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.
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!
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.
Basil pesto is simple to master at home. There are generally only five ingredients - basil, of course, pine nuts and garlic, plus olive oil and parmesan. This recipe uses the traditional method of pounding using a mortar and pestle, but some pesto recipes suggest using a food processor to speed up the preparation time.
Slowly toast the pine nuts in a dry frying pan, then take out and leave to cool.
Wash the basil, shake dry and pick the leaves from the stalks.
Peel, then crush the garlic, a little salt and the pine nuts in a mortar.
Add the basil and grind to a paste, then work in the grated parmesan.
Continue grinding, gradually adding the oil in a thin stream, to produce a creamy pesto. Season to taste with salt.
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Bare Greens grows using organic practices in an aquaponic system, utilizing Bright Agrotech's ZipGrow Vertical Growing Technology. This technology enables Bare Greens to provide our customers with Fresh Right Now produce, as the towers are modular, enabling us to easily transport our produce to market, to homes, or to restaurants. Always fresh, low wastage, harvest as you require.
Bare Greens Southern Highlands CSA provides healthy, fresh greens and herbs all year long for the local community.
Bare Greens grows fresh, nutritious greens, herbs 365 days a year for the local Southern Highlands community. Each week, CSA partners receive a basket of freshly harvested produce delivered directly from our greenhouse in Canyonleigh. We harvest every Thursday.
So the time from harvest to your home is a matter of hours!
Taste the Freshness:
Receive ultra-fresh, nutrient dense, locally grown food every week
Know exactly where your food comes from and have the opportunity to tour the farm
Less transit = more flavor