Food Farmer Earth
A weekly series about our food and sustainable agriculture.
Chef Robert Wiley demonstrates how to make a classic fish fry with marinaded catfish and homemade hush puppies. Wiley shares plenty of tips for those looking to improve their own catfish fry.
Aquaponics is a method of raising produce and fish together within a system where the fish provides the nutrients for the plants, and the plants grow without soil or for the need of additional nutrients. We visit with Ann Forsthoefel, of Aqua Annie, who has been experimenting with the design of an aquaponics system so she can sell her own farmed fish to local markets, and provide consulting services to those interested in starting their own aquaponics farm.
A local inventor is designing an indoor aquaponics system that uses the humidity in the air to heat both the building, and the water tanks that house his fish. Not only is he able to reduce his annual heating and cooling bills substantially, his low-tech system operates year-round. He says his aquaponics system, currently in the R & D phase, could be affordably built and operated in urban areas throughout the country, or almost anywhere in the world.