Our Aquaponics have arrived!

Urban Farmer Denver is all about sustainability, and that goes for growing our own food inside of our restaurant as well! Recently we installed an aquaponics system in our foyer and it will be growing microgreens soon! Curious how aquaponics work, here is a diagram below to see what our system is doing.

Schoolgrown.org also explains Aquapoic as a rapidly growing sector of food production that merges aquaculture (fish farming) with hydroponics (plant production in nutrient-rich water).

Fish in large tanks are fed daily. Their waste creates nutrient rich water which is pumped to grow beds to fertilize the plants. The plants take up these nutrients, cleaning the water. The water then returns to the fish tanks in a closed loop system. The magic of  aquaponics is performed by bacteria. They  convert toxic ammonia (NH3) into less toxic, nutritious Nitrates (NO3). A balanced ecosystem is achieved by closely mirroring natural processes.

Typically, aquaculture has the burden of disposing of nutrient-rich run-off, while hydroponics has the burden of sourcing nutrients to feed the plant.

The merging of these two techniques solves the problems of each. Typically, aquaculture has the burden of disposing of nutrient-rich run-off, while hydroponics has the burden of sourcing nutrients to feed the plant. The merging of these two techniques solves the problems of each.

Stop by Urban Farmer at 1659 Wazee and check out our new aquaponics tank and the other sustainable efforts we’re doing!

Source: http://schoolgrown.org/facts-about-aquaponics/