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  • The optimum facility design that balances the need to achieve energy efficiencies while insuring high food productivity and healthy plant/fish synergy.   
  • An overall outcome to demonstrate clearly the value of aquaponic growing environments as: 
  1. viable urban and small farm enterprise alternatives and/or supplements to open field farming jobs and tax revenue generators

  2. a methodology for revitalizing the local agriculture industry

  3. as the source for expanding locally grown fresh food production in support of food security and equal access to fresh, nutritious food

  • To be model educational facility for job training and general education for learners of all ages
This project is conceived as a template for replication to build sustainable agricultural capacity in support of a vibrant food economy that fulfills the increasing public demand for “eating locally grown food”.  When this ‘proof of concept’ is fully realized, next steps will require conducting intensive educational outreach Longmont residents, as well as to communities throughout Colorado about the potential of aquaponic food production enterprises to improve regional and local economies, job opportunities and securing local food supplies . 

The GYOM™ long-term plan includes providing ongoing support statewide to both communities and individual farming enterprises by helping to develop and sustain market linkage via the farming cooperative model for mutual economic benefit, successful technology transfers and market opportunities.

 

 
The GYOM™ first project’s impetus emanates from passion to demonstrate the intrinsic value and importance of forging public-private partnerships to solve social, economic and environmental problems faced by all communities across the country.  The GYOM™ focus is to develop optimum techniques for developing sustainable food production facilities, but this effort cannot be successful without extensive support from governmental entities working cooperatively with private enterprises.  

The GYOM™ Board of Directors and executive team acknowledges its primary partnership with the City of Longmont provides a very effective and informative model to illustrate the  importance and intrinsic value of successful public/private partnerships in support of community sustainability for people, plant and profit.
The first project of GYOM™ is to design, build and operate a community based, “proof of concept” food production facility in Longmont, Colorado. The central focus of the growing environment is aquaponics, the symbiotic cultivation of plants and aquatic animals in a recirculating environment.  The food production facility design will incorporate renewable energy sources, as well as energy and water usage efficiencies to lower the high operating costs associated with growing food indoors. 

Aquaponics serves as an integrated and sustainable food production model by adopting the following principles: (1) The waste products of one biological system (aquaculture) serve as nutrients for a second biological system (hydroponics).  (2) Water is re-used efficiently through biological filtration and a recirculation environment, decreasing overall water usage and runoff and (3)
growing of organic vegetables and fish provide a complete diet source, enhance local crop diversity, improve crop yields and support specialty crop production.  

These principles make the aquaponic growing technique ideal for consideration as both an alternative and supplement to expanding the local agriculture industry of any community and is why the GYOM™ executive team elected to incorporate an aquaponic food production facility as an ideal ‘proof of concept’ demonstration.

The goal of the GYOM™ first project encompasses the following objectives:

 

  • To determine the appropriate selection and configuration of affordable renewable energy sources to power the aquaponic food production facility
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The GYOM mission is to develop, promote and teach sustainable, healthy food production solutions utilizing renewable energy and energy efficiencies, less water for food production and state-of-art plant science, technology and engineering.