It’s been raining (on and off) for FOUR days now.  Quite unusual for this time of year!

With a pretty large produce order to fill this morning, it’s going to be hard to pick with everything so wet – anybody have a wringer?   Tonight we’ve been invited to participate in a “Meet the Farmer” dinner at Cal Tech. The chef with prepare a dinner that will be featuring quite a few homegrown items for our little city farm.  Pics and details forthcoming!

Moving on to another in our latest line of urban farming projects – fish!  (check out Urban Aquaponics News or Farming With Fish)

Check out Justin's low tech "palm pilot" reminding him to check on the fish

Sorry, fish, no name for you

The fishy, as you can see, are doing well.  In fact, the NY Times just had an article about urban fish farming

Fish Farms, With a Side of Greens

Aquaponics — a combination of aquaculture, or fish cultivation, and hydroponics, or water-based planting — utilizes a symbiotic relationship between fish and plants. Fish waste provides nutrients for the plants, which in turn filter the water in which the fish live. Cuttings from plant are composted to create food for worms, which provide food for the fish, completing the cycle.

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  1. Mary says:

    That sounds intriguing but expensive. If you live near the coast or a clean river, isn’t it easier to fish there?


  2. Konnie says:

    Anais, Fish? How cool. You and your family are always ahead of the curve. Can’t wait to see how this evolves.

  3. Terry says:

    LOL you aren’t supposed to take the fish out and pet them!

  4. Kayla says:

    You all continue to amaze and inspire me. I have just started on the path to freedom and in 20 years I hope to be where you are all now. I just love it!

  5. Jeni says:

    I am so hoping to start our own backyard fish area next spring! Thanks for the continued education you give! And for inspiring good!!

  6. PT says:

    How great! Where do you guys keep them? Are they in a greenhouse? I’d love to see a picture of the whole set-up!

  7. Susan says:

    Ha ha, low tech palm pilot!! I love it!

  8. Grizzly Bear Mom says:

    That’s not a palm pilot, thats a back of the hand pilot!

    Do you eat the fish or grow them for another reason? Do you also use the fish water to fertilize your garden? If you do eat them, that would explain why they aren’t named.

    • Anais says:

      @Grizzly Bear Mom: Haven’t eaten them yet — still too young. We do circulate thru trays full of veggies and herbs. When the tank get’s clean the water is then put into the garden.

      • Amy says:


        I’m concerned about eating food grown directly in fish waste water. You mentioned rotating trays; is there a schedule that gets the fish adn the veggies the nutrients they need without effecting the human-consumption-ness of the veggies?


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  11. jared says:

    What is the latest on the aquaponics project?

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