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So what if you do not have a "Backyard" or any yard? Here are some people living he Aquapon way of life by growing in Basements, Indoors, in window-bays...as well as what is often wasted space, if available...the Roof.

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Here is a cool concept: www.gardenpool.org These people have used an old in-ground swimming pool to start a sustainable garden utilizing Aquaponics. They even have a small animation of a DIY article on "Shelfaponics." They basically have converted an unused swimming pool into a in ground hoophouse for food production. 

That should get it started Sahib

Thank you David :-)

Yes this will get this discussion started. Pretty interesting video. Fellow Aquapon Racychel from the lovely Islands of Hawaai also had shared this with me. Nice idea . Nothing wrong with it if you have a spare swimming pool :-)

Here is an extract of my reply to Raychel :

"Namaste Raychel Ji,

....Yes I have seen the conversion of the swimming pool...interesting. Personally, given that I live in Sunny Florida, to me "Paradise"...I know for you that is where you live (yes I love that too), I would not want to give up my swimming pool. Murray Hallam has it right in his DVD Aquaponics Made Easy when he mentions the ratio and the amount of grow beds space needed, even with very low density. I believe that on a non-commercial means, we should grow food via Aquaponic means and in a manner that is possible by one and all. Given space is often a crucial limiting factor, I am looking at Vertical growing as well as  space that is often ignored, especially with "flat roofs" as is the case in many Urban Buildings and developing counties (from Middle East to India). That is why I am always searching "Rooftop" growing posts, especially where they involve or could be converted for Aquaponics."

 

Let's see if anyone else has come across other people who may have converted their swimming pool for Aquaponics. I have heard of being converted to Koi ponds...but Aquaponics, this was the first video I had seen :-)

God bless

 

 

Also look at this video posted by Sylvia Bernstein on December 31, 2009  (now considered "historic" for this Forum)

Pool to Pond Aquaponic system:


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pKqz1TCKBCk&feature=player_embedded


Sahib Punjabi said:

Thank you David :-)

Yes this will get this discussion started. Pretty interesting video. Fellow Aquapon Racychel from the lovely Islands of Hawaai also had shared this with me. Nice idea . Nothing wrong with it if you have a spare swimming pool :-)

Here is an extract of my reply to Raychel :

"Namaste Raychel Ji,

....Yes I have seen the conversion of the swimming pool...interesting. Personally, given that I live in Sunny Florida, to me "Paradise"...I know for you that is where you live (yes I love that too), I would not want to give up my swimming pool. Murray Hallam has it right in his DVD Aquaponics Made Easy when he mentions the ratio and the amount of grow beds space needed, even with very low density. I believe that on a non-commercial means, we should grow food via Aquaponic means and in a manner that is possible by one and all. Given space is often a crucial limiting factor, I am looking at Vertical growing as well as  space that is often ignored, especially with "flat roofs" as is the case in many Urban Buildings and developing counties (from Middle East to India). That is why I am always searching "Rooftop" growing posts, especially where they involve or could be converted for Aquaponics."

 

Let's see if anyone else has come across other people who may have converted their swimming pool for Aquaponics. I have heard of being converted to Koi ponds...but Aquaponics, this was the first video I had seen :-)

God bless

 

 

Here is a You Tube video that can be share either in the Commercial Discussion or here...utilising "wasted space"

 

The book has generated a lot of media hype and discussion. Let's share your thoughts

BIG IDEAS: Dickson Despommier's Vertical Farming

Park one car outside and use the other side of the 2 car garage to provide supplemental food for your family. The hardest part is a little self education on the internet and just getting started..... (git-er-done)  http://www.nbcactionnews.com/dpp/lifestyle/green/lee's-summit-man-w...

Congratulations Dave in spreading this excellent way of life :-)

 

I love the use of your garage to not only park your car but to grow food via Aquaponics.

 

God bless,

Dave Howe said:

Park one car outside and use the other side of the 2 car garage to provide supplemental food for your family. The hardest part is a little self education on the internet and just getting started..... (git-er-done)  http://www.nbcactionnews.com/dpp/lifestyle/green/lee's-summit-man-w...

Interesting article in NY Times:

 

"Cash Crops Under Glass and Up on the Roof"

 

Now I wonder if Aquaponics is involved...a "no-brainer" in my opinion :-)

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/05/19/business/smallbusiness/19sbiz.html

"Thinking outside the box...now how difficult would it be to convert this from Hydroponics to Aquaponics"

 

NEW YORK CITY — On top of an old bowling alley in industrial northern Brooklyn sits an expansive translucent greenhouse. Inside, a bounty of produce thrives under the supervision of a computer-controlled network of sensors, motors and plumbing.

The 15,000-square-foot hydroponic greenhouse facility, called Gotham Greens, is reputedly the first commercial-scale urban operation of its kind in the United States. Thousands of lettuce and basil seedlings were plopped into a soil-less farming system in May. Since then, three local entrepreneurs say their operation is on track to deliver 100 tons of produce by the one-year mark....READ MORE - LINK ATTACHED

 

High-Tech Hydroponic Farm Transforms Abandoned Bowling Alley

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