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Aquaponics Garden Doing Good In The Community

o2 Urban Farms
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o2 Urban Farms

An indoor farm in Cheviot is helping the community while also providing fresh produce to local restaurants and grocers. O2 Urban Farms, founded in 2018, uses aquaponics, a system that combines fish with hydroponics, to grow lettuce indoors. The employees who harvest the greens are from the Ken Anderson Alliance, which provides work opportunities for adults with disabilities.

By growing indoors, the facility is wheelchair accessible and climate controlled. Kevin Potts, executive director of the Ken Anderson Alliance, says the aquaponics system allows them to grow twice as much produce as an outdoor farm in half the time.

Joining Cincinnati Edition to discuss the operation are O2 Urban Farms Co-Founder Mark Ruberg; Ken Anderson Alliance Executive Director Kevin Potts; and employee Andy Schaller.

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Michael Monks brings a broad range of experience to WVXU-FM as the new host of Cincinnati Edition, Cincinnati Public Radio's weekday news and information talk show.