Category — Aeroponics
I did not always know I would be a farmer. I chose the agricultural life because of health, climate change, urban, and city living.
By Maggie Roth
Nov 20, 2015
I grow Controlled Environment Aquaponics (CEA) at my farm in the urban city of Cary, NC.
Sustainable farming practices are important to me because of climate change, cardboard tasting, pesticide, and antibiotic doused food.
My favorite thing about being a farmer is wearing sweats all day while experiencing a slice of the web of life.
November 27, 2015 Comments Off on Steve McLeod Swapped Dirt For Fish at his Urban Farm
MIT’s Caleb Harper, an architect turned urban farmer
By Ryan Duffy
Nov 5, 2015
We are on the precipice of a global food crisis. The math is simple and staggering: we need to produce at least 50% more food to feed 9 billion people by 2050, but are currently capped by resource limitations, environmental contamination, and agricultural decline. At MIT, Caleb Harper, an architect turned urban farmer, is working to reverse the tide by revolutionizing agriculture as we know it. Link here.
November 6, 2015 Comments Off on Food Computers – Future Farming
FoodChain in Lexington, Kentucky, provides education and hands-on training for indoor sustainable food production and processing
Since September 2013, FoodChain has been producing about 30 pounds of greens and a dozen tilapia each week.
By Tom Eblan
September 20, 2015
The fish and most of the greens are bought by Smithtown Seafood. Blue Moon Farm distributes excess greens to other restaurants.
The aquaponics system works like this: waste grain from the brewery is fed to the fish, whose waste water provides the nutrients for lettuce and other greens to be grown under energy-efficient indoor lighting.
September 26, 2015 Comments Off on FoodChain in Lexington, Kentucky, provides education and hands-on training for indoor sustainable food production and processing
Their first big corporate client is the Hilton Anatole hotel, where they’re working with chef David Scalise to install a rooftop farm on September 6.
By Teresa Gubbins
Dallas Culture Map
Sept 1, 2015
Dallas Urban Farms is the brainchild of Jody Thompson and Max Wall, who have recruited some powerful supporters, including Deep Ellum property owner Scott Rohrman, who has signed on to install growing towers on the rooftops of his buildings; and Dallas Mavericks owner and Shark Tank star Mark Cuban, who recently became an equity investor.
Thompson says their goal is to make food easy to grow and “cleaner,” without GMOs or pesticides. “One of the reasons we chose to grow with this technology is to eliminate the need for chemicals,” she says. “I was trying to stick to organic food, and started growing my own produce on my apartment balcony. I lost weight, and when I saw how much my health improved, I became inspired to do it on a larger scale.”
September 9, 2015 Comments Off on Dallas Urban Farms sows local produce mission from Deep Ellum rooftop
By Nikki Lee
Aug 5, 2015
As part of an exciting ‘Aquaponics in Schools’ initiative, school children in Liverpool are being educated about the issues behind sustainable global food production and food security, through a series of engagement projects sponsored by Farm Urban, The University of Liverpool and Coventry-based hydroponics specialists HydroGarden.
The University and Farm Urban, selected two of HydroGarden’s innovations for the future of farming to display. The first, a new vertical farming system, VydroFarm, was part of its exhibition stand at three of Liverpool’s biggest cultural and educational events in July, namely the ‘Eat the Atlantic’ Food Festival (4th – 5th July) on Liverpool’s waterfront, Big Bang North West science fair (8th July) for 11-18 year olds and Alder Hey Week (6th – 12th July). This last event was aimed at involving staff, patients and the local community in the exciting build up to the children’s hospital’s move to its brand new facility – ‘Alder Hey in the Park’.
August 15, 2015 Comments Off on University of Liverpool educates young people in futuristic farming with VydroFarm and FishPlant
June 27, 2015 Fontanesi checks on the immersed biospheres. The underwater greenhouses take advantage of the high carbon dioxide levels, allowing the plants inside to grow at accelerated rates. Photo by Olivier Morin.
