HELIX Success Stories
Breakfast Television visits Seneca’s urban farming unit
When tech-expert and Breakfast Television host Winston Sih arrived at Ripple Farm’s urban unit at Newnham Campus, he knew he was someplace innovative. Taking an early morning tour with Sustainable Business Management grad and HELIXer Brandon Hebor, four live segments were broadcast on Tuesday, March 20. Each segment gave viewers an inside look at the process behind this unique farm-to-fork system on campus. Seneca student and employee, Paula Echeveste Petrone, showed how she harvests fresh aquaponic crops on campus, including kale, romaine lettuce, parsley and mint. Chef Nancy from Dining Services then uses the produce to make healthy options in the Seneca cafeteria, such as green smoothies and tabbouleh salad. This urban farming unit is Ripple Farms’ second location – the first at Evergreen Brickworks – and it brings its founders, Brandon and Steven Bourne, back to their roots. “We were young lads with a picture and a dream,” says Brandon beaming. “We came to Chris Dudley at Seneca’s HELIX and he helped us, and supported us since day one.” Read more here.
Ripple Farms wins $5,000 in William G. Davis Innovation Fund contest
In October, Brandon Hebor and Steven Bourne, Sustainable Business Management graduates and co-founders of Ripple Farms, were named semifinalists in the contest that supports innovative thinking and initiatives. They were among 83 proposals submitted from across Ontario. Their project grows plants using recirculated water that has been fertilized by fish. The growing units, which are the size of a small trailer, combine a fish farm on the first level and an aquaponics growing bed on the second floor. Read more here.
Memorandum of Understanding signed with Waterloo Sustainability Group
Within the framework of its goal to disseminate best practices and technologies in sustainable agriculture, the Waterloo Sustainable Development Group has signed a memorandum of understanding with Ripple Farms, setting in place the foundation for exploring collaboration in providing aquaponics agricultural solutions to international clients through WSDG’s global network. Read more here.
HELIX Summer Institute 2017
Solutions to help patients clogging hospital beds. Read more here.
Evergreen Brick Works
How fish might grow food of the future. Read more here.
Youth Ag-Summit in Brussels, Belgium
Four Canadians among 100 young leaders chosen from around the world to help address global food security challenges. Read more here.
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