Good video to get people up to speed with modern CONVENTIONAL
farming insight and thought process..
I believe we are well past the point of evolving from this mind set.
I've been working on building an aquaponics setup in my small greenhouse.
Its nearly to the gravel grow bed stage and to the point of getting my water up
to temp. I already have tilapia.. plenty of them actually lol
BUT, i believe that with aquaponics and some really nifty modern spins to the
already amazing systems we have today dealing with aquaponics, we can
expand that land suitable for "FOOD" production at least DOUBLE.
Use our pastures and field with extreme strategy and honorable stewardship of the
land and forests and flora and fauna.
a good buddy of mine has said to me a few times, "dont give up on field crops just yet"
I say back to him, "im not giving up on them, im just tired of how people are doing it all wrong still
and keep falling back on conventional wisdom to hope that the big companies are going to
save their farms.. or that the government is going to step in a give out more subsidies.."
I feel that we should utilize our LARGE lands, the fields the forest and the prairies, with
reflection to how mother nature has always tended them.
Example.. Cows are herding mammals.. they are meant to TRAVEL distances,
to jump from watering hole to watering hole or feed plot to feed plot.. WHY? Because
they never eat up everything 100% and they stay in an area long enough so
their wastes build up to unhealthy proportions, their herding allows the lands
to CYCLE their wastes and regrow the plants that were eaten up.
Animals are cycled thru lands and never stay in one spot to deplete that areas resources.
Mother nature never allowed that... IE: you get a lot of bunnies.. your going to end up with more
bob cats or raptors to keep those bunnies in check. "Checks and balances" Go figure.
Now with this aquaponics though... and with how society is today... this is a HUGE opportunity
to take advantage of the more desired clean healthy food that is grown in sustainable methods.
There is just a SERIOUS list of things that one much set into motion and align just right
to succeed with a large scale high productive aquaponic setup that can be deemed
an example for the rest and use as a benchmark.
I believe that the collection of local restaurant organic wastes is a MUST, I have a plan
to talk with my local councilmen about writing up a program that will enable restaurants to sign up
for and being signed up will enable a tax benefit for them.
These food wastes can then be feed to Black Soldier Fly larva, special nutrients can be added
to the feed bins that will help give the larva a more completely nutrient profile,
once these babys are mature, you just simply feed them straight to the fish, chooks, ducks... etc..
for tilapia though and other more herbivores, these BSFL are only a lil supplement to their
more veggy based diet. But this isnt hard to get either... All of the produce that is harvested
from the aquaponic system is PREPPED READY TO EAT AFTER A RINSE. So that there is
VERY MINOR trimming of the veggies before being able to eat them...
This is also done with the fish,,, NO fish is sold WHOLE... only fillets.. because the rest
of that fish is going to be fed to the BSFL then those are fed right back into the system... chooks...
fish.. etc... (perch can survive souly from the BSFL i believe... )
So for the herbivore fish, all their food is literally the waste pieces of harvested veggies, ground
up and ran through a pellet machine(they run around 10k+, but the amount of things you can make
into pellets is amazing and their uses are prettty endless... dog/cat foods... fish food..
plant food(press neem/kelp/crab meals together bingo bango))
Not to mention the earth worm aspect of the whole system.
For the aquaponic veggie portion, thast the zone that will determine the FISH WEIGHT capacity
of the system... IE: 100x 1lb fish or 25x 4lb fish, its the WEIGHT of fish total that really matters,
not just the fish count.. bigger fish eat a lot more food.
With a system Im working on, im planning on running tilapia for 12 months, to get the FULL SIZE
ones, 4lb fish just about, then will get roughly 1lb of meat off that fish. remember all scraps
and waste is recycled into the system.
(the BSFL step is a cannibalism prevention stage, rather then grounding up the waste fish and making
them into pellets, I discovered the BSFL and its amazing abilities and the fact that it just makes sense, because Fish eat BUGS mainly... or PLANTS... of course big fish eats little fish too.
not to mention that the BSFL are extremely effective at processing RAW organic matter, it doesnt
need to be rotting like how worms require that, so this just saves time and an entire whole of
not having to ground up those fish wastes.)
Im making this thread to see what other peoples' opinions are on the subject and any
experience anyone might have in the growing field of sustainable production.
I havent even touched on the HEMP field aspects and how that can benefit things
greatly.. so this topic has a shit load to have uncovered still of course.
what are maybe some things you might have noticed in your local community that
points toward a urge to become more sustainable or possibly what other people
might be doing in your area?
One of the biggest things I noticed in my area was that in the big city, they
made this community urban garden, they started it about 3-4 yrs ago and i wont lie..
its a piece of fucking shit and kind of a joke...
like ZERO funds were put into play to make anything happen with practicality taking
into mind. I drive pass the garden and can clearly see that it really isnt going
to help support many people at all...
I feel that its a mistake to take these urban land plots and think its going to be
possible to grow a lot of food on it in a conventional sense...
I mean.. they ACTUALLY USED A DAMN HORSE DRAWN PLOW... let along
the fact that they were plowing in general... completely waste of time IMO, and should
only be done when its dreadly calls for such an action.. and IMO... not much would
convince me I need to plow my garden. Because years after NOT plowing.. I am able
to scoop deep into the soil with my bare hands then i have ever been able to when I plowed.
these lil plots of land that are inner city, should have greenhouses put up.. solar system
and utilize aquaponics...
they would require less water, less work.. less power dependent... and all the while
producing MORE FOOD with over all less INPUT.
I have plans to set forth some pretty interesting gardening practices these next few
seasons, and Im hoping that I can get my politician on board in a community sense, because
ill surely express to them that I have community pull and community = VOTES... so... yea lol
Everyone is all about this stuff... but noone knows where to start or even how to.
Gardening for 7 yrs now and growing plants for over 10, I feel pretty comfy with
starting to take some steps to get things going on a much large scale. Not
quite to the point of cycling mammals on some 10-20 acres of mixed forest and prairie
but most def to the point that i can handle 1 acre with a number of greenhouses for
my main inputs would from local restaurant wastes and my fish food.
What you guys and gals think of this stuff?