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A Timeline of Vertical Farming by Jessica...

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A Timeline of Vertical Farming by Jessica Piccolino “ 600 BC - King Nebuchadnezzar of ancient Babylon constructed the Hanging Gardens of Babylon for his homesick wife, Amyitis. The Hanging Gardens...

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Think vertical gardening is a new idea? Think again. This timeline shows a rich history of vertical farming going back 2600 years! But today, you don't need to be the King of Babylon to benefit from growing up!

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Aqualibrium - yet another poorly designed 'trendy' aquaponics systems on Kickstarter

Aqualibrium - yet another poorly designed 'trendy' aquaponics systems on Kickstarter | Urban Aquaponics | Scoop.it

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I hate to see these simple aquaponics systems advertised and promoted as a place to grow food indoors. This is certainly a simple system, but I don't believe that you could grow any meaningful amount of plant or fish in this system.

 

The fish side of the system needs to be designed to manage and remove or process solid wastes. Even with a few goldfish in a tank like this, the system would become pretty unsightly in a few months.

 

Furthermore, in order to produce enough fish waste to provide adequate plant nutrients, the cute little fish tank is going to get pretty ugly.

 

Aquaponics works. Depending on location - and many more variables - they can produce significant quantities of food without requiring complex technology. However, these micro aquaponics systems can do nothing except fail.

 

I hope that the proliferation of these bad systems ends soon, before aquaponics gets a stigma of being another failed new technology.

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Japan Aquaponics's curator insight, October 3, 2013 8:52 AM

Unfortunately there has been a profusion of these types of ill-thought out systems appearing on the market as scammers take advantage of the popularity of aquaponics.  

 

Transparent systems may look 'designer' but will hurt plant roots, promote algae growth and cause systems to crash.  It is a shame to see systems such as these being foistered onto unsuspecting consumers.

 

Still, after the systems fail consumers will at least be able to use these designs for cat baskets.  

Stephen Pond's curator insight, October 3, 2013 12:27 PM

I must agree that since nitrifying bacteria are photophobic, they will be damaged by exposure to light, if not totally inhibited.  That is the reason that most aquarium filters are dark and opaque.  In this case the filter is the grow bed, so the same concepts should rule there.

Hopefully these factors will be taken into account for at least the grow bed.  Transparency may be good for a number of things, like the fish tank for easy viewing.  When dealing with life like bacteria and roots, where they are used to the dark, exposure to light is not going to do them any good at all.  Maybe the KickStart program can be changed to a black or even the prototype white grow bed instead - the tank needs to be clear to see the fish, though.

It would seem the original (white) was successful to grow plants, why he feels he has to go to a clear growbed is not clear to me either.  The idea, though, of bringing the magic of growing your own food in important and needs to be promoted with proper and well throughout products that are stylish and that people want to include in their homes.

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Days Away from First Harvest, Sustainability is Lynchpin to Bay Area Aquaponic Startup

Days Away from First Harvest, Sustainability is Lynchpin to Bay Area Aquaponic Startup | Urban Aquaponics | Scoop.it
Beginning an Aquaponics business takes hard work, the right partnerships and a patient nature when it comes to organic pest control. Viridis Aquaponics is a burgeoning startup based in Watsonville in the San Francisco Bay area.

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Aquaponics farm with trout

Our lovely sustainable permaculture aquaponics garden.
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I enjoy seeing aquaponics operations that use a variety of species. This system has trout, crayfish and goldfish all in separate tanks but contributing to the success of the system. As in nature, diversity enhances the robustness of the system.

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Southside Park resident nurtures aquaponics farm - The Sacramento Press

Southside Park resident nurtures aquaponics farm - The Sacramento Press | Urban Aquaponics | Scoop.it
Southside Park resident nurtures aquaponics farm
The Sacramento Press
Aquaponics combines aquaculture, or raising fish, with hydroponics, or growing plants without soil.
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Here's a grower in Sacramento who is doing a small scale urban commercial aquaponics operation using borrowed land. Very innovative!

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Understanding Ammonia in Aquaponics - Vertical Food Blog

Understanding Ammonia in Aquaponics - Vertical Food Blog | Urban Aquaponics | Scoop.it
Ammonia in aquaponics is a very important player in aquaponics systems and it's crucial to understand to be successful with aquaponics. Read on for more info

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Although a little technical, this is worthwhile education for your aquaponics system. You'll gain an understanding of how ammonia and ammonium levels are affected by pH and what you can expect as your aquaponics system matures.

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Complete News - earthrise - Aquaponics

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If you want to understand what the excitement is all about with urban aquaponics, watch all the way to the end. To see fish and greens raised together in an urban setting within bicycle distance of the end user showcases the potential of this technology.

