Kentucky State University agriculture, food, and environment student and farm technician Trevor Claiborn created Farmer Brown as a way to teach children about agriculture. Photo by Blair Hess, Kentucky State University.
By Beverly Fortune
Lexington Herald Tribune
Feb 3, 2017
The idea for Farmer Brown was sparked at the family dinner table when Claiborn tried to engage his young niece in conversation. They were eating hamburgers, and he asked her where she thought hamburgers came from.
“A tree,” she answered.
“Research shows most families are three generations away from the farm, away from knowing how food is raised,” Claiborn said.
And not just city children have that information gap.
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“Right now, aquaponics is at that chasm, before it makes the jump into the mainstream.”
By Jimmy Magahern
Ahwatukee Foothills News
Feb 2, 2017
Brooks, 61, an alumni of the University of Arizona’s College of Agriculture who holds a Ph.D. in Wildlife and Fisheries Conservation and Management, could be poised to become that figure himself.
Next month, he plans to release a book, tentatively titled ‘The Three-Hour Farm,’ that he says will instruct any team of four do-it-yourselfers how to build their own backyard aquaponics farm in just three hours.
But he’s counting more on one of his young students to become the Steve Jobs of aquaponics.
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