Bringing transparency and quality back to the food production industry
Live Local Farms
Aquaponics combines aquaculture (raising fish), with hydroponics (soilless gardening).
At Live Local Organic, we are bringing transparency and quality back to the food production industry.
Aquaponics is an innovative ancient process that has recently gained popularity in the farming community. It is the combination of aquaculture (the farming of fish) and the soilless growing of plants (hydroponics).
We grow Genovese basil, thai basil, lemon basil, cilantro, parsley, chives, sage, oregano, and other herbs and greens. It is definitely the freshest, healthiest produce in the area – especially in the winter months.
We operate out of 2 warehouses located in Milkauwie, Oregon and Kent, Washington. So far, we have expanded to 14,000 square feet in Portland and 4,200 square feet at our second location in Seattle. Our produce is grown from organic seeds without the use of synthetic chemicals, pesticides, or fertilizers.
What is Aquaponics?
In aquaponics, plants are grown in harmony with fish.
Each hydroponic bed contains a fish tank on one end and the naturally occurring bacteria convert the ammonia from the fish waste into useable nitrogen for the plants. The water gets filtered of solid waste, then pumped once per day to fill the garden beds. It then slowly drains back into the fish tanks to be reused again, so there is hardly any waste water! The fish waste creates incredibly fresh, nutrient rich, organic fertilizer for the plants. In return, the plants consumption of the nutrients purifies the water which is drained back into the fish tank.
Why would you want to grow produce this way?
The results of this symbiotic cycle are: The plants grow faster and have higher yields, it produces 100% chemical free and organic produce, it uses 5% of the water of traditional farming, higher quality and healthier vegetables. We truly believe that this is the organic solution.
A better product and less waste.
Aquaponics is great for the environment and has great potential in the “green” sustainability movement. It is a sustainable system that adds transparency and quality back to the food production industry. Our customers know that we are not putting harmful things on their plants. We are 100% chemical free and organic produce farmers. We are also kinder to the environment. Our process uses only 5% of the water of traditional farming, and only 10% of the land of conventional farming, and has absolutely no negative effect on the surrounding natural habitat.
Intro to Aquaponics Course
Are you interested in learning how to grow your own produce throughout the year using aquaponics?
Come to our 1-day seminar which will teach you everything you need to get a small aquaponics system running. Whether you want a seasonal system in your back yard, a countertop system in your kitchen, or a medium sized system in your garage, we will work with you to create a design that fits your needs. Those wanting to design a commercial system should inquire with an email, as this class is your beginners.
Along with the 1 day seminar, you will receive one week of access to our work space between the hours of 3:00-7:00 Monday – Friday. Here you will have access to all of our tools, which you can use to personally build your own system.
What you get: A 4 hour Saturday introductory class, and 1 week of access to our facility for building purposes. We will also be able to give you limited ongoing help with your system when it is up and running.
Date: Saturday, August 4th, 2018
Time: 8:00 am – 12:00 pm