In 2012, the Center for a Livable Future opened our experimental Aquaponics Project to explore the sustainability of aquaponics and increase awareness of this food production system. Aquaponics, a combination of aquaculture (fish farming) and hydroponics (soilless plant farming), uses fish wastewater as a resource, circulating it through hydroponic grow beds where plants take up its nutrients. The filtered water is then recycled back through the fish tanks. We operated the project for three years as a small-scale, urban, aquaponics farm.
As of 2017, we
- Hosted over 4,300 visitors
- Held over 250 events, tours and workshops
- Harvested 2,800 pounds of fish and produce for sale through local restaurants and farmers markets