The company plans to roll out a much smaller aquarium version of the biospheres that people can experiment with in their own homes
By Robert Gebelhoff
June 30, 2015
But this is no ordinary greenhouse: It’s 20 feet under water, anchored to the floor of the sea just off the coast of Noli, Italy.
This is Nemo’s Garden, an experimental project in its fourth year, operated as part of the family-run Ocean Reef Group.
The balloon-like biospheres take advantage of the sea’s natural properties to grow plants. The underwater temperatures are constant, and the shape of the greenhouses allows for water to constantly evaporate and replenish the plants.
July 6, 2015 Comments Off on The world’s most beautiful greenhouses are underwater, and growing strawberries off Noli, Italy
The VydroFarm system at The University of Nottingham’s Creative Energy Homes Project (left to right) Stephen Fry, commercial sales manager, HydroGarden; PhD student Matthew Woodward; Professor Mark Gillott, The University of Nottingham.
Two of HydroGarden’s vertical hydroponic systems have been installed in the University’s ‘Creative Energy Homes Project’.
By Sarah Jelly at HydroGarden
The University of Nottingham is embarking on an exciting new hydroponics research project with the help of Coventry-based hydroponics experts, HydroGarden, as part of its investigations into new concepts for energy efficient food secure future living.
The project will be supervised by Professor Mark Gillott and undertaken by Matthew Woodward, an undergraduate student on the B.Eng Hons Architecture Environment Engineering Programme at The University of Nottingham’s Department of Architecture and Built Environment.
It will investigate the differences in the energy used by a hydroponic system with only LED lighting, and one that utilises a mixture of natural and artificial lighting sources. The work will consider the impact of these different growing environments on the growth and production of the plants.
May 13, 2015 Comments Off on HydroGarden assists The University of Nottingham in new food and energy research
Integrated fish and plant farming
By Christopher Somerville, Moti Cohen, Edoardo Pantanella, Austin Stankus, Alessandro Lovatelli
Fisheries And Aquaculture Technical Paper 589
Food And Agriculture Organization Of The United Nations
Rome, 2014, 261 pages
(Must read. Mike)
This technical paper begins by introducing the concept of aquaponics, including a brief history of its development and its place within the larger category of soil-less culture and modern agriculture. It discusses the main theoretical concepts of aquaponics, including the nitrogen cycle and the nitrification process, the role of bacteria, and the concept of balancing an aquaponic unit. It then moves on to cover important considerations of water quality parameters, water testing, and water sourcing for aquaponics, as well as methods and theories of unit design, including the three main methods of aquaponic systems: media beds, nutrient film technique, and deep water culture.
February 10, 2015 Comments Off on FAO publication: Small-scale aquaponic food production
Ancient techniques of growing greens with fish and water are well ahead of Toronto bylaws
By Christopher Hume
Jan 25 2015
No surprise then that when Alvarez and Petten approached the city about setting up their operation, they were denied permission. Though Toronto officials were willing to allow them into small areas of South Etobicoke, there aren’t any usable spaces in those locations. Toronto aquaponics is considered agriculture and, therefore, illegal.
February 4, 2015 Comments Off on Aquaponics turn suburban industrial park into farmland in Toronto
For lighting, when using LEDs (a combination of white, red and blue) they run about 17 hours a day 5-7″ above the plants.
We are back with the second installment of our new series interviewing urban aquaponic farmers. Today’s interview is with Peggy Berk, who have an aquaponic garden in her Manhattan apartment and advises clients on how to do the same in her professional life as an interior designer. As always, these interviews are brought to you in collaboration with Sylvia Bernstein and The Aquaponic Source in Longmont, Colorado. You can click here to learn more about aquaponics on their website. Enjoy!
Name: Peggy Berk
Where are you from? Tell us a bit about yourself.
I’m a native New Yorker, whom, after years of roaming the world, returned to Manhattan where I’ve lived for the past 39 years. I’m the owner and principal designer of Area Aesthetics Interior Design, a full service interior design and decorating company, and also Chair the Education Committee of the Sustainable Furnishings Council. Formerly I owned a PR and Marketing company, and before that was a journalist here in New York City and in the mideast.
