Category — Aquaculture
Started in 2010, Garden Fresh Farms is building a nationwide network of investor-owned, inner-city indoor hydroponic farms
Excerpt from their website:
We have proven that urban agriculture is sustainable in a warehouse environment. We want to help others reach for their dream and replicate Garden Fresh Farms in large urban areas. Imagine owning your own business that is “green”, natural, local and healthy. In any economy people have to eat and with the rise in gas prices, consumer purchases of locally produced products will increase.
Helping the Urban Farmer: We are making owning an urban farm within reach of the passive investor who believe in the future of indoor agriculture, wants to be part of the growth, but doesn’t want to quite their day job.
December 4, 2013 No Comments
Mason Street Farm partners Jesse Brown, left, and Angela Moran (with her four-year-old daughter, Ruby) inside the farm’s new aquaponics greenhouse. Moran and Brown hope to raise at least $10,000 for a new solar panel system and intern training program through a fundraising dinner.
“A massive amount of food can be grown in a small space, and that’s what people want.”
By Daniel Palmer
October 28, 2013
Above the fish are long troughs filled with porous pumice stones, while sprouting green leaves and vines push their way up towards the greenhouse’s opaque roof.
The process is a closed-loop water system that allows farmers to grow plants and vegetables without soil and recycles more than 90 per cent of the collected rainwater. Fish excrement provides necessary nutrients to the plants, and the resulting plant run-off is then pumped back into the water tank carrying bacterial nutrients for the fish.
November 27, 2013 No Comments
The project will continue to focus on female producers offering the means for them to secure fresh, nutritious food and potentially generate a supplemental income for their family.
By Christopher Somerville and Cyril Ferrand
Field Report/Emergency Nutrition Network
Sept 2013 Issue 46
The initial 15 rooftop aquaponics units showed some promising results. Most of the beneficiaries exerted considerable effort into the management of their units and most harvested a summer crop that was used for household consumption. For some beneficiaries, it reduced the need to purchase food (such as tomatoes, peppers, eggplants) in local markets. Others paid less attention to reaching the full production potential of their units and concentrated more on growing some of their favourite herbs and vegetables. Every beneficiary mentioned that they thoroughly enjoyed managing their units.
November 11, 2013 Comments Off
‘This installation is an imaginative way to bring alive the huge potential of hydrogen technology’, stated Kit Malthouse, Deputy Mayor of London for Business and Enterprise and Chairman of the London Hydrogen Partnership.
By Marc Carter
Hyundai just teamed up with Something & Son to unveil the world’s first urban aquaponic farm ‘powered’ by a hydrogen car! Located outside of the London Design Museum, Hyundai’s Fuel Cell Farm seeks to educate the public on the benefits of hydrogen fuel cell technology. The aquaponics farm filters water produced by a ix35 fuel cell vehicle and then uses the H2O to sustain an aquarium full of fish and an edible garden.
November 3, 2013 Comments Off
Imagine a closed-loop ecosystem that can fit anywhere… offering the freedom to grow food year round.
From their Kickstarter site:
Inspired by the designs of futurist Jacque Fresco, the Aqualibrium Garden is modular, sturdy and very stylish. You will have the option of leaving the lower chamber fish tank open (as shown in the above drawing)… or closed by using the four removable clear doors included with each garden. This is a great option for homes with pets and small children.
Although our prototype (as featured in our Kickstarter video) is white, the Aqualibrium production model will be manufactured using clear, UV protected, scratch resistant plastic and will be shipped fully assembled… ready to fill with water, fish, grow medium and plants… perfect for either aquaponics or hydroponics growing.
October 11, 2013 Comments Off
The system will provide 60kg of fish and 120kg of vegetables annually.
In a presentation given by Dr Valentini Pappa, an SRUC researcher currently working with Zurich University of Applied Science, the possibilities and practicalities of urban farming were explored. Dr Pappa’s team helped develop a £500,000 aquaponic farm on a rooftop in the city of Basel in Switzerland with the aim of studying how successful the system could be.
Aquaponic farms combine fish breeding and vegetable growing in a no soil hydroponic system. They produce little to no waste, require minimal fertilisers or pesticides and can produce crops throughout the year.
October 2, 2013 Comments Off
A sustainable oasis in the suburban desert – Phoenix, Arizona
By Dark Rye magazine
Roots No. 3
The video from Dark Rye was produced by Angus Cann and Ira Chute and edited by Andy Pickard.
