At Morning Star fisherman we are always looking for new sustainable methods of food production. One of the difficulties that we have found in duplicating our deep culture floating raft aquaponic system in developing nations is the availability of net-pots, rock-wool or hydroton as a growing media. We have consistently found the availability of good soil.
In trying to create methods that are reproducible we have created a new style of aquaponics growing that we are calling “Terraponics”. Terraponics utilizes the age old concepts of growing plants in fertile soil like an island in the stream the aquaponic water slowly flows past our terraponic containers. The plants simply wick the very nutrient rich water up through the bottom of terraponic containers and this allows rooting vegetables such as potatoes, onions, carrots, and radishes to grow in a very natural environment while at the same time benefiting from the ease and efficiency of aquaponic production.
This is our first season using this method of growing. We currently have twenty foot tall banana plants producing bananas, sugarcane, Taro root growing and many other plants planned to grow in our terraponics environment. We feel this is a very sustainable concept that can be reproduced anywhere around the world. We encourage you in your aquaponic gardening to consider at least one terraponic’s container.