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 were held weekly in 2021.  Participants participated in the journey of setting up an aquaponics system.  The working group meetings provided a platform to build network connection between growers, future growers and policy makers. 

Working group sessions were hosted at Savannah State University and virtually through Zoom meetings.  Guest speakers included local and regional experts in aquaponics and growing.  Most working group sessions were recorded and linked in the calendar below.  

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

Anticipated Meeting Schedule

Target  Date



 Sun, 11 April


Urban Agriculture Working Group Kick Off

Sun, 18 April

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 June

2-5 p.m.

The Science of Aquaponics

Sun, 13 June

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 from this seminar series to make this have a long-lasting impact. Our seminar series and working group sessions were 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:

K-12 Education

We are pleased to offer K-12 lesson plans and contributor portal aligned with this project.  We value feedback from our teacher community and have enabled a comment function on all our current and future resources.  We also invite educators to share student products, additional lessons, teaching strategies, resources through our shared folder.  Click here to access the K-12 materials. We also encourage you to reach out with questions or suggestions. 

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