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Jake Ironbranch
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Location: south Louisiana
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Just introducing myself. I didn't see the topics in a list format like most forums so I just figured I put it here in composting since that's the reason I joined a perma forum.

A quick rundown of what I'm planning.

In the near future hopefully, I'll be planting everything I need to feed myself. I won't be doing it in the ground though. Boxes elevated off the ground over fish pond and pump circulated from pond over crops for the nitrogen in the water. I was thinking I'd still make compost to try and keep bugs and disease out of the crops but not sure if I would need to. All crops will be from wild Heirloom seeds if I can find them. Our current food supply is the main reason we have so much sickness and disease.
 
Adam Price
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Location: Washington, United States
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Welcome! Your plan definitely sounds innovative/new. Although starting out I suggest you avoid innovative until you feel comfortable with the basic concepts.

I could never imagine healthy producing soil that "hovers" over a pond in nature (first warning sign). You would have to pump the water vertically which feels like a waste of energy as well. If you are simply trying to use the nutrients that a pond generates then I would find/research a pond ecosystem that is flourishing and producing yields naturally with little to no input from you. These systems usually have gravity driven water flow, capture water with biomass/swales, and use methods like a composting tea to get that nutrients kick if needed.

Biodiverse food is important to prevent health issues so I applaud your enthusiasm for searching for ways to contribute to the solution.

Is there a specific reason you don't have access to ground but have a fish pond? That confuses me.
 
Jake Ironbranch
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Location: south Louisiana
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Hey Adam thanks for the advice, however I don't need to avoid anything innovative because I grew up in farming culture and I want to supply my own food source with things I've grown wild and grow naturally on there own with minimal effort and that is the reason I'm going with Aquaponics. Again our current food supply is dangerous so I studied how 3rd world countries with tribes in the wilderness survived with there crops. Its the cycle of life, water flows near trees and stuff while being filtered through the earth and all 3 of those support each other. I haven't dug a fish pond yet but will and I wanted to source some information about advice on all this being done in south Louisiana. Kinda worried about pests like fire ants in the fish pond.

Aquaponics is the combination of aquaculture [fish farming] and hydroponics [soilless plant culture]. In Aquaponics, the nutrient-rich water resulting from raising fish provides a natural fertilizer for the growing plants. As the plants consume the nutrients, they help to purify the water in which the fish live. A natural microbial process keeps both the fish and plants healthy, and helps sustain an environment where all can thrive. Essentially, Aquaponics is organic gardening, without the soil.

Aquaponics uses 90% less water than a conventional garden.
Aquaponics uses a tiny amount of energy, less than a light bulb.
Aquaponics can produce up to ten times more vegetables in the same area and time as a garden.
Labor required to produce plentiful crops is reduced by up to 50%

So basically I will have an endless supply of fish, vegetables and herbs or whatever I grow because the fish will reproduce. I will be using nothing more than a fish tank pump to circulate the water and may even use the solar panel from some lights to run it. I have all the information I need on hugleculture and transfarming but i'll get around to that when I have enough land and all else involved.
 
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