The Sprouting Project Greenhouse
Featuring a sustainable ecosystem
The Sprouting Project's aquaponic greenhouse consists of a complex system of aquaculture and hydroponics. The variety of lettuces, microgreens and plants that can be found in the greenhouse are continually fed from fish waste recycled from two 500-gallon tanks resting at the far end of the greenhouse. Within the gigantic blue tanks are tilapia; the fish are fed organic material and the resulting byproduct and waste provide a nutrient-rich food for the growing lettuces and other plants. The plants then filter the water, purifying it before it is returned to the fish. The aquaponic system produces a yield in about half the amount of time as a traditional soil garden. This frequent harvesting has already provided a serious return on the initial investment for The Sprouting Project, allowing our culinary team to use a considerable amount of local produce that would have normally been purchased from distributors and purveyors.