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Food System Lab @ Cylburn

Watch our aquaponics facility take shape and discover the motivation behind it.

We’ve recently redesigned our greenhouse to include more elements of our complex food system, such as a soil-based raised bed and worm composting. And there is much more to come. We’ve also expanded our focus to include more education and increased field-trip offerings for student groups. Now that the greenhouse renovations are complete, we invite you to come visit us!

Yes, we still have an active aquaponics system on display. In 2012, we opened our experimental Aquaponics Project to explore the sustainability of aquaponics and increase awareness of this food production system. Aquaponics, a combination of aquaculture (fish farming) and hydroponics (soilless plant farming), uses fish wastewater as a resource, circulating it through hydroponic grow beds where plants take up its nutrients. The filtered water is then recycled back through the fish tanks. We operated the project for three years as a small-scale, urban, aquaponics farm. We learned aquaponics inspires dialogue about sustainability and the food system, making it a powerful teaching vehicle. You can find our produce and fish at Baltimore area farmers markets and restaurants

To date we have

  • Hosted over 4,300 visitors,
  • Held over 250 events, tours and workshops, and
  • Harvested 2,800 pounds of fish and produce for sale through local restaurants and farmers markets.

For more information on field-trip offerings at the Food System Lab @ Cylburn, open hours, or to schedule a visit for your group, please click here.

You can like us on Facebook, or find our produce at the Saturday morning 32nd Street Farmers Market as a member of the Farm Alliance of Baltimore City.

Food System Lab @ Cylburn
4915 Greenspring Avenue
Baltimore, MD.
Wednesdays, 10am – noon. Year-round
Sundays, 1pm – 3pm. Through May 2016. No Sunday hours 11/29 or 12/20 through 1/3.

Please contact Laura Genello at for additional information.

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