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Central NY Aquaponic Farm, a Business and Testing Ground for Future of Agriculture

Central NY Aquaponic Farm, a Business and Testing Ground for Future of Agriculture
October 18, 2011 | Deanna Krinn What began as a business plan drawn up for fun has spawned Aqua Vita Farms, central New York’s first aquaponic farm. Aqua Vita Farms was founded by Mark Doherty and seeks to provide wholesale food distributors with safe, high value, aquaponically grown seafood and produce. Retrofitting and construction on the company’s indoor farming facility, a 13,000 square foot building in Sherrill, N.Y. that was formerly a polishing facility for Oneida Silverware, kicked off in May of this year. The company, which currently raises bluegill fish, and grows lettuce, leafy greens and herbs in its custom-made aquaponic systems, had it first harvest shortly thereafter in August. Inspired by an article The idea for Aqua Vita Farms was inspired by an article that Doherty came across while reading the Wall Street Journal about a year and a half ago describing another aquaponic farm, Sweet Water Organics, he said. Looking for a solution to a growing problem Inside Aqua Vita Farms

How to Run a Commercial Aquaponics System (Video) EcoFilms Australia/Video screen capture Since we first posted on the urban food revolution known as aquaponics, we've seen all kinds of systems for growing fish and vegetables in one, symbiotic relationship. A few, like the proposed Urban Aquaculture Center and Friendly Aquaponics' farm in Hawaii, have been commercial-scale operations. But most practitioners seem more focused on small-scale, backyard aquaponics than anything else. Nevertheless, there are those who are working to commercialize the idea. Talking to Gina Cavaliero from Green Acres Organics, aquaponics expert Murray Hallam explores just what it takes to create a viable aquaponics business. I'd love to hear from anyone else who is practicing commercial-scale aquaculture too.

Optional Equipment and Growing Supplies - Nelson and Pade Aquaponics Clear Flow Aquaponic Systems® are complete system packages and include all of the components in the aquaponics loop: all tanks, filter tanks, tank stands, grow beds, plumbing, pumps, valves and the aeration system. There are additional items that some people need and others do not, depending on their climate, crop choices, infrastructure, etc. Those items are listed here, along with suggestions on growing supplies that you will use over time. Plant Grow cubes Each system comes with a starter pack of rockwool grow cubes.You can purchase extra cubes by the sheet or the box. 1” cubes = 200 cubes/sheet1.5” cubes = 98 cubes/sheet Our home food production systems use the 1.5” cubes.Our Commercial systems use the 1” cubes How many boxes do you need? Fish Food We offer AquaMax fish food, a high quality formulation for omnivores, which includes tilapia and bluegill. For commercial growers, you can buy larger quantities directly from a Purina dealer. Water Testing Equipment Seed Germination Media Beds

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