Published Date Written by Staff ReportFluid Farms, a Bayside-based operation, is building Maine's first commercial scale aquaponic greenhouse, providing the Portland food scene with sustainably raised fish and vegetables, the company reported Wednesday.
"Fluid Farms has successfully operated out of Portland's Bayside neighborhood for the previous two seasons in a small greenhouse, selling greens and herbs to local restaurants and markets," the company reported. "We have outgrown our cramped in-town greenhouse and have decided to expand. Powered by the momentum of the past two years of operation, we have committed to an expansion and purchased a production-scale 2,600-square foot greenhouse. We are building and moving into our new greenhouse this spring."
To raise the additional funds needed to complete and operate the new greenhouse, Fluid Farms has launched a Kickstarter project, an Internet-based fundraising tool. The initial goal was to raise $5,000 over one month. The project launched on March 11 and to the company's surprise the goal was met within six days.
"Given our success and remaining time we have set a new goal of $15,000, allowing us to procure a heating system," Fluid Farms reported. "With a heating system in place Fluid Farms will have the ability to produce fresh vegetables and fish through the long winter months."
Preble Street Resource Center, an umbrella organization for homeless services, is among the planned recipients of produce, the company reported.
"For our Kickstarter backers we are offering rewards which include (Community Supported Agriculture) CSA food baskets, which can be enjoyed by locals or donated to Preble Street. Preble Street is very excited about working with us and has already been guaranteed well over $1,000 in fresh produce. In conjunction with our new goal Fluid Farms has decided to personally donate $1,500 in fresh produce when we hit our new goal of $15,000," Fluid Farms stated in a press release.
Co-founders of the company are Tyler Gaudet, who has worked as a fisheries biologist for an environmental consultant; and Jackson Mcleod, also a native Mainer, who has pursued a professional career in industrial manufacturing automation.
For more information, visit http://fluidfarms.com.