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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Aquaponics article in the Post-Gazette

Very nice article about Hank Brinzer, a hobbyist in Clinton, who built his own mini Aquaponics system. Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette The relaxing sound of trickling water echoes through Hank Brinzer’s attached greenhouse in Clinton. Underneath a bench filled with lush plants, goldfish unknowingly feed seedlings as the water splashes into their tank. It’s hydroponics with a fishy component. “I’ve always been a tinkerer,” the semi-retired 67-year-old gardener says with a laugh. His introduction to gardening came at 14 when his mother handed him a shovel to turn over the family’s large garden. He’s gardened at this home for well

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