Urban farmers are getting their hands around everything from chickens to bees to gardens, but to take the next step, they might want to check out aquaponics, a way of raising fish and plants in one sustainable place. To help educate people who want to do that in their own home, garage or back yard, Colorado Aquaponics is offering classes and tours as part of a national campaign put on by the Aquaponics Association to raise awareness about these zero-waste systems.
“It's essentially a natural ecosystem that we're replicating here," says Colorado Aquaponics owner JD Sawyer. "The wastewater produced by the fish is providing nutrients for the plants so we can grow food at a very rapid rate, and in the process, the plants actually clean the water for the fish again."
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To see aquaponics in action, head down to Flourish Farms at GrowHaus, 4751 York Street, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. today for the Aquaponics Tour de Tanks. The tour, which will highlight home setups as well as large-scale commercial farm operations, are free, and educators from Colorado Aquaponics will be on hand to answer questions. For more information, visit coloradoaquaponics.com.
Sun., April 21, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., 2013