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Whole Foods gets on board with Miami Science Barge

The Miami Science Barge, which will be moored at Museum Park in downtown Miami, will include labs and a classroom for students.
The Miami Science Barge, which will be moored at Museum Park in downtown Miami, will include labs and a classroom for students. Miami Science Barge

Buy organic, build a barge.

That’s the message from Whole Foods, which on Wednesday will donate 5 percent of sales from all six of its Miami area stores to the Miami Science Barge, a 120-foot long-solar powered floating sustainability lab. The barge is expected to open April 22 for weekend tours and will be docked at Museum Park.

Inspired by the Manhattan Science Barge, the Miami version won a $298,633 Knight Cities Challenge grant last year after Director Nathalie Manzano-Smith proposed creating a focal point for climate change in the city. Part sustainable farm, part classroom, the barge will offer k-12 programs on sustainability and Miami's unique challenges. Students will also get an up close look at the ecology of nearby Biscayne Bay.

“The food systems on the barge showcase ways we can save water, land and energy while still meeting our city’s needs and boosting the economy,” Ted Caplow, creator of the barge and CEO of parent company CappSci, said in a statement.

Volunteers from the barge will be in stores from noon to 7 p.m. Wednesday to answer questions.

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