Green Fin Gardens high tunnel photoJames Sperman is the owner of GreenFin Gardens, a pioneering aquaponic hatchery & farm in its fourth season in Pottawatomie County, Kansas, specializing in pure blue tilapia, figs, and bananas. For the past several years, GreenFin has been strictly a wholesaler, supplying some of the leading retailers in the industry with blue tilapia fry and fingerlings. This year they have expanded into retailing, offering end customers the chance to save money by cutting out all the middlemen and buying direct from a primary producer. Along the way, they’ve developed some interesting experimental gardening systems, including a semi-pit tunnel greenhouse, aquaponics tunnel, and tilapia garden pond. Aquaponics is the symbiotic combination of aquaculture (growing fish and other aquatic animals) and hydroponics (growing plants without soil). Basically: you feed the fish, the fish waste feeds the plants, and the plants clean the water for the fish.

James Sperman will be leading the following tour:

11:00 a.m. GreenFin Gardens Tour
GreenFin Gardens is a pioneering aquaponic hatchery & farm in its fourth season in Pottawatomie County, Kansas, specializing in pure blue tilapia, figs, and bananas. For the past several years, GreenFin has been strictly a wholesaler, supplying some of the leading retailers in the industry with blue tilapia fry and fingerlings. This year they have expanded into retailing, offering end customers the chance to save money by cutting out all the middlemen and buying direct from a primary producer. Along the way, they’ve developed some interesting experimental gardening systems, including a semi-pit tunnel greenhouse, aquaponics tunnel, and tilapia garden pond. Aquaponics is the symbiotic combination of aquaculture (growing fish and other aquatic animals) and hydroponics (growing plants without soil). Basically: you feed the fish, the fish waste feeds the plants, and the plants clean the water for the fish.

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