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Aquaponics is Scalable Solution for Fresh Fish and Vegetables

I love to keep up with active inventors and entrepreneurs. Colle Davis, The Happy Portable Farmer :-) is one of those active entrpreneurs who is on the move.

The Portable Farms Aquaponics System is one of the larger systems I've spotted in this western region of the country. As Colle mentions in this video, a number of nonprofits are interested it the small greenhouse aquaponics system to provide fresh local food production for their constituents.

I'm interested in aquaponics as a green solution. With our marine species ever more endangered by overfishing, and the world's population relying on fish for their dietary protein needs, fresh water farming of fish will become increasingly important.

AQUAPONICS - food, health, connection from Edward Kramer on Vimeo.

I'm currently researching how I can put in an aquaponics system. I live on the third floor of a multifamily complex...so this is a more challenging project than it is for people who have backyards and garden space. But I'm getting there. I'm learning that it is very feasible to start experimenting with aquarium size systems. Granted, you might start with goldfish and a couple lettuce plants :-) ... but first comes learning, then scaling up to something productive.

Aquaponics, in my opinion, is the shape of future farming -- an urban solution that minimizes the use of water, is as practical as backyard gardening, and is scalable from hobby to industrial size. And by making urban agriculture scalable, we can reduce the transportation of food for thousands of miles.

If you have an aquaponics system in place, I'd love to hear about your experiences and suggestions... I'm eager to learn more!

Carolyn