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Aquaponics

Funding

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.

Partners

Our equipment, training, and certification were provided through Nelson & Pade. We are currently working in a contract with Chief Supermarket to sell produce at their Cable Rd. location.

Products

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.

fun facts

  • Production

    Aquaponics produces both fish and organic vegetables, in a dynamic, natural, pond-type ecosystem

  • Faster Growing Cycles

    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.

  • Chemical Free!

    Aquaponic growing grows 100% chemical free, all natural produce that means our produce never touches any chemical or synthetic pesticides, herbicides, or fertilizers.

  • Saves Water

    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.



  • It's GREEN Farming

    Aquaponics energy usage is from 70% to 92% less than a conventional or organic farm which use fuel and/or petrochemical-intensive fertilizers.

  • Almost Labor Free

    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.

  • Growing Year Around

    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!

  • Natural Technology

    Aquaponics is the least consumptive method of agriculture because it is based on natural technology. Nothing is wasted.

think about

why fresh is best

Why to choose us
  • Eating more fresh produce can help us towards a more balanced diet and provide the vitamins and minerals that our body needs.
  • Fresh fruit and vegetables are full of antioxidants and phytonutrients.
  • Fruits and veggies are naturally low in calories.
  • Diets rich in foods containing fiber, such as some vegetables and fruits, may reduce the risk of heart disease, obesity, and type 2 diabetes
  • Eating vegetables and fruits rich in potassium as part of an overall healthy diet may lower blood pressure, and may also reduce the risk of developing kidney stones and help to decrease bone loss.
  • Vitamin C helps heal cuts and wounds and keeps teeth and gums healthy. Vitamin C aids in iron absorption.

Process

why aquaponics

Our Produce Is...

Always Fresh

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.

Local

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.

Organic & Pestiside, Herbicide Free

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.

Additional Information

Interested in learning more? Visit the links following links or contact us below.

Nelson & Pade Only at Chief FACT SHEET