Aquaponics made possible by a grant from the US. Conference of Mayors and Wells Fargo Bank. Persons interested in donating or sponsoring call Matt Romick.
Neighborhood Aquaponics is currently growing tomatoes, and mutliple varieties of lettuce. The produce is fertilized by Tilapia which are harvested once they reach full sized adulthood.
Aquaponics produces both fish and organic vegetables, in a dynamic, natural, pond-type ecosystem
Vegetables usually grow significantly faster, and at three to four times the density, without ever depleting the nutrients. Our first harvest was 38 days from planting to being available in store.
Aquaponic growing grows 100% chemical free, all natural produce that means our produce never touches any chemical or synthetic pesticides, herbicides, or fertilizers.
Aquaponics uses about 90% less water than conventional farming. This is because the water is recycled and returns to the tank once it has passed through the grow beds.
Aquaponics energy usage is from 70% to 92% less than a conventional or organic farm which use fuel and/or petrochemical-intensive fertilizers.
While Matt currently handles planting, harvesting and feeding of the fish- the system requires no labor tilling, cultivating, fertilizer spreading, compost shredding, manure spreading, plowing cover crops in, or irrigating.
Our aquaponic system can produce fish and vegetables intensively throughout the year outdoors in our environmentally controlled greenhouse, so we can provide fresh produce the entire year!
Aquaponics is the least consumptive method of agriculture because it is based on natural technology. Nothing is wasted.
It all starts in the fish tank where our Tilapia provide the nutrients for our plants. The fish are introduced to the tank which then pumps nutrients from the fish waste feed the plants.Neighborhood Aquaponics
As the water passes through the roots of the plants, the plants extract the water and nutrients (fish waste) they need to grow, cleaning the water for the fish, which is then transferred back to the fish tank.Neighborhood Aquaponics
As the plants mature, they are harvested. washed, and packaged for sale. New seedlines are introduced into the production cycle to begin the process again. As the fish mature and reach their ideal weight, they too are harvested and smaller fish take their place in the tank.Neighborhood Aquaponics
There's no canning, no freezing, no preservatives involved. Our produce reachers your family, year around, completely fresh. Thanks to our greenhouse, we are able to continue to grow throughout the year, regardless of seasonal condition.
Neighborhood Aquaponics is located right here in your community in Allen County, at the LACNIP Community Center in Lima. It's the freshest produce you can purchase, hitting the shelves at Chief within hours of harvest.
Aquaponics is a completely natural process in which the only input into the system is fish food. The fish eat the food and excrete waste, which is converted to nutrients that that plants consuming. No herbicides, pesticides or other harsh chemicals are ever added.
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