Aquaponics (soilless methods of growing plants) have numerous advantages over conventional agricultural models. Due to a controlled environment, growing conditions can be altered to maximize efficiency and productivity. In addition, they are not influenced by seasonal/weather patterns, can be implemented into urban and indoor environments, and tend to produce higher and faster yields using less water, land, pesticides, and energy. Due to these advantages, hydroponics and aquaponics have significant potential to reduce food insecurity and increase access to fresh produce, especially in urban areas.
Our team plans to design and build a fully-functioning prototype of an aquaponics system on campus in order to promote sustainable agriculture and increase awareness about novel food production models.
Previously, the hydroponics team designed and constructed a hydroponics farm on the roof of the Luskin School of Public Affairs. The Aquaponics Team won first place for an aquaponics facility design in UCLA’s Sustainability Innovation Challenge.
This year, the combined Aquaponics and Hydroponics team will utilize the funding won from the competition and with support from UCLA stakeholders, work on designing, installing, and maintaining an aquaponics system on campus. In addition, we are collaborating with the SOLAR club to build a hydroponics system powered by solar panels.Contact Team Lead