Aquaponics for Farmers and Beyond
The role of providing food for communities, businesses and individual consumers is an important part of our society. Not only does food provide the vital nutrients that every living being needs, it is also an integral part of the social framework. Food helps us define our day - work begins after breakfast, the hunger for lunch gives way to the needed midday break, and the dinner bell signals the end of the work day. Food brings people together - in kitchens, around the backyard grill, at restaurants, for celebrations, holidays, and events. Food is what keeps us returning to the grocery store, markets, local bodegas, and corner stores on a daily basis. It’s the heartbeat of our biological and social existence. This understanding of food drives the growing need and demand to localize and regain control of the food chain. As a vital part of everyday life, it underscores the environmental
responsibility that growers must consider as we strive to conserve and maintain the limited and precious natural resources for generations to come.
Food is the heartbeat of our biological and social existence.
The use of commercial aquaponics helps to answer the demand for local produce, the need for a decentralized agriculture industry and the plea for environmental conservation. Commercial aquaponics has a variety of applications. While it is generally for growers who want to sell produce in the marketplace, this is often not the only or end goal of using commercial aquaponics. Commercial aquaponics can also be used as learning tool in schools and technical training centers. Many educational settings take advantage of aquaponics not only as an educational tool, but also as a food supplier for their local cafeterias and restaurants. When
developed as a small business to serve local and regional markets, aquaponics can provide economic stimulus, boosting local economies and providing jobs. Other applications of commercial aquaponics focus on the community aspect providing food insecure neighborhoods, food deserts and drought-ridden areas with access to nutritious food. Still, there are some communities that use aquaponics for the social and mental health benefits, noting the rehabilitative and positive psychological gains that are associated with growing food.
Because of the extensive social benefits and the ability to grow food in a responsible, more efficient way, aquaponics is an increasing part of the local movement. Consumers are becoming more selective of their food and the demands for natural, responsibly-sourced and nutrient-rich food is increasing. Farmer's markets are enjoying a resurgence in popularity, and even large grocery chains are choosing local produce suppliers to meet their customers' needs. Growing with aquaponics not only helps to meet the consumer's demand but also responds to the many environmental, political and social concerns that traditional agriculture struggles to address. While aquaponics is not the only answer, we believe it is an important part of the solution to many of today’s challenges. Through aquaponics we can feed our communities, conserve our natural resources, diversify our food system, boost local economies and make a tremendous social impact.
Some of our current commercial aquaponic growers include: commercial and family farms, colleges, K-12 schools and nonprofit organizations. Commercial systems start at 160 square feet of growing space and can be scaled-up to provide acres of growing space. Commercial system designs can modified to: maximize vegetation and/or aquatic production, extend the growing season, meet ADA accessibility standards, and facilitate educational and research applications. Symbiotic commercial systems are ideal for media-based and deep water culture (floating raft) aquaponics and may be used simultaneously. Our system uses a patent-pending design that is made in the U.S. from high-quality materials. Filters and pumps come with manufacturer warranties, while the grow beds and racking systems are made to last 20 years and beyond. Growbeds and racking systems come in a variety of colors, though we recommend our galvanized racking system for outdoor use. Full, turn-key service (from consultation and greenhouse builds to flipping the system "on-switch") is available. The average construction time of Symbiotic commercial system varies between 1 to 2 weeks, though larger systems require more time. All construction is conducted by highly-skilled and trained craftsman paid at fair, living wages. We strive to treat people right, and employing the best-practice standards is at the heart of our business For aquaponics to make a positive difference in our communities, growers must be empowered with the tools they need to succeed in their aquaponic efforts. To achieve this, we offer full technical support, maintenance contracts, and educational opportunities. Whatever your aquaponics goal we're here to help. Please contact us for more information about the Symbiotic Aquaponic commercial system.
For aquaponics to make a positive difference in our communities, growers must be empowered with the tools they need to succeed in their aquaponic efforts. To achieve this, we offer full technical support, maintenance contracts and educational opportunities. Whatever your aquaponics goal we're here to help. Please contact us for more information about the Symbiotic Aquaponic commercial system.