Aquaponics, Education

So…What?!?!

“It’s very important to teach the children about these systems. They will need these lessons even more as their future depends on it…”

– Jonathan So, a.k.a The Aquaponicist

Today I really sunk my teeth into nitrifying bacteria and sponge media at The Aquaponicist storefront location in north London. John So guided me around his enterprise of various crayfish, tilapia tanks and grow beds, as well as the sunroom he is building in the converted car park area in the back. What is he selling at his storefront location you ask? Education… nay, inspiration. He walked me through different designs and plumbing possibilities, and he especially piqued my curiosity when he introduced me to the idea of “micro greens”. You see micro greens are vegetation that “we doctors call very very small. So small that it could not have possibly made off with a whole leg.”* The idea is that these micro greens contain the total amount of nutrients they will have within the first sprout of its lifetime. That means they can be harvested quickly in order to create a high turnover all the while reaping their full nutritional benefits (and of course selling them to the highest bidder at the ever famous Micro Green Auction House in Monte Carlo across the Tanzanian Sea… (I made up that auction house thing)).

Kids delivering crayfish they caught in the canal?!?

Kids delivering crayfish they caught in the canal?!?

Covering the tilapia tanks so the babies stop jumping out.

Covering the tilapia tanks so the babies stop jumping out.

Out fronticist

Out fronticist

*If you understand the “made off with a leg” reference, let me know and you shall be invited to the aquaponics BBQ at our school in April.

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