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Have you tried fresh produce from an aquaponics farm? Today was my first taste while visiting the Ouroboros Farm in Half Moon Bay. Basically, this farming method combines conventional aquaculture (raising aquatic animals in tanks) with hydroponics (cultivating plants in water).

According to the Ouroboros Farm’s website, aquaponics plants grow 25 to 30 percent faster than traditional farming methods, can be planted more densely (up to ten times), and use just a fraction of the resources required for organic soil farming. In fact, they use up to 90 percent less water than traditional soil-based farming.

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At first glance, I thought this was a cutting-edge, innovative approach to growing food. But after doing a little research, I now understand that this practice has been in use since ancient times. Fish were often raised in rice paddy fields in South China, Thailand, and Indonesia to create a similar effect. I have a feeling we will see more of these farms providing fresh food across the country. To try your own aquaponics produce, look for a local source or visit Good Eggs to order online if you live in the Bay Area.

On day 83 of this 365 day project, I ate my daily five (including my first taste of lettuce grown at an aquaponics farm). Did you enjoy yours?

With love, Kristen

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