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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