aquaponics:

maximum flavour & nutrition, minimal impact

Vertical farming is an indoor farming technique where crops are grown on tiered racks. 

There are two kinds of vertical farming:

1- Hydroponic – Nourishes plants with manufactured nutrients

2- Aquaponic – Nourishes plants with organic nutrients produced by fish on site

how it works

Aquaponics is the management of a natural ecosystem that combines fish and plant production together as one.

Tanks full of fish (in our case, Tilapia sourced from an Ontario hatchery) consume sustainably sourced fish pellets. The fish produce ammonia and solid waste. The waste sinks to the bottom and is removed through suction into tanks where bacteria break it down into a plant usable mineral form. Similarly, the ammonia is converted by bacteria into nitrite and then into nitrate – a plants favourite form of nitrogen found in nature! Our nutrient solution full of nitrates and all the other minerals plants need is then drip-fed into vertical towers containing our plants in an inert media (no soil). Plants love our natural nutrient solution. They gobble it up!

While the plants absorb all the nutrients, the water is cleared of ammonia and solids. The filtered, clean water is then returned back into the fish tanks.
Fish produce waste
 

Good bacteria convert waste to plant nutrients
 

Plants consume nutrients and provide clean water to fish

know exactly what's
in your food

Aquaponics is the best way to grow food for several reasons:

  • You know all the inputs of the food you’re eating. The fish food is sustainably sourced wild fish meal, the water is filtered, the air is filtered…and that’s all there is to it
  • The nitrites and minerals provided by the fish are the best, most healthful food possible for crops to consume
  • Very low carbon footprint, 98% reduction in water usage
  • Better taste, optimal nutrition

Custom lighting for better growth

Did you know that different plants respond better to different spectrums of light? We use special LED lighting fixtures to adjust the combination of red, white and blue spectrum light for the specific plants we grow. Some prefer more red, more blue, or more white light. We get it just right!

Dedicated crops for Executive Chefs

When you plan a menu, wouldn’t you like to know that the produce you need is always going to be uniformly fresh, flavourful and available?
That’s only possible with controlled environment farming. Our Swiss chard is just as lovely in February as it is in June. If you’re a culinary professional looking for something different—an ingredient that no one else has or a custom flavour profile—let us know. We will be happy to elaborate on dedicated farm space and other options.