Farmers Grow Organic Vegetables From Fish Waste

Published 03/12 2013 10:46PM

Updated 03/13 2013 09:10AM

Every time one of the Tilapia fish takes a bite at H&R Organic Farms, it's one step closer to producing a juicy tomato or crisp lettuce.

"If I were to take this tomato plant and grow it outside it would take ten times as much water," said Glenn Herring. 

Within the tanks swim 11,000 fish producing enough waste to create the perfect balance to serve as soil for farm located north of Munday.

"Our goal here is not to have to spray anything, it's all natural," said Nathan Rowland, one of the owners of the farm.

All of the water for the plants comes from the fish tanks.

Its' just enough for the roots to get the nourishment they need to grow.

"We looked around and we didn't see anybody growing any produce anymore in the area," said Herring.

There are tomatoes, lettuce, and even strawberries inside this 11,000 sq. ft. green house.

Glenn Herring owns the land where he farms wheat and cotton, but this is a whole new ballgame.

But that's part of what intrigued him to join Nathan Rowland and his brother to create the first Aquaponic farm in West Texas.

Anyone can stop by and purchase produce grown at the farm at prices that compete with what you'd find at a local grocery store.

Tomatoes sell for less than $2 a pound.

"In bigger cities you'll find organic stores they double the price on things, because were in a small town people aren't going to spend that kind of money," said Rowland.

The only difference may be the taste.

"The tomatoes that you buy at the store taste like cardboard and the tomatoes that you take off the vine right off these plants are very sweet and delicious," said Herring.

It's a new way of farming without the need for anything other than nature.

There's nothing fishy about it.

You can visit the farm's official website for more information about the farm.

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