Over the course of our journey as aqua-pioneers with Trifecta Ecosystems, we witnessed aquaponics accomplish a variety of goals and solve a multitude of problems. It’s obviously a great tool for feeding one’s self, family or community year-round. For the past five years, we used aquaponic services as a way to enhance classroom learning and S.T.E.M. education through in-class aquaponics systems. We also used aquaponics as a tool for workforce and personal skills development with intellectually and developmentally disabled communities around Connecticut. We witnessed aquaponics work as an economic development tool for towns, communities and cities, and as a civic engagement tool for nonprofits and community-oriented organizations. In doing so, we unlocked a new wave of Hidden Farmers and we found a greater mission - a mission to stimulate schools, communities and cities to produce enough food and in turn, cultivate cities that feed themselves.
What is aquaponics?
Aquaponics is a model of sustainable and organic urban farming that uses very little water, no soil, and produces no waste. The closed-system pumps water in a continuous loop from the fish tank, to the plants, and back to the fish tank. The waste from the fish is converted by microbes into nutrients that fertilize the plants, and the plants, in turn, clean the water as it returns to the fish tank.