MONTELLO — Aquaponics is no fish story. Sure, there are 500-gallon water tanks, full of swimming tilapia in the greenhouse at Nelson and Pade in Montello. And sure, many of those fish eventually end up batter-fried, blackened or broiled.
But in aquaponics, fish aren’t the primary crop. They’re the source of fertilizer for plants grown for human consumption, including numerous varieties of lettuce, tomatoes, herbs and the occasional banana. And you never have to wash the dirt or chemicals off the plants, because they’re grown without soil, herbicides or pesticides. Read the full article by Lyn Jerde