By Claudia Andracki
The Aquaponics Association is always looking to expand our connections to aquaponics enthusiasts, whether in the U.S. or beyond. This time I had the opportunity to visit a facility located on the outskirts of Guadalajara, Jalisco. The company is called BoFish Aquaponics. You have seen the owner at our annual Conference and at some of the Aquaculture America conferences, his name is Carlos Leon.
While visiting my home town in Jalisco I took the opportunity to stop by and experience his farm. Carlos Leon is currently cultivating Tilapia and Shrimp in his facility and the water is used in floating rafts to grow a variety of lettuce, celery and a number of herbs. His facility is separated into two greenhouses. One holds his aquaculture and the other has the floating rafts.
We had a great conversation about marketing and promotion of the aquaponic products. Carlos finds that his products are easily sold but not recognizable in the market. He believes there is a need to help farmers market their product and stand out from conventional farmers. He is also interested in making a closer connection between the Aquaponics Association and Latin America.
Carlos has a second location where he used to have his farm. He has two small systems that are used for demonstrations for patrons of the restaurant located on the premises. Carlos mentioned that the aquaponic systems are the attraction and having a restaurant on property is a convenience for the visitors. His mother is the one to manage the smaller systems on the restaurant property and he manages the bigger farm.
As I left Carlos extended an invitation to the Latin America Aquaponics Conference in October in Bogota, Colombia. We will keep you posted as the relationship between the Aquaponics Association and Latin America unfolds.
Claudia Andracki is a Board Member and the Treasurer of the Aquaponics Association.