Aquaponics is a sustainable food production system that combines Hydroponics (growing plants in water) and Aquaculture (rearing fish or aquatic creatures in tanks or ponds)
Cultivating both in the same system creates a closed loop system. The cycle involves the ammonia in fish poo, breaking down into nitrates and nitrites to feed the plants. The water is pumped round, purifying and releasing oxygen for the fish.
The occasional addition of water and fish food is required in our system and in modern aquaponics electricity is often used to heat, light and circulate water in the tank (in our system we rely on the sun!)
Many systems also include growing and harvesting veggies and fish. We are keeping the fish in the tank to assist us in growing salad greens and other veggies and fruit for our cafe.
We invite visitors every Monday and Thursday morning to view the system and find out more information.