Wednesday, December 8, 2010


Colorado Aquaponics is conserving water is by growing greens like basil and lettuce in the same container as fish. They both thrive together. The nutrients for the plants are provided by fish waste. J.D. Sawyer and his wife Tanya run the operation. Aquaponics is a combination of agriculture and hydroponics, where plants are raised without soil. Aquaponics uses just 10 percent of the water typically needed for irrigated farming. On top of that, there are no pesticides or chemical fertilizers. The greens are sold to local store owners along with the fish, which include tilapia and trout. Both the fish and greens are healthy and store owners love the taste. Sawyer says that it is the future in farming. The couple are now looking for benefactors to help them go commercial.

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