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Friday, March 25, 2011


But seriously I don't know of anything that has more potential to easily and relatively inexpensively provide food for people in need. Aquaponics can do it and at the same time, not damage soils, our planet or our bodies. Aquaponics does not use anywhere near the water, compared to any other cropping procedure that I know of. It is safe, easy to learn and it works. This blog is total positive proof with over 3,700 visitors interested in, building or already taking advantage of the ongoing benefits that are available through Aquaponics.

It's not hard to work out if Aquaponics is right for you, your family, your community. The facts are already in and the votes are being counted daily as new people are deciding to make Aquaponics their preferred way or helping to provide food for their family, community or just for their own personal needs.

Every week I use Twitter to help promote this blog and in the process, I list the reasons why Aquaponics is good for you and good for the planet. The reason is simply because we can't deny facts. Let's look at them.
NO Chemicals,
NO Pesticides,
NO Soil erosion,
NO Soil diseases,
NO Genetic Modification
NO Artificial fertilizers
Comparatively little water,
The most environmentally friendly, sustainable food production system in our world today,

 In addition, Aquaponics changes the playing field - Waist-high aquaponic gardening cuts down the risk of injury and makes gardening far more easily accessible to people with difficulties.

Ok, Rant completed....work/play time:

A new way to cultivate in Lenoir City
With aquaponics, entrepreneur to raise fish and vegetables
On five acres in Lenoir City, Joel Townsend plans to build a greenhouse facility that will grow lettuce and herbs from water enriched with nutrients from fish.

Through his company, Greater Growth LLC, Townsend is embracing a concept called[MORE]


Final Design: The Aquaponics Tipper
    The tipper is an improvement on current bell siphon systems. The tipper helps deliver reliability, robustness, and independence from flow-rate for success. By having two intermittent flows, the flow rate into the reservoir is decoupled from the flow rate out of the reservoir. This solves the failure modes that the bell siphon can encounter under high or low flow rate in. The bell siphon fails in high and low flow rates because of the...[more]

Join Aquaponic Gardening
At 8:32pm on March 16, 2011, Sylvia Bernstein said…
Welcome Niles North, Thanks for joining the Aquaponic Gardening community!  I hope you find it a fun place to explore aquaponics.  There is a real blend of experienced and new aquapons in this community, so please don’t hesitate to get in there and start asking questions.  Everyone is quite happy to help out new members – no question is too basic.


Aquaponics and rabbits   
About two more weeks till I can dig the footings for the shed that will house my Florida White Rabbits. I recently purchased two 55 gallon steel drums for a rocket mass heater under the shed and noticed the guy selling them had food grade 250 gallon tanks. This got me thinking of adding an aquaponics system in the shed with the rabbits. Heating would be a concern, but I think could [more]


Mason area volunteers help in ‘neediest areas of Nigeria’
“We have quite a diverse group of creative, intelligent and courageous hopefuls who are setting out to inspire– and most definitely, perspire– in the some of the neediest areas of Nigeria.”

The trip is organized by Self-Sustaining Enterprises of Mason.  Eleven Mason area business professionals are making the journey, from March 16 – 26, to help local Nigerians construct an aquaponics fish pond, set up a 500-700-gallon cinderblock fish factory and develop other microenterprise initiatives.[MORE]

DIY Aquaponics

The great thing about this sort of farming is that you will not have to bend to take care of the plants. Placing the fish tank and the netting pots at the waist level will make all activities you need to do in order to take care of the plants and fish undemanding as a children's game. You can say so long to digging, bending and stretching to reach as larger surface, and crawling on your knees to take the weeds out of the ground. You shall have everything you need at your arms’ reach.
The aquaponic plan is right for any age as well as for people with any kind of activity. It requires little time and it gives very good outcomes. On condition that you take respectable care of your fish, your vegetation should grow bigger and bigger, will develop normally and towards the end you will harvest the greatest veggies you have ever tasted![MORE]


Nigerian mission trip focus: Microenterprises
MASON - Eleven businessmen from the greater Cincinnati area headed to Jos, Nigeria this week on a 10-day mission trip. But unlike other mission trips, this group's focus is a bit different: Microenterprises.

