Bushwick, Brooklyn's Oko Farms Brings Aquaponics And A School Of Fish To The People

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Nigerian-born Yemi Amu shares a look at Oko Farms, a Bushwick, Brooklyn aquaponics system housing both fish and plants with the same water source since 2013. Given that about 70 percent of freshwater is used for agriculture globally, Oko Farms is recycling at its best. Jen Maylack interviews the urban farmer for Vogue US.

When Amu first encountered the concept of aquaponics, she realized this technique, which uses fish waste to fertilize plants grown in water, and then in turn allows the plants to filter toxins from the water so it can safely be returned to fish, had massive potential. It’s a symbiotic system, relying on the relationship between fish, plants and microbes.  “Nature is really efficient, and I fell in love with that efficiency,“ Amu says. “That source of locally raised sustainable protein, nobody is doing it.”

Seeking knowledge about her own eating disorder, the urban farmer began studying Ayurveda and its emphasis on holistic nutrition, supported by the idea that food is medicine. She then attended Teachers College, Columbia University for a Master’s Degree in Health and Nutrition Education. Soon came rooftop gardening and a passion that grabbed her being.

Sara Sampaio Feels The Love In Greg Swales Images For Vogue India October 2018

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Top model and Victoria’s Secret Angel Sara Sampaio feels the love, posing with Bollywood actor Ranveer Singh in the October 2018 11th anniversary issue of Vogue India. Anaita Shroff Adajania styles Sara in Ranveer in vivid prints and patterns for images by Greg Swales.

Mayowa Nicholas Delights In 'Brights Right Now' By Alexi Lubomirski For Harper's Bazaar US November 2018

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Model Mayowa Nicholas makes a vivid impression in ‘Brights Right Now’, styled for takeoff by Charles Varenne. Photographer Alexi Lubomirski captures this visual delight for Harper’s Bazaar US November 2018./ Hair by Ben Skervin; makeup by Hung Vanngo

Hailey Baldwin Takes The Spotlight In Zoey Grossman Shots For Harper's Bazaar US November 2018

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Hailey Baldwin Takes The Spotlight In Zoey Grossman Shots For Harper's Bazaar US November 2018

Rising star and new face of Tommy Hilfiger Hailey Baldwin promises sunny days ahead, styled by Miguel Enamorado in resort looks from Chanel, Fendi, Tommy Hilfiger, Versace and more. Zoey Grossman flashes Baldwin in Brooklyn in a Harper’s Bazaar US November feature ‘Hailey Baldwin about Fashion, Family and life in the spotlight.’/ Hair by Joey George; makeup by Cyndle Komarovski

Nino Muñoz Flashes A Stunning Carolyn Murphy For Harper's Bazaar Taiwan October 2018

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Nino Muñoz Flashes A Stunning Carolyn Murphy For Harper's Bazaar Taiwan October 2018

The effortless elegant and naturally beautiful Carolyn Murphy is styled by Sarah Gore Reeves in modern utilitarian looks with a feminine twist. Photographer Nino Muñoz is behind the lens for Harper’s Bazaar Taiwan October 2018.