One highlight of the conference (there were many) was the tours of different systems and facilities around Florida. The tours provided a wide range of different and unique ways to build aquaponics systems. It emphasized the point that there is more than one way to design a great system and that aquaponics is both an art and science. It would have been great to see many of the other systems also on display during the conference tours, but Florida is a big state and there is only so much time. Below is a quick recap of the different stops and some video tours for you to enjoy.
First stop Green Acres Organics which has 1000 sq ft of deep water
culture, and an additional 1000sq ft of vertical and media filled beds growing
a wide variety of greens and herbs to sell at local restaurants, farmers
markets and through their buyers club. It was great to see their hatchery arrangement
and economical greenhouse structure. They are looking forward to proving
aquaponics is a profitable commercial venture. Click here to get a tour of Green
Acres Organics. Great job Gina and Tonya.
Next stop Morning Star Fisherman which does a significant amount of mission work focused on using aquaponics to feed the hungry throughout the world. Their Florida facility includes 110,000 gallons of tank space, labs and classrooms. The simplicity of the fish raceways and the air pumps used to distribute the water showed just how energy efficient a good design can be. With faith, research, training and non-profit funding, Morning Star Fisherman has brought aquaponics and a means of food production to countries in great need. Very inspiring. Click here to get a tour of Morning Star Fisherman.Definitely makes one wish they had unlimited capital to build with.
AquaponicsLynx home grown system which includes bananas, papaya, vertical towers, and lots of various plants and fish. Love the low-flow indexing value to distribute water around a variety of grow beds without draining the fishtank.
Sahib’s Research Station grows in all kinds of ways - deep water, vertical, NFT and media with Koi, catfish and tilapia.
Cosmo’s Greenhouse uses the Vertigro stacks hung over deep water culture making great use of space.
Looking forward to many years of aquaponics adventures here in the US and around the world with people that are passionate, dedicated and interested in their own personal food production as well as feeding others locally and sustainably produced food.