How did you get interested in aquaponics?
Growing up, Rachel Carson’s “Silent Spring” was a frequent topic of conversation (maybe, more accurately, “debate”) around our dinner table and my father passed on to us his love of the outdoors and, particularly, the oceans and marine life. Conservation and sustainability were not distant global concerns for us; it was definitely personal.
December 31, 2014 Comments Off on Peggy’s story – Urban aquaponic farmer
As far as fish, me and my next door neighbor go to the Myacca River state park and cast net.
The below interview is the first in our new series profiling aquaponic urban farmers around the world – people using the combined principles of hydroponics and aquaculture, to both grow fresh produce and raise fish in their homes. The interviews were put together in collaboration with Sylvia Bernstein and The Aquaponic Source in Longmont, Colorado. You can also click here to learn more about aquaponics on their website. Enjoy!
Name: Richard DeCormis
Where are you from? Tell us a bit about yourself.
Bradenton Florida. 56 Disabled Artist Fabricator.
How did you get interested in aquaponics?
I got interested in Aquaponics because I was looking for something on the path toward self sufficiency.
I wanted something that was Vegetable and protein oriented and not a real physical workout too.
December 19, 2014 Comments Off on Aquaponic urban farmers tell their stories
Where ‘Star Trek meets farming’
Urban Barns, opened this past June, is home to the first realized cubic farm from which, it is expected, as many as 500 heads of lettuce will grow each year from a single square foot of industrial space. It takes less than 30 days to grow a head of greens here, where conditions are always optimum. The produce is organic, and pesticide, herbicide and fungicide-free and if the playbook is followed, they will be picked and, within hours, be on a shelf at a nearby IGA.
November 21, 2014 Comments Off on Montreal cubic farmer aims to grow 500 heads of lettuce a year in a single square foot
Aquaponics systems allow you to raise both vegetables and fish in tight spaces.
By Sarah McColl
November 13, 2014
In a 950-square-foot second-floor walk-up in Manhattan, Jonathan Kadish grows rainbow chard, bok choy, and lettuce in a four-foot-square nook near his desk. It’s a two-story system: A soilless bed sits atop a fish tank in which two $3 pet-store goldfish swim. Kadish’s tiny garden is intended as a supplemental food source only, but it’s a small, urban-scale model of sustainable agriculture that has a growing number of people excited. “I get people from all over the world who ask to come visit and check it out,” he says.
November 21, 2014 Comments Off on Forget Chicken Coops—Fish Ponds Could Be the Future of Urban Farming
BK Organics specializes in aquaponic systems, which combine aquaculture – raising freshwater fish, with hydroponics – cultivating plants in water
By Frank Arbogast
News at Gettysburg
Oct 13, 2014
Aquaponics is a relatively new technology, and BKO is on the forefront of implementing it. In order to create successful prototypes, Enzo conducted research with the Filipino Department of Agriculture and the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources. Enzo has taken this knowledge to work in the Metro Manila area educating communities on urban agriculture, and is actively presenting his work with urban agriculture at sustainability conventions.
“Our mission is to spread the technology as far and wide as we can, building farms in places that need it most, for people that do not have regular access to healthy food,” said Enzo.
October 23, 2014 Comments Off on Enzo Pinga co-founds urban agriculture company in Philippines
CityFarm is a soil-free system for urban farming that actually might work
Oct 1, 2014
CityFarm started as a 60-square-foot module inside MIT’s Media Lab, where Harper grew lettuce, herbs, and tomatoes in a windowless room bathed in blue and red artificial light–the part of the sun’s spectrum that plants can actually absorb. The system had no soil. Some plants were grown hydroponically and others aeroponically in a simple mist. Both methods require far less water–as much as 90% less–compared to a conventional farm. More recently, Harper began experimenting with an even bigger system in the building, which is also meant to test whether sunlight exposure helps or hurts the crops.
October 9, 2014 Comments Off on At MIT, A Farm Grows That Is Built For A City