Aquaponics Centre to be launched by Kate Humble
Credit: Aquaponics UK
Wales’ first ever aquaponics centre is to be launched by TV presenter, Kate Humble at her farm near Monmouth, in partnership with the Federation of City Farms and Community Gardens.
It is hoped the system, once installed, will produce around 250 kgs of fish a year and 30 kgs of vegetables a week and will provide a model for community food production for the future.
Aquaponics involves cultivating fish and plants together,with plants taking up water, along with nutrients from fish waste converted by beneficial microbes, and in turn purifying the water ready to pump back into the fish tanks.
The energy-efficient system, to be installed in a ground-breaking solar greenhouse which extends the growing season without the need for additional heating, is the brainchild of scientists Charlie Price and Becky Bainbridge of Aquaponics UK.
“We have seen a growing interest in aquaponics over the last few years,” said Katie Jones, FCFCG’s Wales Development Manager. ”This is a great opportunity to share expertise and knowledge on aquaponics with communities in Wales and explore whether it can provide a genuine solution to food security.”
Kate Humble’s, Humble by Nature, is an education centre based on a working farm which runs rural skills courses and showcases different ways to achieve more sustainable ways of living – with much of the farm being run on renewable energy and biomass.