While we just KNOW that our water is the best tasting water you can find here in Colorado (or anywhere else in the country), we humbly acknowledge that water can be found anywhere and everywhere on earth.
Of course, water is crucial to life. According to LiveScience, “several chemical properties of water make it indispensable for living creatures… At heart, all life on Earth uses a membrane that separates the organism from its environment. To stay alive, the organism takes in important materials for making energy, while shuttling out toxic substances such as waste products. In this regard, water is essential simply because it's a liquid at Earth-like temperatures. Because it flows, water provides an efficient way to transfer substances from a cell to the cell's environment.”
I know! Exciting stuff, right? We all know that water is important to life, but it has nonetheless been truly exciting to see and hear how our water is being used to not only stimulate life, but also support the growth of a local business that is preparing to teach others about how to create a sustainable source of food through aquaponics.
A Bit About Aquaponics (and It’s Next-of-Kin, Hydroponics)
Aquaponics and hydroponics are both methods of growing plants without the use of soil, using nutrient-rich water instead to feed the plants. But there are some key differences between the two methodologies. Hydroponics relies on a nutrient-rich solution which requires human intervention to replenish. Aquaponics combines the principles of aquaculture and hydroponics to create a closed-loop system that does not require human-provided replenishment. Employing aquaculture—the practice of breeding fish—aquaponics utilizes fish waste to provide the nutrients the plants need to grow, and the plants filter and clean the water for the fish, creating a self-sustaining system that can be used to produce a variety of crops, including fruits, vegetables, herbs, etc. Because of this symbiotic relationship between the fish and the plant life, aquaponics is a more sustainable and cost-effective method of farming than hydroponics.
Introducing BountyHaus School Farms
BountyHaus School Farms is a unique initiative that provides learners with a sustainable source of food, while teaching them about sustainable farming practices through aquaponics. BountyHaus School Farms “makes learning fun by engaging and empowering student education everywhere. Students have the opportunity to grow food in schools with the help of BountyHaus’ aquaponic technology. Students learn from the source with BountyHaus, understanding more about nutrients inside healthy food, our environment, the diversity of various ecosystems, study microbiology in aquaponics and careers in agriculture and environment.”
BountyHaus has developed and is refining a module-based environment that includes everything a school, business, community or church would need to create their own sustainable aquaponics grow house. And, much like us at Eldorado Natural Spring Water, BountyHaus believes in educating and nurturing healthy habits, sustainable energy practices (like solar power), and leaving a better future for our children.
And They Get Their Water From…
When selecting the water for their aquaponics systems, requiring one-hundred and eighty 5-gallon bottles, they selected Eldorado Natural Spring Water. Not only did the folks at BountyHaus want to work with another local Colorado company, they also recognized that Eldorado Natural Spring Water is a high-quality water source that is free of pollutants and contaminants. Because our water is also naturally rich in minerals, it makes an ideal choice for supporting aquaponics… because you can’t manufacture natural!
BountyHaus School Farms is developing an innovative way of providing fresh, healthy, and locally sourced food to organizations like schools, businesses, communities and churches, while teaching them about sustainable food production. BountyHaus is a great example of how sustainable farming practices can be used to create a self-sustaining source of healthy, locally sourced food. We at Eldorado Natural Spring Water are proud to support a company that shares its values and commitment to sustainability. We'll drop in from time to time to check on the progress of their crops.