Intensive Commercial Aquaponics Training

$906 of $3,750 goal

Raised by 26 people in 45 months


The Rogue Valley of Southern Oregon is a world-class agricultural community, yet we only grow less than 3% of our foodstuffs locally. The USDA has also identified communities in our area that reside in so-called 'food deserts' where good nutrition is lacking due to poverty and other debilitating social factors.

I am an award-winning social entrepreneur whose social business model was acknowledged by Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, Prof. Muhammad Yunus (pictured above). I founded Southern Oregon Aquaponics for the purpose of creating more sustainable food production and alleviating food insecurity wherever communities suffer from poor access to fresh, organic local food.

This week (June 5-8), we are set to attend our first commercial aquaponics training at Ourobouros Farms in Pescadero, California (see: Ouroboros Farms). While our business has already received $30,000 in funding for construction of a commercial greenhouse facility, we are asking for your help to achieve another milestone. By funding two members of our team to attend this training, we are going to add significant credibility and power to our venture.

Without these resources, there is a less favorable chance that our major crowd-funding campaign will be met with success. This seed finance will allow us to provide increasing quantities of good food to those suffering most from food insecurity in our region.

My professional background is in renewable energy and food entrepreneurship. Recently, I have become one of the most vocal proponents of food system development in the Rogue Valley. I helped spearhead new legistation in Jackson County that has made American history by becoming one of the only counties in the U.S. to regulate genetically modified crops.

Should you make these key resources available to me and my team, we will reward you with recognition of your generosity and dividends from the sustainable food enterprise we are launching.

Let us join in building a sustainable food system for the future of the Rogue Valley and beyond...

Many thanks for your support!

For more information on Southern Oregon Aquaponics, see these links:

Our Award-winning Social Business Plan

Media Coverage of our win at Oregon Social Business Challenge
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Ok, now this is weird... I have 666 visits to my crowd-funding site on Friday the 13th of the sixth month on a full-moon. Can anyone say, "Dark Conjunction?" I hear Mercury's retrograde as well.

Well, I hope the darkness just means increasing fertility, the compost from which everything will now spawn beautifully.

I am genuinely grateful to all who have contributed and hope you will continue to spread the word for we are one the verge of launching something very good for the Rogue Valley.

Sincere thanks and applause to our community of local food system advocates!

Best,

Andrew Mount
Founder / Managing Member
Southern Oregon Aquaponics
- a social business -
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Aquaponics is to food systems what the computer was to the information age. Join the farming revolution! See the impressive new aquaponics facility at Ouroboros Farms, now under construction. I will continue to post throughout the week as our training costs are still not covered. So, please broadcast this to your network, thank you!
Ouroboros Farms aquaponics facility
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First day of training is behind me! Feeling edified and encouraged by the progress I'm making. This will make all the difference for our company's success.

Please take a moment to send this update to your friends.

Food security is a right, not a privilege. My trainers espouse this same philosophy, so near to my heart.

Thank you!
Raft after raft of greens...
Aquaponic lettuce raft (close-up)
I and the proprietors of Ouroboros Farms
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We're on the way to the course! Please keep the resources flowing for we've not yet reached our goal. Repost! Thank you. - Andrew
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$906 of $3,750 goal

Raised by 26 people in 45 months
Created June 2, 2014
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44 months ago
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Ellen & Coleen Farmer
45 months ago

This is perfect for you! Wish we could afford to share more, but here's a contribution...

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45 months ago
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Abigail Southgate
45 months ago

Such an honor to be able to support your amazing efforts!!!

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45 months ago
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jeannine grizzard
45 months ago

Here's to your success, Andrew.

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Richard Royce
45 months ago

Go Andrew!

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