Commercial

A Cautionary Tale in Commercial Aquaponics

Sweet Water Organics in Milwaukee has been a darling of the Aquaponics community. They seemed to have been able to blend a commercial aquaponics operation with education and jobs for the community. However, it now seems that all was much less than perfect. In reality aquaponics is much harder than hydroponics, aquaculture and certainly more difficult than regular agriculture. Much work and experimentation still needs to be done to understand how aquaponics may grow out of our basements, spare rooms and offices, and into the larger world of large scale commercial operations. On the other hand, does aquaponics really

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Urban Farming with Aquaponics

If Chicago and Milwaukee can make Aquaponics work, there is no reason Pittsburgh can’t. Source: Food First The urban farming movement is gaining momentum. But for areas with limited or contaminated greenspace or a short growing season, aquaponics can be an alternative agricultural system. This new type of urban farm has popped up in underused and empty industrial spaces in a number of declining urban centers. The aquaponic system was pioneered by Will Allen at his non-profit farm Growing Power in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The vertical farming model pairs fish production with hydroponically grown vegetables. Ammonia excreted by the fish

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Recirculating farming

Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Doug Oster’s May 26 article “Recycled Aquarium Water Benefits Goldfish and Seedlings” highlights home aquaponics, a soilless method of gardening that pairs hydroponics (growing plants in water) with raising fish (aquaculture). Readers should be aware that aquaponics is more than a rewarding home hobby — it’s also an innovative form of agriculture that produces fresh, healthy foods in an ecologically sound way. Aquaponics is a type of recirculating farming and is what it sounds like — a way to grow food using constantly cleaned and recycled (recirculated) water. Because these farms are closed-loop systems, they can

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