Monday, December 3, 2012

A Fish Grows in Brooklyn

Photo by Stefano Giovannini
First, my apologies to Betty Smith.  I know a good title when I read one. So I stole yours.

I continue to find articles about brave new sustainable farms in big cities.  I favor this adventure in feeding ourselves that is urban agriculture. I love Fish.  I use lots of Herbs. Will the Fish and Herb Farm be the latest in trendy restaurant decor?

Fish fuel farm! Bushwick’s Moore Street Market to boast ‘aquaponic’ garden

The Brooklyn Paper

Yemi Amu believes that fish poop can change the world — or at the very least change an abandoned Bushwick lot into a thriving farm.

She and her partner Jonathan Boe have spent the past year setting up small aquaponic gardens — closed systems that use fish feces and water to feed plants — and now they’re planning their masterwork: a fish poop-powered urban farm at the Moore Street Market in Bushwick.

“It saves water and you don’t need a lot of space,” said Amu, who is constructing the urban oasis under the moniker Oko Farms. “You can do more than you could do with a soil-based garden and you get both fish and vegetables.”

This fish is a species of Tilapia, a freshwater fish which is very suited to aquaponic farming. Unlike carnivorous fish, tilapia can feed on algae or any plant-based food. This reduces the cost of tilapia farming, reduces fishing pressure on prey species, avoids concentrating toxins and makes tilapia the preferred "aquatic chickens" of the trade.

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