The Door Campaign is the home of Pittsburgh’s first operational non-profit aquaponics system. Youth from Pittsburgh’s Northside are engaged in the construction, implementation, monitoring, and evolution of a system that combines aquaculture (raising fish) and hydroponics (the soil-less growing of plants).
Conventionally, hydroponic farmers must add artificial fertilizer to feed the plants while aquaculture farmers have to constantly remove and throw away fish waste. In an Aqaponics system, these isolated problems become collaborative benefits, as fish waste is used as fertilizer for the plants and the plants act as a filter. Through the “Green Door,” the Door Campaign raises awareness among youth about healthy food choices, local sustainable foods, and global food- and health-related issues.