aquaponics is one of our solutions within

our sustainability model.

One way that Trash Mountain Project responds to the problems within a trash dump community is through the implementation of aquaponics, a closed-loop, recirculating, food-growing system. Aquaponics combines two well-known ways to produce food: aquaculture (raising fish for food) and hydroponics (growing plants in water). Separately each has its own challenges, but together they balance out each other’s shortcomings. The fish produce ammonia that is converted to nitrite then nitrate—a usable plant nutrient—by beneficial bacteria. The ammonia-free water is then returned to the fish.

The long-term vision of Trash Mountain Project is to construct commercial-size aquaponics farms that aid in creating self-sustainability for our international ministry partners through local food production and commercial sales that create ongoing and sufficient resources. 

Watch a quick introduction video about aquaponics.



Still have more questions? Check out our Aquaponics FAQ.