Aquaponics is the combination of aquaculture (fish farming) and hydroponics (soilless plant culture).
In aquaponics, the nutrient-rich water that results from raising fish provides a source of natural fertilizer for the growing plants. As the plants consume the nutrients, they help to purify the water that the fish live in. A natural microbial process keeps both the fish and plants healthy and helps sustain an environment in which they both can thrive. Essentially, aquaponics is organic gardening without dirt, mimicking every natural waterway on earth.
This is a new and exciting farming method providing vegetables and protein year round in a sustainable way. An 8’x12’ system will produce about of 60 lbs of fish and vegetables equivalent to 425 heads of lettuce in a year. We would like to have an aquaponic system set up for everyone to experience this new farming technique and offer classes to get you started. We would also like to encourage students and researchers to investigate the use of various fish and plant species for private and commercial aquaponics in the South. Could we grow the complete “crawfish-boil” in one system?
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