Aquaponics and Hydroponics – Exploring Possibilities

Posted on October 16, 2013

Portable_fish_farm_at_growing_power.jpgAt the CNG office, we often hear from people who are enthusiastic about aquaponic and hydroponic (A/H) food production. (What’s this? See below.*) They want to know whether CNG would certify their operations.

Enthusiasm for A/H is understandable; this approach doesn’t require access to land, it can provide a year-round supply of fresh produce for local communities - both urban and rural - and food can be produced reliably without synthetic fertilizers, pesticides or herbicides. On the other hand, skeptics express concerns over heavy use of plastics, energy consumption, and whether soil is fundamental to food production.

Yet interest in aquaponics and hydroponics is exploding. Certified Naturally Grown could help guide this movement by developing standards and offering certification to encourage and reward A/H producers who choose sustainable and natural practices. We are currently considering whether it makes sense for CNG to launch an A/H certification program.

To aid in this investigation, we are forming an Aquaponics/Hydroponics Exploratory Committee. We are currently seeking qualified candidates interested in sharing their expertise and experience.

If you have knowledge of aquaponic or hydroponic production methods, consider applying to serve on this Exploratory Committee.

Download the A/H Questionnaire here and submit it to [email protected] by Dec 6, 2013 (deadline extended).

We’d also like to hear from our members and supporters. Take this 3 minute survey. 


*Aquaponics combines aquaculture (raising fish or other aquatic animals) with hydroponics (growing plants in water) in a symbiotic closed-loop system. The waste produced by aquatic animals supplies nutrients for plants. In turn, the plants purify the water before it is returned to the fish.