On February 2017, we decided to start our own aquponics system. The main goal was to produce quality organic herbs and vegetables for our restaurant. Creating an aquaponics system was also fun and a great way to introduce this modern and environmentally friendly technique to our staff and neighbours.

An aquaponics system combines conventional aquaculture (raising Lapia fish in tanks) with hydroponics (cultivating plants in water).

Water from the aquaculture system is fed to the hydroponic grow beds where the by-products are broken down by nitrifying bacteria, initially into nitrites and subsequently into nitrates, which are utilized by the plants as nutrients, the water is then recirculated back to the aquaculture system.

While we are still in the experimental stages, we are already successfully growing organic herbs like basil and mint. We are also growing other vegetables such as tomatoes, pumpkins and different kinds of chilis but mostly in soil, using local compost as fertilizer.

The seeds we are using are mostly coming from Kokopelli association in France. Kokopelli have been actively supporting biodiversity by distributing non-gmo seeds through their online shop.

Prepared with fresh organic greens from our aquaponic system, drinks like the “Basilico” or the “Fresh green” will surprise you with their original flavor.

Healthy non alcoholic cocktails such as “Aloe soda” or “Basil cooler” are also available and perfectly refreshing options after a lazy day dipping in the river