In June of this year, FACCES Urban Garden received West Nile Tilapia to raise in our aquaponics system. Aquaponics is a sustainable system of agriculture that combines methods of aquaculture and hydroponics to increase efficiency of food production. Aquaponics is a closed system with a fish tank at the bottom and plants that grow on top. The nutrients produced from fish food and waste travel through a water pump and fertilize the plants on top of the tank. The plants then filter the water that flows back into the tank.
There are many benefits to practicing aquaponics in your garden. An aquaponics system has less space needed for cultivating food, uses less water than conventional agriculture methods, and uses no pesticides or harsh chemicals. This system has been shared with members of our community over the past few months, and we are so happy to be learning alongside our families about ways we can practice sustainable and healthy living!
FACCES plans to harvest the fish in November of this year. Be sure to stay up to date on our website and follow us on social media! We will have a butcher on site to fillet the fish and a professional chef will prepare a delicious meal for FACCES Family Members. Space for this event will be limited, so check our events page regularly to secure a spot for you and your family!