CapeTalk Small Business Awards

Fresh idea: Growing veg with hydroponics & aquaponics

Urban Organics designs and develops hydroponics and aquaponics for urban and rural communities.

Owner Louis-Gillies Janse van Rensburg says they also offer workshops on how these systems can be used for fresh produce.

We design multiple ranges of hydroponic systems that can be stand-alone or can be installed on a wall. We also design aquaponics systems, which can be put anywhere you want if you have space.

Louis-Gillies Janse van Rensburg, Urban Organics owner

Van Rensburg says their systems use 90-95% less water and suggests that anyone wanting to give it a try should start with hydroponics.

These systems can be placed anywhere because there is no soil involved, according to van Rensburg.

The systems allow you to grow any kind of vegetables that grow above the ground, even flowers, but because there is water involved, vegetables that grow underground struggle in that environment.

You can put it on cement slab or on bricks. The systems are highly effective to grow any organic fresh produce and you can supplement your family with vegetables that are coming out of your backyard.

Louis-Gillies Janse van Rensburg, Urban Organics owner

It's a brand new technology and anybody that uses hydroponics or aquaponics is on the forefront of sustainable living.

Louis-Gillies Janse van Rensburg, Urban Organics owner

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