What is Aquaponics?
Taught by Jonathan Boe
Jonathan Boe is a chef turned urban farmer. His passion for fresh, high quality food led him to the desire to grow food for himself and others. Having previously worked in Paris, San Francisco and New York City he now spends his time raising fish, cultivating plants and designing aquaponics systems for individuals, schools, and businesses. Jonathan's goal is to inspire New Yorkers to eat more native, fresh water fish raised sustainably as a solution to saving ocean's eco-system.
This class meets at our Court Street location
Aquaponics, also known as recirculating aquaculture, is hybrid of two farming techniques: aquaculture, or fish farming, and hydroponics, or soil-less plant growing. By bringing the two together we get the best of both worlds.
Fish and plants grow together in an organic closed loop system that works perfectly for an urban setting. It uses 10% of the water used in traditional farming and provides you, not only with pesticide free fruits and vegetables, but healthy and delicious high protein fresh water fish.
In this class, we'll learn the basics of how aquaponics works and how it may soon be the future of farming across the globe. We will go over the nitrogen cycle and how beneficial bacteria are the engine behind an aquaponics system. We will talk about 3 different methods (NFT, DWC and CHOP systems) that are used to grow food via aquaponics.
After discussion, we will demonstrate how to build a small window sill aquaponics unit using an old 5 gallon water jug where you can grow herbs from goldfish waste!
Join the the future of farming and become an Aquapon!
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