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Aquaponic Integrated Edible Garden at Local Restaurant

Jul 31, 2014 08:34AM

Aquaponics On-Site Training for Communities (AOSTC) is establishing its first aquaponic integrated edible garden at the Real Macaw Restaurant, in Naples. A pilot project, the garden is the first installation of its kind in the United States. In addition to the availability of fresh, synthetic-free food, aquaponic classes, tours and special events will be available to the community.

The chemical-free food will be grown using the fundamental principle of aquaponics, combining the natural cycles of fish and plants in a garden adjacent to the restaurant, along with two satellite systems in the main dining area. The culinary herbs and vegetables will be harvested fresh and incorporated into a daily, made-to-order menu by the chef at the Real Macaw.

“The synergy between aquaponics and restaurants is a natural progression that flows,” says AOSTC owner Jaime Guerra. “The restaurant environment completes the loop in the farm-to-table concept. I anticipate replicating this concept in other restaurants in the future.”

Location: 3275 Bayshore Dr. For more information, call 239-732-1188.

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