International Rescue Committee (IRC)

New Roots Aqua Farm

The IRC New Roots Aqua Farm raises fish and food on an asphalt covered city lot!

The New Roots Aqua Farm showcases creative, productive growing methods including a 1,200 square foot aquaponics system that employs a closed-loop cycle of tilapia farming with hydroponic vegetable growing. The tilapia are sustainably-raised and hormone-free.

The Aqua Farm is also a small incubator farm that gives entrepreneurial residents additional space to grow while they solidify their farming enterprises. New Roots growers sell at the City Heights Farmers’ Market weekly.    There is also a grower who sells plans on site.

The New Roots Aqua Farm is seeking City Heights residents and refugees interested in aquaponic farming.  If you or someone you know fits these guidelines and would like to explore opportunities in fish and vegetable production,  please contact

Please contact or 619 841 7510 ext.302  if you would like to schedule a tour of the New Roots Aqua Farm.

Location:  4035 Fairmount Ave in City Heights.

To learn more about the Food Security and Community Health Department at the IRC in San Diego, please click here.

Click on the image to watch a video about the IRC New Roots Aqua Farm.  











Plants for Sale at the IRC New Roots Aqua Farm 
Antonio’s Nursery is located on site at the Aqua Farm. 

Antonio has a unique collection of flowers, herbs, vegetables, fruit trees, succulents and other seasonal plants. 

You can purchase plants from him Monday - Friday 9am – 5pm (please note: he is occasionally closed so he can sell at farmers' markets around the county).

Photo: Antonio by Kaley Hearnsberger / The IRC





















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