Father Joe's Villages
Father Joe's Villages is San Diego's largest provider of services and housing for the homeless. We prepare up to 3,000 meals and provide a continuum of care to nearly 1,800 individuals every day. Our primary goal is to transform lives and end the cycle of homelessness.
Solutions Farms is unique in many ways. It is a soilless, or aquaponics farm, where nutrient-rich water from fish culture is used to nourish produce, which in turn purifies the water so it can be returned to the fish. Everything is done within the controlled environment of a greenhouse. We are currently one of the largest aquaponics facilities in the West.
The farm is also a laboratory for teaching important work values and preparing people for re-entry into the workforce. This is the social enterprise function; accomplishing a worthwhile social purpose while also being a functioning business. Solutions Farms raises hope, as well as produce.
While doing all this, the farm provides a source of locally-raised, certified organic produce that is being used by North County restaurants, juice bars and eager farmers market buyers.