What is an Aquaponic system?
Freedom Gardens acquired a 3200 square-foot greenhouse and a 4800-gallon aquaponic system. In an aquaponic system, edible species of fish are raised in tanks. The nutrient-rich waste water from the tanks is then moved through a biological filter and supplied to hydroponic gardens where lettuces, herbs, berries, vegetables and flowers can be raised without soil. This system, manufactured by Nelson and Pade, uses significantly less water than traditional farming methods and increases the per acre harvest. When completed, the greenhouse will allow us to demonstrate sustainable food production on a commercial scale, expand the availability and selection of local food, as well as serve as a classroom.