Lexington nonprofit wants you to be another link in their Food Chain

Published: Jun. 29, 2016 at 3:24 PM EDT
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Think about the food you ate today, do you know the food chain it took to get to you? In Lexington one group has been quietly working on bringing fresh food to our community in a very unconventional way.

Driving down West Sixth Street in Lexington you might miss it. Inside an old bread factory is a farm.

It's a little bit futuristic, yet very simplistic. It's a 7,000 gallon Aquaponics Farm producing fresh greens and fish.

"So our mission at FoodChain is to forge new links with the community and fresh food. We want to get people in here and excited about new ways of thinking about fresh foods," said Becca Self, Executive Director of FoodChain.

Self is the new age farmer of sorts behind


"By growing fish, we grow all tilapia we are able to use their fish waste as the free fertilizer to grow all of our plants and in return our plants act as our natural filters to clean water to then send back to the fish," said Self.

FoodChain turns out nearly 30 pounds of greens and about 15 to 20 pounds of fish weekly. Most all of it going just feet away creating another link in the chain.

"So a majority of our food we sell directly to our neighbors at Smithtown Seafood and that was part of the symbiotic vision of food chain," said Self.

Smithtown Seafood is located inside the same building, it uses the fish and greens grown by FoodChain daily.

"If anybody says where does it come from, we say it came from right behind us, right in the FoodChain place," said John Granville.

Granville works at Smithtown, and has seen how FoodChain is changing his neighborhood.

"From seeing cops everyday, from you see them rarely. You see people get along so much better, its a quieter neighborhood," said Granville.

"And this is what its all about, fresh tilapia grown and harvested just feet away. FoodChain though has its sight set on even bigger plans for the neighborhood it serves," said WKYT's Amber Philpott.

The next link in the growing food chain is a 4,000 square foot space next to the farm.

"Not everybody is going to get excited about growing food," said Self.

FoodChain is crowdsourcing funds for a community kitchen space for more education and for a place to process foods.

"Providing classes for after school, teaching families how to use snap benefits in order to add more fresh foods into their diets," said Self.

Self wants people to stay tuned for what's next from this urban farm that's changing the community one fresh fish and piece of lettuce at a time.

FoodChain is using the site Generosity to raise the $20,000 needed. For more information on FoodChain and how you can donate click on the links provided.