I have been spending some time lately looking for a practical aquaponics forum last night and came across an inspiring report that really got me thinking of all the possibilities aquaponics literally brings to the table.
Detroit’s Food Field was the sight for the raising of the championship banner recently. No, this is not Detroit’s Ford Field home of the NFL’s Lions but is the home of a future aquaponics farm that will raise bluegill and catfish. An aquaponics farm is one that uses fish and plants to symbiotically benefit each other for mutual growth.
For Detroit residents, easy access to fresh Great Lakes bluegill and catfish could be closer than they know.
With enough seed money now in the bank from through Food Field’s FISHSTARTER campaign, the aquaponics project could take off this spring.
The system has already been constructed. Food Field’s farmers needed the funds to supply the fish and purchase additional equipment.
Noah Link and Alex Bryan created Food Field by transforming an abandoned school site in the Durfee neighborhood into a four-acre urban farm. Since its first full growing season in 2011, they’ve expanded to grow organic produce, produce honey, maintain a fruit orchard and raise chickens and ducks.
One avenue they plan to explore is fish farming through aquaponics: a movement that’s seen success in places like Milwaukee and Toledo but hasn’t happened on a large scale in Detroit.
Aquaponics combines hydroponics – growing plants without soil – and fish farming, Link said. “The hydroponic crops or plants act as the filter for the pond or tank and are fed by the waste of the fish.”
Fish secrete ammonia, which bacteria in the water convert into nitrates, Link said. Those nitrates then feed the crops, and the crops filter the fish tank, creating one sustainable, cycling system for food production. To finish reading Fish farming in Detroit’s future? click here.
Aquaponics farming is much more efficient, productive, and economically feasible. These farms look to be a no brainer for generations to come.