Aquaponics is a food production system that combines conventional aquaculture (raising aquatic animals such as snails, fish, crayfish or prawns in tanks) with hydroponics (cultivating plants in water) in a symbiotic environment. In an aquaponic system, water from an aquaculture system is fed to a hydroponic system where the by-products are broken down by nitrification bacteria into nitrates and nitrites, which are utilized by the plants as nutrients. The water is then recirculated back to the aquaculture system.
Typically aquaponic systems utilize classic horizontal grow beds, but we at bare greens have chosen to utilize the exciting new technology, ZipGrow towers, that enables us to grow our herbs and greens vertically. See the section on vertical growing to read up on the benefits.
Here is a short video explaining what aquaponics is and how it works. Click here to goto the Aquaponics Video
Vertical Growing using ZipGrow Towers
Invented and manufactured by Dr Nate Storey, PhD (Bright AgroTech, out of Wyoming USA). Vertical growing is not new, but the technology that Dr Storey invented is! The ZipGrow Towers provide farmers with significant benefits. Less labour requirements, no soil borne diseases, minimal water usage and portability. The result of this is that farmers can produce large quantities of fresh herbs and greens, with less resource usage, and provide consumers with organically grown Live Sales, completely shaking up the entire herb and green marketplace!
Community Supported Agriculture
Are you looking for locally produced herbs and greens, available to you freshly cut every week of the year, year round? Are you interested in promoting and supporting locally produced herbs and greens? If you do, then Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) may just be what you require.
CSA is a joint community program, between the local community and a local farmer. The community supports the local farmer by purchasing shares in the farmers produce for an extended period of time, either 6 months or 12 months at a time. This share has two benefits.
For more details of bare greens CSA program, please click on the link on the home page.
Knowing where your food is grown, under what conditions and using what techniques all adds to your confidence that the food you are providing for your family is healthy, free of chemicals and diseases. Some recent examples of food contamination are classic examples of low food security.
Below is a photo of our property where all our herbs and greens are grown. Located in Canyonleigh, part of the beautiful Southern Highlands of NSW. You are most welcome to organise for a farm visit to see how we grow our herbs and greens.
We needed to setup a temporary fish tank setup as the rain has delayed the ground works and slab pouring. So we decided to setup one of the 5000L tanks inside one of our buildings. The tank is currently cycling, and once this is complete we will add the 500 silver perch to this tank.
Next we measured out the greenhouse pad, and determined the locations for the 20 piers.
The piers on the sides are all 450mm in diameter and approximately 1200mm deep. Digging was fun! We hit rock in most of the holes!!
Next step was forming up the slab for the fish house and then pouring the slab. The fish house is a 12m x 9m garage.
Due to the requirement that the water flow is gravity driven (returning from the greenhouse and fish house) we needed to complete some earthworks to create all the required gradients.
The water from the sump tank to the fish house and greenhouse is pumped, so this is under pressure.
We have produced our first tri-fold leaflet, and if you wish to view or even download it and print it you are most welcome to.
There are two PDF files, and when you print it out print each page one on the front and one on the rear. Just figure out how to orientate the page when you place it back into the paper tray.
Brochure Page 1
Brochure page 2