Category — Aquaculture
As fertile land shrinks and water crisis deepens, Palestinians are searching for different ways to feed their families.
By Mersiha Gadzo
Jan 28, 2017
At sunset on a warm January day, Said Salim Abu Nasser’s three grandsons crouched on the ground, using bricks to crush chalk into powder for calcium to help grow vegetables in water.
Abu Nasser, 53, has grown 3,500 kilogrammes of organic produce without any soil, transforming his rooftop and concrete lot in Gaza City into an organic oasis. He grows a dozen different types of vegetables and herbs for his family, including eight children and eight grandchildren.
Using hydroponic techniques, Abu Nasser can grow twice as many crops than with conventional techniques, and he saves 90 percent more water by recycling nutrient-dense water. His broccoli, tomatoes, lettuce and cauliflower float on polystyrene squares with holes cut into them, while their roots absorb nutrients from the water.
January 29, 2017 Comments Off on Alternative farming on the rise in besieged Gaza
Hi SEAS 2015-16: We decided to build 4 small 30 gallon systems (the x-30s); 2 would use fish effluent and 2 would use human urine as a nutrient source.
Growing Food in Unique Palces
Dec 7, 2016
Ultimately, Johnson and her crew were able to successfully grow peas and chard, although at low production levels. Although the systems were not as productive as they would have been if there were fewer limitations, the crew reported that working together on the project had value in terms of psychological benefits. The psychological effects of the astronaut diet were addressed in depth when the Hi-SEAS crew was interviewed for a recent podcast on Hidden Brain. They reported that much of their time is spent thinking about food because their options are so limited.
January 22, 2017 Comments Off on Galactic Farms Grew Food For Study On Space Settlers
Edenworks, an aquaponic farm in East Williamsburg, expects to produce around 150,000 pounds of leafy greens in a 12,000-square-foot space. For reference, Brooklyn Grange, the world’s largest rooftop soil farm operating on two rooftops in Brooklyn, grows about 50,000 pounds of produce in a total of 108,000 square feet. That’s 70 percent more produce in about five percent of the space.
By Emily Payne
New York City Food Policy Centre
Nov 16, 2016
The Lt. Joseph P Kennedy Community Center Garden, Harlem
Location: The Lt. Joseph P Kennedy Community Center in Harlem, which offers a range of cultural events and educational opportunities in the neighborhood, is home to this agricultural project and science lab.
Size: The rooftop currently boasts 64 square feet of deep water tanks, along with modular vertical gardens producing a number of food plants.
November 26, 2016 Comments Off on Are Aquaponics a Sustainable Alternative to Conventional Agriculture Methods in New York City?
Improving food security and nutrition in resource limited urban areas
The presenter is Christopher Somerville, who has been working for FAO projects in the West Bank and Gaza Strip since 2012.
Friday 28 October 2016
2:00 – 3:00 pm (Rome time),
FAO HQ – AGD Meeting Room (B640)
Aquaponics is a sustainable food production system that combines aquaculture (raising fish) and hydroponics (growing soil-less plants). Both practices mutually benefit from each other’s presence in one production unit. The fish waste provides an organic food source for the growing plants and the plants provide a natural filter for the water the fish live in.
October 26, 2016 Comments Off on Webinar: Aquaponics In Gaza – 28th of October, 2016
In the past 30 years Cameroon’s urbanization rate has doubled and the urban population continues to grow, rising by five percent each year, versus 2.9 percent for the country’s overall population.
By Flavien Kouatcha
Sept 15, 2016
I grew up in a rural area in western Cameroon. I was always passionate about agriculture, though at the same time I realised our growing method wasn’t the right one. Here [in Cameroon], 40 percent of the food produced in rural areas stays in the villages, for lack of logistical means to bring them into the cities. And when it is brought in, it’s very expensive. In addition, fertiliser use is very high, and people don’t know much about new agricultural techniques.
September 23, 2016 Comments Off on Africa: Cameroonian engineer brings fish farming to the city
Aquaponics educational program provides a hands on learning approach and is relevant to the biology, chemistry, physics, mathematics and industrial arts curriculums
Excerpts From Sea To Sky Aquaponics website:
Sea To Sky Aquaponics’ vision is to educate and empower people to grow their own food. With awareness about the benefits of sustainable agriculture increasing, people are demanding alternatives to the industrialized food system. The benefits of our systems are many.
September 18, 2016 Comments Off on Sea To Sky Aquaponics operates out of Squamish, British Columbia
“Watching how excited people get about aquaponics and something that I am creating is definitely the best part,” DiPietro said.
By Jace Bridges
The Pitt News
Sept 9, 2016
The steel fish tank sits at the base of the portable farm system and houses about 300 tilapia. The system filters the fish water and converts it into nitrate-rich water, which is pumped up to the wooden greenhouse through irrigation tubes and over to the towers of the farm.
September 15, 2016 Comments Off on University of Pittsburgh students use fish to create urban farm
Comcrop CEO Allan Lim at his rooftop aquaponic farm. Mr Lim is optimistic that one day, the roofs of HDB estates and multistorey carparks could house similar urban rooftop farms. Photo: Dios Vincoy Jr For The Straits Times
He has his sights set on building a full-scale farm on a 3,500 sq metre location in Woodlands, with the aim of supplying food production centres and catering companies with leafy greens.
