Eco Garden


Eco Garden

One of the eco living aspects is to be self-sufficient and apply sustainability in our life style. At Vicky's Keys we do this by having our own garden combined with our Aquaphonics system. This way we are able to grow our own food and fish. Especially when living in a hurricane belt its important to set ourselves up to be resilient and with a quick pace. Several hurricanes passed our little island and caused horrendous disasters. One particular hurricane called Irma booted hurricane Luis of 1995 off the top and took her place at the throne of hurricanes of all hurricanes. On 6 September 2017 hurricane Irma with a wide span of approximately 600km not only thrashed St. Maarten but also surrounding islands. This enormous nature phenomenon was another wake up call for us to focus ourselves on how to be resilient, sustainable and self sufficient. This hurricane made us feel like sitting ducks during a hunt, easy preys.

So we gave good thought on how to develop a system that is easy to dismantle and put together that will make sure to provide and sustain food right away. The Aquaphonics system is our sustainable solution. We combine it with composting our organic waste and recycle the compost in our perma-cultured garden.

So what is an Aquaphonic system?
Literally speaking, Aquaphonics is putting fish to work. It just so happens that the work those fish do (eating and producing waste), is the perfect fertilizer for growing plants.
One of the coolest things about Aquaphonics is that it mimics a natural ecosystem. Aquaphonics represents the relationship between water, aquatic life, bacteria, nutrient dynamics, and plants which grow together in waterways all over the world. Taking cues from nature, aquaphonics harnesses the power of bio-integrating these individual components: Exchanging the waste by-product from the fish as a food for the bacteria, to be converted into a perfect fertilizer for the plants, to return the water in a clean and safe form to the fish. Just like mother nature does in every aquatic ecosystem.

Whats Permaculture?
Originally, the word “Permaculture” was the combination of the two words “permanent” and “agriculture”. Two Australian men named Bill Mollison and David Holmgren coined the term in the 1970’s. It is an agricultural philosophy that allows us to use the resources that we have around us to their fullest potential. By observing and learning from our environment, such as how does nature replenish its soil, how does nature protect and conserve its water resources, how has nature adapted to the specific climate of an area, etc…We can learn how to imitate these natural processes in our daily living. The more closely that we can work with nature, the more likely we are to establish a balance which will provide us with the things that we need without hurting the environment. One of the founding fathers of Permaculture, Bill Mollison, has defined Permaculture as “the conscious design and maintenance of agriculturally productive ecosystems, which have the diversity, stability and resilience of natural ecosystems”.

Workshop Self sufficiency
We love to share our knowledge, this is why we organize several workshops. Find more info about the workshops we organize that could help you with getting the Eco aspect more prominent in your life style.