By Julie Irwin Zimmerman, October 30, 2012
Troy Frasier, a former Peace Corps volunteer with farming experience, had never heard of aquaponics before he began work at Gabriel’s Place in the place matters neighborhood of Avondale.
Aquaponics is a sustainable food production system that combines raising fish and growing plants.
When Frasier learned about the system, he thought it made perfect sense for Gabriel’s Place, a multipurpose center that opened last year with community gardens, community kitchen and weekly farmer’s market. Frasier was looking for more ways to advance the place matters goal of increasing health and wellness in a neighborhood known as a food desert.