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Corralitos man sees future of food in fish farming, starts aquaponi...

There are 9 comments on the Santa Cruz Sentinel story from Aug 19, 2010, titled Corralitos man sees future of food in fish farming, starts aquaponi.... In it, Santa Cruz Sentinel reports that:

Chris Newman remembers when greenhouses ruled the Pajaro Valley and California's cut-flower business flourished worldwide.

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sourcing

Santa Cruz, CA

#1 Aug 19, 2010
I commend Mr. Newman and wish him success.

Now for the provocative part of my post...

I don't smoke or in any way use marijuana, but I really think the time has come to convert these un-used greenhouses in the Pajaro Valley to marijuana production (if marijuana is made legal). As an environmentalist and a taxpayer, I'm really tired of hearing about illegal grows in our beautiful wildlands. These grows destroy streams and terrestrial habitat with their water diversion and fertilizers. Illegal campfires result in a huge outlay of resources when they spark wildfires.

I find it ironic that the very people who care so much about the sourcing of their food (fish, organic veggies, and water) will purchase marijuana and not care about the source.

So, Mr. Newman, you are one step ahead of many by re-purposing the greenhouse to this aquaponic method. If MJ is given the green light, perhaps the "vegetable" side of your scheme will be extremely profitable.
Wescruz

Santa Cruz, CA

#2 Aug 19, 2010
Hmmm. Any relation to Paul Newman??
Rocket J Squirrel

Soquel, CA

#3 Aug 19, 2010
Glad to see someone else doing this too!!!
eco-logic

United States

#4 Aug 19, 2010
Stick to native fish, please. We don't need any more exotic species. Don't change the law just because someone invested X amount already.
Bigbub

Santa Cruz, CA

#6 Aug 19, 2010
eco-logic wrote:
Stick to native fish, please. We don't need any more exotic species. Don't change the law just because someone invested X amount already.
Right on! There's nothing better than fresh Bluegill steaks on the barbeque.
krazzed hipster

Vallejo, CA

#7 Aug 19, 2010
Duckweed is an invasive species in and of it's self. I think the concept is good but it needs some more thought.
Rocket J Squirrel

Soquel, CA

#8 Aug 19, 2010
eco-logic wrote:
Stick to native fish, please. We don't need any more exotic species. Don't change the law just because someone invested X amount already.
Talapia would not survive nor adapt in regional waters besides aquaponics uses a 100% closed loop grow system. There is no possible release into the environment. Ever seen cattle escape and survive on there own?
Talapia is ideal for this kind of co-farming because of high density stocking that can be accomplished and they can thrive in water that have wide pH swings and filament algae due to excess nutrient growth. Other species are Pacu which can be raised on waste fruit from local industries, giant fresh water prawns and native crayfish and more. Yours truly is going to be talking about this at the re-skilling expo in sept, how this can be done using reclaimed waste water at home and larger systems to conserve water. This is most definitely a viable green growth industry.
Closed loop aquaculture alone holds an enormous promise! when coupled with hydroponics, the nutrient rich effluent from fish reduce to nearly eliminate additional fertilizers. Solid waste from fish can be composted and reused.
Rocket J Squirrel

Soquel, CA

#9 Aug 19, 2010
sorry spelling nazi's, their, not there...
The Innes

Lexington, KY

#10 Aug 26, 2010
Great Stuff Chris Newman.

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