Introduction to Urban Farming
A simple definition of Urban Farming is the practice of cultivating food in a city. Urban agriculture can involve animal husbandry, aquaculture, agroforestry, Urban beekeeping, and horticulture (Wikipedia). At Xinchejian, we're interested in mainly two things: Hydroponics and Aquaponics.
Hydroponics is a method of growing plants using mineral nutrient solutions in water, without soil. Terrestrial plants may be grown with their roots in the mineral nutrient solution only or in an inert medium, such as perlite, gravel, mineral wool, expanded clay or coconut husk.
Aquaponics is a food production system that combines 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 nitrification bacteria into nitrates and nitrites, which are utilized by the plants as nutrients. The water is then recirculated back to the aquaculture system. (wikipedia)
Composting is organic matter that has been decomposed and recycled as a fertilizer and soil amendment. Compost is a key ingredient in organic farming.
- Aquaponics - Please go to this page to see the recent setup.
Xinchejian Staff and Members
The was opened in June 2012, led by Roger Mu and David Li. They have setup an ebb and flow system and are planning to build other systems in the near future, including Ebb and Flow system PH, Temperature and Conductivity PPM meter, LED growing lights, and Fish Tank for Aquaponic, etc.
- 非传统种植 - 中文版本