Closed-Loop Aquaponics: Aquaponics With Applied Permaculture

Aquaponics is one of the most sustainable and productive farming systems in the world. It combines Aquaculture and Hydroponics to create more self-sufficient systems that use only a fraction of the water, labor, energy, etc. that other conventional farming methods use. Combining Permaculture Design with Aquaponics creates an even more dynamic, productive & regenerative system. This approach focuses on integrating aquaponics systems into the greater landscape, community, surrounding systems, and designing it appropriate to diverse needs, climates, ecologies, and cultures.

Aquaponics with Applied Permaculture also focuses on closing the loops of the system's needs (water, energy, fish, feed, heat, gas, etc.) to be generated on site. Products of a permaculture designed aquaponics systems can include: solar electricity, solar heated air, solar heated water, fish, prawns, vegetables, fruit, aquatic plants, algae, minnows, snails, worms, fertilizers, methane gas, and more.

At a time of global climate change, destruction of ecosystems, depletion of resources, pollution of water and huge losses of top soil worldwide, Aquaponics with Applied Permaculture is a game changing appropriate technology that can provide relief to many of the pressing problems facing the world today while supporting local food resiliency.


Jay Ma is a holistic educator, regenerative design consultant, permaculture teacher, and social entrepreneur committed to creating a culture of human beings living harmoniously with each other and our environment. Jay is the founder and Director of Programs at Living Mandala, Director of Global Sustainability & Events Empowerment Works, and works with educators, businesses, communities and institutions designing, organizing, and facilitating educational trainings, events, and projects for personal, ecological and social transformation in the pacific northwest, nationally, and internationally.

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