WaterFarmers Aquaponics providing a Sustainable Alternative to Conventional Agriculture

By: Nayel Halim (York Sustainable Enterprise Consultants)

With food security becoming a pressing issue with the onset of climate change, WaterFarmers Aquaponics is exploring innovative, and out-of the-box solutions.

What is aquaponics you might say? It is a system of aquaculture that grows fish and plants together in one integrated system. In this closed-loop system, the waste produced by farmed fish provides nutrients for plant growth. In return, the plants purify the water, which is recycled.

WaterFarmers Aquaponics is a professional aquaponics-consulting group that provides these technology-based food security solutions. They specialize in designing aquaponic systems that are highly scalable and provides valuable and diverse plant crops, as well as freshwater fish.

With increasing demand for local, sustainable, and high-quality food, aquaponic technology offers a feasible and practical solution.

WaterFarmers has an extensive portfolio of unique projects, with active ventures in Canada, the Middle East, and Asia. Their systems are highly customizable and can be adapted for a variety of site-specific conditions.

Toronto’s Fresh City Farms at Downsview Park for instance, is the largest operating aquaponic system in all of the Greater Toronto Area. It is situated within a 3000 square foot greenhouse! Not only does it produce fresh, organic vegetables, it also has a significant social impact. They also run workshops for member farmers and the public, where people come together to process the harvest and learn about the science behind this ingenious method of food production.

Another project taking advantage of this sustainable method of urban agriculture is at the Scadding Court Community Centre (SCCC). SCCC participated in last years Green Energy Doors Open (GEDO), where they showcased their aquaponics system that can produce various plants such as lettuce, kale, bok choy, and basil. This produce all goes towards local programs and are sold at reasonable prices, with the income generated supporting the upkeep of the system. In addition, the community centre also contributes towards socio economic development by providing valuable education and training for youth who will maintain the system.

Such systems may just pave the path towards revolutionizing the conventional agriculture industry into one that is more sustainable, practical, and eco-conscious. Learn more at: https://www.waterfarmers.ca/

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