Chapter 1: What is Aquaponics?
Aquaponics is a type of farming that combines the principles of aquaculture (the raising of fish or other aquatic animals) with hydroponics (the growing of plants in water without soil). In an aquaponic system, water from the fish tank is circulated to the plant beds, where the plants absorb the nutrients from the water as they grow. The plants then help to filter the water, which is returned to the fish tank. This process allows farmers to grow crops year-round, regardless of the weather or soil conditions, and to do so in a sustainable and efficient manner.