The Apod Project, an aquaponics system in a transportation container, is our vision of future food production. Aquaponics is the growing of fish and plants in a closed ecosystem. The fish waste is converted to fertilizer with bacteria, so plants rely on fish for food and the fish rely on the plants to clean their water. Our first Apod was displayed on the water front of downtown Jacksonville, Florida for the week of the Be One Spark Event in April of 2013. Many people stopped by to see us and we received approx. $1700.00 in crowd funding money. Since One Spark, we have continued to move forward with the improvements needed to make an Apod a viable food production system. We are in on going talks with a major funding source to assist us with needed additional monies, which we will use to completely build our prototype Apod. We will then build a larger unit based on this model. Our goal is to have fully functioning units in two sizes to document food output from each size, in order to compare unit cost to food production.
Aquaponics is an inherently organic food production method. Any toxins added to the system could kill the fish, stopping the food production process. Our Apods use solar energy to run, more energy is produced through the solar and wind systems on each Apod, than is needed to run the Apod. Our Apods can be plugged into the grid and the excess power can be used to offset consumption where they are connected. So, Apods are food and energy producing units.