Resiliency Organization of West Linn (ROWL) Hosts the Ingenuers
Resiliency Organization of West Linn Hosts the Ingenuers
On February 8th, 2015, Ingenuity Innovation Center was invited to speak at the Resiliency Organization of West Linn (ROWL) on aquaponics. The debut talk, “Aquaponics: It Grows More than Just Food,” showcased how this unique growing technology is quickly becoming a community builder.
Aaron Imhof, Kate Wildrick and Rosemary Imhof, all shared their unique stories and experience at the Robinwood Station located near Marylhurst University. Nearly 50 people came to learn about aquaponics and hear the “Ingenuers” story of how the benefit company was founded and where it is growing.
“This is such an exciting time to be a part of creating a solution that can feed and empower our community,” stated Kate while sharing the impact of the Adopt A Growbed Program. “When you grow together side by side with someone, you get to know them on a whole other level. You find common ground… This program has blossomed into something none of us ever expected. Each of the wonderful people involved are working together to really create local solutions that can be implemented in any community. It just doesn’t get any better than this!”
Ingenuity was invited to come and speak by ROWL after members from the group attended one of the tours in late 2014. Together, both organizations worked on co-developing the the two-hour event that invited lots of audience participation. Questions around growing aquatic life to off grid energy solutions were hot topics during the event. The Ingenuers even touched on the topic of the new Oregon State legislation that has legalized marijuana.
“Many warehouses in Portland that have been sitting unused for years are rapidly being purchased or leased to grow,” reported Aaron. “When you think about it, most people know how to grow hydroponically. This means there is a use of a lot of fossil fertilizers that serve as the nutrient base for the plants. After a while, the water goes bad and you have to dump and start again. When you think about where these toxic chemicals end up like in the ground water, your body and elsewhere, we have to question is this really the best that we can do. Aquaponics offers a whole other way of growing that is way more sustainable, healthy and organic.”
Ingenuity Innovation Center does not have any plans to move into growing marijuana due to the family friendly environment that is being created at the center. However, the organization is planning to serve as an educator to help educate the public and businesses that aquaponics is another viable choice to growing healthy, organic food and medicine in a sustainable manner.