Scalable Aquaponic Solutions
Scalable Aquaponic Solutions
Ingenuity Innovation Center has partnered up with Murray Hallam, founder of Practical Aquaponics. As one of the most well known aquaponic innovators and experts, Mr. Hallam’s work has ignited the aquaponic movement. His student, Arvind Venkataraman, founder of Waterfarmers, studied under Mr. Hallam and has now developed and refined replicable commercial aquaponic farms. Mr. Venkataraman’s approach of providing lifetime support for the farms his company builds is revolutionizing the commercial aquaponic industry. Bevan Suits, founder of Aquaplanet, is working to help show how this emerging green industry applies to other conventional and well established industries, sectors and markets. Together with Ingenuity Innovation Center, we identify the opportunities, challenges and barriers by working with community stakeholders to design and develop food solutions that are not only sustainable, but foster food purity, security and sovereignty.
By building Aquaponic Eco Centers, our team creates living examples to showcase how aquaponics works (on small and large scales) while providing opportunities for the public to learn and explore. Whether it be through taking a tour, purchasing fresh produce, taking a culinary class with a friend, or building a small aquaponic system with a child, these centers serve as a way to engage and build community and show demonstrate how aquaponics is a viable and sustainable solution.
From our vantage point, these living Aquaponic Eco Centers are the missing piece to really seeing this emerging green industry take off. With countless competitive, proprietary (what we call “black box”) operations in place that often hoard knowledge, it is challenging for people to see what is realistically possible with larger aquaponic systems and how they can play a role in the growing local food movement. As the demand for organic, GMO free food increases, we recognize that there is more than enough room for aquaponic farmers (small and large) to participate. Given this, we are actively showing and helping people how they can get involved in this emerging green industry through education, business development and community partnerships. It is through these efforts, that we are able to build scalable resilient solutions that work within unique local and regional political, economic and geographic climates.
By sharing knowledge and learning from our failures and successes, we are creating a network of people and projects that can serve as resources for others to learn from. Our collaborative approach provides opportunities to people and businesses to get involved, including other aquaponic ventures. Our team recognizes that we cannot do this alone, and that by working together we can bring benefit to all.