A Balsall Heathan wrote in September:
“I helped build a combined aquaponic system in someone’s back garden. Fish tanks and hydroponic veg growing tanks, with solar heating. Innovation is out there….
“Would be great to feature that”, adding: “Jonathan Melhuish is the man”.
Investigating this new expression I discovered that Jonathan`s group is adapting and extending the simple traditional Indian practice of combining the rearing of crops and fish especially in rice growing, where the fish and paddy actually share the same habitat, as described in several books and papers by Winin Pereira. On the Transition Kings Heath website there is a video with Mark Price speaking and text by Jonathan introducing the new Kings Heath Hydroponics group and presents this diagram:
“For those who are wondering what the fuss is about: aquaponics is growing fish and vegetables together. By circulating the water from the fish tanks through the grow beds, the vegetables get nutrients, the fish get clean water – and you get tasty, healthy, fresh food in your back yard, or virtually anywhere. It’s got real potential to increase our food security and dramatically reduce food miles.
“I’ve decided to take this forward and set up a group is for anyone in the Birmingham area who is interested in trying this exciting technique for urban farming. Personally I’m keen to get an experimental system set up in my back yard, but I’d love others to get involved and benefit from the experience too. Join us as we learn together!
If you’d like to get involved, join the Facebook group.. and invite your friends too: https://www.facebook.com/groups/351996401539479/
(if you don’t use Facebook just email me and I’ll make sure you’re kept in the loop)
Kings Heath Transition – community resilience, facing up to peak oil and climate change: www.kingsheathtransition.org.uk
Twitter : @KHTransition
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Postal Address : 73 All Saints Rd, Kings Heath, Birmingham, B14 7LN
Telephone : 07010 065548 (50p/min)