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Saw this topic mentioned in the A&M Real Estate Center’s Newsletter this month. I thought it looked interesting.
Aquaponics is a form of growing fish and plants at the same time, and in a mutually dependent and beneficial way. The plants are grown on top of the water where the fish live. This is a form of Hydroponics (soil-less plant growth) and Aquaculture (raising fish).
The fish eat food the grower supplies, then they defecate. Their waste is processed by microbes in the water, transforming the fish waste into nutrients that the plants on top of the water need. The plants absorbed the nutrients, which keeps the water from reaching high levels of waste and nutrients, which would eventually kill the fish. In a way, the grower feeds the fish, they feed the plants, and the plants filters the water, which produces a livable environment for the fish.
It is a very interesting topic. Most of the sites I found offer classes or information on how to do this at home. Imagine a small-scale Aquaponics system in your backyard. The Aquaponics growers claim the system has lots of benefits that traditional farming doesn’t have. It is said to use significantly less water and save time when compared with traditional farming. This is because it uses and reuses the same water, only needing small amounts of additional water to make up for evaporation and absorption. The system also saves time and effort by making the farmers job easier. The farmer would no longer have to deal with weeds, pests or soil mineral content.
Imagine going out to your yard to feed your fish and pick up some kale!
There is a lot more information you can find online that I think you might enjoy.
By the way, Austin has an Aquaponics group and they even have a meeting April 22nd. This meeting is about Kombucha! Feel free to look them up.
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Keeping you informed,
Donna L Bovee
Team Price Real Estate
Price Commercial Real Estate