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Victoria, Edmonton residents raise vegetables and fish using aquaponics

•, By Megan Cole
 VICTORIA - A small plot of land on the edge of Victoria's downtown may seem like an unusual spot for a farm, but for Angela Moran, the city was the best place to launch aquaponics.

Moran has been the farm manager for Mason Street Farm for eight years. She sells the produce to local restaurants and at Victoria farmers markets. But last November, when she brought on fellow farmer Jesse Brown, the two decided to embark on introducing aquaponics to the B.C. capital.

"I'm a city girl. I grew up in the city, and I love it and the culture, so I never wanted to farm rurally," said Moran.

"I really felt aquaponics in the city worked well together. I'm trying to find a way to raise my protein and my vegetables. Vegetables are just one part of the plate, and that's what attracted me to aquaponics is having a food source with a higher yield and less labour."

Aquaponics combines aquaculture (farming aquatic organisms like fish and plants) and hydroponics (the process of growing plants in water). By combining the two systems the fish and plants create a self-maintained system.

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