The group hopes to use their business skills to train people to do jobs that could serve as careers, which could have a huge impact on a villager's life. "If we can provide $150 to someone who starts a chicken coop, that enterprise will help someone," he said.

The group however, has much bigger ideas than chicken coops. One member of the group, David West, invested $1000 last September on a technique that could revolutionize farming in the area called aquaponics.

"If we do it right, we could produce 600 to 700 pounds of lettuce a week," project manager Brad Rogers said. "It's feasible to have one on a farm anywhere - the U.S. model is basically a four-by-eight frame [MORE]


A Classroom aquaponics set up
A set of videos and photographs showing:
a small set-up in my classroom.
3 of my students washing off the hydroton that was donated by our local Cooperative Extension Horticulture Agent!
The drain off of our bell siphon, which is working like a charm!
A quick view of our growing bed and some sacrificial seedlings!  These came from some old seed packets we found so we are not really out anything if it doesn't work!


West Chester resident part of group to help impoverished Nigerians
Posted by rrichardson March 17th, 2011, 9:52 am Post a Comment

MasonBuzz.com reports on a coalition of area volunteers who traveled to Jos, Nigeria yesterday as part of a faith-based marketplace ministry.

The group of 11 travelers includes West Chester resident Jeff Greer, a senior pastor at Grace Chapel in Mason.

During their six-day trip, the group will help local Nigerians construct an aquaponics fish pond and set up a 500-700-gallon cinderblock fish factory, eventually capable of producing up to 300 fish a month and 80 heads of organic lettuce every 40 days.

Group members will also help train women workers who own...[more]

Tomato Plants Are Like People

Understanding the needs of tomato plants, that is, what they like and dislike is a great advantage because happy plants are fruitful plants.
When It’s too Sunny and Hot
One of the big issues when growing our own tomatoes is that we are told that tomato plants like full sun. So, as soon as we get a blue sky and a full sunny day, our first thought is to put ou...[more]

Recipe Box: A Sandwich Recipe in the Making
In this issue's Recipe Box, cook up corned beef or meatloaf and bake a loaf of beer bread.
While a Reuben sandwich traditionally contains sauerkraut and corned beef, take the sandwich in a different direction by substituting coleslaw.[more]

How Many Zucchini Plants to Plant
by Lisa Richards
If you are like me, you are thinking about what to grow in your vegetable garden this year. Maybe you’ve already ordered all of your seeds, or like me, are doing it in batches. We’ve got most of it ordered, some already received, but still have some decisions to make for the rest.

The subject of zucchini came up the other day. How many plants...

Heirloom Tomatoes: Are They Really Heirloom?
by Lawrence Davis-Hollander
Let’s be clear. I love heirloom tomatoes.
 I may raise the hackles of some heirloom seed purveyors by telling you that there is a great deal of misrepresentation out there in the heirloom tomato world. Much of it is not on purpose.

 Not every variety called an heirloom tomato is an heirloom tomato. Many varieties featured in seed catalogs are actually new intentional creations or chance hybridizations that have...


O.K. Now that we;ve let the cat out of the bag abput that one - I'm outa' here...
See you soon
Take Care

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Aquaponics Oyster Farming Algae Energy Production & You

The vast majority of people love wild seafood that’s harvested from its natural environment, but are you aware a large percentage of sea food these days comes from enormous farming activities? Shrimp, Fish & Oyster farming has changed over the years to the extent producers can breed and harvest domesticated animals they grow from farming activities using algae.

Algae vegetation is usually an unwanted site in most ponds. Thick mats of wavy green algae strands is often unsightly, but...


GreenHouse Holdings, Inc. (GRHU)
Although aquaponics (the simplest definition being "the symbiotic cultivation of plants and aquatic animals in a recirculating environment") has been around in various forms for thousands of years, GreenHouse Aquaponics contain proprietary ways to produce yields that fall well within established production parameters for existing aquaponics systems, but with a much more stable system requirin...


