How to: Build a Backyard Aquaponic System for a Year-Round Food Supply

Posted on Nov 17, 2011 in DIY Projects, Emergency Preparedness & Survival, Urban Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

Kevin Hayden –

Source: Backyard Aquaponics

Here’s a great DIY project for backyard aquaponics!  With this system, you can begin growing amazing vegetables and harvesting massive amounts of fish, such as tilapia, in a permaculture environment.  The system replenishes itself and provides nutrient dense food year round!

This video shows how to build a really simple system using IBC crates and minimal tools.

Step by step instructions, parts lists, and pictures of many different IBC aquaponic systems can be found here > Download the 180 page .pdf file HERE.

This particular video series doesn’t address fish farming in the aquaponic system, but as you can plainly see, the bottom portion can be filled with lots of fish, who provide fertilizer for the vegetables in the top section, in a continuous cycle.  If you were to place this system in a simple greenhouse and add some compost piles for warmth retention, you can harvest year round!

Stay tuned for more articles on aquaponics, DIY projects for urban farmers, and more!

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