Baltimore is seeing an influx of aquaponic operations large and small, and that means more tilapia, more prawns, and more locally grown produce. Aquaponics is a sustainable farming practice that uses fish waste to fertilize produce, and it’s one that the Baltimore Free Farm, Farmer Tom’s, the Cylburn Arboretum, and individual Meir Lazar are giving a whirl.
Some farmers are turning to aquaponics as a way to keep their operations profitable. Others, like Lazar, are primarily interested in the role it might play in sustainable urban subsistence farming. The Cylburn Arboretum plans to sell its aquaponic yields in neighborhoods where fresh, local foods are otherwise unavailable.