Archi’s Acres Transitions Military From The Battlefield To The Farm
It’s an idyllic location, but the Archipleys soon realized they couldn’t make a go of it with water bills of more than $1,000 a month. They cut down some of their avocado trees, built greenhouses, and started an organic hydroponic herb-growing...

Aquaponics ...
Why we need aquaponics is a serious question, indeed.  Many countries in the world suffer from hunger … the land may not be fertile or they may not have enough of it ... sometimes it is simply a lack of education.  In any event, aquaponics may turn out to be the single most important factor in feeding the world.

In reality, right here in the United States, many people worry about our food sources. Think about all the genetically modified plants and vegetables … not to mention the quality of the soil and the purity of the water used to grow the “store” bought produce that we line up to buy.  This doesn’t even scratch the surface when you start to think about our source of fresh fish!  Can you say BP oil spill?

20 Families Uprooted from Suburbia for Inner-City Urban Farming (Video)

We've seen inspiring footage of urban farming in Detroit helping families survive, not to mention Growing Power's awesome urban aquaponics and vermiculture project. I've just come across another crew of crazy ambitious, idealistic urban farming advocates—and these guys claim to be setting their sights on feeding the world. From aquaponics to worm composting to biogas production, they are aiming big—and they are going to be filming their progress for us all to learn from.


Business Set - Corporate Identity 2
Alternative Ag Ventures - Aquaponics Aquaponics is defined as the symbiotic cultivation of plants and aquatic animals in a recirculating environment.

Aquaponics - Integration of Hydroponics with Aquaculture ~ PDF
A Publication of ATTRA—National Sustainable Agriculture Information Service • 1-800-346-9140 • www.attra.ncat.org ATTRA—National Sustainable Agriculture ...

On-Farm Food Safety: Aquaponics
Food Safety and Technology July 2009 FST-38 Published by the College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources (CTAHR) and issued in furtherance of Cooperative Extension ...

Friendly Aquaponics, Inc. 2010 Commercial Aquaponics Training
6. System Overflow For Irrigation, Discharge Requirements III. System Startup, Operation, and Maintenance Page 52 A. System Startup 1. Verify Water Quality And Fill Up 2.

Aquaponics - Integration of Hydroponics with Aquaculture
IS A PROJECT OF THE N ATIONAL C ENTER FOR A PPROPRIATE T ECHNOLOGY By Steve Diver, NCAT Agriculture Specialist February 2000 Aquaponics, also known as the integration ...

Recirculating Aquaculture Tank Production Systems: Aquaponics ...
Aquaponics, the combined culture of fish and plants in recirculating syst ems, has become increasingly popul ar. Now a news group ( aquaponics-request@townsqr. com ...

Aqua ponics Common Sense Guide
Aquaponics Common Sense Guide - 1 - Aqua ponics Common Sense Guide © July 2009 Michael Tezel, San Antonio, TX, USA Table of Contents Preface ...

Classroom Aquaponics: Exploring Nutrient Cylcing In A Closed System
Cornell Science Inquiry Partnerships http://csip.cornell.edu Classroom Aquaponics: Exploring Nitrogen Cycling in a Closed System Teacher's Guide by Sean Mullen ...



Experts offer 10 tips to growing great onions.

National Garden Bureau member Dixondale Farms recently featured some terrific onion growing tips in their newsletter. The NGB thought the tips were so good, the organization asked to share, and here they are. So, if you are growing onions, here are some tips for getting the best crop possible, straight from the onion-growing experts:

Free, Homemade Liquid Fertilizers

Make these easy liquid fertilizers — then sit back and watch your seedlings and plants thrive!

Homemade liquid fertilizers made from free, natural ingredients — such as grass clippings, seaweed, chicken manure and human urine — can give your plants the quick boost of nutrients they need to grow stronger and be more productive.

Many organic gardeners keep a bottle of liquid fish fertilizer on hand to feed young seedlings, plants growing in containers and any garden crop that needs a nutrient boost. But liquid, fish-based fertilizers are often pricey, plus we’re supporting an unsustainable fishing industry by buying them. So, what’s a good alternative?

