Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education

Description of project

The purpose of this project is to lay the groundwork to meet three critical urban needs using urban aquaponics: vacant land, nutrient enrichment and urban food deserts (UFDs)

Savannah’s Urban Food Deserts

Savannah, GA is no stranger to food deserts. The map below indicates areas that indicate food desert likelihood for residents including low-income census tract where more than 100 housing units do not have a vehicle and are more than ½ mile from the nearest supermarket (USDA). It is estimated that just over 50,000 people live in the area indicated and could be affected to some degree by limited access to healthy food. The National Institute of Health reports that there is significant overlap between food desert areas and areas with higher rates of obesity and chronic diet-related diseases. Attend the upcoming seminars to find out more about how aquaponics farming can help solve this growing problem.


Community Involvement

Working group meetings are held weekly in 2021.  Participants will participate in the journey of setting up an aquaponics system.  The working group meetings will also provide a platform to build network connection between growers, future growers and policy makers. 

Working group sessions will be hosted at Savannah State University and virtually through Zoom meetings.  Guest speakers will include local and regional experts in aquaponics and growing. 

Working group network meeting, April 10,2021
Initial working group meeting, April 11, 2021
Workshop Schedule

Anticipated Meeting Schedule

Target  Date



 Sun, 11 Apr


Urban Agriculture Working Group Kick Off

Sun, 18 Apr

2-5 p.m.

Modern Aquaponics Production

Andrew talks through of the microsystem as of 18 April 2021Andrew talks through of the microsystem as of 18 April 2021

Sun, 2 May

2-5 p.m.

The Urban Agriculture Movement

Sun, 16 May

2-5 p.m.

Aquaponics & Urban Food Deserts

Sun, 6 Jun

2-5 p.m.

The Science of Aquaponics

Sun, 13 Jun

2-5 p.m.

The Urban Farm Business

A Sun, 11 July

2-5 p.m.

Urban Land Availability, Access, and Security


Project Survey

As a part of the SARE Grant, we would like to get more information about how to best assist you throughout this seminar series to make this have a long-lasting impact. Our seminar series and working group sessions are designed to help you network, learn more about aquaponics and its applications, and how we can address the issues of food deserts through Urban Agriculture. The survey asks several questions about your interests as it relates to the project.

Links to Survey

Survey for Producers/Growers

Consumers/Urban Residents

Project Partners and Collaborators:

Get involved: 

If you or someone you know wants to be involved in the 2021 working group sessions, please fill out our INTEREST FORM

General Information Contact:

Dr. Philip Omunga

Dr. Sue Ebanks

K12 Integration Contact:

Dr. Victoria Young



This project is supported by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, U.S. Department of Agriculture, under award number 2018-38640-28417 through the Southern Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education program under subaward number SUB00002031 to Savannah State University