Fun at the Farm
aThis past week at the FM Aquaponic Farm we
worked on a big several project that needed attention for some time. We needed to
change the liner in one of our 100’ long beds due to a not so slow leak.
To accomplish that we had to remove all the
plants in that bed approximately 3,000 plants. Move about 50 fish, remove the
plumbing and air connections, then remove the water from the bed.
Moving fish was a fun activity for some
volunteers but not that easy. We pumped the water low in the two 800 gal tanks
and with some nets they worked to relocate the fish to adjacent tanks. The fish
were resistant but after about an hour everyone was in their new home (tank) and
we were mostly dry.
The next major task was to remove the liner
that wasn’t quite empty of water. A great group of YMSL volunteers worked the
liner from one end to the other. Lifting the remaining water and debris as they
went until the whole 100’ by 12’ liner was out of the bed.
Next they fitted the new liner into the bed
tucking it in all along the edges and lifting the plumbing pipes back into the
bed. Connecting the water and air lines into place and placing the pumps back
in the bed.
We were ready to start the water to refill
the bed. It took 3 days to fill the bed. And when it filled it looks great and
best of all it is holding water!!!
I wanted to tip my hat to all the
volunteers that worked that week to make the change. You were awesome and the
fish are about to come back to their tank as soon as the water system has
If you would like to be a part the FM
Aquaponic Farm team of volunteers, please join us by registering at MealsbyGrace.org
selecting one of the farm volunteer events.