Sweetwater Consulting Corporation
Beehive AGMS

Beehive AGMS

Aquaponics has a few different variations when it comes to system design. We chose multi-level grow beds, stacking one on top of the other: Using this design will allow us to water our plants using gravity to feed the plants using a fraction of the water that would be used in a conventional system. Using this design also allows us to produce fruits, vegetables, and fish at the same time in one harmonious system. Living filter/ Grow bed​: Using our design we use porous grow media leca-stone or lava rock mostly, which are PH neutral. The grow medium provides a surface for the plant roots to bed. We allow waste to get broken down naturally by earthworms which turns fecal matter into nutrient-rich food for the plants. Having earthworms also eliminates “root rot” a common problem people have when growing plants in water. The worms will eat the dead roots stopping “root rot” in its tracks. Using a living grow bed such as this helps maintain a healthy balance helping us save time and money on maintenance. Enclosed Dwelling​: Using a Greenhouse to keep out pests, invasive species of plants or “Weeds” in the area, and any chemical contaminants from other farms found in the area. Using shelter helps control the temperature inside keeping evaporation to minimal levels allowing us to conserve more water. Permaculture​: Planting with a variety of crops in a zone planting method rather than conventional monoculture techniques will allow us to control “dead spots” and disease outbreaks which are caused by planting too many plants with the same nutritional needs in a small area. Pests are a problem when you have too many of the same crops in one area.