Today, our company, The Family Fish Farms Network, Inc is officially launching the first agricultural cooperative exclusively for Aquaponics growers, SUSTAIN: The Sustainable Foods Cooperative. We will become the temporary Directorate until a General Assembly and Executive Committee can be formed. We call it Sustain because we believe “Aquaponics,’ is really the most sustainable farming method available today and potentially the savior of our cities. The official Charter of the organization can be found on our website. We created and moderate the Commercial Aquaponics Group on LinkedIn. This group has grown to almost 2,000 members from all over the world. The group has become the foundation of The cooperative.
SUSTAIN is owned by the membership as it is a cooperative. The principal function will be to support aquaponic growers in our efforts to compete with the large agricultural companies (Big Ag) that dominate the food business with sub standard mass farming and imports of questionable origin. Sustain, will provide a common ‘sustainable,’ brand, help with purchasing, and represent the fledgling industry with upcoming food industry legislation. However, first and foremost Sustain will be a Marketing organization. We are building a global marketing platform on-line to link both aquaponic growers and buyers for retail chains and other local food purchasers. This will initially be a B2B platform.
Any commercial aquaponic grower, or anyone who aspires to become one is welcome either on our group, or in our cooperative. If you do not have a growing system, we’ll help you find one. If you don’t have the funds, we’ll help you get them, and if you don’t have the skills we’ll help you learn them.
BECAUSE … We Are SUSTAIN! The Aquaponics Growers Cooperative!