Daily Harvest Aquaponics
Story Type: Donor Stories
Both Gavin and Marshea Vitt’s family histories are rooted in farming. After a year of research and learning, they opened Daily Harvest Aquaponics in May of 2014. Aquaponics is a system of aquaculture in which the waste produced by farmed fish or other aquatic animals supplies nutrients for plants grown hydroponically. There are several benefits to this type of farming. For one, it uses 90-95% less water than traditional farming methods. Another is that there is no seasonality. Plants are grown in a temperature controlled warehouse using highly efficient artificial LED lighting in a self-sustaining system. Even in the harsh cold of winter, growth and harvest continue. The goal of Daily Harvest is to create revenue streams in a variety of ways: selling the produce to local chefs, restaurants and markets; selling the fish to local restaurants; selling the waste product as a natural organic fertilizer; and adding an education component to the business. The Vitts don’t want to add to the food waste problem in our country, and while they tweak their operations and perfect their trade, their harvested product is being donated to further Care and Share’s goal to get more food to more people in more places. Daily Harvest Aquaponics has donated more than 1,700 pounds of freshly harvested greens to Care and Share, equating to more than 1,400 meals! We are extremely grateful to Daily Harvest Aquaponics and encourage you to visit them at http://dhaqua.com/.