Tackling a Hampton Roads Food Desert

Food Deserts are urban neighborhoods and rural towns without ready access to fresh, healthy and affordable food.

One such food desert popped up in Newport News with the closing of the only grocery store in the community during the summer of 2014. Community residents do not readily have access to healthy food choices and are only served by fast food restaurants and convenience stores.

A partnership between the Southeast CARE Coalition and the Greater Southeast Development Corporation, All from One Inc., Hampton University, Virginia Tech and the Virginia Aquarium with funding from Virginia Sea Grant will allow that to change.

Several aquaponics systems will be built and maintained at the Moton Community House in an effort to provide fresh fruits and vegetables year round to community residents.

Community residents and members are invited to participate in three workshops that will teach the basics of how to build and maintain an aquaponics system. The workshops will be “hands on” and community members will have the opportunity to assist in the construction of an aquaponics system.

All of the workshops will take place at The Moton Community House located at 2101 Jefferson Avenue, Newport News, 23607.  The dates of the three workshops are:

Saturday, April 4, 2015 from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Topic: plants, seed germination, & phase 1 of system build

Saturday, April 11, 2015 from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Topic: fish & phase 2 of system build

Saturday, April 18, 2015 from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Topic: aquaponics maintenance & completion of system build


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