Missassauga Food Bank has found an efficient way to grow its own produce and raise fish

Food banks often struggle to find fresh and healthy options for their constituents. Swooping into the rescue, Ontario's Mississauga Food Bank has decided to move beyond relying on donations from the public and to experiment with supplementing provisions through its own aquaponics system called AquaGrow Farms. Born out of necessity, the Mississauga Food Bank serves up 180,000 meals a month. The starter products for this new initiative? Lettuce and tilapia. The sustainable science behind it? Urban farming. Essentially, the farm uses bacteria to break down waste from the farm-raised tilapia, then the nutrient-rich water is delivered to the lettuce plants which then filter the water back into the fish tanks.

Mississauga AquaGrow Food Bank

Food banks often struggle to find fresh and healthy options for their constituents. Swooping into the rescue, Ontario's Mississauga Food Bank has decided to move beyond relying on donations from the public and to experiment with supplementing provisions through its own aquaponics system called AquaGrow Farms. Born out of necessity, the Mississauga Food Bank serves up 180,000 meals a month. The starter products for this new initiative? Lettuce and tilapia. The sustainable science behind it? Urban farming. Essentially, the farm uses bacteria to break down waste from the farm-raised tilapia, then the nutrient-rich water is delivered to the lettuce plants which then filter the water back into the fish tanks.