Tuesday, 8 April 2014

Aquaponic's Project @ College

If you’re fortunate to be visiting Carlisle College today check out the Plumbing Dept’s Sustainability Competition entry Aquaponic’s, a combination of aquaculture (fish farming) and hydroponics (soil less plant culture).

The nutrient-rich water from raising fish provides a natural fertiliser for the growing plants. As the plants use the nutrients they help to purify the water for the fish and the cycle continues, a natural microbial process keeping fish and plants healthy creating a sustainable ecosystem where both can thrive.

Aquaponic’s could potentially provide high quality, locally-grown fresh food all year round.

We went along with Paul Cross,our Plumbing Technician and inspiration for our project, to visit MoffatCan, who are currently running Scotland’s 1st Aquaponic’s Greenhouse successfully.

A big Thank You to Kerry for driving us, as you can see we were all a little windswept but it was a great place to visit and very inspirational.

Thank you Edward & Alice @ Moffat Can for your time and information about setting up the Aquaponic’s system at Moffat Can and the help for our Aquaponic’s project too.
Our visit to Moffat Can

We were also greatly helped by;

Nigel & Paul at Maidenhead Aquatics who donated a pump for our system, along with

Mike at Brampton Koi who also donated a pump.

The wonderful ladies at B&Q Customer services desk who gifted the lush herbs & plants 

Nick the Miller from Little Selkeld Watermill nr Penrith who generously donated the beautiful organic seed

And last but not least

Robbie for bravely donating his pet goldfish, Eenie Meenie Miney & Mo in the name of environmental research 

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