CNGF (California Native Garden Foundation) would like to thank Wells Fargo and the NFWF (National Fish and Wildlife Foundation) for accepting and funding our grant request. Our mission is to demonstrate the beauty, garden worthiness, and ecological appropriateness of aquaponics and California native gardens which can lead to increased knowledge of native plants and healthy food, and increase their availability.
With the first leg of this grant, we’ve created an aquaponics system at Independence High School located in San Jose. The system is being run by students in an after school club, led by our Project Manager and interns. Classes are being taught in the greenhouse, and we are ready to harvest and sell our first crop of lettuce this week.
An aquaponics system has many benefits for a community: It can diminish farmland requirements, and increase local production. It is a practice and a way to teach water conservation and environmental awareness, eliminating the use of chemical fertilizers. It also reconnects the community with food, and farming with ecosystems, giving students a well rounded view of food production and sustainability.
From everyone at CNGF,
We want to take the time to show you our appreciation of continued support from companies like Wells Fargo as well as our own community volunteers and interns. We could not do this good work if it were not for you.
Thank you for helping us to make our vision a reality.
Have a most joyous holiday season.