In St. Michaels our main goal is to change the world to live in harmony with nature. We believe nature is not only a place to visit but our home.

Regenerative agriculture is a whole term holistic sub-sector practice of organic farming design to build a heal by the living ecosystem in the soil. Regenerative agriculture can feed the world, reverse climate change, increase yields, decrease greenhouse gas emissions, create drought resistant soil, preserve tradition knowledge, nature biodiversity, improve nutrition, restore damaged soils and revitalize local economies.

The most important thing that we do, is to do no harm.  We have respect for nature and the cycles of life. In striving to comprehend nature, we can better copy it. We design food forest systems that fertilize and water themselves.  The regenerative organic agriculture we practice improves the resources of our ecological system.  We work with mother nature and her cycles to be in harmony with nature. Nature, in order to commanded, must be obeyed, we let nature show as for how to raise our plants.

The most important thing that we do, is to do no harm.  We have respect for nature and the cycles of life. In striving to comprehend nature, we can better copy it. We design food forest systems that fertilize and water themselves.  The regenerative organic agriculture we practice improves the resources of our ecological system.  We work with mother nature and her cycles to be in harmony with nature. Nature, in order to commanded, must be obeyed, we let nature show as for how to raise our plants.

Organic eggplant

Free energy farmaponics, what is it?

Aquaponics is raising fish and plants without soil. We raise the fish without soil. Fish raised in man-made lakes tend to absorb the flavor of the ground. Our fish in our soilless system have the perfect fresh taste.  The solid waste they produce is used as fertile soil for the plants.

To grow the healthiest plants possible we grow them in naturally fertile and healthy soil. It is more product for less time and money, it is reliable, cheap, easy, has a lower failure rate than aquaponics or hydroponics, it is a natural system.  And nature is the best mother for plants and for animal life.  The biomimicry, our emulating nature, gives us the most efficient system. Nature doesn’t need energy that is not freely given.

Tilapia with manderine lemon

What are the energies harvested by Farmaponics?

The sun provides energy, gravity moves water through an open cycle system, the mechanical and biological process of the fish produce quality soil. The system works with the cycles of nature and the energy that abundantly surround us. We use rain water or spring water to fill the system, plants take CO2 from the air and add it to the system. The plants also take CO2 from the fish and supply them with oxygen.

The plants replace a need for a filter.  The sun powers the plants and a small solar panel to light up an underwater light.  The light attracts fresh insects for the tilapia.  Gravity moves the water from the roof to rainwater collection tanks.  Gravitational pulls from the sun and the moon pulls water up the plants all the way through the system.  During photosynthesis, the plants use the sun’s energy to change water and carbon dioxide into sugar. The fertilizer produces by fish is also free. The soil is free, and almost all of the material came from scrap piles. We trade and share seeds.

Organic greenhouse

The fish waste supplies the plants with excellent soil.  Fish are the fastest producers of quality soil. Healthy soil is living soil, our soil is built with natural elements from the farm life cured compost on effective microorganisms.  One of the keys to our systems is the use of biochar.  The use of biochar as a soil amendment has had mixed reviews.  Biochar like nature is not best alone or in a monoculture.

The biochar is a great soil amendment when used alone.  However, for the optimal healthy soil, the biochar must be inoculated with effective microorganisms or EMs. Biochar is an excellent agent to help grow mycorrhizal fungi.  The fungi are quick to inhabit the sterile fresh char.  The good fungus we grow helps the plant absorb water,  convert sugars, give the plants greater access to minerals, helps the plants withstand drought, and resist toxicity.

Concrete fish pond

In looking back, I feel we have a good natural system.  There is no reason it can’t be improved. The easier and less expensive we can make this system the availability  Just because we had free scraps we used them. In the future, when the wood frames wear out.  We will cut bioswales in the ground downhill from the project.

If I were to go back to when we started, I would have cut in the swales and started repairing the soil.  But, that is a whole new blog.  I’ll try to post it up soon.  I love bio swales.  Like the edge, swales are a great collection point for topsoil, carbon, and life