What is Aquaponics?

The NewLeaf CEA Approach

NewLeaf CEA uses an aquaponic growing system. 


Newbean Capital describes indoor agriculture as ‘the practice of growing in warehouses, containers and greenhouses using hydroponic, aquaponic, and aeroponic techniques’. 


Aquaponics refers to any system that combines conventional aquaculture (raising aquatic animals such as snails, fish, crayfish or prawns in tanks) with hydroponics (cultivating plants in water) in a symbiotic environment. In normal aquaculture, excretions from the animals being raised can accumulate in the water, increasing toxicity. In an aquaponic system, water from an aquaculture system is fed to a hydroponic system where the by-products are broken down by nitrifying bacteria initially into nitrites and subsequently into nitrates, which are utilized by the plants as nutrients, and the water is then recirculated back to the aquaculture system. Aquaponic systems do not typically discharge or exchange water under normal operation, but instead recirculate and reuse water very effectively. The system relies on the relationship between the animals and the plants to maintain a stable aquatic environment that experiences a minimum of fluctuation in ambient nutrient and oxygen levels. Water is added only to replace water loss from absorption and transpiration by plants, evaporation into the air from surface water, overflow from the system from rainfall (if outdoors), and removal of biomass such as settled solid wastes from the system. As a result, aquaponics uses approximately 5% of the water that a conventionally irrigated farm requires for the same vegetable production. Also, because there is no soil used, there is no chance for soil-borne diseases. There will be less harm caused by insects and no need for weeding or herbicides.

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 Aquaponics (/ˈækwəˈpɒnɪks/) refers to any system that combines conventional aquaculture (raising aquatic animals such as snails, fish, crayfish or prawns in tanks) with hydroponics (cultivating plants in water) in a symbiotic environment.  

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Vertical Farming

The NewLeaf CEA Approach

NewLeaf CEA employs a custom designed modular recirculating vertical grow system. 


“True vertical farming confronts the challenges of traditional horizontal production by designing systems to:

  • Be more efficient with time and limited [economic and environmental] resource by growing more in a smaller space yet incurring smaller infrastructure costs, energy costs and eliminating most post-harvest labor/packaging;
  • Be more ergonomic and conducive to the needs of the farmer/laborers ensuring faster and easier planting and harvesting;
  • Be more energy efficient and have less impact on both the farmer's bottom line and the world around” [Bright AgroTech]

In addition to the above benefits of vertical growing, our system design incorporates workflow, scalability and the ability to customize our product offering to our customers, so we are best positioned to serve our community.

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 Vertical farming is the practice of producing food and medicine  in vertically stacked layers, vertically inclined surfaces and/or  integrated in other structures (such as in a skyscraper, used warehouse,  or shipping container). The modern ideas of vertical farming use indoor  farming techniques and controlled-environment agriculture (CEA) technology,[1] where all environmental factors can be controlled. 

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