Ok, so we have been talking about adding fish for a year or so to our homestead. I think it’s an area of homesteading that is often overlooked since people used to just go to the river or lake and drop a line in. Today, we are taxed and have to have fishing licenses, etc. and the fish are often contaminated with pollutants. Yet, fish provide some very necessary nutrients to our body, so much so in fact that we take fish oil supplements and are advised to include fish in our diet each week. That is why we have considered adding fish to our homestead.
Fish take up very little room in general, especially compared with chickens and goats. If done right, they can be incorporated into your landscape, climate permitting. They provide great fertilizer for gardens as well, and chickens love the parts we don’t eat. I am very interested in hydroponics (my hubby got the idea going as he loves it and has done a ton of research), but this aquaponic system fascinates me even more. Due to our climate, we really need a way to have fish in a greenhouse or something in the winter. The tilapia we want to raise need warm water, which would keep the plants and greenhouse the right temperature during the winter to provide us with fresh food. I expect, in the next year or so, that we will be setting something like this up rather than simply building a greenhouse. I hope you enjoy the video; this guy is very interesting and informative, with a great sense of humor!