What is Aquaponics?

Did you know?

Plants do NOT
require soil to grow

Aquaponics is a method of farming that raises edible freshwater fish and vegetables together in a symbiotic environment. The nutrients fish produce in the water serve as a natural fertilizer for vegetables to grow. When the vegetables absorb those nutrients, they provide the fish with fresh, purified water. This process allows for the continuous recycling of water and nutrients. Aquaponics is the most sustainable type of farming as it provides substantial numbers of food while using significantly less land, water, and energy than traditional farming methods.
Natural and sustainable production of organic food including both protein and vegetables
Eliminates the use of herbicides, pesticides, and other harsh chemicals, allowing for a healthier, higher-quality vegetable source
Ability to grow in any climate allows for continuous growth cycles which provide higher yields of produce
The recycling of water results in the use of only 10% of the water needed to grow the same pants in soil
Eliminates the need for agricultural machinery and the usage of
fossil fuels
Fish produced are free from growth hormones and antibiotics
Utilizes cost-effective farming technology in urban areas that would otherwise have no space for growing food
Farming fish takes pressures off of oceanic ecosystems in the wild

Our Produce

Aquaponics systems can grow a wide variety of vegetables, however, the best type of plants to grow are leafy greens and herbs that consume primary nitrogen. Fish produce a natural nitrogen-heavy fertilizer which is ideal for these crops. Seeds are started in the germination area where they grow for 2-3 weeks. Seedlings are then transplanted into the aquaponics system where they take just 21-28 days to reach maturity. With water, dissolved oxygen, nutrients from fish waste, and a controlled environment, aquaponically grown plants can yield 5-10 times more each year than soil-based farming methods, all while using 90% less water.

Our Fish

When it comes to farming fish, Tilapia tend to get a bad rap. However, Tilapia are actually among the most sustainable species to grow for food. Tilapia are lower in sodium, fat and calories than most processed meats. Tilapia contain high amounts of protein, nutrients and healthy fatty acids that aid in heart health, vision and joint strength. It takes 5-10 pounds of feed to produce just one pound of beef or pork, whereas tilapia need only 1-2 pounds of feed to grow to one pound. Tilapia can grow from fry to harvest ready fish in just 42 weeks.

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Preparing Our Children For The Future & Saving Our Environment For Them

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PO Box 221831
Charlotte, NC 28222
Sam Fleming
Executive Director
sam@100gardens.org
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