Monday, April 29, 2013
Here's a look at month one of our operational 120 gallon system indoor aquaponics system - a joint collaboration between the Boston Architectural College, The Productive Collective, and Codman Academy.
We are currently growing lettuce, basil, squash, cucumber, peas, peppers, and mint - all with eighteen blue nile tilapia and four goldfish! Very quickly, the Codman system has shown that it will yield the best results of any PC WApU yet - a true testament to the research we've all contributed the past year of work.
One thing we're noticing is that the bigger the system, the more stable it is and the more productive. Having over 20 fish in the tank really increases the nutrients and this thing is flying. Another aspect is access to natural light - something that we really don't have on other sites.
In particular, Codman has proved to be an excellent site - We have made a great connection with biology instructor Ed Yoo and librarian Lisa Graustein - who are equally invested in the project.
Productive Collective is just beginning to grow.
Thursday, April 11, 2013
So, when PC friend Gus Lynch was in town from Seattle, he was kind enough to buy me 4 new goldfish at our local pet store and deliver them to this beautiful bowl at Kyle and Lauren's house [see above], where I picked them up and moved them to their new home in my kitchen. They seem to be doing fine - eating, swimming, and hopefully, pooping - I've got a whole new bed, too, filled with watercress clippings from our new friends in Holyoke [more on this in another post, coming soon], so I need some nitrates! In any case, it's great to be up and running again!
Monday, April 8, 2013
The big day finally arrived - we planted our system at Codman! With leadership from some BAC students and Codman students, the planting of the seedlings was completed in about 1.5 hours. We planted 58 seedlings - a mix of basil, lettuce, hot peppers, chives, squash, and cucumber - all of it destined for Codman's cafeteria! We then tweaked the plumbing a bit, and fired up the system. We're looking forward to watching these plants grow and soak up all those good nitrates....