New Aquaponic System in Anacostia

Carroll Bryant

Here’s a pic of Mr. Carroll Bryant, contemplating his forthcoming aquaponic system and drinking a tasty energy elixir. Carroll and his wife Janet have a 50 gallon fish pond. I met Janet at some Washington, DC DPR urban agriculture events and she wondered if it was possible to do aquaponics with their backyard fishpond….more to come!

UDC Aquaponics at East Cap Urban Farm

East Cap Urban Farm

The University of the District of Columbia (UDC) hosted a great event last week showcasing their large aquaponics system at the East Capitol Urban Farm in Washington, DC (across from Capitol Heights Metro station). This system is one of UDC’s “urban food hubs”, which are designed to “improve Food Security and Sustainability in DC neighborhoods through food production, food preparation, food distribution, and waste and water management”. UDC is planning a food hub in each of Washington, DC’s eight wards. Each hub will include aquaponics or hydroponics. Check out their urban ag website here.

We need to use less water

Nestle – the world’s largest food company – recently found that if everyone on the planet ate the average american meat-heavy diet, then the world would have run out of fresh water 15 years ago. The report also found that if we continue on the current water consumption trend, then one-third of the world will encounter fresh water scarcity by 2025. See the article in the link, below.

http://www.newsweek.com/world-water-shortage-meat-consumption-453592

Aquaponics uses LESS THAN 10% of the water as traditional soil farming for the same output.