The latest episode of SARE’s Our Farms, Our Future podcast series features JP Knobloch, co-owner of Straw Hat Aquaponics in Ferguson, Missouri. Knobloch speaks with his fellow co-owner Tim Hydar about growing food indoors while saving water and minimizing waste.
Aquaponics allows Straw Hat to raise high-quality, pesticide-free produce within a flexible system that conserves water and space. “If you use herbicides or pesticides in aquaponics, the chances of messing up the ecosystem are very likely,” says Hydar. Knobloch offers, “depending on your setup, you could produce a good amount of produce in a small space. It really uses very little water to grow a lot of produce.” Both agree that networking, starting small, and aligning production with market support are key considerations for aspiring aquaponics producers.
The Our Farms, Our Future podcast was created to bring people together for important conversations about our food system, and to share the knowledge of agricultural professionals with a wider audience. Each episode features two members of the sustainable agriculture community in conversations about their successes, challenges, fears, hopes, lessons learned and projects to come.