Back to the Roots Ventures now has two products, the mushroom farm and the AquaFarm, and they are getting noticed by the Wall Street Journal. They are one of the more successful entrepreneurs that have had two Kickstart projects funded. The second, the Aquafarm did over 245,000.00 in funding, almost one and a half times the amount needed to create the molds for their small 4 gallon aquarium with air driven flow through filtration.
The Wall Street Journal is now a publication where the AquaFarm gets noticed in a recent article outlining the business aspects of the project. They give a short history on how the idea was born and the way it has grown up quite rapidly
“It was just like that lesson where we learned that coffee grounds can be used to grow mushrooms, it was just so simple and real,” says Mr. Velez. “We got really excited about this idea that fish waste could be used as fertilizer for plants, and that the plants would then clean the water and bring it back to the fish.”
AquaFarm does work
I am pleased to say I was one of those backers and they came through with the promised aquaponics garden as a finished product a month or so ago. I got it set up with a couple of goldfish and the planters are starting to produce lettuce and arrugula. The system operates pretty well, but is a bit noisy since it is driven by an air pump placed in a compartment in the top.
There is no light available for it yet, but I am sure that as this project becomes more and more well known, there will be a few new accessories created for it. Unlike the mushroom kit which grows on coffee grounds and requires nothing else to produce the crop, the AquaFarm will be a much longer lived project for the home and will demand some added accessories to make it even better. Suggestions from their newsletter include a background and slightly more powerful and quieter pump. They do include food for the fish with the package, but not enough for an extended period of time.