Photo caption: A close up of some of the lettuce plants growing on July 18 at Bird Creek Farm in Pawhuska. CODY HAMMER/Osage News
A new structure is at Bird Creek Farm and it is housing the farm’s new Aquaponic facility.
The facility is successfully growing herbs, vegetables and tilapia through its unique system.
Aquaponics is a four-step system that uses a water recirculating process to grow and harvest plants and farm fish, according to Urban Organics, Growing Power Inc. Using wastewater from the fish, the water is pumped from the fish to an upper tiered gravel bed where the bacteria breaks down the impurities. Nitrogen is left in the water to feed the plants growing on lower-level tiers, which further filter the water. Every nine months the fish used are ready to be harvested.
Some facts on aquaponics, according to Homestyle Aquaponics include:
- It uses 90 percent less water than soil-based gardening
- It is four to six times as productive on a square foot basis as soil-based gardening
- It does not rely on the availability of good soil, so it can be set up anywhere
- It is free from weeds, watering and fertilizing concerns
- It enables fish farming
For more information about Bird Creek Farm, visit their website at https://www.osagenation-nsn.gov/what-we-do/communities-excellence/bird-creek-farms