Aquaponics for Northern California
Aquaponics is a combination of aquaculture (fish farming) and hydroponics (growing plants without soil). It is becoming a popular method of farming all over the world. One reason is sustainability. Unlike conventional farming, aquaponic systems use very little water. This is because the water is recirculated within a closed system. The fish provide the fertilizer along with bacteria in the tank.
Another sustainable feature of aquaponic farming is energy consumption.The systems run on little electricity and can even be used off the grid with alternative energy sources such as: solar, wind or hydroelectric power. Systems can be built to supply a single person household, a small family, or a large scale commercial farm or backyard. Most importantly, once you understand how aquaponics works, it is easy to do! Aquaponics also supports local food production and provides easy access for community members to healthy organic food. The educational applications are endless. Many schools and communities already have local aquaponic farms. Short courses are currently being held in many cities across the country. Check around our links to find a program near you. Feel free to contact us with any questions.
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- Seth Geddes
Owner, Beneficial Living Center and Garden Supplies
"I attended an Aquaponics class last year at the BLC and am looking forward to an amazing new way of becoming sustainable. I am very impressed with Nick and Keri's knowledge and willingness to share information. I recommend taking their class even if you are a traditional backyard gardener to see how you can grow more with less space, resources and incorporate proteins for complete nutrition."
- Alicia Sidebottom
Our Past Projects
The University of California Agricultural Extension, Humboldt County. We are excited to have a small aquaponic system, in the lobby of the UC AG office. The system demonstrates the technology behind aquaponics and the variety of crops you can grow. We planted greens such as kale and lettuce as well as strawberries. Take a look through the photo gallery to view the project and its progress.
The Beneficial Living Center is a community center focused on education and culture of beneficial
microbes. Our 600 gallon aquaponics demonstration system is located here in Arcata, California.
Aquaponic workshops are one of many classes offered at The BLC. Visit beneficialbiologics.com.
Grow your own organic food with a home aquaponics system. Aquaponic systems can be designed to fit
many areas. Kitchens, spare rooms, sunrooms and garages all make great places. Food we grow in our
home includes lettuce, onions, chives, chard, basil, pac choi, cauliflower and broccoli. We are always
trying out new vegetables tomatoes, eggplant and hot peppers are currently underway.