All About Growing Spinach

The most nutritious leafy green grown in most gardens — super-cold-hardy spinach — is a top crop for fall, winter and spring.
From savoyed to smooth-leaved, spinach varieties vary greatly in texture and shade. Color ranges from dark to light green.

Spinach varieties vary in the size, shape and texture of the leaves.

Savoyed and semi-savoyed types have dark green leaves — that are puckered or crinkled — and become especially crisp in cold weather. Many of the best varieties for growing through winter have savoyed leaves.

The exquisite flavor and irresistible juiciness of homegrown tomatoes put them at or near the top of most gardeners’ planting lists. Fruit size, color and flavor differ with each variety, but all tomatoes grow best under warm conditions. For the best flavor, provide fertile, organically enriched soil with a pH between 6.0 and 6.5, and plant your tomatoes in a site that gets plenty of sun.
That's another one done...
See you real soon

Thursday, March 10, 2011


This issue again will be including interesting articles relating to things to do and how to do them around the home, yard and farm. I decided to includ these extras as I believe my blogging friends include quite a number of DIYers who could benefit from many of these articles. So now lets have a look in the notebook...

Eating What You Grow: A Farm Works to Preserve the Culture of Food
Changes are happening on the farm as we speak, since they just purchased five dairy cows. Konesni says they haven’t decided how best to use them, but he’s thinking maybe they’ll start making yogurt. In the future, the possibilities are limitless, and Konesni is open to what may come.
“We might get into growing oysters and other intensive aquaponics,” he says. But for now, “We support shellfishing by keeping the bays clean. We don’t put toxic sprays in shellfish grounds, and we are working to make sure our type of farming increases water cleanliness and quality… There’s a traditional food culture on Shelter Island, including deer hunting, and we support that.”
As the CSA membership grows and the public becomes more and more a part of Sylvester Manor, Konesni’s arms are wide open.
“We’re not an exclusive club. We want to give everyone access to this land, this story, and this place that belong to the entire island and the whole East End,” he said.


Marketing the urban agriculture revolution

Let's talk about indoor farming inside urban warehouses or sleek glass highrises in the canyons of crowded neighborhoods.

It may sound strange but that’s the idea behind vertical farming, a new way to grow food in the middle of and during any season of the year.

Northwestern University alumnus Alan Rose, a 1977 Medill advertising graduate, is at the forefront of this movement. Along with his partners Paul Suder, Paul Hardej and Myles Harston, he’s working to grow produce in the Chicago area using closed-loop technologies


Pocket Tower - 5 ft.

Expand your growing space effortlessly with our newest vertical growing option.  Hangs right over your fish tank, or can be plumbed to drain just about anywhere...including a soil garden.  Features 7 pockets for growing strawberries, peppers, herbs or just about any small to medium sized plant you can grow in your aquaponics grow beds.  Just send your fish tank water through the top and watch it grow!
  • Optional pipe fitting available.
  • Hanging hook included
  • Ships separately


Planting new vision

Producing fresh produce locally for area residents would be both a health and an economic benefit, he said.

"Fresher food has greater nutritional value. It also has the potential for creating thousands of jobs and ancillary services. We can manufacture what we need, like the materials for hoop houses, here," Williams said.

Aquaponics, or raising fish such as tilapia and perch, is another possibility for urban areas, as ventures in Milwaukee have proven, he said.

STEVENSVILLE - Entering Ronald Pifer's greenhouse in Stevensville on a frigid winter day is like transporting to a humid oasis on the other side of the planet.
His pyramid-topped project constructed last summer on a 20-by-20-foot basketball court is a work in progress, but the flora and fish inside are already offering evidence of approval.


