Food for Franklin County… It’s Called AquaPonics

What Is AquaPonics?

The most simple definition of Aquaponics is the combination of aquaculture (raising fish) and hydroponics (the soil-less growing of plants) that grows fish and plants together in one integrated system. The fish waste provides an organic food source for the plants, and the plants naturally filter the water for the fish.

The third participants are microbes (nitrifying bacteria). These bacteria convert ammonia from the fish waste first into nitrites, and then into nitrates.  Nitrates are the form of nitrogen that plants can uptake and use to grow.  Solid fish waste is turned into vermicompost that also acts as food for the plants.

In combining both hydroponic and aquaculture systems, aquaponics capitalizes on their benefits, and eliminates the drawbacks of each.

In December of 2018 at a meeting of The Community Council of Franklin County, Mark Moebius the President of Jireh Ministries explained the benefits and need for an Aquaponics Greenhouse in Franklin County. The pillars of Jireh Ministries as Mr Moebius presented are Housing, Food and Jobs for Franklin County Missouri. AquaPonics will create an opportunity for Schools, Food Banks, Farmers Markets and Restaurants to get the highest quality produce, with no chemicals and super high yield in a small space.

The Good News!
In the meeting long time resident and business owner Shirley Schatz offered to fund the 1st AquaPonics Greenhouse. The funding will enable Jireh Ministries to build and complete the 1st stages of the Aquaponics system.

AquaPonics System Plan for Franklin County
AquaPonics System Plan for Franklin County

The initial step is to find the appropriate Location.

One of the benefits of an AquaPonics is that it only needs a very small footprint and only uses enough electricity to power a small pump. The rest of the system literally  flows down through the various stages and ends up in a small well where a sump pump returns clean water to the start of the process.
With some moderate winter weather the Greenhouse can e installed in the next couple months. The phases include Construction of the Greenhouse (2 Days), Installation of beds an plumbing (1 week) Installation of heating source (Double Barrel Furnace)

If you would like more information or to join the Community Council of Franklin County they meet monthly and can be reached by getting a free ticket,  For more information call Debbie at 636-300-9000 extention 812

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