A visit with EVO Farm

I spent the morning at EVO Farm out in Mar Vista today.  David Rosenstein (founder, aquaponics guru, nice guy) stuck his hands into some seriously alive compost (“I can feel the dirt moving in my hand.”), posed for pictures, and made sure I left knowing why aquaponics was so incredibly important for an urban food system.  I’m now eyeing my backyard with dangerously uninformed eyes, but with dreams of backyard tilapia, high density vertical gardens and the sound of water bubbling through my own, mostly self-sustaining artificial ecosystem.

I’ve promised my editor at Edible Westside that I wouldn’t pre-publish anything pivotal.  So all you get is one shot and this short little piece of aquaponic teaser candy.  But the full article will be in the Winter 2012 issue, which comes out December 1st.

Ok.  Two shots.  The rest in December.  In the meantime, if you haven’t picked up the Fall 2012 issue (and read my big, beautiful and inspiring article about Backwards Beekeepers) you can now flip through it online.

Ok, three.  But that’s it.





4 thoughts on “A visit with EVO Farm

  1. Is that a vertical veggie garden? Last June I went to FILOLI & I saw several vertical gardens. Is the last picture water bubbling? One section reminds me of croc eye. Please let me know where you have your classes. Thank you.

  2. If you are planning on having tilapia, then I assume that you are either going to have a large raised tank or dig a pond. I could just imagine what is involved. But if you are thinking of moving to a place to have more space, I could just imagine you having some ducks to eat the female tilapia fingerlings. The male could grow bigger for food. Imagine you could develop a fenced in area where you could have some fruit trees, like pears, underneath it place large tubs & add water for your ducks. Every two to three days, dump the water under your fruit trees & you will have beautiful healthy fruit trees. Your ducks could give you all the eggs you need because they are so well-fed with tilapia, slugs & snails & they will be happy camper aerating the fenced in area of your property. What a sustainable set up.

    • That’s a bit more than I can manage right now. Aquaponics involves a mostly closed system where the fish tanks and the plants trays reach a mutually beneficial symbiosis, that while a mimicry of the nature world, is still artificial and needs some moderately tight controls to keep it working.

      And since I work 40+ hours a week, I need to find my own correct balance and symbiosis with my environment. We all do,really. But mostly I’m trying to do that while investing in changes that lessen our impact on the local environment.

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