Heroes Series: MORE On Aquaponics………….

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“This is what Freedom looks like.”

I have the infinite pleasure of being in the company of many like-minded friends through a few wonderful groups existing, gathering, and sharing ideas via the Internet. What I love about the OccTesla and Sustainable Communities groups… No, Families… is that WE KNOW we are the SOLUTION. We are ACTING on this knowledge, spreading the word, and IMPLEMENTING THEORY with AVAILABLE TECHNOLOGY.

Please allow me to introduce to you, Dear Reader, one such individual who has taken responsibility and is using his KNOWLEDGE and TALENT to innovate and create a home “gardening” system for producing nutritious, pesticide- and chemical-free food for his entire family… using only 5 – 10% of the water needed for a traditional agricultural system.

This is John’s greenhouse. (actual names of my subjects are changed for privacy purposes)

This 12’ x 12’ greenhouse was built from scratch on a residential property in the Eastern United States. The plants were established in early Spring of this year. John is using small, coldwater goldfish (yeah! GOLDFISH!!!!!) and is growing many varieties of fruits and veggies, just to experiment. Not bad for a first attempt!! When posting this photo to our group page, John stated that: “This is one of my proudest achievements. It’s produced raspberries, blackberries, lettuce, corn, carrots, spices/herbs, zucchini, cucumbers, tomatoes, peppers, scallions, and some more things are coming.”

Just imagine all that variety to cook with every day!! When I read that he grew berry bushes in this system, I was floored (I really wondered if it was possible!). He said they are “the best he’s ever tasted.” For those of you who don’t already know… Homegrown, organic berries… there’s NOTHING like them!! Homegrown fruits grown in your own yard ACTUALLY taste like the candy you buy that is chemically created to taste like real fruit.

Dear Reader, anyone can do this. What you are looking at is the future of food. It is future of Freedom. Imagine community-sized greenhouses producing abundance for everyone! This is possible, this is what we need to be working on NOW.

Please recall from the TEDx Charlie Price video presented in the photo album entitled “On Aquaponics” that growing edible plants and fish are only part of a complete, self-sustaining food production system. Watch that video again….

Luckily, John is a valued member/consultant on our sustainable projects. He says, “This is what freedom looks like, and I’m proud to have built it, and am looking forward to more.”

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