I'm building an aquaponic DIY system in a field near Wedmore(Blackford), itis design to grow 2 tonnes of Organic trout and enough organic vegetable and herbs to supply part of the neighbourhood, it is a self founded project with the aim to demonstrate how we could use harvested rain water in closed loop system and to be able to produce a protein creop as well as a wide variety of horticultural produce without having to do watering,digging,tilling,weeding apply nutriment etc.. just from seddled to harvest,
Increse awareness in this type of system is the importance of an helthy diet with an ancient system that works in harmony with nature, it is a manmade ecosystem that run on renewable energy and uso no heavy agricultural machinery or pesticide/fertilizers, I've been practicing this technique for the last two year in a pilot trial system and this time is going on slighly bigger scale as we have the founds as weel as a small piece of land (1 acre).
We have a wormfarm and a bee-hive at present as this are part of the workers(contractors) involved in the project too, the first stage is building the marquee (polytunnel too expensive and not good looking) to host the plant production, then dig the holes for the trout production and another canope will be covering them, most of the material is already on site and work as started a few days ago.
If anybody is interested and want to learn, volounteer, partecipate in any way feel free to contact me on
Good to hear of your project. I would love to come a have a look at what you are doing and have a chat. I am a Green town councillor and very interested in such systems involving permaculture.
All the best,
Great to hear from you and your interest in this type of farming practice, the first quarter of this project has been built and water is running troughout the system, as soon as my registration for Aquaculture Production Businnes is accepted the fish wil be introduced in the tanks, seeds have been germinated and soon ready to be transplanted.
You are wellcome to came around at any time, but If you would like to see the full picture probably the best time will be February/March, when the plants are happly growing and the fish swimming around, fell free to contact me by email or phone.
Thanks for your email. I will phone you early in the New Year then. All the best with your project.
Antonio I wish you the best of luck. When I next come to the UK I would love to come and see your system. There are many aquaponic systems in Australia where I now live and they work well.
Thank you for an inspirational post.
Hi Mark, it will be a pleasure to show you around if we get the chance, I've learned a lot from fellow australian aquaponist, I'm an active member of two australian aquaponics forum and you guys are defenetly leading in the approach and utilisation of this system, from the backyard prospect to the commercial grower. Multimillion dollar investment from your governament are allowing more organisation to embrace and converting to this particular type of integrated farming.
It's just the tip of the iceberg.