May7–June 12, 2010
Opening Reception Friday, May 7, 2010 from 6:30–8:30 PM
Artist Talks at 6 PM
Farming of the Future (Now is The Only Thing That is Real) | Malcom Smith
Mary E. Bawden Scuplture Garden
Aquaponics is a high-density food production arrangement that produces both plant matter and fish in one system with an absolute minimum of water usage.
Very little power is required to operate the Aquaponic system. The lower part of the system houses the fish that create the fertilizer for the plants. The plants are contained in what is called a “grow bed” which sits above the fish tank. A single water pump propels nutrient rich water from the fish tank to the grow bed(s). Plants become a natural filter as they absorb nourishment from fish waste, reducing or eliminating the water's toxicity for the aquatic life while the water fills the plant container. Once the plant container is full a device known as an “auto siphon” drains sparkling water effortlessly back to the fish tank using only the power of gravity. No external power is needed for the auto siphon to operate.
The water, now clean, is returned to the marine animal environment and the cycle continues. Aquaponic systems do not discharge or exchange water. The systems rely on the natural relationship between the aquatic animals and the plants to maintain the environment. Water is only added to replace water loss from absorption by the plants, and evaporation into the air.