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Domaine Madeleine Bed and Breakfast's new Aquaponics greenhouse, designed and built in-house by Ryan Brunk, showing produce growing from seed at 4 weeks[/caption]
Committed to making a difference. They've launched a unique brand of Aquaponics which provide not only delicious, fresh, farm-to-table meals for guests, but also important propagation of important heirloom seed varieties.
Visit their expansive Greenhouse farm on the grounds of the B&B.
Aquaponics is a sustainable agricultural process that uses the cultivation of fish to create organic waste which is then used to grow produce hydroponically without the use of chemical fertilizers or herbicides. The produce can be harvested year-round, providing a sustainable, low water use agricultural method that can be deployed anywhere in the world (from someone's garage to a large scale farming operation).
Domaine Madeleine has selected a wide variety of heirloom, organic, and openly pollinated seeds to propagate in the greenhouse, including: Speckled Bib Lettuce, sweet peppers, sugar snap peas, heirloom tomatoes, sorrel, kale, arugula, strawberries, carrots and more. Their guests enjoyed the first harvest within 4 weeks of propagating from seed!
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Ryan Brunk holds up a 3 week old strawberry plant growing in a fast-running hydroponics tube fertilized by waste from a school of Tilapia fish.[/caption]
The Domaine Madeleine Aquaponics system was designed and built completely in-house by Ryan Brunk, Domaine Madeleine's head groundskeeper. Ultimately, by September 2015, they plan for over 85% of of their breakfast menu to be sourced from ingredients acquired from organic farms - including their own - all within a 25 mile radius of the inn. The exceptions would be coffee, some grains for baked goods, and organic sugar and some oils that aren't yet locally grown within that radius.