How an Old Swimming Pool Feeds an Entire Family and Changes the Way We Look at Food

December 31, 2014   |   Jonathan Schoenfeld

Jonathan Schoenfeld
December 30, 2014

(ANTIMEDIA) Drought, climate conditions, and pollution are major factors concerning agriculturists. Drought can be overcome with drought resistant plants, climate controlled environments can isolate a grow from any environmental factors, and local organic grows can greatly reduce pollution from pesticides and transportation.

One family in Phoenix, Arizona responded to the worlds agriculture issues and ensuing food crisis with their own self sufficient pool farm.

Dennis and Danielle McClung began by placing an emphasis on producing their own sustainable grow and ended up with an elaborate backyard ecosystem made out of a swimming pool.

“The Garden Pool featured a closed-loop ecosystem where tilapia, algae, and duckweed flourished alongside broccoli and sweet potatoes. McClung’s goal was to feed a family of five and within a calendar year, their Garden Pool saved the family 75 percent on their grocery bills.”

The Garden Pool incredibly is able to incorporate solar power, water conservation, poultry farming, aquaculture, hydroponic gardening, organic horticulture, aquaponics, biofiltration, thermal mass, and permaculture. What began as a backyard experiment is now officially a 501(c)3  charitable nonprofit organization for sustainable food production, research, and education.

The Garden pool is one of a kind but could potentially serve as a model for anyone and everyone looking to start their own garden. Whether you are thinking of converting an old pool or not, the Garden Pool website is a legitimate source for ideas and information to start you on your journey. Check out the video below to see what Dennis McClung has to say about Garden Pools.

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Author: Jonathan Schoenfeld

Jonathan Schoenfeld joined Anti-Media as an independent journalist in August of 2014. His topics of interest include acupuncture, herbal medicine, massage therapy, health, and technology. He resides in San Diego, California, where he was born and raised.

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  1. I wonder, why they are talking only about marijuana, this project is one of the coolest projects I've ever seen, but everyone seem to be focused on legalization of drugs, man I hate the fact, that I can't change things in a right way

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  2. I love this idea. I have a pool in my yard that is not functioning and would love to make a sustainable garden from it, but I do not live in a dry climate like Phoenix. I live in Louisiana where we get lots of rain. If the ground is wet and you empty a pool, you run the risk of it busting out of the ground here. Any solutions for this problem?

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  3. This is a cool idea, but I would be interested more in a way to sustain myself as a vegan. I'm also growing my veggies in AZ.

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  4. then just grow fruits and veggies. Just don't grow the animals. Or get chickens and sell their eggs. Very easy to do. I can't wait to get started.

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