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Food - Fiber - Knowledge: Harnessing the Power of Aquaponics to do GREAT things!

Sustainability


Sustainability as defined by the Arizona

State University School of Sustainability

is to “promote human prosperity and well

being while protecting and enhancing the

Earth’s life support systems.” Aquaponics

as a food production system is very

sustainable when compared to other methods.

However, we think we can do better and so

are working on improvements starting with:


Reduced complexity.

Increased robustness.

Reduced risk.

Reduced power usage.

Improved usability by novices

Reduced construction/implementation time.

Reduced construction costs.

Reduced footprint.

Increased cost effectiveness.

Reduced water use.

Comprehensive IPM (Integrated Pest Management).

Simplified scalability.

Improved for low income and overseas applications.

Improved economy of scope.

Food safety including Good Handling Practices GHP/Good Agricultural Practices GAP.

BMPs (Best management practices).

Profitability.


To Feed a Family


According to a variety of authors, a single American requires about 1,230 pounds of food annually including:


   Vegetables: 456 lbs

   Fruit: 365 lbs

   Wheat, corn, oats, rice: 250 lbs

   Lean meat: 159 lbs

   (source “Mini Farming” by Brett L. Markham)


For aquaponics to be successful we need to know what crops can be grown, how much land is actually needed to produce a complete human diet and what are the best methods to accomplish this task? (Note: Currently it is very difficult to produce starches and grains in aquaponics. This does not mean that it can’t be done, however. For example, Amaranth is a grain that has demonstrated potential.) At this time our work is focused on what crops we can produce using aquaponics in Phoenix, Az. So far the list of food we have successfully produced includes:



Asian greens: Bok Choy, Joi Choi, Tokyo Bekana, Hon Tsai Tai, Komatsuna.


American Greens: Collard, Mustard, Red Mustard, Purple Kale.


Tomatoes: Cherry, Grape, Boutique Cherry, Best Boy, Cherry 100s, Yellow Pear.


Peas and Beans: Black Eyed Peas,Yard Long Beans, Lima, Pima Lima, Purple, Green Snap, Tepary Brown & White).


Flowers: Nasturtium, Giant Zinnias, Celosia, Petunia, Marigold, Gazania, Cosmos, Lisianthus


Lettuce:  Garden mix, Butter Crunch, Red Sails, Red Oak Leaf, Green Oak Leaf, Simpson, Romain.


Melons/Gourds: Charentais. Luffa, Yellow Hybrid Melon, Cantaloupe, Honeydew, Classic Cucumber, Armenian Cucumber, Japanese Cucumber, Lemon Cucumber, Zucchini, Yellow Squash.


Basils: Italian, Lemon, Thai, Cinnamon, Serata, Spicy Globe, Purple, African Blue.


Mints: Spear, Chocolate, Lemon, Mint (Mint).


Misc. Crops: Red Chard, Rainbow Chard, Celery, Sweet Potato (leaves used as greens), Oregano, Strawberries, Shiso Greens, Amaranth, Beets, Rutabagas, Purslane, Malabar Spinach, Red Radish.


Peppers: Explosive Ember, Habanero, Green Bell, Golden Bell, Anaheim Chili, Maxi Bell, Red Cherry, Tabasco, Petter Super Chili.


Aquatic Animal Species: Goldfish, Giant Freshwater Prawn (Macrobrachium rosenbergii), Tilapia (Oreochromis niloticus (Nile), O. aureus (Blue), O. mossambicus (Mozambique), O. urolepis hornorum (Wami)), Platyfish, Guppies, South American armored catfish.


More than 96 species or varieties so far.


PLEASE CLICK HERE for some of the first results of our studies.

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