- Farm Urban's Paul Meyers wins award
Farm Urban's Paul Meyers wins award
Dr Paul Meyers, the innovator and driving force behind
the Aquaponics installation at Ness Gardens, has received the
prestigious Duke of York Young Entrepreneur
The awards are presented to students who have displayed
remarkable entrepreneurship while at University. Finalists from 19
universities from across the North attended the 2016 awards
ceremony at the University of Huddersfield where the Duke of York
presented them with certificates.
Paul co-founded Farm Urban, an eco start-up
company that aims to link leading scientific research with local
food production, while studying for his PhD in epigenetics at the
University of Liverpool two years ago.
Farm Urban develops and tests the most efficient
ways to grow food in urban environments, focusing primarily on
aquaponics systems, which grow fish and vegetables simultaneously
in a closed-loop ecosystem.
Since the business was formed in 2014, with the help of a £5,000
grant from the Liverpool Guild of Students, followed by an £8,000
grant from the Friends of the University, it has gone from strength
to strength. Over the past two years, the team has developed
several sites around Liverpool, ranging from smaller, experimental,
community-based sites, to larger more commercially-focused
A working model of the aquaponic
system, which showcases the latest in sustainable
growing techniques is currently on display at Ness
in the Visitor Centre and open to the public daily.
Other installations include an urban farm on the roof of the
Liverpool Guild of Students and three aquaponic systems
at the new Alder Hey Children's Hospital.
Striving for change
Paul, who is now a postdoctoral researcher at the University's
Institute of Integrative Biology, said: "By taking science fresh
from the lab and implementing it in the heart of urban communities,
we aim to change both how we do science and how we farm our food.
Winning the award shows that what we have been doing as a social
enterprise has been recognised and has value."
Urban Farm are currently focusing on their aquaponics education
programme for schools, and also have plans to take their compact
commercial systems into cafes and restaurants.
Visit www.farmurban.co.uk for more information and
keep up to date with the team's latest news on Twitter @Farm_Urban
Dr Meyers receives his award from Prince Andrew.
22 April 2016