Follow your Passion

I have a passion for food, everything about it. The service, the creation, feeding people, the whole business. In July of 2017, I was off to college at the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York. It’s exciting to begin a journey doing something you are passionate about. At the Culinary Institute, I learned all I could to enable me to have a career in the food industry.

Follow your Calling

After I graduated college in February 2019 I returned home and began working. But something was missing. I grew up in church and in college, I developed a deeper understanding of faith and my relationship with Jesus. When I realized I had a calling I searched for a DTS or Discipleship Training School. DTS is a six-month program blending classroom learning, small group activities, personal reflection, practical service, and community living. The training comes in two parts: the lecture phase and the outreach phase.

I went to Sunshine Coast, Australia for my DTS. For my outreach, I went to 5 different countries. Brazil, Madagascar, India, Cambodia, and Indonesia. I saw a lot of need in these different countries. I wanted to give them more than what I had. I felt God calling me to feed his people but how? In Australia, we had a very small system that was aquaponics. We grew only a couple of heads of lettuce. It was very small, but it worked and was my first exposure to an aquaponic system. After I did my DTS I went home fired up and ready.

Follow the Need

But of course, that was when the pandemic hit, and the world shut down. The supply chain stopped. I saw a huge need for food and all those small communities that already had so very little were now struggling with even less. I wanted to do something, but I had no idea where to start. I wanted to get into sustainable food and began doing research on hydroponics and aquaponics.

What even is that? I wanted to know if there was a that was doing any of these things and I found a YWAM (Youth with a Mission) program in Colorado Springs. They have a 22,000 sq foot greenhouse and two different aquaponic systems. The bigger system works for the greenhouse, but they also created a smaller scalable unit that they can take and use anywhere in the world to show other people how to build it and recreate it for themselves. 

This enables them to create a business and have food for their families and community.  We not only provide food for these communities, but we provide a business for people. We enable them to become successful on their own. It has been just what I have been looking for. A place where I can learn a better way of growing food that is nutritious and sustainable.

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