[permaculture] Is This Aquaponics Then?

Steve Hart stevenlawrencehart at gmail.com
Mon Jun 1 01:16:00 EDT 2015

Hi Jason..great to hear spring has been goood. My argument all along with
aquaponics and hydroponics similarly is that it is still an artificial
system if it is not connected directly to the earth. This direct connection
is critical for us to receive many if not all the nutrients our body needs
for good if not optimal health. It is within dimensions greater than just
simple food elements of vitamins sugars and minerals it is in micro
nutrients etheric and astral energies as well as electromagnetic values. If
the body is missing out on these which are most often in micro measurement
our health falters.

This connection with the earth and natural water can not be imitated. This
also applies to the multitude of foods that we eat that live in water. eg
watercress fish etc etc etc.

Therefore it is also difficult for me to consider any value in any such
systems no matter where they are built, desert, damaged land, roof tops
wherever, the same applies. Perhaps for the argument we jump on the "Beyond
Organic" bandwagon and call this "Beyond Permaculture". But, having done
several courses with Mollison and other learned first generation pioneers
I'm sure that such view is clearly inherent within Mollison/Holmgren
Permaculture so there is no need to go beyond. It is inherent..Steve Hart

On 1 June 2015 at 16:57, Jason Gerhardt <jasongerhardt at gmail.com> wrote:

> I know I'm late to this...been a busy spring, but anyone looking for a good
> example of aquaponics can go to the link below. Flourish Farm is one of the
> microenterprises within the Growhaus in Denver. It's the most productive
> and flourishing aquaponics system I've ever seen. I see it all times of the
> year and it totally out produces indoor soil growing, and the neighboring
> hydroponics system (not the same as aquaponics). Best of all, their
> criteria for using the technique is right...food desert...polluted
> soils...repurposed building infrastructure. While it is not a fully closed
> loop system, there are some loops being closed, which is the purpose of
> closing loops...to provide a means to understand energy flow. The
> educational yield of that alone is likely the greatest product of the
> system, which makes it an open system, which is infinitely more
> regenerative than anything described as closed.
> http://www.coloradoaquaponics.com/flourish-farms
> Jason
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