Five years ago, a busted old swimming pool sat out of commission on the property of a foreclosed home in Mesa, Arizona, and from that damaged amenity, the Garden Pool movement was cultivated.
In 2009, Dennis and Danielle McClung bought that foreclosed home and empty swimming pool in need of expensive repairs. Instead of fixing up the swimming pool, McClung transformed the swimming pool into a self-sufficient, mini ecosystem. McClung built a plastic cap over the old swimming pool and began cultivating food where people once swam.
The Garden Pool featured a closed-loop ecosystem where tilapia, algae, and duckweed flourished alongside broccoli and sweet potatoes. McClung's goal was to feed a family of five and within a calendar year, their Garden Pool saved the family 75 percent on their grocery bills.
Before long, the idea grew into a movement and Garden Pool, the 501(c)3 non-profit organization, was formed. Today, according to the Garden Pool website, Garden Pools are being built around the globe as a sustainable solution to modern “food production challenges.” Grist featured the Garden Pool in an article late last summer and praised the growth of the Garden Pool.
Drought, climate conditions, and pollution are major factors concerning agriculturists. Drought can be overcome with drought-resistant plants, climate-controlled environments can isolate a grow from any environmental factors, and local organic grows can greatly reduce pollution from pesticides and transportation. One family in Phoenix, Arizona responded to the world's agriculture issues and ensuing food crisis with their own self-sufficient pool farm.
Dennis and Danielle McClung began by placing an emphasis on producing their own sustainable grow and ended up with an elaborate backyard ecosystem made out of a swimming pool.
The Garden Pool featured a closed-loop ecosystem where tilapia, algae, and duckweed flourished alongside broccoli and sweet potatoes. McClungs goal was to feed a family of five and within a calendar year, their Garden Pool saved the family 75 percent on their grocery bills.
The Garden Pool incredibly is able to incorporate solar power, water conservation, poultry farming, aquaculture, hydroponic gardening, organic horticulture, aquaponics, biofiltration, thermal …
Garden Pool is also working on their new Community Outreach for Research and Nutrition Garden (C.O.R.N. Garden) which will serve to produce nutritious food for the hungry and provide research data for future projects. The C.O.R.N. Garden will also provide a way for community members to volunteer and be a stronger part of the Garden Pool movement.
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