Those of you who have been reading along know that I volunteer my time on a farm. This farm couple have an amazing aquaponics set up. I am a gardener. So I am planting their garden and will teach gardening classes there, in return for mentorship on my own aquaponics set up.
My reasons for aquaponics are
*Fish waste for the garden. Properly fed, healthy fish will give me organic, nutrient dense fish waste to water my garden with. I will no longer have to bring in fish emulsion that is full of mercury, and who knows what else. At first, I will feed them what my mentor feeds hers. I hope to switch over to a diet of meal worms and insects (for protein)/greens (for vitamins/minerals) from my garden.
*I can grow most of the veggies that I want year round, but strawberries grow better in an aquaponics set up (no, really-I have seen it!).
*Fresh fish-from the pond to the table in the same day. Many people say that Tilapia taste like the muddy water that they lived in. Well, mine will not live in muddy water (so there!). In case you have not caught on by now, my critters (animals, birds, worms, humans-and now fish) are kept up after.
I brought home my Tilapia fingerlings (20 of them) and put them in a 15 gallon tank in the house for now. I am taking baby steps in learning how to care for them. Stay tuned you rascals you.