I went down to feed my fish tonight in my Tilapia pond at my farm in Maliko Bay on Maui. My focus came back to how will I be able to close the loop on a sustainable farm unless I can grow a fish food tree. My spring produces great quantities of water. My pond has been established for 5 years now and I have sold 700 pound of fish so far this year and consumed a lot as well. The problem is; how do I grow a fish food tree using the waste water to grow something my greedy fish will eat and thrive on. Fish like protein, fat and carbohydrates, the same as humans. Tilapia are happy with just about anything that you throw in the pond and that can be a problem. Throw in 20 loaves of stale white bread, they eat ’em up.Â Throw in rotten tomatoes from the garden, they eat ’em up. They are teenagers on steroids, just like weed smoking ice cream eaters, eat it all!
Talapia are just floating water pigs!
When my clients talk about farming , sustainability, and all of the great things we aspire to, I keep thinking of the fish food tree. It really involves more time than I have to take away from my real estate career that supports my hobby, a big Tilapia pond on Maui! It is great to have the consciousness of being able to live inÂ Paradise, grow your own food, and have the security of knowing you can grow your next meal if you need to, but somehow you need to put gas in the tank of your truck and Tilapia food in the mouths of your fish.
Think about Maui. Warm water, lots of rain, US government with lots of guns to defend us. If you have a choice do you want to live in a crowded city, with lots of traffic , dependent on the next train full of produce from Salinas, or do you want to take your chances with me on Maui with my Tilapia pond?Â You have a choice.