Cedar Falls Aquaponic system grows produce without soil
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CEDAR FALLS (KWWL) -
All Seasons Harvest in Cedar Falls is one of the state's only Aquaponic facilities.
The facility is home to hundreds of locally grown, chemical-free vegetables that grow in a complex water system.
Nutrients in the water system are provided by hundreds of fish.
According to President and CEO of All Seasons Harvest, Bob Moulds, the fish eat fish food and enrich the water through their waste which is converted naturally into a safe bacteria to help the plants grow on water beds.
Moulds said herbicides, insecticides and other chemicals can't be used in the growing process because it would hurt the fish.
While the produce is as pure as it can get, it can't be labeled as organic because Moulds said organic standards are only used with soil-based systems.
Moulds' sons, Brian and Danny, help with the production and sales of produce.
Together, they spent more than a year planning the facility, which is set up to produce more than 150 heads of lettuce a day.
They hope to provide produce for catering companies, universities, retirement homes, restaurants and families across the state.
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