Bell Siphon with Window AND Media Guard

Perfect for new grow beds that don't already have something to block the media from the plumbing!
A Bell siphon is an elegant way to drain your grow bed in a flood and drain aquaponics system without using a timer to turn your pump on and off.
Why use a siphon?
    *  No more timer - You will no longer need nor want a timer to control your pump.  This eliminates:
          o The cost of the timer
          o The risk of timer failure
          o The cost of the electricity needed to run the timer


Aquaponics: A farming revolution?
I recently had the opportunity to hear the owners of Green Acre Organics speak about their aquaponics farm, which is located in Brooksville, FL. They supply produce to Hernando County health food stores, farmers markets and restaurants, and hope to spread the word on this combination of hydroponics and aquaculture and its benefits.
According to their presentation:

Greenhouse & Aquaponics Tour
When:March 5, 2011
11:00 AM

Description:Grow chemical-, pesticide-, and fertilizer-free vegetables and edible fish all in a compact backyard system. Use 90% less water to grow the same amount of produce as in a dirt garden. HOURS: 11am to 4pm.
More Info:


Aquaponic Gardening Weekend Workshops 

in beautiful Boulder, Colorado

  • Only $350 for 14 hours of expert instruction!
  • Learn everything you need to know to set up an Aquaponic Garden in your home (inside or out)
  • Grow your own organic fish and vegetables year round
  • No weeding, no watering, no fertilizing, no back breaking labor
  • Actually build an aquaponics system during this class, and leave with detailed instructions so you can build your own at home
  • Taught by experts in home, media-based aquaponic gardening (the only style of aquaponic gardening that is appropriate for the home)


Ready Steady Sow!

The “sow-a-long” starts today so I hope you will join me and sow a few tomato seeds this weekend!
If you don’t have the time right now, you can sow anytime up to the end of April and expect to get a successful crop before the end of the season.
The sow-a-long is at: http://www.tomatogrowing.co.uk/sow-a-long
Below is a list or glossary of tomato growing terms and frequently used jargon that I hope will be useful to browse.


Wild Oregano: The Mediterranean Spice

Cultivate the sunny flavor of a Mediterranean hillside with this essential herb
Greek oregano is the classic culinary oregano, famed for pizza; use for any tomato dish, eggs, olives, soups or stuffing dishes.
Steven Foster

Recipe: Mediterranean Chicken


The World of Tea: Six Tea Recommendations
by Erin McIntosh
E.McIntosh Erin is the Communications Manager at Mountain Rose Herbs and an apprenticing herbalist at the Columbines School of Botanical Studies, where she botanizes and wildcrafts medicinal plants in the magnificent Oregon Cascades. www.mountainroseherbs.com

The allure of tea has captivated the world for more than 5,000 years. I, too, have been an enchanted teahead since the delicious liquor of Orange Pekoe first passed my....

From Our Bookshelf: An Introduction to Magical Herbalism
But there are higher secrets of culture, which are not for the apprentices but for proficients. These are lessons only for the brave. —Ralph Waldo Emerson
By Ellen Dugan
Excerpted from Garden Witch's Herbal: Green Magick, Herbalism & Spirituality (c) 2009 by Ellen Dugan. Used by permission. Llewellyn Worldwide, Ltd.
What is it about plants, trees, flowers, and the idea of green magick that continues to fascinate and bewitch us?


Writing the Aquaponic Gardening Book

Sylvia sending in the book
Hitting the 'send' button!
It was the most exhilarating push of a “send“ button I have ever experienced.  On Tuesday, March 1, I sent the manuscript for my new book “Aquaponic Gardening: A Step by Step Guide to Growing Fish and Plants Together” to my publisher, New Society.  If you have ever felt the rush of having a multi-month, all-consuming project lifted off your shoulders with one symbolic act, then you know exactly what this felt like to me.


Women leaders of the “Green Revolution” in Tampa Bay
March 8, 2011 at 10:00 am by Eric Stewart

tampa-bay:As the revolutions in Wisconsin, Egypt, Tunisia, Libya, France, Spain, United Kingdom, Yemen, Ohio, Ireland, Greece and hundreds of other places go on, another more peaceful revolution is occurring in the Tampa Bay area of Florida.

 And so we close another chapter. But never fear, I shall  retu..... Nahh, that's alredy been worn out.
Take Care
Be Back Soon

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Monday movers

The other day I picked up the latest Backwoods Home Mag issue and they had have an article on Aquaponics. I've read a little bit about it and types of systems and watched alot of videos on YouTube.
Basically, Aquaponics is..


