Making Food Security Your Business
Providing turnkey aquaponics solutions around the world, WaterFarmers is Toronto’s premier professional aquaponic consulting group. We are committed to delivering technology-based food security solutions for our clients, and driven by our belief in the value of hyper-local whole foods. With active projects in Canada, Europe, the Middle East, and Asia, ranging from hobby to commercial scale, WaterFarmers is an industry leader in aquaponic system design.
As consumers gain awareness of the importance of consuming local and sustainable food, demand for high-quality food products is increasing. Aquaponic technology offers productive customized systems that implement a Cradle to Cradle philosophy, utilizing fish waste to provide nutrients for food crops. Our greenhouses are designed for site-specific conditions, and flourish in a variety of climatic conditions using local materials and resources whenever possible.
While technology can be used to excessively alter the science of food production, organic nutrient processing systems such as aquaponics present an exciting opportunity for modern farmers. Amidst a flood of marketing messages and social stigma around food products, using an appropriate means of production is paramount. Our intent is to translate our philosophy and vision into practical and feasible solutions at all scales.
Aquaponics is an ancient concept that has witnessed revolutionary changes in recent times. While there are several interpretations of the science, it is consistently defined as the symbiotic relationship between fish culture and food crop cultivation. WaterFarmers designs emphasise the aerobic mineralization of fish effluent through a series of biological and mechanical “Eco Zones” integrated within the biome of the system. Mineralized fish effluent is then biologically nurtured in “Food Zones” as the source of nutrients for hydroponic food crops. These crops and their growing media then de-nitrify, de-mineralize and filter organic solids from the water, which is then returned to the fish environment to complete a flourishing ecosystem. When designed effectively, this highly-scalable food system produces valuable plant crops as well as freshwater fish and crustaceans.