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

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

Santa Cruz, 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

Santa Cruz, 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

Santa Cruz, CA

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

Lexington, KY

#10 Aug 26, 2010
Great Stuff Chris Newman.

Tell me when this thread is updated:

Subscribe Now Add to my Tracker

Add your comments below

Characters left: 4000

Please note by submitting this form you acknowledge that you have read the Terms of Service and the comment you are posting is in compliance with such terms. Be polite. Inappropriate posts may be removed by the moderator. Send us your feedback.

Corralitos Discussions

Title Updated Last By Comments
Watsonville's Carley Rios loses fight with cyst... (Jul '07) 12 hr Someone that love... 15
Take Back Santa Cruz counts 6,770 discarded nee... 23 hr not John Colby 13
Fish meet grisly end at Santa Cruz harbor Dec 22 Curious Cat 9
Santa Cruz County Parks Commission recommends l... Dec 21 homeless person 17
Annieglass to open Santana Row shop, close down... Dec 7 ANON 2
Santa Cruz County homelessness partnership seek... Dec 5 John Colby 31
Help Wanted: Pajaro Valley seeks subs (Sep '08) Dec 4 quitebigbil 40
Corralitos Dating
Find my Match
More from around the web

Corralitos People Search

Addresses and phone numbers for FREE

Corralitos News, Events & Info

Click for news, events and info in Corralitos

Personal Finance

Mortgages [ See current mortgage rates ]

NFL Latest News

Updated 2:56 am PST

Bleacher Report 2:56AM
San Francisco 49ers: Who Are the Top Candidates to Replace Jim Harbaugh
Bleacher Report 1:00 PM
Sources: Harbaugh Expected to Go to U-M
CBS Sports 1:56 PM
Report: 49ers expect Jim Harbaugh to accept Michigan offer 'this week'
Bleacher Report 4:30 AM
NFL Week 17 Vegas Odds and Predictions
NFL 5:10 AM
Michigan officials believe Jim Harbaugh will be coach