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Growing High-Quality Produce with the Raft System

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Our number one priority here at Reparation Earth is to grow farm-to-table quality produce for our customers. We researched every sustainable growing method available and chose the Aquaponic method, mainly due to its health and disease-free environment.

Clean water to tanks, dirty water to plants, rinse and repeat!

Utilizing the raft system, we grow in a soil-free plant bed where the plants are grown on floating raft boards on top of the water. The water flows from the fish holding tanks under the floating rafts into a media bed and then back into the fish tanks. In a nutshell, the plants need the fish wastewater to thrive, and the fish need clean water to live.

The Aquaponics Method uses about 90% less water than traditional growing methods due to
most of the water being pumped back into the growing cycle.

This is where the cycle begins.

Our fish are just as important as our vegetables, so we feed them only non-GMO food to make them grow healthy. After eating they pass out waste that we pump into the plant beds to feed the vegetables.

Throughout the raft tank, the beneficial bacteria lives and moves through the plant roots. This method prevents harmful bacteria from growing like can be found in traditional soil growing methods.  

An essential element in the aquaponic system is the media bed.  The media-bed is filled with gravel and filters the water that flows under the floating raft boards before pumping it back into the fish tanks. The water that starts off in the fish tanks that contains fish waste is broken down in the plant bed and then ran through the media-bed for cleaning before it makes its way back through the system.

With the water fresh, filtered, and oxygenated, it is then recirculated to the fish tank where the cycle begins again.

Harvesting made easy

With our raft growing method, we can plant on one end of the raft tank and harvest on the other. As the plants grow, the floats move through the tank toward the harvesting area. Once harvested, the rafts are moved to the planting end, and the process is repeated.

Want to see what it’s all about?

We invite you to visit our farm in Green Cove Springs, Florida and take home local farm fresh vegetables today.