My father has a company which he is using to raise tilapia. He is trying to do so without buying any commercial feed. I have been using some of the permaculturephilosophy to try to help him do this. He is partnered with 3 other farms (Florida, Texas, and Michigan) in the US and owns his own in Indiana.
All of the systems are recirculating water systems, and progressively organic. When they were first implemented, commercial feed was the primary source of nutrients into the system. We have seen that this has not been cost effective, and since the feed is soy and corn based (which is conventionally farmed) the fish are not as healthy to eat and this also greatly increases the footprint of the farm on the planet if the farm continues using this feed.
What we are offering is actually a great opportunity. We would like to offer a learning apprenticeship. This opportunity is likely going to be particularly attractive to someone who does not have the land to practice permaculture nor the money to buy said land. Or the apprentice could become a partner in a funded new farm in the respective state or the apprentice. At each farm, we have an infrastructure and greenhouse for growing plants, but also surrounding territory to raise any animal or plant that one wishes (within the law). There is room at each place to pull in a mobile home to live on site, although this is not mandatory--you can also come on your free time and do some work and gain some experience. The internship is unpaid, but all of the farms are currently producing plenty of food to live on (if you would like to get off of the food grid ASAP, this is also particularly inviting). Your labor is payment for lot rent but this excludes utilities or other services you purchase. The knowledge you gain from your experimentation with nature and learning form us is also priceless. We are not looking to take advantage of anyone, nor would we like to invite squatters to come and take advantage of us. We would like to create a symbiotic relationship between interns and the farm. The four farms also have significant amounts of acreage for raising livestock. There are also significant opportunities to take the knowledge you gain to start your own farm, and if you would like to start a partnership with us we can work a deal out to get you started.
If you are new or even experienced in permaculture but don't how or have the funds to start, this will get you started VERY quickly, if not immediately.
If you have any good ideas for permaculture/aquaponics that we have not thought of, we would love to create a space for you to manifest this.
The locations of each farm are:
Peru, Indiana (North Central Indiana)
Grand Rapids, Michigan
Clermont (Orlando area), Florida
Conroe (Houston area), Texas
We are interested in any communication or inquiries.
So "tilapia" are low on the food chain, and consume less protein than they make.
In the wild they eat smaller fish, algae, and bug larvae.
Find a pond cleaning company and let them dump at your place.
Start a pond outside the greenhouse let it get all funky and scoop it up with a net and toss it in.
Set up some Dan Rojas mosquito catchers. They catch more than mosquitos and if you go with the solar powered version, after the initial investment it would sustain.
Help get rid of some mosquitos.
Hello,i'm a french traveler who will come on your continent soon for learn of your experience of culture and aquaponic. Your project for learn very interest me but it's again current please ? thank in advance. Best