Island Coast High School
Academy of Natural Resources
2125 DeNavarra Parkway
Cape Coral, FL 33909
Island Coast High School in Cape Coral, Florida began a unique program in the Fall of 2008. The Academy of Natural Resources teaches students to run a successful business sustainably using the practices of recirculating aquaculture, aquaponics, and alternative energies. Students can enroll in the program for one to four years with the forth year culminating in a research/capstone course. Students are responsible for the daily care of over four thousand...

Fish plans move closer

PLANS for a new fish and aquaponics unit at Todmorden High School have moved a step closer after town councillors recommended approval of the application.

AREVO Aquaculture & Aquaponics (Pty) Ltd

AREVO produce 10-times the seafood biomass compared to traditional open-air pond farming on the smallest land footprint ever, indoors under controlled bio-secure conditions using

Aquaponics Media Posts

Dear Fellow Aquapons,
I would suggest that we post any responses and suggestions on the related Discussion so that we do not bury the initial post :-)
You are welcome to Start you own

Time: March 15, 2011 at 1:30pm to April 30, 2011 at 5:30pm
Location: UH-Kaua'i....


Aquaponics - Wild Fish?
Would it be possible to catch adult channel catfish and then use those in a backyard style aquaponic setup?

Talking with a friend of mine who worked with commercial aquariums in the past stated that it was possible but to expect some initial die-off due to the stress


Sean Short's Blog Posts Tagged 'fish' (11)
My First Aquaponics System

It feels good to type this, because one of the biggest parts of goal setting and goal achievement


Saint Aquaponics: A pioneer packs up his farm and comes to town

In aeroponics, plants are grow on a sponge like material with suspended roots. The roots are consistently sprayed with a nutrient-rich water. Harston and his partners hope to combine the technologies of aeroponics and aquaponics at a new  commerical farm in a Chicago suburb.
Just off the Dan Ryan Expressway in Chicago’s Englewood neighborhood, clean plywood cordons off the first floor of a brick walk-up apartment building. But inside the place

Growing Virginia breaks ground in Brosville
By SUSAN WORLEY/Star-Tribune
BROSVILLE - Growing Virginia, LLC held a groundbreaking ceremony Tuesday morning for an aquaponics, aquaculture, hydroponics, horticultural technologies company locating in the Brosville Industrial Park off U.S. 58 west.

Developers Rory Smith and Chris Moore

Plant Nutrient Management in an Aquaponics System

(This is a reprint of an article I wrote that ran in UrbanGarden.com)
red pepper

When I first stumbled upon aquaponics in early 2009 it was while I was still running product development, and by extension the plant laboratory, for AeroGrow International. While I am not a scientist by education (my undergraduate degree is in Agricultural Economics) I learned a tremendous amount about hydroponic nutrients in my various plant research roles at


We need your help. There are 9 acres of land in Hunts Point, South Bronx, New York, where we would like to build commercial farms (including CSA's), a school of aquaponics & urban farming, and a number of other endevours. We need partners and HELP. Please contact us. http://www.facebook.com/l/1fd27H7_p06ghrB6kKQlrRgxbcg/www.vifarms.com anya@vifarms.com S.A.V.E. @ http://www.facebook.com/l/1fd277tCmUYwnDSBAMkvfRPYOiA/ThePoint.org Thank you, Anya & Christopher
Vertically Integrated Farms3:32am Mar 4
We need your help. There are 9 acres of land in Hunts Point, South Bronx, New York, where we would like to build commercial farms (including CSA's), a school of aquaponics & urban farming, and a number of other endevours. We need partners and HELP.

You need to be a member of Colorado Aquapons to add comments!
Hey all,

I was just wondering if you are required to obtain a aquaculture license in CO to run an operation. I noticed they have them for $100, http://www.colorado.gov/oed/industry-license/42IndDetail.html and was wondering if anyone

Get ready Sydney as Aquaponics  is about to rock your town! One Day only!

The one day workshop with Dr Wilson Lennard, one of the world’s leading scientific experts on Aquaponics will be flanked by SBS-TV Gardening Guru Costa Georgiadis and our own Murray Hallam. You all know Murray Hallam of course, an experienced Aquaponics Kit manufacturer and presenter of all those great Aquaponics DVDs that we make at Ecofilms.
This rare event is scheduled to be held on....