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Japan Aquaponics's curator insight, April 23, 2013 8:06 AM

A good video showing a few different aquaponics systems in the US.  Growing Power is in there as well as a few other well known commercial operations.  Worth a look!

Wellington Aquaponics's curator insight, May 9, 2013 3:20 PM

This is a well done video that definitely shows the benefits of aquaponics.

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20000 lbs of Fish + 70000 Vegetables per 1/4 Acre ... Portable Farms Aquaponics

1000% more productive than conventional gardening & farming. The most robust, most scalable Aquaponics system in the world is the Portable Farms™ Aquaponics System.
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I like the way these folks are putting the systems together into small,  home-scale aquaponic facilities. These should work on the scale they're working, but could be challenging to scale up to commercial size.

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Constructing The Jasper Place High School Aquaponics System

Constructing The Jasper Place High School Aquaponics System | Urban Aquaponics | Scoop.it
Constructing modular expansions for the Jasper Place High School aquaponics system, in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Students growing vegetables ... Original Jasper Place Permaculture Aquaponics System Plants in the original aquaponics system.
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I love to see these systems being installed in schools. It's important that our kids learn where food comes from and in fact learn to grow their own. As a society, we've become very reliant on the supply chain to keep our grocery store shelves stocked. Learning these skills can not only increase sustainability, but improve our resilience.

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Why Movable Greenhouses are a Great Idea

Why Movable Greenhouses are a Great Idea | Urban Aquaponics | Scoop.it
Movable greenhouses (on rails, skids or wheels) can be a great idea for the serious backyard grower or small-scale veggie farmer.

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I'd never considered greenhouses as being a particularly portable part of a food production system. I can see some benefit in allowing the soil in a greenhouse to become 'outdoor' soil as part of a successful crop rotation. However, I have to wonder if rolling up and tying back the plastic glazing might not be a simpler solution?

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Japan Aquaponics's curator insight, October 3, 2013 6:25 PM

These are realy interesting, and small-scale movable shelters could be of great benefit to the backyard aquaponicer who wants to continue growing crops over winter.

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Minnesota startup lowers lighting bill for indoor farming

Minnesota startup lowers lighting bill for indoor farming | Urban Aquaponics | Scoop.it
Midwest Energy News Minnesota startup lowers lighting bill for indoor farming Midwest Energy News Since last year, the couple, along with their biologist son, Bryan Roeser, have been growing basil, lettuce and other leafy veggies in an indoor...

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Aquaponic Food Solutions with Owner Rob Nash

On today's show, Mike talks with Troy Smith and Rob Nash in-studio. Smith is the owner of Brite Ideas in Austin, Texas, and Nash is the founder of AustinAqua...
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Rob Nash is interviewed on Alex Jones' Infowars as a means of maintaining personal food security.

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A Timeline of Vertical Farming by Jessica...

A Timeline of Vertical Farming by Jessica... | Urban Aquaponics | Scoop.it
A Timeline of Vertical Farming by Jessica Piccolino “ 600 BC - King Nebuchadnezzar of ancient Babylon constructed the Hanging Gardens of Babylon for his homesick wife, Amyitis. The Hanging Gardens...

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Think vertical gardening is a new idea? Think again. This timeline shows a rich history of vertical farming going back 2600 years! But today, you don't need to be the King of Babylon to benefit from growing up!

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The First Legit Home Aquaponics Kit

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Finally, I've found a legitimate home aquaponics kit I can recommend to my friends. Endless Food Systems makes this modular kit that includes a 300 gallon fish tank, which appears to be a modified...


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Growing Power's Will Allen is the next big thing in farming.

Growing Power's Will Allen is the next big thing in farming. | Urban Aquaponics | Scoop.it

Growing Power's Will Allen is the next big thing in farming.  In 2012 alone, Growing Power produced more than $750,000 in crops, raised 50,000 fish in its aquaponic beds, and composted more than 43 million pounds of waste.


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Will Allen is doing amazing things with aquaponics. He is a self-made leader in urban aquaponics and agriculture.

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Japan Aquaponics's curator insight, March 10, 2013 8:49 AM

Will Allen uses aquaponics as one part of many approaches to growing sustainable food in an urban jungle.  His efforts to bring fresh food to the under-priveledged is remarkable, and inspiring.

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Sustainable Urban Farming, Permaponics = Aquaponic Approach to ...

Sustainable Urban Farming, Permaponics = Aquaponic Approach to ... | Urban Aquaponics | Scoop.it
Sustainable Urban Farming – Permaponics! Permaponics is Aquaponics (fish and vegetables in water), Aquaculture (fish farming), Hydroponics (growing plants in water), Permaculture (Permanent Agriculture & Permanent ...
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It's interesting to add permaculture principles to aquaponics. If we can learn to operate these systems on a more sustainable basis, they can become more economic to run, especially where I live in Canada. Energy costs make commercial systems economically challenging.

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