About Solutions Farms
After acquiring a former two-acre nursery property, Solutions undertook a major renovation that was facilitated by more than 3000 hours of volunteer support and more than $100,000 of in-kind donations. Old structures were removed, plumbing, electrical, and other essential infrastructure was installed, and in 10 weeks of remarkably intensive effort Solutions Farms was built. The farm opened with about 7,000 square feet of greenhouse space outfitted with fish tanks, grow beds, pumps and lights.
If that doesn’t sound like the equipment of a conventional farm, it’s because Solutions Farms is a bit different.
Solutions Farms is unique in many ways. It is a soilless, or aquaponics farm, where nutrient-rich water from fish culture is used to nourish produce, which in turn purifies the water so it can be returned to the fish. Everything is done within the controlled environment of a greenhouse. We are currently one of the largest aquaponics facilities in the West.
The farm is also a laboratory for teaching important work values and preparing people for re-entry into the workforce. This is the social enterprise function; accomplishing a worthwhile social purpose while also being a functioning business. Solutions Farms raises hope, as well as produce.
While doing all this, the farm provides a source of locally-raised, certified organic produce that is being used by North County restaurants, juice bars and eager farmers market buyers.
We’re green and we’re good.