EDMONTON AQUAPONICS is your access to information about an exciting new opportunity being developed in the City of Edmonton. Our goal is to build a family-sized aquaponics demonstration project and optimize it as an intensive year-round food production system. It has the potential to provide an average of one plate sized fish every other day, and all the salad greens a family of four needs. These figures are based on 10 years of research on a commercial scale system in Brooks, Alberta. (For more on that, please see our Technology page). If you consider that you can grow this amount of food on about 100 square feet you'll understand why we're pumped!
AQUAPONICS is a simple "constructed wetland” that mimics natural biodiversity; a nexus that integrates Aquaculture (growing fish), Hydroponics (growing veggies without soil), and perhaps most importantly, Microorganisms (the critters that do the heavy lifting). Water from fish tanks flows through mechanical and biochemical stages that clarify the water and converts nutrients into food the vegetables can use. The water recirculates continuously through each component in succession. The whole becomes greater than the sum of its parts. Diversity is the key to productivity and health; teaching us more than how to eat well.
This website has been launched to spread the word and seek out like-minded folks! We have the technology, we have the vision, what we need are passionate people who may share our three simple goals:
1) to grow high quality, safe, organic food locally using aquaponics,
2) to share our knowledge with anyone who wants to learn, and
3) to have fun with like-minded members of our community.
Please drop us a note if you are interested in becoming involved.