Micro Solutions for Urban Agriculture

Project Overview

Project Type: Farmer/Rancher
Funds awarded in 2006: $5,985.00
Projected End Date: 12/31/2009
Region: North Central
State: Missouri
Project Coordinator:
Chris Olliges
New Roots Urban Farm

Annual Reports


  • Vegetables: beets, radishes (culinary)
  • Animals: fish


  • Crop Production: continuous cropping, nutrient cycling, organic fertilizers
  • Education and Training: demonstration, display, farmer to farmer, mentoring, networking, youth education
  • Energy: energy conservation/efficiency, solar energy
  • Farm Business Management: new enterprise development, marketing management
  • Production Systems: general crop production
  • Soil Management: earthworms, composting
  • Sustainable Communities: local and regional food systems, new business opportunities, urban agriculture

    Proposal summary:

    A solar powered aquaponics system provides New Roots Urban Farm, an inner city consensus-based collective of farmers, educators, and volunteers, with a small-space, sustainable solution to its financial situation. With the growth and sale of organic sprouts to a niche market, New Roots becomes financially sustainable and economically secure so that they may focus on their mission, which is to increase the availability of healthy, locally grown produce to the people of St Louis, particularly those with little or no income.

    Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the U.S. Department of Agriculture or SARE.