Introducing our Aquaponic System
Friday July 13, 2012
This week we unveiled our Aquaponic system at our Arlington, VA headquarters. Years in the making—both in concept and construction—we’re thrilled to be the first catering company in the DC metro area to use this technology, and further our commitment to sustainable business practices.
A cutting-edge form of urban farming, Aquaponics is a closed-loop ecological system combining aquaculture (fish farming) and hydroponics (soilless plant culture). Both fish and plants are grown in one body of water, using one infrastructure wherein water circulates through the fish tanks, filters and plant beds and then flows back to the fish tanks, completing the loop. The nutrient-rich water that results from raising fish provides a natural source of fertilizer for the growing plants, which then helps to purify the water the fish live in. This natural microbial process helps sustain an environment in which both fish and plants can survive.
The rewards of the system are numerous, not only for the environment, but for our business, as well.
"Less water and fertilizer use, the ability to grow a large volume of crops in a small space, and the value of our clients knowing exactly where their food comes from are just a few of the benefits we’ve experienced." - Joel Thevoz, CEO of Main Event Caterers.
Our commitment to sustainability runs deep, in addition to the use of aquaponics, we use the most up-to-date techniques including: wind and solar-powered electricity, 100% compostable materials, geothermal heat transfer, mainstay crop production, rain water reclamation and more.
Learn more about our commitment to sustainability, here.
Oh, and be sure to take a look at our feature in this week’s Washington Business Journal: Main Event Caterers invests thousands in a newfangled kind of vegetable garden