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Aquaponics System Grows Food on Boat Using Rainwater Solar Power
All right, this is John Kohler with growingyourgreens .Today I have another exciting episode for you and I love it when I’m on a field trip.And today I’m on a field trip actually. I just got out of the big apple, the NYC,New York City from Grand Central Station. Came out on a train here to Yonkers, New York,and man, this is nature. I kind of get claustrophobic in big cities so I’m glad to be back out innature here in Yonkers. And while we’re here in Yonkers today is right behind me. Rightof the train station, just in the distance here, you guys can see, there’s a barge! Withtwo greenhouses on it. So they’re growing food on a barge, they’re collecting theirrainwater to use for the watering systems.
They have solar panels and even, I think,like windmill on there to generate electricity. So it’s a fully selfcontained unit. So ifshit hits the fan, you can live on a barge and just float to oceans and grow your ownfood. So this is totally gonna be a cool episode, we’re gonna head over there and we’re gonnashow you about this Science Barge where they’re teaching the kids how to grow food and hopefullyyou guys will also learn a few things at the same time. All right, so now we’re at the site of theScience Barge. You can check out and learn more about them at sciencebarge . I’m soexcited to be here because, I mean, this is
literally a selfcontained vessel, or a quot;wesselquot;if you’re Chekhov. But, uh, they got all kinds of stuff growing. They’re growing food, theygot composting toilets. They’re actually catching their own, uh, crabs. They got, man, solarpanels, they got wind turbines, they got rain catchment. I mean, literally, you could liveon this barge if you needed to. Totally amazing. So I’m really excited to share with you guyswhat they’re doing there. So next let’s head on to the barge. I’m walking the plank over to the barge here.As we walk across here, you’re gonna get a welcome sign it says quot;The Science Barge isa program of the Groundwork Hudson Valley.quot;
And the Groundwork also puts on a whole bunchof different community gardens and other projects in the area. So it’s definitely really cool.I’m glad they were able to accommodate me today on a short notice. And, uh, normallyduring the week the barge is only open to, like, school kids. So actually they take schoolkids, which I think is very important and critical to teach the children of today wherethe food comes from and how it’s grown. So during the week they have programs for kidsand, uh, take school kids. So if you want to visit the barge otherwise, you gotta comeon the, uh, Saturdays and Sundays between noon and six. That’s when they take the publicand will give tours and you guys can check
this place out for yourselves. So I think what I’m gonna do now, becausethere’s so much here to show you guys, the first part of this tutorial is gonna be showingyou the sustainability aspects of the barge and then I’ll get more into, like, the actualfood growing that they’re doing here. So I think first what we’re gonna do is we’re gonnago and check out the rain catchment actually inside the greenhouse. So as you guys can see here they got somebig tanks here. It’s 400 gallons and they got three of them so that’s 1200 gallons ofrain catchment. What they’re doing is they
have gutters on the top of the greenhousestructure here, they come into one common pipe, they feed here, uh, this. And theystore all the water that they need to use, because they are growing in hydroponics, itrecirculates the water and they save a lot of water so they don’t need to catch as much.After they catch the water, just to be safe, they’re actually also filtering it and thenactually running it through a UV system, which is really cool. I haven’t seen a UV systemused on rainwater before. So besides the rain catchment, they have another backup system,just in case, and this is a reverseosmosis system, this tank holds up to 300 gallons,and you can see the whole reverseosmosis