank! Thanks for helping us to keep our fish fed, our lights moving, and our teaching going!

Special thanks too to the businesses who helped provide encouragement and incentives, including Cup of Common Wealth, Morris Book Shop, and Kentucky for Kentucky! Y’all rock!

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KY Gives Day – Help us meet our goal!

by becca on April 9, 2014

Slide1Today’s the day! It’s a statewide day of giving, known as KY Gives Day, and we need your help!

Over the last year we’ve done great work providing education and demonstration to our community with innovative indoor food production. Indeed, in less than a year we’ve executed our plan to operate the state’s first indoor commercially scaled aquaponics system and we’ve hosted nearly 3000 visitors in the process. Time and and again, we get to see their eyes light up in excitement and hear the exclamations of surprise when they walk into our space, watch our fish swim and take in the ocean of greens growing steadily in our otherwise unremarkable space.

If you’re passionate about food, or believe like we do that the best ways to solve so many of our modern day problems with diet, poverty, jobs, and community connections then we’d love your support for this day.

KY Gives Day is just one day of the year when we make a concerted effort to collect donations online. Just 24 hours. For FoodChain, our goal is to receive support for 50 unique donors. Won’t you be one of that group?

But wait…there’s more!

To encourage donations we’ve gotten help from our friends at Cup of Common Wealth! If we reach our goal of 50 donors today, Chris and Sal will offer a host a tour of FoodChain themselves. And they’ll do it wearing swimwear! How can you pass that up?!?

We’re also trying to encourage folks to give specifically during the hours of 11am- noon and again from 8pm-9pm. During these times we’ve got a chance to win BONUS money if we collect the most unique donors in the time slot! And if you give during these times, you’ll be entered to win some incentive prizes! For the morning time slot we’ve got 2 $25 gift cards to Morris Book Shop. And for the evening we’ve got a coveted Y’ALL sweatshirt from Kentucky For Kentucky.

So go online – you’re there already! Visit our page at and Donate to FoodChain! It’s fun, its easy, and it’ll make a big different to us! Oh, and then tell your friends to do it too :)



2013 In Review

March 19, 2014

Maybe not your standard Annual Report, but then again, we’ve never been very standard.  We’re pretty proud of the story it tells and hope you are too! Together we’ve accomplished great things with only more to come in 2014!  

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Fish Hatchery AHOY!

March 7, 2014

We’re 9 months into operations with our 7,000 gallon aquaponics system but already we’re adding improvements with efficiency. We’re also always evaluating our educational opportunities, and we really want to bring as many components of this food system under one roof. So it made sense for us to try our hand at breeding our own […]

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Touching Lives Through Food Education

December 30, 2013

Dear Friends, Will you support the work of FoodChain with an end of year contribution to our mission? The end of the year is a great time to remember all the work we’ve done. For FoodChain, this means for 2013 we had: 2000 visitors 2200 hours of education 1000 pounds of food grown 3300 meals […]

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Coming Soon: Baby Fish!

November 12, 2013

2013 has been a crazy year for us with the construction of our 7000 gallon aquaponics system. We’ve been operating this system since March and are thrilled to say that, so far, things have been going swimmingly! As planned, every week we’ve been getting a steady harvest of lettuces (up to 40lbs per week!) along […]

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October means Oktoberfest Celebrations!

October 1, 2013

    Maybe you remember last year’s celebration or perhaps this is the first time you’re hearing of it. Either way, you’re not going to want to miss this Saturday’s Oktoberfest Celebration! Hosted by our neighbors at West Sixth Brewing, and getting going officially at 4pm (though we’ll be there earlier!) they’ll be rolling out […]

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September is Happening!!!

September 17, 2013

Wow! What a month! After completing our indoor aquaponics system in March, we spent the summer really learning to operate it, adding a new tank of tilapia fingerlings every month, and honing in on the best varieties of greens to grow in our system. But now that it’s September, we’re really starting to pick up […]

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What again is Aquaponics?

August 13, 2013

We get asked this question all the time, and while there’s no substitute for seeing the process for yourself, we thought it would be helpful to do a short video describing how FoodChain grows both fish and greens inside of the Bread Box downtown. And much thanks goes to Casey Smith, an incredible artist and […]

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May 2, 2013

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 […]

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