[permaculture] Aquaponics

loren luyendyk loren at sborganics.com
Fri Nov 12 18:14:09 EST 2010


Also check out NorCal Aquaponics (http://norcalaquaponics.com/).  Max Meyers has been pushing to limits of design and getting great results.  They are offering courses in Nicaragua this December.  

Growing Power (http://www.growingpower.org/aquaponics.htm) in Milwaukee Wisconson is another amazing example.  They are producing copious amounts of food in a very small area.  

Loren Luyendyk
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www.sborganics.com
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> Date: Fri, 12 Nov 2010 10:31:52 -0800
> From: brbhums at gmail.com
> To: permaculture at lists.ibiblio.org
> Subject: Re: [permaculture] Aquaponics
> 
> *Westover Farm* in Maple Valley, WA might be helpful.  Below is a partial of
> an Issaquah newspaper article:
> 
> The juxtaposition at Westover Farm in Maple Valley feels part Epcot, part
> “Little House on the Prairie.”
> 
> The family farm turns out tomatoes and strawberries for markets across King
> and Pierce counties — including the Issaquah Farmers Market — all without a
> single shovelful of soil. Instead, farmer Darrell Westover, 79, grows the
> plants hydroponically in fibrous coconut husk. The system uses a network of
> tubes to send a nutrient-rich solution to the plants.
> 
> The greenhouse holds almost 1,000 plants in a balmy, climate-controlled
> environment shielded from the June chill outside. Westover keeps a bumblebee
> hive in the greenhouse to pollinate the tomato plants.
> 
> Ripe bananas hang in mesh bags above the plants. The ripening fruit releases
> ethylene gas and, the thinking goes, provides a chemical reminder for the
> tomatoes to ripen, too. Westover Farm should produce about 12,000 pounds of
> tomatoes by late October.
> 
> Outside the greenhouse, rusting farm equipment and acre upon acre of
> evergreens grown for Christmas trees add rustic touches to the futuristic
> setting.
> 
> Westover Farm also hosts international farmers through the Multinational
> Exchange for Sustainable Agriculture, or MESA, a California nonprofit
> organization set up to promote sustainable agriculture and help farmers in
> the United States and elsewhere trade techniques.
> 
> Though Westover started dabbling in hydroponics seven years ago, and started
> selling at local farmers markets not long after, this season marks the first
> time he set up a booth at the Issaquah market.
> 
> “I love that little market already,” he said during a walk through the
> greenhouse in early June.
> 
> *Westover Farm*
> 
> *24030 S.E. 192nd St., Maple Valley*
> 
> *432-1597*
> Barbara
> 
> On Fri, Nov 12, 2010 at 9:21 AM, Cory Brennan <cory8570 at yahoo.com> wrote:
> 
> > I have a friend who wants to get into aquaponics in a big way. He wants to
> > do it very intensively, but as sustainably as possible, a circular system
> > with few inputs and little or no pollution. Who out there has such a system,
> > in the US, preferably the SE area (anywhere worldwide is of interest, tho,
> > if it's a large and really workable system)?  Aquaponics is not an area I've
> > done much with yet.
> > Cory
> >
> >
> >
> >
> >
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