Minnetonka VANTAGE

Team YES!

Team mission/motto: Improve awareness of and enthusiasm for year-round, local food production methods that sharply reduce the energy and water needed to produce high-quality food.

Our team is part of Minnetonka VANTAGE Global Sustainability Class


Meet the Team

Jack Mingus

Kayla Wald

Connie Liker

Annika Larson

Brady Caron

The growing popularity of small-scale, local food production in Minnesota is evidenced by the growing number of community gardens and residences raising chickens. Local food production reduces energy use in shipping, packaging, mechanized processing, and other carbon-energy-intensive food production practices. Unfortunately, Minnesota winters limit the season for local food production without the use of energy-intensive greenhouses. The purpose of this project is to improve awareness of and enthusiasm for year-round (or almost year-round) local food production methods that sharply reduce the energy and water needed to produce high-quality food.

Our VANTAGE Global Sustainability students work with local food shelf non-profits as part of our program. They attend site visits and volunteer at both the VEAP food shelf in Richfield and the ICA Food Shelf in Minnetonka. Last year they created a video for ICA to help reach underserved parts of our community. Our students are often surprised to learn that there are major food security concerns within their communities, and that these food shelves service thousands of clients in the local area. As mentioned above, we will include signage that educates on this topic at our demonstrations. Moreover, the final focus of our project will be to partner with our local ICA Food Shelf to develop a plan for distribution of the food items grown in the Aquaponics and Greenhouse System to local families in need.

Goals for 2018-19:

Develop and demonstrate low-energy food production technologies (aquaponics grow tower and season-extending low-carbon-energy greenhouse) across the school district.

Minnetonka Team Impact