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Our Story

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We are the living experiment. This is the epic story of a band of pioneers–several families who have uprooted from comfortable suburbia & made their homes for good in one of the most blighted zip codes in the U.S.–64127, Lykins neighborhood, inner-city Kansas City. Each of us, standing with our neighbors, believe there is hope, but we know that money alone will not solve the problem.

Gunshots down the street & looks like they got our tree pretty good..right there.

We are called to put our very lives into the mix for the sake of the next generation. Our passion is to see life cultivated in the urban core. In the following episodes, you will see our journey as we dive into everything from urban fish-farming to reducing crime rates in the neighborhood, from job creation all the way to getting healthy food into the hands of every day people. We are about sharing knowledge. We are searching the ends of the earth to find the most reproducible, low-tech, self-sustaining, high-yield methods of urban farming..& we’re sharing it with you as we journey to build up our community here in the urban core. Stay tuned as we push the limits of small spaces, small budgets, & off-grid scenarios. See us try to grow 2,000 pounds of tilapia fish in a space smaller than your living room. Can we produce fish & vegetables in high yield year-round without high energy costs? Can we produce enough of our own energy on-site with bio-gas produced from our fish waste & food scraps to run our urban farm? What about a third-world country where the electricity is intermittent or nonexistent? We love the grid, but could we live without it?

Watch as we take this technology even lower as we get a prototype ready to go to India Fall of 2011. We could feed the nations with duckweed. You feed the duckweed to the fish, you eat the fish, & it’s all free. This stuff just multiples. We’re gonna take this duckweed frozen, stick it in there just like it is, & the fish just love it. It grows about 40 times faster than corn. We come & harvest half of it off, come back in two days, & it’s ready to harvest again. It’ll be gone in about 30 seconds. Right now, it’s thawing. They’re just eating it like mad. Can we produce all the feed for our livestock on site?

Come, check this out..This here is our worm bin..It has about 20,000 worms in it. And this here, is blended up food scraps, frozen. And we blend it up for a reason–so they can eat a lot faster. These worms double every three months & they eat their weight in food every day.

This is what we’re after right here, guys—worm poop—super nutrient-rich. We use it as part of our organic potting soil mix.

Could a half-acre plot in the inner city become self-sustainable & function off the grid?

These chickens here produce 20 eggs a day.

Follow us as we construct an aquaponic, food-producing machine from every day materials at a fraction of what you could buy it for. Here we are growing vegetables & fish together right in the water. This is a symbiotic relationship where the vegetables clean the water for the fish & the fish fertilize the vegetables–all without soil..& we don’t waste anything.

Every day, we get a load of manure off these tanks where the fish waste gets settled out. We come with a bucket & we get a bunch of free fertilizer. Then, we take the fish manure & pour it into the bio-digester to create methane gas as it composts over the next seven weeks. This gas can be burned to heat the greenhouse or put in a generator to create electricity.

& what about the neighborhood question? Can we come together in the inner city & lower crime rates, create jobs, & nourish a seed for the future? Can we provide a better opportunity to the 13-year old than the allure of fast money & the friendship found in a gang? Can we work together to grow our urban core into a place of hope for the hopeless? Here we purchased this run-down old school building on the block..Can we bring it back to life? Follow the story as we build on the potential & creativity of our youth. Follow us as we try to answer these tough questions as a neighborhood, grass-roots style. These videos are made to empower. They are made to actually put the technology into your hands, step-by-step. Can it be done?

We believe that you are a part of the solution. Stay tuned—Sharing knowledge, feeding nations.