What is aquaponics?
Aquaponics is a God-given symbiotic relationship between fish & plants. The water the fish live in is filtered of solids and
circulated to the plants providing optimum nutrients (fertilizer) for healthy, organic plant growth. The water is then filtered
back through all the plant roots to the fish providing yet another level of health and purity to benefit the fish.
"It's a very natural-type system," says Marianne Cufone, executive director of the Recirculating Farms Coalition. "It's mimicking
nature, where the fish do what they do in the water to live and breathe, and they create nutrients in doing so, and those nutrients
then are taken with the water to the plants, and the plants absorb the nutrients they need to live from the water, cleaning the water
for the fish.” It is, basically, a high-tech artificial pond—a closed-loop system where the fish help the plants and the plants help
the fish. And we can eat both the plants and the fish." -
How is aquaponics different from hydroponics?
In hydroponics, chemical vitamins & other nutrients (aka fertilizers) must be added to the water to provide essential nutrients for
healthy growth. Because of the added chemicals, hydroponically grown produce is not usually considered organic. In aquaponics
the fish provide everything the plants need for healthy organic plants. Since no chemicals can ever be added to an aquaponics
system without endangering the health & safety of our fish, aquaponically grown produce IS considered ORGANIC.
What about E. coli and other bacterias? Is aquaponically grown produce safe?
E. coli and other bacterias such as Listeria are soil-born bacterias that cannot live in an aquaponic environment (aka water). Extra
care is taken by farm workers to ensure all safe food handling practices are followed during planting and harvesting. You can safely
eat our produce without concern for these contaminants.
What kind of fish do you grow? Can I buy them? Eat them?
We are currently growing Large-Mouth Bass, Tilapia and Koi. Both Large-Mouth Bass and Tilapia are excellent "food-fish" and available
for purchase once they reach 2-lbs. filet size. Koi are not a food-fish, but are much sought after ornamental fish. We grow these hardy,
resilient fish for added stability in our ecosystem and to supply the koi-pond-crowd with beautiful locally-grown fish.
How healthful are their growing conditions?
We invite you to come and tour the farm and see! Each 800 gallon fish tank has a 14-level filtration system for removing solids before
the nutrient laden water is sent to the plants. Then the water filters back again through 100 feet of dense plant roots for additional
purification before returning to the fish. The each fish tank's water undergoes a complete change THREE times EVERY day! Filters are to
be cleaned once per week, but with all our wonderful "farmers" (aka volunteers) they often get cleaned multiple times per week.