Local Aquaponics

 

Our Ocean View Garden Club makes a tour of local gardens periodically. Last month, we visited La and Mike’s place where she has an extensive garden and he has started a thriving aquaponics system.

The tilapia live in this tank, the pipes carry the rich water to the plants.

 

 

Mike has also started a catfish pond here, but they are timid and don’t come out to have their picture taken.

 

There is a transition area between the aquaponics system and La’s vegetable garden.

 

Here you start to get a glimpse of the lush veggies and herbs.

 

 

It seems every garden has at least one Jackson.

 

La grows several patches of epazote, an herb she uses in her Thai dishes.

 

She also grows a number of Thai jalapenos. I brought home one to dry so I can plant the seeds.

 

I suppose these bunnies get the leftover veggies.

 

In December, 2009 I wrote a post about the system some friends started near the airport. You might like to refer back to that for other pictures.

If you are interested in starting your own aquaponics, check here for interesting information.

I took more pictures of this operation than I show here, so please watch this slideshow to see them.

http://picasaweb.google.com/s/c/bin/slideshow.swf

For a larger version, click here.

A hui hou!

5 thoughts on “Local Aquaponics”

    1. Our next meeting is June 26. It’s always on the 4th Saturday at 1:00, unless for some reason we need to meet another day that week. I’ll let you know what we’re doing next time and where we’ll meet. I don’t know that myself yet. We’re very loosely organized 🙂

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  1. That’s actually Culantro not Epazote. What a wonderful aquaponics farm – I’m so jealous – mine’s still only a few months old and much smaller. Do La & Mike have a webpage?
    thanks

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    1. As far as I know, La and Mike are just local folks doing something in the field of sustainability and do not have a website. I wrote another blog about aquaponics last year when they were just getting started. That particular family does have a website – http://www.coastviewaquaponics.com/. If you want to see my original post on them, look in the categories on the blog for “aquaponics” and you’ll find it.
      Aloha,
      Lucy

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