Aquaponics provides a mix of entertainment and education
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NEW YORK STATE FAIR -- In the Horticulture Building they are mixing some education with entertainment at the Aquaponics display. Aqua Vita Farms out of Sherill, New York is showing fairgoers just how the food chain works with their fish.
Aqua Vita is the first indoor commercial size aquaponic farm in the Northeast. They produce 750 of produce per week at the farm, by using 8,000 fish. And fairgoers can see it in action, since they brought a part of their farm with them to the fair.
"The systems behind me are anywhere from a deepwater culture system where w are using ornamental fish, like goldfish to grow lettuces, and leafy greens," explained Mark Doherty, of Aqua Vita Farms. "And then behind me, we've got ornamental plants being grown by these huge tilapia off to my side."