Australia: Horticulture on top, aquaculture down under

There is growing interest in the integration of horticulture and aquaculture but as yet it has struggled to leap the fence of backyard enthusiasts into commercial scale production.

Vertical stacking of moving gully and fish tanks

In Sydney, Australia a ½ hectare greenhouse is proving that it is possible to scale up integrated farming to meet the demands of major supermarket chains.
  • It supplies a national supermarket chain with commercial quantities of produce.
  • It sells premium fish (Barramundi not tilapia or carp) live to nearby restaurants.
  • It optimizes plant and fish production using patented technology that integrates high tech protected cropping and aquaculture systems.

Greenhouse near Sydney operated under license

The vertical stacking of moving gullies over fish tanks and premium priced produce increase revenue per square metre. This allows Blue Farms to be located closer to cities (where land prices are higher) to reduce food miles.

Other sustainability benefits include the conversion of fish effluent into plant nutrition, recycling of water, integrated pest management, no chemical inputs and no environmental contamination through fish effluent or other discharge. Blue Farms can also be certified organic depending on local criteria.

Basil being harvested from the moving gully growing bed

Growers can therefore provide supermarkets with a differentiated product offering tailored to local market demand; organic, sustainable, safe, local food etc.

Blue Farms technology is the result of ten years of research and development. It has patents granted in the US, China and Australia with other markets pending.

Worldwide interest in Blue Farm technology is driven by growers and supermarkets seeking to capitalize on consumer demand for sustainably produced organic vegetables and premium quality fresh fish.

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