NEW CSA CYCLES STARTING IN APRIL 2021 *Stay Tuned*
Looking for an internship for Summer/Fall 2021? Contact Jessica here.
CUSTOM BUILT SCHOOL & STUDENT OPERATED SYSTEMS INSTALLED & UPDATED IN 2020:
122 PLANT FLOTATION SYSTEM (~1400 HEADS OF LETTUCE/YEAR), 300 LBS OF TILAPIA YEARLY
DEAL ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
40 PLANT VERTICAL GROWING SYSTEM WITH UNIQUE FISH TANK SITTING ON TOP A GRAND PIANO
FORRESTDALE SCHOOL OF RUMSON
8 SHIITAKE MUSHROOM LOGS, 1,000 GALLON AQUAPONICS SYSTEM WITH KOI FISH + MORE
336 VERTICAL PLANT GROWING SYSTEM
420 LBS POTENTIAL TILAPIA HARVEST
1000s of DELIGHTED FACULTY, STUDENTS & STAFF
WHAT IS DROP THE BEET?
We are a 20,000-gallon Aquaponics Facility operating out of the wonderful Calgo Gardens in Freehold, NJ. We are similar to hydroponics, but more sustainable because we integrate aquaculture (fish raising) into our system. All of our plants are grown in water, fertilized by 45 koi fish in a symbiotic, recirculating ecosystem. This system allows us to grow produce using 90% less water in 1/4 the amount of space. The plants filter the water for our fishpond, creating a perfect ecosystem that constantly recycles water and nutrients. We are herbicide free, dirt free, and use organic practices on all of our crops.
We offer CSA memberships year round, group educational tours, mushroom workshops, and aquaponic consulting. Visit our pages for more information!
Pictured above, Cody Parker, founder of Drop the Beet Farms LLC., won a Distinguished Farmer Recognition Award from New Jersey Department of Agriculture Jersey Fresh Farm to School Program, in October 2020.