Farming with Pen and Paper: Crop Planning at the Aquaponics Project

Basil ready for its first harvest at the Aquaponics Project

Basil ready for its first harvest at the Aquaponics Project

Visitors to the CLF Aquaponics Project often ask, “As farm manager, what do you do all day? It looks like the system runs itself, right?” Although an aquaponics system, if managed efficiently, can require less labor than a soil-based farm, the lush rafts of swiss chard, kale, and sorrel need help to develop into quality produce. Every plant is seeded, transplanted, managed for pests and diseases, harvested, and sometimes even pruned or trellised as it grows. However, the trickiest part in managing any farm is in the planning that takes place behind the scenes.

A farm plan will determine the success or failure of a business; and since every piece of land, microclimate, and market is slightly different, it can take years of experience in one place to get right.  At the CLF Aquaponics Project, we are continually learning Read More >