Swimming Pool Farms: Going Off the Deep End in Arizona
How cool is this?
Instead of water wings and inner tubes, Dennis and Danielle McClung’s backyard pool in Mesa, Arizona, is filled with tomato plants, grape vines and wheat. There’s a chicken coop and a fish pond, and the food that comes out of the pool, from tilapia to tomatoes, feeds the McClung family of five. It’s a system that took a few frustrating failures to perfect, but now the McClungs hope to take swimming-pool farming international.
I’ve just started a concerted research effort into natural swimming pools and found this great article from American website Houzz. Jeff and I have decided to ditch the conventional pool we’d earmarked for the new house in favour of a chemical-free, biologically filtered swimming pool. Preliminary research suggests it’s similar in cost to build and maintain as a regular pool. The difference is the maintenance is done on the water garden instead of filling the pool with chemicals. Sounds good to me!
This idea may take us a little longer to bring to fruition I’d imagine but I think it will be so worth it. It fits seamlessly with the beautiful, natural aesthetics we’re trying to create at Edgefield and our permaculture ideals. But seriously, how cool do they look and how gorgeous would it be to swim in?! Add it to the wish list…