This is totally cool architecture. Unlike what we are doing in that it is a much higher capital cost and operating cost. But a very cool farm design. https://www.minds.com/blog/view/486618381080866816/this-solar-powered-floating-farm-can-produce-20-tons-of-vegetables-every-day
Our first live menu is up on our site. You can see which herbs and leafy greens we are growing in our aquaponic beds. Samples are available for restaurants and chefs in Palm Beach County. http://freshtablefarms.com/products/
Try this survey to see how local and organic your kitchen might be. http://freshtablefarms.com/organic-in-south-florida/fresh-table-survey/
We're putting up a fish cam in tank #1 at Fresh Table Farms aquaponic mini farm (AMF) in Palm Beach County Florida. Check out our first tank cam postings and relax for ten minutes with our happy tilapia and soothing tank bubbler noises. http://freshtablefarms.com/news/fishcams/
I just posted a business update of our Aquaponic project on our website. "We have a vision of hyperlocal farming grids made of AMF?s built on fallow land in urban and suburban locations with 5-15 year use cases and great profits to owners and great benefits to communities. We are excited to report that we are so far, proving the feasibility of our case." See the full article here: http://freshtablefarms.com/2015/08/construction-update-august-17-2015/
We must support local farms! It seems we are no longer eating actual food... but food-like products... http://www.facebook.com/amfsolace
We've posted another fish video on our facebook page. During the recent algae bloom the fish weren't very interested in pellet food. They were too busy feasting on plankton. Now the water has cleared and they are hungry again. https://www.facebook.com/AMFSOLACE
As our biofilter comes online, we are starting seedling production on a new and innovative seedling bed fed by the biofilter. See the video and article on our site here: http://freshtablefarms.com/2015/06/new-seedling-production-bed/
We recently reached an important milestone in the startup of our aquaponic facility in Palm Beach County FL. Happy Tilapia are now swimming around our first 1500 gallon tank and feeding nutrients into our first 3000 gallon grow bed. https://youtu.be/adY7siK01BA
This is an important health alert! Watch this video if you want to understand why you and your family should go organic.
Aquaponics versus Aquaculture
There is a big difference between an aquaponic system and an aquaculture system acting as the nutrient supply for a hydroponic garden.
Aquaponics uses the plants and growth medium to do filtration. This is simpler, but requires larger fish tanks to support the grow beds and takes longer to establish proper bio-filtration. It is not suitable for raft style water filled beds and should be used with beds that are filled with growth media (gravel, expanded shale, expanded clay, etc.). The beds are flooded and drained every hour.
Aquaponics in this strict definition is the backyard DIY approach. It is more elegant and green since the fish and the plants form an ecosystem with natural (no labor) filtration. However, the fish effluent comes into direct contact with vegetable roots which is considered a no no for commercial food production. Note that fish effluent does not carry the pathogens that farm effluent does, so it is an issue of perception rather than true safety.
The alternative system, Aquaculture, uses filters and digesters for liquid composting and keeps the two systems? water supplies separate. It also allows us to claim and eventually certify that our produce is organic hydroponic. This type of system requires less water per pound of produce. It is a professional commercial approach that maximizes density and efficiency. In this system we will mostly uses floating rafts with deep water beds and no growth media in the beds, just in the little baskets for the plants. However, the system can also use beds with growth media as needed for bigger/heavier crops. There is extra labor for the filters, but a little less labor for the beds.