After winds up to 70 km/h and 2000 trees down, 87 000 customers across the province are without power, including the mini farm where the Oasis Farmery is located. Once I realized Saturday morning that the power at Anna’s was out, I rushed to her house to check on the aquaponics system. To those new to the Oasis Farmery community, Anna is my fiancée, and her mother Pam has allowed us to set up the aquaponics system at her house/mini farm. The whole family: Pam, Anna, and Olivia, Anna’s younger sister, take care of the animals on the farm, including a pug named Gracie, a cat named Daisy, 11 chickens and a budgie.
The problem was that the fish can’t live long without the electric pump running to circulate the water and provide oxygen to the fish. Luckily, Pam’s father was already at Anna’s setting up a generator to run the sump pumps for the house, and we were able to use the power as well. The recently installed fence on our first aquaponics system was able to withstand the winds, along with our taller tomato and basil plants. The rest of the plants; pea sprouts, sunflowers, kale, and cilantro were all short enough that the edge of the IBC protected them. Also, the electronics box, containing the credit card sized computer that runs the system, was able to withstand the weather after being held in place by a cinderblock and a few logs, so everything inside stayed nice and dry.
Hurricane Arthur has taught us that the fish can actually go for longer than we expected without the pump running, which is great since the power isn’t expected to come back on for the next couple days. Until then we’re running on generator power and starting to consider a solar backup system.
Arthur gave us quite the scare but we survived and are on with a full head of steam!
All for now,