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The Tucson AquaPonics Project is being created to bring community-scale aquaponics to the desert Southwest and then to similar climates around the world, as well as support backyard aquaponics, by providing training, resources and assembling a network of people who can help each other to successfully implement both private and non-profit aquaponics systems. Aquaponics is the way food will be grown in the future, starting now.

In these difficult economic times helping each other is more important than ever. The current news headlines are proclaiming not just significant increases in the price of food, but actual food shortages. Many people have already suffered the loss of their jobs, their homes and even their self-esteem. Others are now just barely making it from paycheck to paycheck. In fact, too many people now have more 'month' left over at the end of the paycheck than the other way around.

Community Aquaponics Centers can help to both feed and employ people. And not just here in Tucson, but around the world. The systems we design and perfect here in Tucson in the coming months can be set up in other parts of the US and the world that have a climate similar to ours. 

Individual Aquaponics Systems can provide food for a family, with extra to be traded or sold to neighbors, or at a farmer's market.

What is Aquaponics?

Simplified Aquaponics System Diagram

Aquaponics is the growing of fish and plants together in a closed recirculating system. The fish are housed and fed in an appropriate tank and the water is circulated to growing areas for a very diverse crop of vegetables, herbs, flowers and other plants. The plants, helped by beneficial bacteria, effectively clean the water by utilizing the nutrients excreted by the fish and the clean water is then recirculated to the fish. Very little land area, water or electricity is required to operate an aquaponics system. Research from Hawaii indicates that:
* Aquaponics uses a small fraction of the water than traditional farming does.
* Aquaponics is energy-efficient: current systems use one-tenth of the energy conventional farming does.
* Aquaponics has eight to ten times more vegetable production in the same area and time.
* Aquaponics is fully scalable from indoor systems to backyard family systems to full commercial systems.
* Aquaponics is pure, clean, and natural: systems can be USDA Certified Organic and Food Safety Certified.

Fish, Plants, Water Combined in Method, May Help Feed People

on Thu, 03/06/2014 - 12:00am

Watch the great TV program about aquaponics in the Tucson area on Arizona Public Media's Arizona Illustrated - Fish, Plants, Water Combined in Method, May Help Feed People

Tucson’s aquaponics community in the spotlight

on Fri, 09/20/2013 - 2:09pm
Tucson’s aquaponics community in the spotlight September 15, 2013 12:00 am  •  By Elena Acoba Arizona Daily Star Tucson’s aquaponics community will be in the spotlight when it hosts the Aquaponics Association’s third annual conference of tours, speakers, workshops and vendors. The gathering later this week is titled “Aquaponics for All.” “We have a pretty large aquaponics community in Tucson,” says Casey Townsend, one of the conference organizers and founder of the three-year-old Tucson AquaPonics Project. Aquaponics is a method of growing plants and raising fish in one system.

Buyer Beware

on Thu, 04/05/2012 - 11:25pm
Backyard Aquaponics has a great article about how "aquaponics has started to become a target of people seeking easy money from affiliate marketing." From their article: "The statements in most of these affiliate sites are usually highly exagerated, and often downright lies and untruths, as I have described above. For example, one fruadulent website states that "the aquaponic system pictured there is a sample system which was "built using the aquaponic plans" they are selling.


on Mon, 10/31/2011 - 12:58pm


Could low-water-use aquaponics systems be the future of growing?

by Jacqueline Kuder
Tucson Weekly
October 27, 2011

What Kind of Fish?

on Fri, 10/21/2011 - 5:29pm
The most commonly grown fish in aquaponics systems are Tilapia. However, you do not have to eat the fish you grow. Many people use Goldfish, Koi or other species.

Senate rejects bid to label genetically modified food

on Fri, 06/22/2012 - 11:24am
The Senate on Thursday rejected an amendment to the farm bill that would have given states the power to require labels on genetically modified food. “This is the very first time a bill on labeling genetically engineered food has been brought before the Senate,” said Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders (I), who introduced the proposal. “It was opposed by virtually every major food corporation in the country. While we wish we could have gotten more votes, this is a good step forward and something we are going to continue to work on.

* No, you're not imagining it; your grocery bill is going up fast

on Tue, 04/10/2012 - 12:38am
Inflation is under control, we're told. The Fed? No worries says Bernanke. The White House? Never heard the word "inflation" before. But you, me, your neighbors, and anyone who goes shopping at the grocery store these days knows damn well that prices are going through the roof. And here's the proof from Reuters: "World food prices are likely to rise for a third successive month in March, and could gain further beyond that, with expensive oil and chronically low stocks of some key grains putting food inflation firmly back on the economic agenda..." read more -

* Radioactive particles from Japan detected in California kelp

on Tue, 04/10/2012 - 12:06am
Radioactive particles released in the nuclear reactor meltdown in Fukushima, Japan, following the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami were detected in giant kelp along the California coast, according to a recently published study. Radioactive iodine was found in samples collected from beds of kelp in locations along the coast from Laguna Beach to as far north as Santa Cruz about a month after the explosion, according to the study by two marine biologists at Cal State Long Beach. The levels, while most likely not harmful to humans, were significantly higher than measurements prior to the

* Bug hunters fan across LA to stop citrus disease

on Tue, 04/03/2012 - 11:50am
The ubiquitous backyard citrus tree, symbolic of California's agricultural abundance, is front and center in the battle now under way to save the state's nearly $2 billion citrus industry. State bug detectives fanned across this suburban Los Angeles neighborhood Monday, vacuuming backyard trees with bug catchers, setting traps and taking tissue samples from citrus in a frantic effort to stop the spread of a deadly disease detected there last week. The confirmed detection of the bacterial disease huanglongbing — more commonly called citrus greening — in a backyard lemon hybrid was the moment