Aquaponics is an efficient and sustainable form of agriculture in which plants and fish work together for their mutual benefit. The term derives from hydroponics (agriculture in water) and aquaculture (commercial raising of fish). Fish waste creates ammonia, and friendly bacteria turn ammonia into nitrites, then nitrates. This water is pumped from the fish tanks into our growing troughs, where plants are cultivated in the floating rafts. The nutrient-rich water feeds the plants, and the plants in turn clean the water and return it to the fish.
Aquaponics provides a means of farming that uses 90% less water than traditional methods, and allows us to provide produce for the local community year round. Our process is also about ten times more productive than a traditional farm per acre.
We don't use chemical sprays, commercial fertilizer or insecticides. We are proud to announce that we are the first certified organic aquaponics farm in Maine, and New England! We continue to work closely with our certifying agency to go above and beyond the standards.