Harvest Moon Aquaponics
We thought we’ve been everywhere for aquaponics: underground greenhouses, small-town America, barns, sheds, the Bahamas. But once in a blue moon an opportunity comes along that causes us to go, “Whoa.” In July 2022 our once-in-a-blue-moon was Harvest Moon Aquaponics, a custom designed indoor small farm inside a…..car dealership!
John Masano, of Tom Masano Auto Group, contacted The Aquaponic Source in March 2022, looking to convert two vacant rooms inside of his adaptively repurposed 250,000 sq/ft auto park facility. Although, calling this property a car dealership shadows the environmentally friendly persona of the location: The entire facility is heated using recycled waste oil sourced from oil changes, the group recently launched South Mountain-spring water packaged in paper, not plastic-and to extend their stewardship outside their doors, they even bought a street sweeper to keep the nearby street drains free from debris.
And oh yes, in the back there’s an aquaponic system capable of annually producing 14,560 heads of lettuce and 710 lbs of tomatoes.
The Aquaponic System
The custom-designed Flourish Farm aquaponic system occupies two adjacent rooms totaling ≈1,300 sq/ft, able to house the plant system in one room and the aquaculture in the other.
The Plant System
Plants are grown in three stages: germination, transplant, full grow out. Germination takes places in two of our Growasis 4-tier Nursery & Microgreen Systems. The freshly sprouted plants are then transferred to the 2’x16′ Growasis Elevated transplanting trough.