FoodChain, a nonprofit organization increasing access to locally sourced, fresh food that is a Cornerstone Community Innovation Partner, and the University of Kentucky Food Connection are partnering to host the first tilapia harvest from the Cornerstone aquaponics system.
The event is scheduled for Thursday, April 27, starting at 2 p.m. for the harvest at the Cornerstone, and continuing at 4 p.m. with a cooking class at the Food Connection, at The 90, located at 440 Hilltop Avenue. Renowned Chef Tanya Whitehouse will be using the fresh harvest to teach attendees how to make fish tacos, which will be served at the event.
The Cornerstone FoodChain aquaponics system is a vertical food system that combines aquaculture and hydroponics to produce sustainable, high-quality fish and vegetables. Designed and built as part of the Community Innovation Partnership, UK Cornerstone is proud to have hosted this innovative system during their tenure as the partner. The FoodChain aquaponics system will soon be permanently housed at the Food Connection.
FoodChain aims to connect the Lexington community with fresh food and foster more active participation in the local food system through community outreach, tours, kitchen programming and activities on their aquaponics farm. The organization believes that community involvement is crucial in building a more just, equitable and sustainable food system for all.