442: Jill Shea as a Woman in the World of Aquaponics.

Finding purpose in educating about indoor farming.

Jill SheaJill’s farming story started in Orlando, Florida in exchange for free herbalism classes.  Since 2006 she has been fortunate enough to both tend land and teach a variety of growing styles all over the US. She considers it a pleasure to now farm for Trifecta Ecosystems where they help cities feed themselves through aquaponic growing innovation.

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Trifecta Ecosystems is creating incentives for communities to grow their own food while raising awareness about sustainable farming through education, workshops, and city projects. They do this by empowering farmers in urban environments and educating others on the true potential of aquaponics.

In This Podcast: 

We had the pleasure of talking aquaponics with Jill Shea from Trifecta Ecosystems. Trifecta Ecosystems practices sustainable farming in their aquaponics farm and educates the community to grow their own food as part of the City that Feeds Itself initiative. In addition to the great community programs, we dove into how aquaponics works, is lower cost, uses less land and conserves water. The AgTech field is growing tremendously, with several great opportunities for new farmers.

Listen in and learn about:

  • Jill’s entry into the world of herbalism, organic farming, and aquaponics 
  • How aquaponics is a sustainable farming method that conserves water 
  • Hydroponics growing vs aquaponic growing 
  • All the Trifecta Ecosystems programs that benefit the community 
  • Lower cost, less land farming with aquaponics 
  • The opportunities for women in the AgTech field 
  • The current global discussion around aquaponics 
  • Hobby growers vs. Commercial growers 
  • Job opportunities for new farmers in the aquaponics industry 
  • The secret to getting kids to eat vegetables 

As well as: 

Her failure – Teaching 3rd graders farming, but forgetting to make the fun connection with the tech.  

Her success – 2018 and all the life milestones she achieved in just one year. 

Her drive – Exercising her creativity in farming. 

Her advice – Always embrace a “delicate firmness” when farming. 

Jill’s Guest Post on our Blog:

Aquaponics: The Gateway from STEAM Learning into the Workforce

 Jill’s Book recommendations: 

The Lean Farm by Ben Hartman

How to reach Jill: 

Website: trifectaecosystems.com and citythatfeedsitself.com

Instagram: Farmer_JillS 


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