FabFarm Shortlisted For National Award

FabFarm Shortlisted For National Award

The Nerve Centre's 'FabFarm' project, in partnership with The Playtrail and Ardnashee School and College, has been named on the shortlist for the inaugural Digital Agenda Impact Awards sponsored by Nominet Trust.

Funded by Comic Relief, almost 100 young people will be involved in Northern Ireland’s first social enterprise aquaponic digital farm (FabFarm), from initial concept, design to build and maintenance.     

The FabFarm combines innovative Aquaponic farming methods, of using water and fish for vegetable growing, with new digital fabrication techniques and equipment.

Using state of the art digital fabrication equipment from the Nerve Centre’s FabLab, students will receive hands-on training and experience in a range of digital design and making techniques that will allow them to design, build and operate an Aquaponic farm. The Aquaponic units will be created and built by the students using a range of FabLab equipment such as 3D printers, CNC Routers, and Laser Cutters. Students who successfully complete the training programme will be awarded an OCN accreditation in Digital Fabrication.

As part of the project a newly created Social Enterprise will be developed by the young people, allowing them to sell the produce from the farm to local businesses. Students from the Playtrail and the school will develop skills in social entrepreneurship, business and marketing, as well as the digital skills. As the project begins, local restaurant, The Sooty Olive, has already signed up to be the FabFarm’s first customer.

FabFarm has been shortlisted in the Employment & Skills category and the winner will be named at a special ceremony at London’s Barbican Centre on March 2.


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