Doing well while doing social good is social entrepreneurship, and it’s the principle and plan behind Solutions Farms, which is growing right now at a two-acre site in Vista that has more than 25,000 square feet of existing greenhouse structures. These structures and the site itself are being continually refurbished and put into production through the generous support of individual volunteers, companies, and foundations.
Solutions Farms is a fully integrated aquaponics (soilless) farm. It is also a social enterprise venture that combines job training, general education, and entrepreneurship, for the benefit of Solutions’ families and the community. The fish and produce raised will be sold locally to markets, restaurants, and at farmers markets. The revenue will help sustain Solutions for Change. Because Solutions Farms is a full-fledged business venture, it requires all the skills and knowledge of any business—and it thus combines learning and earning.
But it’s a farm that is growing more than just produce and revenue. Solutions Farms is staffed by Solutions residents who are finding their own solutions while helping others do the same. For many of our residents, this is the first time in their lives that they’ve been in a position to give instead of having to take. It is a proud, important, and emotional moment when they realize what they have achieved because of Solutions Farms.
Aquaponics is an inherently green and sustainable technology that is extremely water efficient because virtually all of the water is continuously recirculated. Unlike conventional farming, there is no nutrient-dense fertilizer runoff to cause pollution of lakes, streams, and underground aquifers. And because crops are raised in a controlled environment, they are pest-free and not subject to the kinds of contamination that have resulted in major recalls of produce.
See for Yourself!
You are invited to see aquaponics and social entrepreneurship in action by joining us any Thursday morning (except for national holidays), when we offer public tours at 9, 9:30, 10 and 10:30 a.m. No reservations are required. Solutions Farms is located at 948 La Rueda Dr., Vista. For groups of 10 or more, please call (760) 505-8601 to schedule a tour.
Solutions Farms—the farm of the future.