The Cedar House Micro-Farm was born from an idea to continue nature's growing cycle through the coldest of winter days. From the beginning, we wanted to be able to produce fresh produce to take to market as well as supplement daily meals at the Cedar House. Through many trials and errors and learning points, we have now incorporated two aquaponic systems consisting of more than 550 gallons of fresh water, two hydroponic systems, with the capability to nourish more than 175 seed pots, and have made plans to construct a grow bed to incorporate even more growing capability.
The aquaponic system includes both Koi and local catfish species and nourishes the plants and seeds through the natural process of fish waste and fertilization. With the innovative ways we incorporate nature's own processes, we are now growing everything from banana trees (yes, banana trees in the Kansas winter) to tomatoes, green beans, and more than 40 different varieties of ground plants.