(Must see. Mike)
When the McClungs purchased their first home, it came with a run-down old swimming pool. Rather than spend thousands of dollars fixing it up with chlorine and spanish tile (like everybody else), Dennis saw an opportunity. He designed and built a nearly self-sufficient suburban farm in one of the most unlikely locations imaginable. Now, instead of sitting inside in front of the TV, Dennis’ kids are out in the Garden Pool turning the interplay of chicken droppings, algae sludge, tilapia fish, miniature goats, and clay pellets into a damned fine feast—with 50-70% less money, 90% less water, and about 400% more freshness.
May 28, 2013 1 Comment
The UN’s Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) has set up 15 aquaponic urban farms in Gaza City to curb growing food insecurity.
By Kristen Avis
Design Build Source
May 15, 2013
“One of the major reasons this is an applicable method in Gaza is the effectiveness with water use,” said Chris Somerville, an FAO agronomist and urban agriculture consultant in Gaza.
“When you are talking about aquaponic or hydroponic or any form of soil-less agriculture, you’re using less than 20 percent of the amount of water.”
May 25, 2013 Comments Off
We operate our commercial aquaponics farm in Hawaii, and teach you how to feed yourself by building and operating your own aquaponics systems
When: Sunday May 26, 830 am – 530 pm
Where: the Humanist Hall, 390 27th Street
How much: $40-100, no one turned away.
contact: email@example.com for more info.
“Friendly Aquaponics has trained thousands of people at their certified organic commercial aquaponics farm in Hawaii, and now they’re coming to Oakland to share their tried and true practices of growing an incredible amount of food in small spaces with 90% less water than conventional agriculture. Perfect for paved lots and urban agriculture where
soils are nonexistent or too toxic! Hope to see you there.”
May 23, 2013 Comments Off
Food Field, sits on the old site of Peck Elementary in Detroit (formerly a convent).
Food Field is a new urban farm on four acres in Detroit’s Durfee neighborhood, between Boston-Edison and Highland Park. Since May 2011 we have harvested several thousand pounds of organic produce, built relationships with local chefs and neighbors, raised a large hoop house for year-round growing, and hired an intern and neighborhood teens. Our goal is to build a sustainable business feeding Detroit and create real alternatives to our corporate food system, while bringing jobs, resources and benefits back to our community.
May 11, 2013 Comments Off
Features Murray Hallam Practical Aquaponics
Reporter: Michael Usher
Producers: Danny Keens, Hannah Boocock
For many Australian families, putting enough food on the table is a daily struggle. And things will get worse before they get better.
You see the world’s got too many mouths to feed and we’re fast running out of good farming land.
It’s being overgrazed, gobbled up by sprawling cities, or sold up to foreign interests.
April 17, 2013 Comments Off
They can produce 350 to 450 pounds of fish per week, as well as 200 to 300 heads of lettuce or other leafy greens per day.
April 14, 2013
Tim Alford, along with high school friend Al Mastroianni, operate A&M Aquaponics. It farms tilapia and uses the fish waste to fertilize the various plants.
“There has never been a 12-month organic procedure before in Canada,” said Alford, describing the eco-friendly approach the company has taken with its urban farm.
Aquaponics is a system that combines aquaculture — raising of aquatic animals — and hydroponics — raising plants in water.
April 15, 2013 Comments Off
“I would later describe this sight to friends and family as my come-to-Jesus moment.”
By Roman Gausmar
The Atlantic Cities
On an early June morning in 2010, I stood outside the Aquaponics research facility at the University of Applied Sciences, perched on a green hilltop in Wädenswil, Switzerland, 20 minutes outside Zurich. The lab director, Andreas Graber, had finally given in to my persistent calls requesting a visit. Graber, Switzerland’s most prolific aquaponics researcher, had been publishing on the subject for eight years — a long time in this young field.
March 9, 2013 Comments Off
Help us turn a car park in central London into a sustainable urban farm using a specially modified shipping container and greenhouse.
By Kate Hofman
With your help we will build our urban farm and open it as part of the Chelsea Fringe Festival in May 2013. We’re planning to be onsite at 47/49, doing the installation from the start of April, and we’ll have a grand opening in May. We’ll then continue to farm the box across the summer and beyond! We’ll be open to the public so that you can come along and see how its possible to grow fresh vegetables without soil, chemical fertilizers or pesticides, and produce fresh, sustainable fish.
March 7, 2013 Comments Off
Since 2010, three farms have been built in Zurich, Berlin and Brussels.
Feb 17, 2013
The farm-container employs aquaponics – which combine traditional tools and means of cultivating – with contemporary high performance.
Each of the units is comprised of two cubic meters of water, flowing in a closed circuit in which fish feces are broken down by bacteria in a sewage tank, transformed into minerals which serve as fertilizer for the plants, which they filter – the water returning back to the pool of fish.
February 18, 2013 Comments Off