Target: Lynne Finnerty, Director, Project Management of the American Farm Bureau
Goal: Encourage city organizations to use aquaponics, a sustainable method of growing fresh vegetables year-round
Aquaponics is an effective mix between aquaculture (fish farming) and hydroponics (soilless gardening) that allows farmers to produce a variety of vegetables in a confined space year-round. This method is all organic, eco-friendly, and allows the vegetables to be freshly harvested. Aquaponic plants have been shown to grow faster, offer higher yields, and the sustainable energy used recycles 90% of the water. Ask the American Farm Bureau to encourage city farmers to use aquaponics to produce fresh vegetables year-round.
Gina Cavaliero, owner of Green Acre Aquaponics in Brooksville, Florida supports the method, saying, “In today’s space-efficient, closed, recirculating aquaponic systems that combine fish tanks and plant troughs, fish waste provides fertilizer for the plants, while the plants clean the water for the fish.” Aquaponics systems can be implemented indoors or outside, depending on the climate of the region, and can be used on a large scale in corporate settings, or on a smaller scale within the home. Overall, the system works to sustain itself, producing maximum yields with little labor required.
Though the fish can also be harvested, aquaponics is still a great option for vegetarians and vegans, as the fish are beautiful creatures that serve to fertilize the vegetables, and it is not necessary to harvest the fish to have a successful aquaponics system. Aquaponics takes away the worry of weeds, rabbits, insects, pesticides and other farming concerns. Encourage city farmers to implement aquaponics systems, to produce more fresh vegetables in their communities. Everyone should eat this fresh!
Dear Lynne Finnerty,
Aquaponics is a great farming alternative that implements aquaculture and hydroponics methods to produce fresh vegetables in any climate. Plants grown this way have been shown to grow faster, offer higher yields, and 90% of the water is recycled in the process. This is a great way for city farmers to grow fresh vegetables year-round, producing more vegetables so that everyone can eat healthy foods at lower costs. Please raise awareness about this method of farming, so that city farmers can produce fresh vegetables.
Aquaponics methods can also be implemented in the home, on a smaller scale, and are a great supplement for farmers who grow crops in seasonal climates where winters are unproductive. Encouraging aquaponics as a farming method can open up the possibility of growing more fresh vegetables year-round in the United States to drive down the cost of fresh produce and feed more people healthier foods. Please find a way to implement this innovative farming method, and raise awareness about its benefits.
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Photo credit: U.S. Department of Agriculture via Flickr