Meet Lotus Gardens from Lincoln, Nebraska!
“Our Aquaponics farm duplicates a traditional 40-acre farm in 8,640 sq ft. We care for each plant individually by hand.
James and Michelle Tolston and their crew at Lotus Gardens work year-round in a large greenhouse in a Lincoln area that borders a park and is minutes from downtown. They raise lettuce – bibb, romaine and butterhead, herbs like mint, basil, cilantro and oregano, tomatoes, peppers and leafy greens. All these delicious and healthy veggies are grown aquaponically in a greenhouse!
Providing healthy food to their community is the passion that drives Lotus Gardens. James and Michelle have had their own lives and lives of their family members affected by a lack of good, clean, and nutrient dense food. Good food changes lives and Lotus Gardens is committed to bringing good food to you!
“Healthy Food, Healthy Heart, Healthy Life”
- Fresh, healthy lettuce, greens, herbs, tomatoes and peppers grown in an aquaponic system!
- Online shopping – local home delivery or on-farm pickup
- Community Box Membership
- Wholesale orders
Where you can find Lotus Gardens:
- Website: http://lotusgardens4life.com/
- Lotus Gardens on Facebook
- (402) 480-8271
- 4200 South 1st Street. Lincoln, NE 68502
Aquaponics; a New Farm Option!
- Aquaponics is a system in which fish eat and their waste produces ammonia. Beneficial bacteria then convert ammonia into nutrients, supplying plants with natural fertilizer. Aquaponics is a closed loop system as water is continuously recirculated through plant roots. Aquaponics mimics the natural symbiotic relationship between fish and water.
- Lotus Garden’s aquaponics system holds 30,000 gallons of water provided by an onsite well.
- They have eight rows of 10 ft troughs linked together. There are 44 floating trays in each row with 33 plant spaces in each tray. This makes 1,452 spaces in each trough for a total of 11,616 spaces!
- Their four fish tanks are stocked with roughly 3,500 yellow perch per tank. After the first year of operation, they will harvest fish every 90 days. Their fish are fed food from Brookings, SD.