Company Founder Jon Allen was pleased to welcome and show round some esteemed academic visitors to our Aquaponics farm site in Farnley Tyas this week.
Dr John Lever & Dr James Scott Vandeventer from the Business School at the University of Huddersfield, (whilst also representing the 'Countryside and community research institute') paid Jon a visit to our farm to learn more about our Aquaponic Farming methods and in particular how we are paying special attention to applying Circular Economy principles to our business model.
The circular economy model attempts to tackles climate change and other global challenges like biodiversity loss, waste, and pollution, by decoupling economic activity from the consumption of finite resources.
The circular economy model is based on three principles, driven by design: 1) Eliminate waste and pollution, 2) Circulate products and materials (at their highest value), 3) Regenerate nature. Underpinned by a transition to renewable energy and materials, the circular economy is a resilient system that is good for business, people, and the environment.
The professor's spent a whole morning touring the farm with Jon, tasting our fantastic heirloom tomatoes and our crisp and fresh salad leaves and noted how clean and tasty they found them. Jon explained how our farming methods don't allow for the use of pesticides or insecticides because of harm to our fish, also how we choose our varieties for their excellent flavour rather than high yields, this facilitates the clean taste we are becoming known for and of course everyone is fully aware of the detrimental effects that chemicals used during growing can have on the taste profile of supermarket salad produce.
Dr Lever and
Vandeventer even had a chance to help feed our 1000 Rainbow Trout currently growing up in our system and commented on how lively and healthy our fish were. We source our organic feed from Scotland, which massively reduces our carbon footprint, with the vast majority of the worlds' (non-organic) aquaculture feed being produced in South America.
The visit was hugely beneficial to everyone involved and has facilitated a future working relationship between The Burnt Hill Herb Co. and Huddersfield University through further research and development opportunities.
We look forward to meeting up with John and James for further projects in the not-too-distant future.
Read further on the event by following the link to the article: https://www.ccri.ac.uk/blog/09/2021/shisoaquaponics/