In today’s episode of Suspicious0bservers you can learn how to read and use the these cool maps of the earth’s wind and water currents.
Here at VogelPeace Farm, we recently posted some aquaponics resources we’re using to help design our own fish-powered garden system. Whether or not you can make a living from a backyard aquaponics system alone, the benefits and advantages of aquaponics are clear and these systems would make a great addition to virtually any permaculture system.
Combining these systems makes sense on so many levels, but one emergent advantage is the increase in the diversity of the food supply you can generate, as well as the accompanying increase in the span of nutritional benefits derived from the variety of food sources being supplied. Sustainable-farmed fish is a great source of protein, and in a good aquaponics set-up is accompanied by a diverse supply of vitamins and minerals from salad crops and vegetables. Depending on the setting of your permaculture design, aquaponics could prove to be the best available use of a given space.
Which is not to say abandon permaculture and rely solely on aquaponics. A measured assessment necessarily leads to the conclusion that incorporating the best principles and even expounding upon synergies between the disciplines will lead to the best overall system. Permaculture is the path and aquaponics is one of many weapons in our arsenal of sustainability, and eventually regeneration.
There was a great episode of the Permaculture Podcast on Rewilding that is worth a listen. They discuss the concepts of re-connection, regeneration, and rebellion as they relate to permaculture in the garden, in the community, in the wild, and way beyond.
I will leave you with a talk by Toby Hemenway, author of Gaia’s Garden, “How permaculture can save humanity and the planet, but not civilization” :
Also, there was a large solar flare yesterday, and conditions are optimal for a large earthquake!
Like he said, “be safe everyone.”
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I’ve recently started following Suspicious0bservers on youtube. [That is a zero instead of the letter O] This guy is publishing a few minute news report every day offering an amalgamation of great weather, space, and other data from a variety of sources. I believe this is a fantastic source of information we generally don’t attend to but probably should. The short reports typically end with “current conditions and shots of our star to close. Eyes open, no fear at 6:35AM Eastern Time and that’s the news. Be safe everyone.” What a cool way to start the day and I am going to begin sharing his videos as long as I am watching, stay tuned. In the meantime, here was this morning’s report:
A charming, thought-provoking 6-minute animated film from ed stockham..’s youtube channel.
Thinking about getting started with Aquaponics?
At VogelPeace Farms, we are too! As we continue putting together our very first aquaponics setup, here is a look at some of the basics of aquaponics, and how to get started.
Aquaponics is the combination of fish farming and hydroponic farming/gardening in a closed or semi-closed loop system. The basic idea is that the waste from the fish is converted to nutrients for plants, which filter beneficial nutrients from the water and return clean water to the fish. More general information on the basics of aquaponics can be found on wikipedia, or at this guide from the Mother Nature Network. Some good academic research and publications are available from the USDA. New info can always be found at the aquaponics subreddit.
If you’re ready to get your rocks wet with your own aquaponics setup, there are several options out there to choose from. This Top 5 list from farmxchange.org is a great place to start. For under $60, the Back to the Roots Aqua Farm is one of the cheapest options to begin to get some hands-on experience in aquaponics. Another option is the recently kickstarter-funded Aqualibrium, available now for pre-order at $330. For professional help on the design and build of a larger system, check out Kijani Grows, an early inspiration for us here at Vogelpeace Farms.
Of course, there is clearly a lot of overlap between those that might be interested in aquaponics and the DIY set. If this sounds like you and you’re ready to try your hand at designing and/or building your very own setup, the following are some good tutorials, guides, and resources to help you get started, curated from all over the web:
The Urban Farming Guys: http://theurbanfarmingguys.com/diy-solar-aquaponics-ibc
As you get your setup up and running, also be sure to look into automating the tasks of your aquaponics system, as well as making adjustments to avoid plant nutrient deficiency and toxicity in your fish water. Of course, you should also click the aquaponics tab at the top of this page and bookmark it so you can check back later on the latest aquaponics information from Vogelpeace Farm. Happy fish & veggie farming!
Already set up an aquaponics system? Tell us about it in the comments!