No soil is used or even allowed in the greenhouse. This prevents the possibility of insects being introduced into our system. The seeds are grown in rockwool cubes and the plant roots grow in water.
Since it will most likely be harvested the day you buy it, our lettuce can be stored for up to 2 weeks, on average, in the fridge.
The only water we add is due to evaporation and daily filtering. All the water is recirculated which makes it very sustainable. On average, aquaponics uses 1/10th of the water traditional farming does.
Our fish start off around .5 grams and we harvest them around 1.8 pounds. This growth period takes 6 months. Depending on the type of lettuce, typically it will grow from seed to harvest in 30-40 days. This happens much faster than in soil due to our nutrient rich water which is produced naturally from the fish.
Mostly to local restaurants. We do have a self-serve fridge at our greenhouse, so stop on by! We will be harvesting 275-300 heads of lettuce every day Monday through Friday.
We can grow year round in a controlled environment while producing more lettuce in a small amount of space. Also, we get free & natural fertilizer from the fish vs. using chemicals, pesticides, or herbicides. After learning about aquaponics, we knew it would be a good addition to the community.