Defined as a system of aquaculture in which the waste produced by farmed fish or other aquatic animals supplies nutrients for plants grown hydroponically, which in turn purify the water. Aquaponics offers a method of cultivation that has minimal impact on the surrounding ecosystem and has a water efficiency higher than that of terrestrial farming methods. This versatility and the infinite forms aquaponic growing systems can take makes it appealing for drought/famine stricken areas and liberty-minded individuals concerned with food quality & safety.
Several years ago almost no one had heard of aquaponics, but through the incredible online community of hobbyists and entrepreneurs that have actively worked to bring information to the public, this has changed. Aquaponics systems have been built all over the globe in every climate and in communities that desperately need food production. None of this would have been possible without the active group of like-minded tinkerers, hobbyists and entrepreneurs.
The versatility of aquaponics is expressed explicitly in the backyards of aquaponic-enthusiasts. It isn’t uncommon to find a backyard completely taken over by an ever expanding personal aquaponics system. Systems found all over the United States take many forms and are often created from recycled materials.
Once an aquaponics system has reached equilibrium (known as cycled) the maintenance when compared to a conventional garden is drastically less. Additionally, most systems are ergonomically superior by raising the plants to a level that doesn’t require bending over or getting on the ground. Because of this ease of maintenance and the system’s natural process of balancing, it makes it incredibly appealing for families and the elderly.
By making materials, knowledge and systems easy to find we can continue to increase knowledge and awareness about aquaponics. Aquaponics is a more environmentally-conscious method of producing food and may very well take us to Mars. If you’re aware of a business located in your area, please inform us!