WHAT IS AQUAPONICS?
Aquaponics is the ability to harness nature to grow vegetables and fish organically and sustainably.
Using the graphic, you can see that the fish produce waste that contains ammonia. Nitrifying bactering convert this bacteria into nitrites and nitrates, which is absorded by the plants as food. In turn, these plants filter and oxygenate the water, which is sent back to the fish, starting the cycle all over again.
Uses 95% less water than conventional farming
Uses 1/3 of energy than other farm systems
No pesticides or harmful chemicals
No growth hormones
MEANING BEHIND VALOR
To Founder and Co-Owner Patrick Hansen, Valor Aquaponics isn't just a lifelong dream of his. The name itself has true significance to someone special in his life.
Patrick's late grandfather was a World War II Veteran and after his passing Patrick and the rest of his family realized what a true hero this man was. He had served in the Army during WWII and was on the ground in Germany. During his time in country, Patrick's grandfather's unit had earned a Silver Star and his grandfather had also personally been awarded a Bronze Star for Valor.
Patrick and his grandfather had a special bond as they were the only two members of the family that had served in the military at the time of his passing.
To honor his late grandfather's valor, service and dedication Patrick named the company Valor Aquaponics.
ABOUT VALOR AQUAPONICS
Valor Aquaponics started as a dream 10 years ago by Founder & Co-Owner Patrick. He spent the last 10 years researching and building his skills as a skilled tradesman with the goal of, one day, starting his own farm.
By the end of summer 2019, that vision started to become a reality when Patrick designed and built his first home-based aquaponics system with 24 blue tilapia and a bunch of seeds. In the months to follow, he would redesign his system 3 times and add a 2nd system and another 24 tilapia.
Patrick has successfully grown various lettuce such as Parris Island, Red Romaine, Rudy Red, Black Seeded Simpson & Buttercrunch lettuce as well as swiss chard, oregano, parsley, dill, jasmine rice, banana peppers, cayenne peppers, jalepeno peppers and bell peppers.
In February 2020, Patrick brought in his good friend and former coworker, Edward to become co-owner of the company. With Edwards 20 years of skilled trades experience, especially in aquaponics, the company has 40 years combined experience and the ability to design and build their own system. The goal is to build our own custom automation system and incorporate more green technology.
In March 2020, Valor Aquaponics received their first business loan and as of August 2020, they have officially opened Valor Aquaponics indoor farm in Waukesha, WI. We are currently growing 4 types of lettuce, 4 types of tomatoes, basil, cilantro, arugula, cucumbers, bell peppers and jalapenos.
CERTIFIED ORGANIC, CHEMICAL & GMO FREE
Because all of our fish and produce are grown indoors, we are better able to control pests and monitor. As a result, we do not use any chemicals, pesticides or hormones, which results in delicious, certified organic products.