Aquaponics: the simple beauty of sustainable food production.

Aquaponics. When I first started working with an aquaponics system in 2006, most people would look at me cross-eyed when I told them what I was doing. And while I still get that look at times, aquaponics is moving from the obscure shadows to bask in the limelight…well, the limelight of foodies and sustainable farmers….

Aquaponicos de El Salvador

Last weekend I finally took a trip to Granja San Patricio, owned by progressive-minded brothers Rafael and Rodolfo Castillo. They have built the first commercial sized integrated aquaculture-hydroponic system in El Salvador, known as aquaponics. Their system is modeled after the oft-replicated system of Dr. James Rakocy, of the University of St. Croix. Rafael Castillo…

Aquaponics in El Salvador

Aquaponics, the combination of freshwater fish aquaculture and hydroponic vegetable production, is a practice I’m very familiar with. While living and working in the Bahamas, I helped design and build an expansion of the existing aquaponics system, and then ran the operation, providing the Island School with fresh lettuce every day and an occasional fish…