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Saturday, October 31, 2015
A Bit Fishy
We ("we" meaning "Rog") harvested the tilapia from the aquaponics fish gazebo pond today. Being tropical fish, they cannot survive water temps below 48 degrees, and it is getting cold now, so their days were numbered. Rog hasn't been fishing since we moved to the farm, 7 years ago. Until today!
First, he had to empty out some dried corn somebody had stashed in the feet of his hip waders.
Rog used a seine net to corral the fish in a section of the pond.
Once caught in the seine, the tilapia were scooped up in a fish net (the one I use to catch errant chickens) and flipped them into a big bucket.
The catch today was 29 tilapia and a couple of koi that were caught-and-released. There are still a few sneaky tilapia in there to be caught tomorrow.
They are so pretty, and not so big. I am sad about harvesting them.
Rog cleaned all the fish. A little bit of blood and guts to celebrate Halloween.
I know they will taste delicious, but I wish we could keep them in the pond as pets.
In September 2008, we dived into our dream of creating a small, sustainable farm. Neither of us has previous farming experience, but we have enthusiasm and many ideas for this little 10-acre farmstead.