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About Us

Providing donations for the children feed by Meals by Grace

Above organic, aquaponic produce is:

...cleaner more nutrient-rich, and last longer than standard organic veggies. It allows us to provide fresh produce to the under nourished in our communities, while supplying local restaurants with better ingredients that off-set our operational costs.

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Vision for our Farm

FM Aquaponics Farm provides donations for the children feed by Meals by Grace in both fresh produce and monetary donations from the profits of farm sales. We intend to add additional greenhouses to increase the fresh produce we can provide the community and increase the amount of support for Meals by Grace.

FM Aquaponics Farm

The FM in our name represents Fill Ministries Inc. the organization that owns and operates the aquaponic farm and farmer’s market. Fill Ministries also known as Meals by Grace, an organization that feeds hungry children and their families in Forsyth and Dawson Counties.

FM Aquaponic farm is operated as an organic practice farm utilizing organic seeds, natural pest control practices, (no pesticides) and OMRI certified products. We raise fish to fertilize our plants and the plants purify water that is reused for the fish resulting in a very low agricultural water usage.

What is unique about our farm?

FM Aquaponic Farm values providing healthy fresh food for our community. The food is grown in a clean environment year-round and is harvested to fill your order, so it is as fresh as possible. Imagine having a vibrant vegetable garden where you cut what you need for dinner; well we want to be your fresh garden.
FM Aquaponics farm offers farm volunteer opportunities for you and your family where you can come and work at the farm and see firsthand the environment that produces the freshest produce in the community. Kids are fascinated by fish and plants where you can see the roots growing in the deep-water beds.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is aquaponics?

Toggle cAquaponics 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.” – https://modernfarmer.com/2017/05/is-hydro-organic-farming-organic/ontent goes here, click edit button to change this text.

How is aquaponics different from hydroponics?

Toggle cAquaponics 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.

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.

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 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.

Our Blog

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