Maggie’s Farm Aquaponics
As we face a warming planet, Arizona’s famed “dry heat” could get a lot drier and a lot hotter. Sternberg has been experimenting with a method of growing fresh greens and herbs that uses far less water.
Why we chose this farm:
Sternberg estimates that his aquaponics system uses about 90 percent less water than conventional farming methods. He grows everything in greenhouses, and uses no pesticides. The system is designed to cultivate tilapia, as well, which he hopes to start doing soon.
When choosing how to grow food, it’s important to keep the future in mind:
“As time goes on, I think food is going to be more and more scarce,” he says. “We’re stressing everything out … Eventually, the costs [of our food system] are going to outstrip everything that we do.”
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How Prairie Monarch Bison Ranch is building a better food system.
How Milwaukee’s Clock Shadow Creamery is building a better food system.
How Smooth Ambler Spirits is building a better food system.
How D.C. Central Kitchen is building a better food system.
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