I announced today that I'm writing a book for New Society Publisher called "Aquaponic Gardening: A Step By Step Guide to Growing Vegetables and Fish Together". Things I've learned about aquaponics from this community will be featured all over the book, but I especially want to represent the emotional connection that so many of us have with aquaponics by starting each chapter with a quote from someone in here about what aquaponics means to them.
PLEASE help me out by adding to this discussion below. (and by adding your comment to this particular thread know that it will be quoted for posterity )
In the World, as in Aquaponics, Innovation=Opportunity, not only Economically, but Socially and Environmentally as well. The excitement for me is the opportunity to be a part of establishing these Innovations and to help create truly sustainable and regenerative growing systems for future generations.
Good Luck with your book Sylvia!
Aquaponics represents freedom. Freedom from pesticides, genetically engineered foods, and big businesses. Freedom from the soul crushing grind I see my friends, and family succumbing to after years working jobs that do little to help them intrinsically let alone the Earth as a whole.
Aquaponics is sustainable, and with sustainability comes infinite possibility. There's no reason people should be hungry anywhere in the world, and I believe that by educating people about aquaponics we are helping to bring about and end to world hunger. It's simply a matter of time.... and money.
I see aquaponics as a technology that offers sources of fresh fish and organically produced vegetables, giving every consumer an opportunity to become a producer. As a Chef, this offers a whole new level to seasonal variety, produced without hidden transportation or fertilizer costs. The only additive to the system is the fish food, which pays back with both vegetable and seafood. With a well designed home system, there is a deep level of satisfaction with seeing the ecosystem in excellent balance, with a minimum of work, and having something way cooler than a TV in the living room. In a well designed commercial system, one has a well researched business model, which has demonstrated profitability in numerous references and in on the cusp of mainstream acceptance. Hydroponics is clever, Aquaponics is smart. It is quickly growing worldwide and establishing itself as a safe food source when managed responsibly, for a village, a restaurant, or a living room, aquaponics is an excellent food production method.
To me Aquaponics is the new victory garden. Why do I call this a Victory Garden? Well it’s a win -win for everything involved. The new victory garden is made from an orphaned IBC tote. Next question what is an IBC tote? An IBC tote is used to haul liquid products for the food industry; these totes are used to haul other liquid products like chemicals. But the only totes I use or you should use have had food grade products and made from food grade plastic. Why do I call them orphans, well the food industry no longer needed or wanted them so they were on the way to a land fill; unfortunately they are made from plastic and will not break down in the environment . Now you are wondering where the victory comes in, well I take these orphaned containers and make an Aquaponic garden. I know, what is that? Well its taking two, not so great for the environment practices aquaculture and Hydroponic vegetable production and uniting them. With this union you get a very efficient growing system. The fish create waste with every breath in the form of ammonia, this ammonia is toxic for the fish but Mother Nature made bacteria that just loves ammonia so every time it appears so does the bacteria. They convert this ammonia waste into nitrite, well low and behold Mother Nature steps in again with another bacteria. This second bacteria shows up every time nitrite appears , this bacteria converts the waste into nitrate which is not as harmful to the fish but makes plants grow like they are on steroids. This is where the victory garden comes into play, I take an unwanted tote destined to go to a land fill somewhere and make it into one of the most sustainable gardening methods around. We put fish in the bottom, have a small pump that pumps the water into the top, this is where the bacteria comes into play; the bacteria convert this waste water into the most efficient fertilizer you will find. You end up with a garden that consumes less power than a 60 watt light bulb, yet your plants will grow 3 to 4 times faster than in a soil garden and use one tenth of the water as a soil garden. Now you know why I call it “the victory garden “everyone wins. The totes are kept out of the land fill; you raise naturally organic vegetables and fish for you, and your family. You will use less water and no chemical fertilizer. Now I know what you’re thinking, if this is so easy and wonderful why isn’t everybody doing it! Good question when you have the answer Email me at:
Now let’s save the world one back yard at a time!
Sylvia, many congratulations on your book! I am sure it will be a wonderful addition to the Aquaponics literary world.
To me Aquaponics is simply the answer. As humankind ages, it faces its greatest challenge in securing the one most essential element, food. Without it, humankind will cease to exist. Aquaponics is the solution for the ever growing lack of available natural resources necessary to sustain life.