Small Scale Aquaponics

We met a woman at a club meeting a few weeks ago who told us that she had been (successfully) doing aquaponics when she lived in New York.  I’m not 100% convinced that this type of system wouldn’t be more hassle than it would be worth in a SHTF scenario.  Seems like you’d need a green house and a solar powered air pump (to aerate the water) at the least.  In the end, it might just be easier to grow plants in the dirt.  But aquaponics is definitely something I’ll need to investigate more closely.

It’s obvious Ann Forsthoefel of “Aqua Annie” is excited by aquaponics, the growing of plants fed by nutrients from fish, which in turn provide a source of food when they reach maturity. “There are so few inputs compared to growing crops in the soil,” she said. With her gardens, she’s constantly building up the soil that is depleted at the end of each growing season. The beauty of aquaponics, she said, is that there isn’t that constant work because the fish are giving nutrients to the plants. Read the full post on Cooking Up a Story: ‎

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