Producing food in a small space
The fact is that many families, whether they are in Kenya, India, or right here in the USA, struggle to put enough nutritional food on the table. Having a resource that helps encourage people to work together to produce what they lack is a big step toward seeing people get involved in each others' lives and experience what it is like when we love our neighbor.
Aquaponics is an innovative solution to this problem that arose in the 70's. There are inherent problems with growing fish intensively, and just as many with growing plants in a nutrient solution. When you take these two production methods (aquaculture + hydroponics) you get.... AQUAPONICS!! In nature, there is something called the nitrogen cycle which turns harmful waste into plant food. This achievement belongs to the hard work and determination of millions and millions of bacteria in every sqaure inch of whatever surface they can cling to where they can get Oxygen.
Aquaponics mimics that natural cycle to lessen the maintenance, input, and failure rate of needing to produce food in a limited space. The system you see in the picture should be able to produce enough vegetable nutrition for a family of four (though realistically, not an American family, we eat a lot)
In life God rarely forgets the experience we have and the things that bring us life and will often use them to bless others. I grew up taking care of my aquarium and learning all about how to keep it healthy. I then got a job building koi ponds and learned all about keeping that larger, more expensive system healthy and functioning well. Now that I have actually done a hands on build and put all of the theory I have been researching well before I ever came to Salem, I am ready to start going and building these with people and training them how it works. It looks like California in January will be my first trip. Stay tuned for details.
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