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Saturday, February 1, 2014

Gas-Fired Hydronic Heating System helps gardens thrive.

January 28, 2014 - AquaHeat Gas-Fired Hydronic Heating System is suited for gardeners looking to enhance existing system and help fish and plants thrive. In addition to keeping fish warm to help them thrive, system creates positive impact on vegetables and plants. Fully-assembled solution features off-grid capabilities; heating system runs on propane or natural gas and comes with efficient (10 W/hr) heater that can be run off household electricity, battery, or solar panel. 

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The Aquaponic Source

The Aquaponic Source Introduces AquaHeat, the Latest in Efficient Gas-Powered Heating to Keep Your Garden Thriving and Electric Bill Down

LONGMONT, COLORADO – The Aquaponic Source, a product development and manufacturing company specializing in aquaponics, a sustainable way to grow food that combines raising fish and plants symbiotically, introduces the latest in efficient gas-powered water heating: AquaHeat.

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Gardeners' Dirt: Aquaponics a balance between fish, plants

Photo by Photo contributed Kimberly Byrns/Megan's Gardens, •
The hybrid floating raft system is another grow bed design used in aquaponics. Plants are grown suspended from the raft above the water with their roots below the raft. Plants receive nourishment, and roots are aerated through the water. This sweet basil is one of a variety of herbs grown at Megan's Gardens using this system.

By Suzanne LaBrecque - Victoria County Master Gardener Edited by Charla Borchers Leon Originally published January 30, 2014 at midnight, updated January 30, 2014 at midnight

•  Koi
•  Goldfish
•  Hybrid perch
•  Sleepy cod
•  Barramundi
• Arugula
• Leafy lettuces
• Herbs
• Basil
• Dill
• Mint
• Rosemary
• Vegetables/flowers
• Carrots
• Kale
• Peppers
• Tomatoes
• Watercress
• Strawberries
• Petunias
• Geraniums
• Violets

Last month, a friend asked, "What do you know about aquaponics?"

And I had to admit that other than growing something in water, I didn't know anything. So I decided my first new word for 2014 would be "aquaponics." And lo, when I looked into it, a whole new world of food production emerged.

Allows fish and plants to live off each other

Aquaponics combines...MORE

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MPS aquaponics programming expanding thanks to $98,000 from AT&T, NEA Foundation
Written by MCJStaff   //  January 30, 2014   // 0 Comments
BRADLEYTECH_ATT_NEAF_AQUAPONICS21 MPS’ aquaponics program is getting a boost thanks to AT&T and the NEA Foundation; pictured from left to right: Bradley Tech High School Principal Jody Bloyer, Growing Power CEO Will Allen, Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, Bradley Tech teacher Rochelle Sandrin, Bradley Tech student Odell Chalmers, AT&T Wisconsin President Scott VanderSanden, MPS STEM Director Lena Patton, Wisconsin Deputy State Superintendent of Public Instruction Mike Thompson, and MTEA Executive Director Lauren Baker

Tony Tagliavia

MILWAUKEE (January 29, 2014)  AT&T and the NEA Foundation are teaming up to increase low-income students interest in STEM (Science,
Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) education by supporting Milwaukee Public Schools Urban Schools Aquaponics initiative through a two-year contribution that  includes $98,000 that will directly impact the program.

The goal: provide more students with the skills and knowledge they’ll need for 21st century jobs and develop curriculum and instructional content that educators can use to build similar programs nationwide.

Projects like these empower educators....MORE

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Easy DIY Aquaponics: Review Examines Andrew Endre’s Technique for Growing Organic Produce At Home Four Times Faster
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Las Vegas, NV (PRWEB) January 30, 2014

Easy DIY Aquaponics, a guide to building an organic gardening system at home that uses a fish ecosystem to grow and fertilize produce using less time and less space has caught the attention of Shane Michaels, prompting and investigative review.

“This guide shows people one of the most efficient ways they can take eating organically into their own hands, in a way that’s easy and very affordable,” reports Michaels. “Following the steps in this guide, users can easily build an aquaponics system in their own home or yard that will produce more fruits and vegetables than they consume, and it will do this four times faster than traditional gardening techniques.”

Andrew Endre created this guide to....MORE

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Prescott man opens aquaponics business
By Jason Schulte on Jan 30, 2014 at 10:11 a.m.

PRESCOTT--Aquaponics? What the heck is aquaponics?

It’s a question Tim Doose has to have answered more than once as the Prescott man opened Doose Aquaponics this month in the former Prescott Greenhouse building on Hampshire Street.

As explained on his website 

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a.MKE: 3 of a Kind, Red Kettle Campaign, Aquaponics at MPS, Fairtastic Poster Competition and Obama in WI 1.30.14
by Dori Zori
January 30 2014

The Salvation Army announced their Red Kettle Christmas Campaign raised nearly $3.6 million over the holidays, exceeding its 2013 goal by nearly $100,000. The money raised will finance services throughout the year ensuring critical needs of the unemployed, underemployed and homeless in Wisconsin.
Milwaukee Public Schools' have received new funding from the NEA Foundation and AT&T which will allow its Urban Schools Aquaponics initiative to expand into five new schools, reaching 1,500 MPS students over the next two years. The contribution will help increase low-income students' interest in STEM education. (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Aquaponics is a highly efficient and sustainable form of farming in which water from aquatic animals is used to feed hydroponically grown plants.

