The Fort St. John Association for Community Living is enjoying another successful summer of gardening.
Aquaponics have been installed at their indoor green space located downtown, extending the growing season for their Growing Connections program. And sheep are still living happily at one of the association's two Baldonnel farm locations, with produce being grown at the second for the farmer’s market.
Executive director Joseph Lang says the ACL has been enjoying the season, with gardening remaining a huge opportunity for meaningful social interactions and inclusion.
“We’re doing good, lots of participation and individuals are enjoying it,” Lang said.
A large fish farm now occupies the green space, stocked with goldfish providing nutrients for herbs and other vegetables, and with kale and other goodies almost ready for harvest.
The fish have all been named by members with the ACL, furthering the community spirit and camaraderie shared by everyone.
“It’s our first year of the aquaponics, and it’s going well – learning how to grow indoors and doing education around ecosystems and how it all works together. Hopefully local farmers take an interest in it, given the short season,” said Lang. “If anyone has questions, they can certainly give us a call.”
Tom Summer, Alaska Highway News, Local Journalism Initiative.
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Tom Summer, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Alaska Highway News