SARINA Landcare Catchment Management Association (SLCMA) in partnership with Sarina Rural Skills Centre and Sarina State High School have been working together to bring aquaponics and sustainable food production to the Sarina community.
Aquaponics is the integration of hydroponics and aquaculture to produce quality foods such as fish, vegetables and herbs.
Sarina High teachers and students have been using and refining aquaponic systems at the Sarina Rural Skills Centre for a number of years.
More recently, the project partners have been working together under the guidance of Frank Langfield to construct a mobile aquaponic unit for use at community events, to promote sustainable food production, water re-use and efficiency.
The interactive, transportable, self-sufficient unit demonstrates the ease and suitability of aquaponics for use on varying property sizes from urban backyards and hobby farms to bigger production-based properties.
Regional Landcare facilitator Saskia von Fahland said about 25 landholders attended a free aquaponic information session at the Sarina Rural Skills Centre.
"The information session introduced landholders to the 'ins and outs' of aquaponics and was an opportunity to check out the variety of systems operating at the centre, including the new mobile aquaponic unit," she said.
"There was lots of exchange of information between those who attended and some good practical tips from Mr Langfield, to help get the landholders started."
The project was funded through the State Government Gambling Community Benefit Fund and supported by a number of local businesses.
To find out more about aquaponics, contact SLCMA on 4956 1388 or Mr Langfield on 0434 146 030.
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