Aquaponics is a great method for people to grow their own food by using sustainable and organic farming practices. It is a great choice because a system can be set up anywhere and they can be all different sizes. At the farm, we have a greenhouse that helps us to grow year-round but you can definitely create your own system at home!
Some of the benefits of aquaponics include:
- Minimal land usage is required for aquaponics compared to conventional farming.
- No soil is involved which limits the production of weeds and worrying about soil health.
- Minimal water usage is required since the water used is mostly recycled.
There are many different types of aquaponics systems, some of which you can make at home! There are kits available to purchase or you can even use materials that you have at home. First, you want to consider your size constraints and the climate that your system will be in. Next, you will be able to better understand which crops you can grow and what kind of fish your system needs. There are many helpful sources for DIY aquaponics systems as well as systems available to purchase. I have attached a link below along with some other links with additional information on aquaponics.