Urban Farming: DIY Aquaponics to Grow Organic Food at Home

aquaponics rail gardenThis post features a collection of the most helpful instructional videos on designing and building your own home aquaponics garden to grow veggies and herbs indoors, on your balcony, backyard, or even at the office. I have used many of the tips from these virtual DIY aquaponics professors to build this backyard aquaponic gutter garden to grow food and listen to the trickling water right outside my kitchen!

If you are more of the plug-and-grow type — check out the below pictured kit to easily convert any standard 20-gallon aquarium into a home aquaponics garden. Or one of the other top 5 DIY Aquaponics kits on the market. 

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If you are adventurous enough to design a system of your own, use the instructional videos below as inspirations and to help understand the mechanics behind the bafflingly simple recirculating system. Build a system best suited for your environment and which incorporates materials you may already have. Most importantly, have fun and get creative!

DIY HOME AQUAPONICS:

How to Build & Operate a Basic Aquaponics System: in-depth tutorial on designing and building a simple outdoor aquaponic system. If you have the time – watch this one first! The song might be the best part: “We’ll this country’s in the pits, and I really should admit, that I feel its time to do something about it…”

Simple Patio Aquaponic System: basic overview of a simple aquaponic system using plastic buckets and wooden boards.

First Aquaponic Setup Under $200: 10ft 4 inch PVC pipe, pond pump, valve, hydroton balls, concrete, plastic buckets, and 11 plants (cucumber, jalepeno, tomatoes, bell pepper, basil).  Already had pet South African Cichlids, fish tank, & greenhouse.

Mobile A-frame Backyard Hydroponic Yard System: 6 ft. x 10 ft. system using PVC pipe (3in sewer drain pipe is cheaper & easier to cut), small reservoir attached to larger reservoir and a float valve, filter, 3/4 piping, manual valvues, basil plants.

Creative Backyard Aquaponic System: 360 tour of a three tier system built by a self-proclaimed “bush mechanic” using kiddie pools, wood planks, stone waterfalls, and other natural elements. Wait for it….. “how many fEEsh would let you pet ’em?!”

COMMERCIAL AQUAPONICS

Factory-sized Aquaponic System in Milwaukee: informal tour of the Growing Power Urban Farm, explaining how his farm grows in the winter using minimal resources. Farmer, Will Allen, describes the features of the system, mechanics of its solar pump, use of compost, and the water conservation benefits of using a modular aquaponic system that recycles the same water to feed fish and fertilize plants.

Portable Farm’s Patented Aquaponic System Supplier: informative video about aquaponic systems from commercial aquaponicist (aquaponist?) in Southern California that developed a system requiring little maintenance or skill on the part of the grower. He calls aquaponics “disruptive technology…Will this change the world? In 25 years, this will be part of the landscape…people won’t notice them anymore. They will be THAT pervasive.”

I like that.

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Urban American Gothic Farmers by Brandon Martella

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