Aquaponics: Using Fish Poop to Grow Vegetables
Aquaponics is one of the most productive and sustainable food production systems in the world! It is a combination of Aquaculture (farming fish) and Hydroponics (growing plants with out soil) in which both fish and plants benefit from one another! The production levels of Aquaculture and Hydroponics combined far exceed that of either system alone.
Nor Cal Aquaponics is one of, if not the first in the world to offer systems, trainings, knowledge and experience in a Permaculture based Aquaponics design methodology, we call Closed-Loop Aquaponics.
Interview at the High School Fish and Farm Program
One of our Backyard systems at Norcal Aquaponics
The soil food web is a diverse community of organisms living all or part of their lives in the soil. It describes complex living systems in the soil and how they co-exist and interact with each other, the environment, plants, and animals. These organisms are not only responsible for decomposing organic matter, creating soil structure, recycling and creating nutrients, but also support healthy plant systems and tissue, preventing harmful fungus, root rot, pests, even viruses and disease.
Known for combining the sciences of aquaponics & permaculture, Max brings 15 years of permaculture experience as a farmer, homesteader, professional designer, installer, and teacher. With a lifetime of experience raising fish and designing countless sustainable homesteads and aquaponic systems, Max is a pioneer integrating aquaponics systems into systainable, off-grid living systems. Max is founder and lead designer/installer at NorCal Aquaponics.
Rob Nash brings 15+ years of experience with boutique to large scale aquaponic farming techniques and hybrids, and is one of the pioneers in the industry. Rob is founder and owner of Austin Aquaponics and HannaLeigh Farm, operating our of Austin, Texas.
Jon Parr, a leader in the emerging aquaponics movement, comes from a background of construction and engineering. Jon co-founded a Watsonville Commercial Greenhouse in 2013 - one of the largest commercial aquaponics systems in the world with of over 8 acres of aquaponics in greenhouses. Jon founded Fishnet Aquaponics in 2010, and co-founded his most recent project - SchoolGrown, in 2014. Schoolgrown builds and operates classroom-sized aquaponic greenhouses for schools and communities, a hybrid CSA and educational model system.