Category — Aquaculture
Small setups let you grow fresh tomatoes and tilapia year-round
By Chris Dela Torre
Feb 13, 2014
For most people, urban agriculture might mean a small vegetable garden in the backyard. But early adopters of aquaponics are taking things a step further, investing start-up costs of about $300 and using the food production system to grow vegetables and harvest fresh fish in their homes.
Calgary-based Scott Weir, founder of Growing Gardeners Aquaponic and Urban Farms, travels the continent speaking about aquaponics. He calls it the merging of aquaculture — the raising of fish, usually edible fish — and hydroponics, or the soil-less growing of plants.
February 19, 2014 Comments Off
Milwaukee Public School system will expand its aquaponics program after receiving a grant of $98,000 from AT&T
“Technology (will) be the driving force of our new economy and we know that STEM(science, technology, engineering and mathematics) education is really vital to preparing the next generation of workers.”
By Natalie Wickman
Neighborhood New Service Milwaukee
January 31, 2014
Rochelle Sandrin, an aquaponics sustainability teacher at Bradley Tech, said her class is based on hands-on and project work, which students often find more exciting than a traditional science class.
“(Student spend) time learning about food needs and food deserts and how that can impact health and lifestyle,” Sandrin said. “Then we learn about urban agriculture, urban farming and the components of aquaponics before students construct and run their own (aquaponics) systems.”
February 10, 2014 Comments Off
The aquaponics center can harvest up to 30,000 pounds of fish a year
By Natalie Moore
January 24, 2014
In a former shoe warehouse on 96th and Cottage Grove, Chicago State University professor Emmanuel Pratt has turned a former shoe warehouse into an urban farm focusing on aquaponics.
What exactly is aquaponics? High school senior Seville Bell, a volunteer at the space, explains.
“Poop from the fish goes into this little tube and feed the nutrients to the plant and helps it grow and the plant cleans the water and goes back to the fish tank. I like that part because it’s about recycling. You’re not using a lot of water or cleaning the fish tank.”
February 8, 2014 Comments Off
In all, the school already sells about $120,000 in fish per year.
By Mathew Katz
DNA Info New York
January 29, 2014
A manmade river flows under Food and Finance High School, where more than 10,000 tilapia swim against the current just like they would in the wild.
The school’s basement is home to Cornell University scientist Philson Warner’s aquaculture lab, where he and public high school students raise enough fish to feed an army.
The tilapia — housed in 10 circular tubs containing about 1,000 fish each — swim in wide circles day and night in water that flows at between 75 to 150 gallons per minute.
February 6, 2014 Comments Off
The City is trying a novel approach to grow crops indoors and help meet demand
By John Hendren
14 Dec 2013
America’s midwest is one of the great agricultural zones of the world. The wheat, corn and soybean fields feed millions around the world.
And to help meet demand, farmers are trying a novel approach – they’re growing their crops indoors.
December 21, 2013 Comments Off
Greater Yield Part Four: The Future of Food
By Andrew Cook
December 12th 2013
This week’s post visits an aquaponics lab in Baltimore, MD run by the Johns Hopkins Center for A Livable Future. While the lab’s focus is on education and research, many people are looking to aquaponics as an emerging tool for large-scale, sustainable food production. Farm manager Laura Genello explains how their system works, what it’s advantages are over traditional growing techniques, and what some challenges are that still need to be dealt with.
December 18, 2013 Comments Off
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 Comments Off
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 Comments Off
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: firstname.lastname@example.org 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