CERES Honey Lane Aquaponics
CERES Honey Lane aquaponics is a membership based group who run the aquaponics system in the Honey Lane market garden.
We grow vegetables and fish using an Aquaponic system designed and built by Steve Mushin and located in the Honey Lane market garden. Aquaponics combines hydroponics and aquaculture to create a food production system that uses under 10% of the water usually required to grow vegetables in soil.
How it works
As anyone who has ever owned a goldfish knows, fish produce ammonia, and if this builds up in the fish tank or pond it becomes toxic to the fish. At home, and in aquaculture, this is often seen as waste water and is discarded and replaced with fresh water. However, aquaponic systems utilise this ‘waste’ water to feed plants. Every two hours in the honeyLane system, a pump in the fish pond pumps water through a series of pipes to sixteen soil-less grow-beds. The plants in the grow-beds extract the ammonia and use it as fertilizer. The filtered water then flows back into the pond providing the fish with fresh water.
Aquaponics can be complicated, the system needs to be checked by an expert eye every day. For this reason our site group is small, but dedicated. We pay an annual membership fee which goes to upkeep of the system including purchasing fish and fish food. The spoils of our work is harvested and dispersed amongst the group.
We currently have no available memberships, but we do conduct tours from time to time, check out below for more details.