What is a Recirculating Farm?

A recirculating farm uses clean recycled water, rather than soil, as a basis to grow food. These farms can grow plants (hydroponics), fish (aquaculture), or both plants and fish together (aquaponics). There are many unique benefits associated with recirculating farms:

• These are mostly closed-loop, land-based farms that are able to re-use water and can recycle waste too.

• Well-designed farms can run with no antibiotics or other drugs or chemicals and use renewable energy.

• Recirculating farms can grow fish and vegetables, flowers, fruits, herbs and more.

• These farms do not need to be connected to any natural waters, and can therefore grow a wide range of products without the threat of releasing them into the wild, or creating competition with fishermen who make their living selling popular local fish.

• Recirculating farms are scalable — they can be as compact as a desktop, for personal use, or larger for commercial operation.

• Being contained and therefore cleaner, allows these farms to be located near markets and even in communities far from water, that will ultimately use the products.

• Having more farms in each community cuts down on use of fuel for transport and gives consumers fresher food.

Check out our pictures on Flickr and videos to see these farms in action.