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Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Here we are the last week of January. Hot the time keeps ticking Our days will soon begin to get noticeably shorter and you northerners will start the big awakening from hibernation and hopefully some relief from all that snow.

Of course for you. the best news is the gardens will return to their growth and colorful best and you'll all feel so much the better for that. Meanwhile our Aquaponics hobby or business just keeps rolling along. We try to ignore the seasons as best we can. Lets face it if you're snowed under it's pretty much impossible but you just do what the weather allows. But for the present the Blog just keeps churning out information:

The Advantages of Aquaponics Systems Are Revolutionizing the Way ...Aquaponics is one of the fastest growing trends in gardening. The advantages of aquaponics systems is causing many traditional gardeners to switch to this ...

5 Important Aquaponics System Requirements ...Aquaponics is exploding in popularity, and for good reasons. It can be simple to set up an aquaponics system, but there are a few essential things you will ...

Murray Hallams Practical Aquaponics
Aquaponics Made Easy DVD 12 minute version. The full length, 90 minute DVD can be obtained from www.PracticalAquaponics.com. Video Rating: 5 / 5 ...

Celebrating Martin Luther King, Jr. DayAlameda Sun
... hosted some 60 Kaiser employees who donated their time on Monday to install a solar energy system and expand an aquaponics system for the collaborative...

Does Water Need to Be Changed in an Aquaponics System ...By Gardener
A common concern that people often have when hearing about aquaponics, is about cleaning the system and changing the water. With hydroponics aquaculture and....

Decoration Your Home With Aquaponics
You can choose fish that will enhance the beauty of your room. There are all kinds of colorful fish you can choose from. Or you can choose fish like tilapia or other fish that are good to eat. This way your aquaponics system will not only produce vegetables, but also fresh fish to eat.
Either way, aquaponics systems are very simple to put together and maintain. Whatever types of food and fish you decide to grow is up to you. There are Aquaponic systems that will fit just about any lifestyle and tastes.

Aquaponics: A sustainable food source for the future
What is the general outlook for this type of fish growing and vegetable gardening as opposed to the traditional method of fishing the oceans and growing vegetables in soil? Those dealing commercially with aquaponics believe it will have an important place in the commercialization of food products in the future.

Schools benefit from water quality grants
This year, it awarded 206 grants in 16 counties, including 54 in Hillsborough County. The grants offer up to $5,000 per school on a reimbursement basis for projects involving water conservation and quality, alternative water sources and more.
Public, charter and private schools in northwestern Hillsborough received the grants.

TAMPA - More than 50 grants will help schools across the region with eco-friendly projects this year, sending students out to plant salt marsh grass, test water quality in local rivers and watersheds and even raise tilapia.

The Southwest Florida Water Management District reviewed applications from public and private schools for its annual Splash! grants, which are currently under way. The district has offered the grants for 16 years and paid for 186 projects during the last school year.

This year, it awarded 206 grants in 16 counties, including 54 in Hillsborough County. The grants offer up to $5,000 per school 

Hapa Farms to Partner with local Middle School in Hawaii
I was very excited to see this story about an upcoming aquaponics class to be offered at Highlands Intermediate School (Pearl City) beginning next Fall 2011.  They have partnered with Hapa Farms and will be constructing their own system with the help of the school's science teachers.  Bravo to Hapa Farms and the science staff at Highlands.  I hope we get lots of great pictures from this project.

Chatham University unveils master plan for nation's first sustainable campus at Eden Hall
Since 2008, when The Eden Hall Foundation donated the 338-acre Eden Hall Farm in Richland Township to Chatham University, the school has been hard at work developing plans for a revolutionary second campus on the property. Last week, Chatham unveiled its master plan for the Eden Hall Campus, which will house the newly formed School of Sustainability and the Environment and will be the first campus in the nation to integrate sustainable development, learning, and living.

Aquaponics Home System – Part 10: Water Flow
This is the aquaponics system as it looks at the moment:

Below you’ll find an overview of the water flow in the system (you’ll have to click the picture to go to the full size drawing):

The water is pumped into the plant tank and due to gravity the water is sucked into the fish tank. 

Aquaponics - Nutrients
Nutrients in an aquaponic system are delivered to plant life in a liquid form, aquacultural effluent. Aquaponics is a completely natural process that duplicates what occurs naturally in our lakes, rivers, ponds and streams, along with any other waterway. This is a method of gardening that is organic, along with being a way of gardening in harmony with nature.

In aquaponic gardening, effluent from fish tanks that is full of nutrients is used to fertigate

LEE'S SUMMIT, Missouri - The cold and snow keeps the crops from growing in early January and has kept Dave Howe from enjoying an inexpensive organic salad from his garden, until now.

Howe has dabbled in hydroponics, growing lettuce and tomatoes inside. But he wanted more. Howe stumbled on a website where a man grew his own vegetables using a method...

OK I think that will do...Enjoy
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