The pond you see in the above photo is not for growing rice. It also is not a livestock pond either.
On this particular farm are five ponds. Slow reaction time that I have all but this one pond whizzed by at 60 miles an hour.
Okay, enough already you may be saying.
This is a “Catfish Farm”. Alabama, and other southern states, has gone to “Aquaculture” to meet the needs of a public that clamors for their catfish.
Churches have “Catfish Suppers” to appease hungry parishioners before a Bible study. Restaurants, large and small, advertise “All you can eat catfish” on Tuesday nights to increase revenues.
If catfish is advertised on the menu you can plan on waiting for a table.
Personally, I’m not a fan of catfish. No kind of fish to be precise so I don’t fall in the numbers of diners these farms make a living from.
Alabama Catfish Producers has quite an interesting and informative website.
The days of fishing rivers, streams, and lakes for your supper are left only to the avid fishermen and women. The rest of the population meet at “Bubba’s” for platefuls of all you can eat catfish.
Just thought you might like to know there is more farming in the south than rice, beans, corn, and peanuts.