Latino Teen Hopes to Bring Aquaponic Garden to Santa Ana


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The headquarters of Latino Health Access already has a regular garden where youth learn about growing food and sustainability. Source:

In Santa Ana, California, green space is hard to come by. Enough space for a whole garden filled with fresh fruits and vegetables seems like just a dream. But one Santa Ana resident is teaming up with an environmental non-profit to bring a unique type of garden the urban city.

17 year-old Isaac Michaca has recruited the non-profit Get Motivated! to help plant a space-saving aquaponic garden in in his community. In an aquaponic garden, fish and plants grow together in vertical, soil-less gardens—perfect for an a place like Santa Ana.

Latino Health Access, KidWorks, along with community members, have joined together to create a plan of action on how to fund-raise, create and execute the project. The goal is to allow the growth and distribution of fresh fruits and vegetables throughout Santa Ana.

“I think it’s important to start a project like this one in Santa Ana because we don’t have a lot of access to health,” Michaca said in a news article. “There are no healthy fast food options. There’s not much space in Santa Ana, but in those small spaces, we can create healthy spaces.”

Aquaponics supporters say the gardens are worth the initial investment. Fundraising efforts are already in the works for the new garden in Santa Ana.

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