By Cheryl Teh
Aug 5, 2016
Crops like basil and peppermint grow abundantly from vertical racks, and are tended to by several senior citizens and volunteers.
The crops from these racks alone provide over 150kg of produce per month – enough to garnish over 20,000 plates at a restaurant for a year.
August 9, 2016 Comments Off on Singapore: Rooftop farm has crop of new ideas
Verticulture, Edenworks and OKO farms.
By Lorraine Chow
Jun 17, 2016
At an old Pfizer manufacturing plant in Bedstuy, Verticulture is raising food such as kale, micro basil and Brooklyn-born tilapia and looking to tap into the Big Apple’s $600 million in unmet demand for local produce.
According to The Verge, the startup is producing about 30 to 40 pounds of basil a week thanks to the help of 150-180 tilapia.
July 23, 2016 Comments Off on 3 Aquaponic Farms in Brooklyn, New York
The Rechristened Food System Lab, Which Has Defined Itself As An Urban Teaching Farm, Welcomed More Than 1,500 Visitors Last Year Through School And Group Trips, Service Learning, And Open Houses.
By Katie Pearce
July 18, 2016
In 2014, the Hopkins researchers conducted a first-of-its-kind international survey of more than 800 aquaponics practitioners, examining their methods and motivations, and followed that up with an international survey on the profitability of commercial systems. Attesting to the interest in subject, the latter survey is the most-accessed article Aquaculture, a top journal in its field, has published in more than 13 years.
“People really want to know what the field looks like, the shape of this industry, because it’s so new,” Love says.
July 21, 2016 Comments Off on Johns Hopkins aquaponics testing ground gives way to urban teaching farm
Sustainable Non-Toxic Aquaponics Green Vertical Urban Farming
From their website:
Loo Urban Farm, started by Philip Loo, with the initial aim to sustainably produce healthy food for our own consumption. It has then grown and evolved to be a social enterprise that will enable every home to sustainably produce self-sufficient, fresh and healthy food globally.
We continue to innovate, build and distribute our advance and efficient planting system. We educate and lead society as a whole to produce their fresh and healthy food at home or in a community.
June 19, 2016 Comments Off on Loo Urban Farm in Penang, Malaysia
ECF’s goal is to cover the planet with aquaponic systems, on rooftops and urban sites around the world—and its plan seems to be on track.
By Elizabeth Rushe
June 13, 2016
ECF is two things: First, it’s a living, breathing aquaponic farm, slap bang in Berlin city, in the neighborhood of Schöneberg?—?where David Bowie and Iggy Pop famously lived in the 1970s. After spending a hellish Saturday afternoon in nearby IKEA, you could literally walk all of four minutes down the road to the ECF farm, and see where your fresh fish and vegetables are grown. ECF is comparably prolific, farming 30 tons of fish per year; in 2015, the company quoted its output at 30 tons of veggies.
June 18, 2016 Comments Off on The Unlikely Fish-Farming Start-Up in the Middle of Berlin
Virginia State University Harding Street Urban Agriculture Center uses cutting-edge technology to grow fish, vegetables
Urban Agriculture Center received a $1.5 million federal grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
By Malik Russell
Virginia Free Press
According to Duron Chavis, the center’s project director and a VSU graduate, the center combines hydroponics, where vegetables are grown in water rather than soil, and aquaponics, where fish are grown in small tanks, in a way that allows the fish waste to work as fertilizer for the plants, which in turn, filter the water.
“Basically, we’re trying to multiply how much food you can grow (in a small space) by two, three, four or five times, while at the same time conserving water and energy,” Mr. Chavis told the Free Press.
May 25, 2016 Comments Off on Virginia State University Harding Street Urban Agriculture Center uses cutting-edge technology to grow fish, vegetables
In a year, the company estimates the farm will produce about 50,000 pounds of tilapia and 130,000 pounds of leafy greens, such as chard, kale, mustard greens, and radish greens.
By Leanna Garfield
May 18, 2016
Edenworks is an urban farming startup that will soon grow different varieties of greens inside a 10,000-square-foot Brooklyn warehouse all while raising tilapia and using their waste as fertilizer.
Set to open by the end of 2016, the vertical farm, called Farmstack, will act as a man-made ecosystem and function without natural sunlight.
May 19, 2016 Comments Off on This startup uses fish poop to grow fresh leafy greens inside a Brooklyn warehouse
A greenhouse that sustains crops of lettuce, kale and about a dozen herbs, in addition to Rocky Mountain and American Blue tilapia that live in six 800-gallon tanks
By H. Will Racke
May 4, 2016
Metro Farms sends a weekly harvest to farmers markets, local food co-ops, and specialty grocery stores such as Angelo Caputo’s Fresh Markets.
It’s all part of what Kant calls a “biological machine,” and it stands as a testament to the potential of aquaponics to become a major part of urban agriculture in Chicago and other cities with unused industrial or commercial space.
Aquaponics farming, in particular, can be done by commercially-focused, large-scale growers like Metro Farms, or backyard garden enthusiasts like Dave Johnson of Villa Park.
May 12, 2016 Comments Off on Raised In Chicago: West Side Urban Farm Reaps Aquaponics Harvest