AQUAPONICS - Christopher Dowell Photography

Aquaponics could be one of the oldest farming methods ever practiced and now we need it back more than ever. Aquaponics is a combination of aquaculture (the practice of raising aquatic crops like tilapia or snails) and hydroponics (growing plants in nutrient-rich water rather than soil). The process makes use of the symbiotic relationship of plants and animals. Here at Billy’s greenhouse, he raises about 300 tilapia that feed and live in the water the plants grow in. The fish put nutrients in the water and the water is pumped through raised beds. The plants are suspended on floating beds allowing their root systems to be submerged while the rest of the plant is exposed. Billy supplies fresh organic produce, tilapia, and locally caught shrimp to restaurants around Savannah, GA. He also runs a booth at the local farmer’s market in Savannah, GA.