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Market Watch: In Mar Vista, an aquaponics farm just down the street
Market Watch: In Mar Vista, an aquaponics farm just down the street

Many growers proudly advertise their local origins, but when David Rosenstein of Evo Farm sells his produce on Sunday for the first time at the Mar Vista farmers market, he says he will be talking "not about food miles, but food feet." Rosenstein has built an innovative prototype aquaponics farm, combining aquaculture and hydroponic (soilless) vegetable cultivation, in a neighbor's backyard. Each of these systems by itself generates copious waste, but when they are synergized, the fish provide the fertilizer for the plants and the plants filter the water for the fish. Ancient Mesoamericans practiced a primitive form of aquaponics, cultivating plants on rafts on lakes. Modern...

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