Our ongoing mission is to create a sustainable indoor four season food supply that can be replicated in an average basement or garage. Our approach is constantly evolving. Years of research are unearthing successful innovative techniques. We grow multiple crops, fodder, and a high density of aquatic protein (fish, clams, lobster, and shrimp) in a relatively small and scalable recirculating aquaculture system. The system is sized to fit into a basement, garage, or greenhouse. There are many free plans of such systems available on-line as well as many free videos on youtube. The organic and metabolic waste products from our aquaculture system are converted by bacteria. Nitrosomonas bacteria takes NH3 (un-ionized ammonia) and NH4 (ionized ammonia) from the fish waste and converts it into NO2 (nitrite). This is in turn converted into NO3 (nitrate) by Nitrobacter Bacteria. The nitrate is circulated through plants and they strip out the nitrates. The clean water is then returned to the fish tank. We use a bioreactor, clay media beds, and the roots of the plants themselves to host the beneficial bacteria. Any solids waste from cleaning the media is fed to composting worms, or used for nursery operations and crop fertigation. The fish food, which is processed by the fish to grow aquatic biomass, is nearly all that is needed to produce bioavailable concentrations of dissolved nutrients that mimic any chemical fertilizer concoction available from a hydroponic growing supply store. The only inputs needed in addition to the fish food are chelated iron and electricity to run the system. The system uses less than 1.536kwh of energy daily and can be run off of a small solar panel. The system detritus is fed to our freshwater lobsters, shrimp, and worms. Or, it is composted to constantly create new living soils for our outdoor gardens.
Aquaponics systems function as a mini-ecosystem and are extremely productive. Check back for more updates.
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