Alice-Marie Archer

13901492_10157239874960521_8311135603777706710_nI’m Alice-Marie – I’m an aspiring explorer that likes to explore the world close to home. I founded Bristol fish project in late 2011 as a response to the challenges of urban metabolic losses (waste). I saw through other’s experiments that you could use aquaponics as an intervention to close material loops but also to build community and shorten the food delivery chain. So the project was born. Now 1 award winning pilot, 2 demonstrations and 24 graduates from our training course later and I’m joined by wonderful directors and we are in a position to commercialise our learnings as a community supported aquaponic farm for Bristol. My background is eclectic. I come from a farming family, I trained in geosciences, in social sustainability and wrote a thesis on collaborative innovation networks. I worked the entire time as a chef and now write a phd on new organisational forms in the food system and their networks. Somehow or other this gave me some of the skills to build and run a 5000L aquaponics commercial pilot with a lot of help from my friends. In the process I also learned to use and angle grinder, build a splash proof electricity supply, plumb in a myriad of hydroponic forms and keep fish alive in a recirculating aquaculture system; turning waste food into their feed, and growing plants from their waste all year round. I am a keen supporter of networks and industrial clusters. I’m part of a European aquaponics network and European urban farming network. I’m also a fellow of the School for Social Entrepreneurs and of the Schumacher Institute where I worked for 7 years. I love learning new things, am a futurist, humanist, optimist and i believe one should act on one’s good ideas.

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