TransFARMation - Growing Produce & Growing People
We’re Green and We’re Good!
After acquiring a former two-acre nursery property, Solutions undertook a major renovation that was facilitated by more than 3,000 hours of volunteer support and more than $100,000 of in-kind donations. Old structures were removed, plumbing, electrical, and other essential infrastructure was installed, and in 10 weeks of remarkably intensive efforts, Solutions Farms was built. The farm opened with about 7,000 square feet of greenhouse space outfitted with fish tanks, grow beds, pumps and lights.
If that doesn’t sound like the equipment of a conventional farm, it’s because Solutions Farms is a bit different.
Solutions Farms is unique in many ways with its aquaponics food production system, where nutrient-rich water from fish culture is used to nourish produce, which in turn purifies the water so it can be returned to the fish. Everything is done within the controlled environment of a greenhouse. Our greenhouse is now 20,000 square feet and we are currently one of the largest aquaponics facilities in the West.
The farm is also a laboratory for teaching important work values and preparing people for re-entry into the workforce. This is the social enterprise function; accomplishing a worthwhile social purpose while also being a functioning business. Solutions Farms raises hope, as well as produce.
While doing all this, the farm provides a source of locally-raised, certified organic produce that is being used by North County restaurants, juice bars and eager farmers market buyers.
Learn & Volunteer
Volunteering at Solutions Farms can be a life-changing experience. Learn about aquaponics farming technology as you work with your hands — seeding, transplanting, and harvesting in our 20,000 square foot greenhouse, then get out in the fresh air on our 2.1 acres of farmland…there’s always work to be done on the farm! Working alongside the empowered moms and dads and hearing their stories of overcoming will bring you closer to what truly matters in life — relationships, people, and gratitude.
Intern & Educational Opportunities
A Solutions Farms' internship allows students the ability to explore opportunities in the aquaponics, social enterprise, and nonprofit fields. As an intern, you can grow your skills in agriculture and education and at the same time make a difference. Every day at the Farm we are growing delicious, organic produce as well as lifting the most vulnerable individuals out of the Churn of dependency and homelessness.
Aquaponics Tech Intern
The Aquaponics Tech Intern will report the Enterprise Manager and the Maintenance team to help support our decoupled aquaponics system. The intern will assist with existing systems as well as expansion projects. The intern will help provide research with new innovations to create more efficiencies in workforce development and product. The Tech will work closely with the Farm Technician and the Farm ERT Manager. See more...
Farm Communications & Education Intern
The Education Intern will report to the Enterprise Manager to help research and develop Solutions Farms education programs to include school field trips, community visits/tours, and agri vocational tracks for Academy students. See more...