Aquaponics is a
sustainable food production system that combines a traditional aquaculture (raising aquatic animals such as snails, fish
and shellfish in tanks) with hydroponics (cultivating plants in water) in a symbiotic environment. In aquaculture,
effluents accumulate in the water, increasing toxicity for the fish. This water is led to a hydroponic system where the
by products from the aquaculture are filtered out by the plants as vital nutrients, after which the cleansed water is recirculated
back to the animals. Aquaponic systems vary in size from small indoor or outdoor units to large commercial units, using the
same technology. The systems usually contain fresh water, but salt water systems are plausible depending on the type of aquatic
animal and which plants. Aquaponic science may still be considered to be at an early stage, relative to other sciences.
CSA - Community Supported Agriculture - is an alternative, locally-based
model of agriculture and food distribution. A CSA also refers to a particular network or association of individuals who have
pledged to support one or more local farms, with growers and consumers sharing the risks and benefits of food production.
CSA members or subscribers pay at the onset of the growing season for a share of the anticipated harvest; once harvesting
begins, they receive weekly shares of vegetables and fruit, and also sometimes herbs, cut flowers, honey, eggs, dairy products
and meat, as well. Some CSAs provide for contributions of labor in lieu of a portion of subscription costs.
GMO - Genetically Modified Organisms -A genetically modified organism (GMO) is an organism
whose genetic material has been altered using genetic engineering techniques. Organisms that have been genetically modified
include micro-organisms such as bacteria and yeast, insects, plants, fish, and mammals. GMOs are the source of genetically
modified foods, and are also widely used in scientific research and to produce goods other than food.
is a subset of hydroculture and is a method of growing plants using mineral nutrient solutions, in water, without
soil. Terrestrial plants may be grown with their roots in the mineral nutrient solution only or in an inert medium.
Organic farming is the form of agriculture that relies on techniques such as crop rotation,
green manure, compost and biological pest control. Organic farming uses fertilizers and pesticides but excludes or strictly
limits the use of manufactured (synthetic) fertilizers, pesticides, plant growth regulators such as hormones, livestock
antibiotics, food additivies, genetically modified organisms, human sewage sludge and nanomaterials.
Interesting Farming facts...
Seasons in the Sun farm uses bumble bees inside the greenhouses to pollinate. We use bumble bees rather than regular honey
bees because honey bees fly in a straight pattern and will get stuck inside the greenhouses and not know how to get out.
Bumble bees, on the other hand, fly in all directions and do a superb job of pollination. We do use honeybees outside
the greenhouses on the field farming, hence our CSA honey.
Wasps - Wasps are kept in our greenhouses
because they are a pesticide-free way of controlling insects. They love to eat grubs!
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