To provide hands-on training, on-site demonstrations, education outreach and community collaboration that help families become more self-sustainable and environmentally conscious, while preserving the historic Keney Park. The Keney Park Sustainability Project (KPSP) intends to create the next generation of healthy, productive and environmentally conscious citizens.
Aquaponics is a food production method in which fish and plants are grown in a recirculating water system. Juvenile fish are stocked in grow out tanks, where they grow until they are big enough to be sold at market. There may be in tanks for 10 months to 2 years. Nutrient rich waste-water from the fish tanks is pumped to the Aquaponics beds where plants utilize it as fertilizer, while simultaneously purifying the water to be pumped back into the tanks for fish use.
In 2017 KPSP doubled its revenue while remaining a 100 percent volunteer effort. KPSP established ongoing partnerships with the Cigna Foundation, Whole Cities Foundation and the New England Grass Roots Environmental Fund. Additional funding for 2017 included Recycle CT, KNOX Foundation, Hartford Community Loan Fund, Community Solutions and Harvard Pilgrim Health Care.