The State Fair is currently on the lookout....MORE

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Coming Saturday: A look at nontraditional gardening
January 31, 2014 01:00 AM

Discover what kind of plants and vegetables can be grown nontraditionally in Saturday's Decor section.

A look at gardening in nontraditional ways, using hydroponics and aquaponics.

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Monday, January 27, 2014

Urban agriculture center creates more than green space
January 24, 2014
By: Natalie Moore

In a former shoe warehouse on 96th and Cottage Grove, Chicago State University professor Emmanuel Pratt has turned a former shoe warehouse into an urban farm focusing on aquaponics.

What exactly is aquaponics? High school senior Seville Bell, a volunteer at the space, explains.

“Poop from the fish goes into this little tube and feed the nutrients to the plant and helps it grow and the plant cleans the water and goes back to the fish tank. I like that part because it’s about recycling. You’re not using a lot of water or cleaning the fish tank.”

Recycling is key to the entire enterprise...MORE

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Aquaponics in the Spotlight
Aquaponics, the integration of hydroponics and fresh-water aquaculture, is no longer a fringe growing technology. Commercial aquaponic enterprises are now operating successfully in many countries to supply fresh greens and protein-rich fish to nearby and distant markets. However, the growing technology is far from a precise science.

Basically, aquaponics tries to balance fish waste nutrient production with plant nutrient requirements, but finding the right balance depends upon the many stages of plant and fish growth. For leafy crops it’s a no-brainer, but for fruiting crops such as tomato and capsicum, which are heavy feeders, much more work needs to be done before aquaponicists can claim it is the answer to sustainable food production. The challenge is growing the amount of fish that will produce the amount of nutrient required by any crop on a daily basis. There is no one formula that fits all plant and fish specie requirements.

There are also other issues that need...MORE

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NMSU Graduates Implement Aquaponics System


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The two aquaponics systems on the MVM Farm provide water filtered by fish to plants, herbs and vegetables used at the Mountain View Market. (NMSU photo by Jocelyn Apodaca)
  Gardeners and farmers at the Mountain View Market Farm can't stop raving about their secret weapon to conserving 90 percent of the water used by conventional farms.

The secret is out; aquaponics is an environmentally responsible...MORE

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The Aquaponic Source Introduces AquaHeat,
the latest in Efficient Gas-Powered Heating to Keep Your Garden Thriving and the Electric Bill Down

The Aquaponic Source, a product development and manufacturing company specializing in aquaponics, a sustainable way to grow food that combines raising fish and plants symbiotically, introduces the latest in efficient gas-powered water heating: AquaHeat.

“Aquaponics provides people with the ability....MORE

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Thursday, January 23, 2014

Victoria woman creates aquaponic garden on downtown rooftop

Photo by Bianca Montes • Buy This Photo
Stella Sanchez shows off a bottle of her "sassy salsa" in front of the Center for Peace. The roof of the building will be the home of an aquaponics garden, built to grow the tomatoes for her recipe. All of Sanchez's ingredients will be grown in a garden organically, she said.
Bianca Montes • Originally published January 19, 2014 at 10:57 p.m., updated January 20, 2014 at 10:03 a.m.
Breaking Ground Conference
WHEN: Feb. 7 and 8
WHERE: Center for Peace, 506 Juan Linn St. on Feb. 7; Victory Christian Life Center, 1604 E. Crestwood St. on Feb. 8
COST: $25 for Saturday's event, no cost for grand opening ceremony Friday\\

Stella Sanchez stood in the parking lot of the new Center for Peace and smiled at her future. It was less than a year ago that Sanchez was homeless and once again lost into an addiction that had haunted her for 20 years.
She eagerly watched youth from.....MORE

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Trends in the future of food

January 22 2014 at 12:08pm

Moyo restaurant at the V&A Waterfront uses aquaponics to grow some of their food. Picture: Cindy Waxa

Berlin - If the experts are right, the foods of the future will be functional and smooth - at least for the affluent part of the world's population. Here are a few of the trends in food we will likely be hearing more about in future.

German trend scout Sven Gabor Janszky says

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Aquaponics as Art
Jan 21 2014 · 0 comments · Education, K-12 Education, Mycelia Project, Seed to Table Project

This past Friday, Sweet Water Foundation co-hosted the gallery opening of the “Water” exhibit at Arts@Large’s gallery space on the south side of Milwaukee.  The “Water” exhibit features the work of 3rd grade students from Milwaukee Environmental Sciences and 7th and 8th grade students from Fernwood Montessori School, who each built small aquaponics systems at their schools with support from Sweet Water Foundation.

See the photos below, as the students proudly

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