Saturday, September 21, 2013

Modern methods of farming, local aquaponics

The internet version of San Mateo County Times has featured pictures from the Ouroboros Farms aquaponics since, 9/4/13.  Clean produce we are eating may be grown from this other greenhouse methods.

San Mateo County Times/Aaron Kinney, 9/4/13.  "Pescadero aquaponics farm taps into fish power."

"PESCADERO -- The fish at Ouroboros Farms don't know it, but they are the stars of the show -- merely by swimming in circles, eating and pooping. 

Vertical hydroponics and aquacluture
Sixteen hundred catfish and Asiatic carp in a trio of round tanks provide the engine of this cutting-edge operation a few miles inland from Pescadero State Beach, where a small team of farmers is running an aquaponics system, which marries fish-rearing, or aquaculture, with soilless farming, aka hydroponics. The fish waste provides nutrients for the plants, which filter the water, allowing it to be recycled."   Read article. 

Reference -  Ouroboros Farms, "It is our mission to partner with nature by combining the principles of aquaponics and permaculture to bring our customers the freshest, healthiest, chemical-free produce on the planet."  Aquaponic photograph from this farm website.

 Fish waste to plant cycle
Related -  Recirculating Farms Coalition/Mcufone, 2/24/12,  "University of WI offers recirculating farm class!"  Aquaponic Farming system, note: fish, plant system graphic from this commercial  website.

Related article - Becoville (the green gateway to the world),"Aquaponics at Becoville"   "Aquaponics is a combination of hydroponics and aquaculture (or fish farming), in our case we use vertical Hydroponics. It can be described simply as a symbiotic relationship between fish, plants, and the microbial life that surrounds them. In recent years, aquaponics has gained popularity all over the world.  Australia, Canada, The United Kingdom, The United States, and many developing countries have seen a spike in numbers of both commercial farms and home gardens. Many aquapons (Aquaponic Gardeners) are successfully raising catfish, tilapia, perch, barramundi, bass, bluegill, ornamental fish and more. ..."   Note: Vertical hydroponics photograph from this company website.

Posted by Kathy Meeh

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