20,000 lbs Of Fish + 70,000 Vegetables From 1/4 Acre

20,000 lbs Of Fish + 70,000 Vegetables From 1/4 Acre
20,000 lbs Of Fish + 70,000 Vegetables From 1/4 Acre!!. Photo – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mCCN4nq7BlQ

The development of the aquaponic farming system has been going on for over 40 years and is a super-efficient way to produce large amounts of home grown food by combining fish farming with hydroponic agriculture for up to ten times the normal yield per acre! Now it’s reached a point where a basic system is something we could all attempt in the backyard. This video features the latest and most exciting step forward – a complete working farm that is also portable!

As the world’s population grows, food production is one of the biggest issues that we face – how can we increase the supply to keep pace? As many vegetarians will be able to tell you, farming for meat uses ten times as much land as for grains and vegetables to make the same amount of food. Aquaponics has the advantage that it produces a variety of foods in an even smaller space, enough to provide everything we need locally!

Modern intensive farming has its problems, reducing natural biodiversity and increasing the need for fertilizers and pesticides that do untold damage to the ecosystem. Growing without soil reduces the number of pests and diseases that can damage your crops, the workload is much reduced (there’s no weeding to do!) and the yields are fast and more controllable – it can be done almost anywhere!

An aquaponic farm has to be kept from freezing in the winter so would be more difficult to set up in colder climates. Having said this, it still looks like one of the best discoveries in recent times for feeding an ever-growing population.

Regular maintenance is needed for an aquaponic system to work well – this mainly involves measuring and adjusting the pH level and amounts of nutrients and nitrates in the water to find the right balance for both fish and plants. Catfish and Tilapia are popular types for an aquaponic system because they are tolerant to higher concentrations of ammonia and nitrates in the water.

If you’re thinking of making your own system at home, there are now plenty of web sites, forums and DIY instructional videos to help you – it pays to start small until you learn how to keep a system healthy as mistakes can be costly.

Unfortunately for beginners, a smaller system can be less stable than a large one so it’s important to do your research before you start and keep a close eye on all the variables. After a while, monitoring the system will be second nature and if it works for you, it’s easy enough to increase the capacity. It’s easy to see how this could become a homesteader’s dream come true!

Further resources:

http://wallyfarm.com/?page_id=485 (includes tips & installation videos)

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