Aquaponics to Help Local Pollinators
Last week our neighbor (also on Grand Ave) conservation organization, Ecolife, made a trip to Elfin Forest to install the latest ECO-Cycle Aquaponics model. The previous model in the Interpretive Center was used to teach visitors about sustainable technology and alternative ways of growing food. With the new system in place, however, we will begin growing native milkweed to be used in future pollinator gardens! Milkweed is the host plant for the Monarch butterfly, whose populations are still in trouble despite recent efforts.
EcoLife Conservation has been working to protect natural environments around the world by addressing our heavy agricultural footprint. Their Aquaponics program is focused on using nutrients from aquatic animals to cultivate plants in a sustainable way. The Escondido Creek Conservancy is excited to team up with such a dedicated organization and create programming that not only promotes sustainable gardening, but helps our local pollinators! The Conservancy helped create three pollinator gardens in 2017 and is planning to create even more in the future.
If you’re interested in helping develop our aquaponics pollinator program please reach out to our Volunteer and Marketing Manager, [email protected].