How does this system work?
Everything is grown naturally in our systems using a method called aquaponics, a symbiotic method of cultivating fish and plants. It is a beautiful, closed-loop system. The fish provide nutrients for the plants and the plants clean the water for the fish. Each part of the system affects the other so there is no room for pesticides or chemicals.
Our aquaponic systems produce a constant supply of great-tasting vegetables using 90% less water than soil-based methods. You grow the food right where you will eat it so there is no need for transport and the produce is as fresh as possible. You enjoy it moments after it is harvested.
Why do aquaponics matter?
There are over 7 billion people on the planet right now, the majority of whom are living in cities. We will have a global population of 9 billion by 2050. All of us will need a quality source of fresh produce. Right now in the US, 80% of people live in cities and the majority of produce is grown an average of 1500 miles away from consumers.
This means that produce must be harvested early and shipped, incurring environmental costs of fossil fuel usage, CO2 emissions, and the inevitable food waste that occurs at every point along the transport chain. This system also results in a loss of nutrients available in the produce, since plants begin to degrade and lose nutrients as soon as they are harvested.
At Möbius Microfarms, we provide a solution for connecting the majority of people living in cities with a source of quality produce year-round.
We believe aquaponics is an excellent solution to this logistical problem. Growing food in urban areas allows people to take advantage of the maximum nutrition in produce, while minimizing the environmental costs of transport and eliminating food waste.
We are experiencing drought in some of the major areas of food production in the US, which means we all need to start considering how our precious resource of water is utilized. Aquaponics recirculates water within the growing system, allowing food to be grown with 10% of the water used in soil-based systems.
Growing food in urban areas also means considering the growing environment. With aquaponic systems, soil is not necessary. Concerns about soil contaminants are eliminated with our systems. We make growing food in cities safe. We grow our produce naturally, indoors, year-round, taking advantage of the already climate-controlled conditions of indoor city environments.
What's involved with caring for the fish and plants in this system?
We have made taking care of your aquaponic system simple. We’ve worked out the ratios of plants to fish and the optimal watering and light regimen. All you need to do is add the appropriate amount of filtered water, keep the fish food hopper full, and follow the recommended times for harvest and reseeding.
All of our systems come with installation, including pH balanced water, a living biofilter, and fish. You can choose the level of maintenance you feel comfortable with. We can deliver trays of pregerminated greens for your system and provide you with a monthly maintenance visit.
Or, you could simply subscribe to our media and seed delivery service and germinate trays of greens on your own. You can choose what works well for you.