Aquaponic agriculture creates a closed-loop system in which fish waste fertilizes plants grown on hydroponic rafts, while plants feed worms that in turn feed the fish. PFI's aquaponic greenhouse in West Oakland was designed as a proof of concept that aquaponics is a viable and intensive method of production that can occur in urban areas and utilize urban waste streams to power an aqua-farm and greenhouse.
This 2,000-square-foot greenhouse utilizes waste from our sister restaurant, The Perennial, and in turn provides produce and (eventually) fish back to the restaurant. The greenhouse is an urban farming demonstration facility that highlights production and efficiency as well as waste management and interdisciplinary collaboration.
PFI's aquaponic greenhouse was supported, in part, by a grant from The Small Planet Fund.
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