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Aquaponics project aided by Operation Round Up grant

ECE members who participate in Operation Round Up (ORU) helped a pilot aquaponics project get off to a great start. Pine Habilitation and Supported Employment (PHASE) and Nemadji Community Resource Center (NCRC) are partners in the project, which combines aquaculture (raising fish) and hydroponics (the soil-less growing of plants). The goal is to provide long-term, financially-sustainable work opportunities for PHASE participants and nutritious food for NCRC’s Meals on Wheels program.

A $2,600 grant from the ORU Trust allowed the organization to purchase LED grow lights for the aquaponics project to sustain plant life year around. PHASE participants are pictured showing the peppers they harvested from the site this fall.

ECE members contribute to the charitable ORU Trust when they volunteer to have their monthly electric bill rounded up to the next dollar. Since its inception, the program has provided more than $1.7 million to help meet community needs.

Learn more about Operation Round Up.

PHASE participants with peppers they harvested.


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