 Now Lets Spread to other areas
15 Herbs to Save Money on Medical Bills
Studies show EGCG inhibits the growth of cancer cells and promotes the death of damaged cells.
Juliette Borda
Times are tough. So we scrimp where we can and keep a sharp eye out for new ways to save. But there is one area where spending a little now can actually save a lot later—your health.


The Lowdown on Companion Planting

By Lauren Holt and Gina DeBacker
February/March 2011
Alliums (like the onion in bloom pictured here) are traditionally planted to repel whiteflies and aphids from the garden.
Some plants are friends; others hate each other. Such is the premise behind companion planting—the practice of growing specific crops in close proximity so that...

 Well that's it Sorry I missed Friday was stuck in sick bay.
OK Take care

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Mid Week Blank -

This is great, my mind has jacked up on me. So we wing it Again. Or just say nothing and go straight to work. Which of course is the easy option and probably the best one from your point of view. I probably will have the opportunity down the page to sound off about something, so I might as well go that way.....

Farming inside the box: Urban agriculture of aquaponics
by Emily Gadekand Michelle M. Schaefer
Snow falls outside a nondescript one-story warehouse on Chicago’s South Side. But inside, it's the growing season. Hundreds of fish swarm and fight for food in tanks surrounded by beds of basil, rainbow chard, and mint.


Green power to grow greens
by Emily Gadekand Michelle M. Schaefer
Vertical farming indoors presents a promising solution for some of the challenges of agriculture in Chicago’s cold climate. However, these solutions also come with their own set of concerns. 


312 Aquaponics develops advanced aquaponic technologies for commercial urban agriculture.  The application of our systems will usher in a new era of sustainable food production and distribution.                                                ...oooOooo...

Aquaponics Makes My Basil HUGE!

Ever since our trip to the Big Island last August, we have been working on our garden.  We have been applying great tips from experts at UH and local farmers to our backyard garden at the Lahaina Bungalow.  
 Check out the size of that leaf! One of the most impressive plants I've seen with Aquaponics is Basil.[MORE]

Welcome to the factory of the future: Fish farming
by Emily Gadekand Michelle M. Schaefer
While many recent college grads are searching for their first jobs or taking time off the see the world, Andrew Fernitz, Brian Watkins, Mario Spatafora and Arash Amini founded 312 Aquaponics, a for-profit company creating aquaponics systems.

Micro-Aquaponic Sculpture
When I was in high school I read about research at the University of Hawaii in small scale self contained ecosystems. The idea fascinated me so I started doing research on how I could build one. In Des Moines, Iowa, where I lived, there is a small rain forest contained in a geodesic dome called the Des Moines Botanical Center. A scientist at the center helped me with a design for a miniature version of the center with the addition of a cave environment below the terrestrial and lake environments. My design, which I built with help from my dad, was a Plexiglas dome mounted atop a box with a cylinder in the middle that served as a lake environment.

Ahead of the Class
To have your class, workshop or presentation listed, e-mail information 10 days prior to publication to kehau@mauinews.com. You may also submit it to The Maui News Virtual Newsroom at [MORE]


Don't give up on Japan's kids
Last March, the president of Harvard University, Drew Gilpin Faust, visited Japan to find out for herself what has become of Japan's once-vibrant contribution to American academia. The numbers of Japanese students enrolling in Harvard have declined steadily over the past decade, and in September 2009 that renowned university's first-year intake included just one student from Japan.

Discussion Forum - Aquaponic Gardening
A community site with forums, blogs, photos, videos and more for both new and experienced aquaponic gardeners. Let's learn together!

Evan M. Schwartz
Thanks for adding me to the group. We are in the process of finishing our four tiered raft system. Thanks Grow it right for the help. Anyone have experience with a mixed bed that use a combo of deep water culture and media? I'd like to introduce worms and snails to my system. Any info?


Make Your Own Lavender Laundry Detergent--for Pennies
laundry detergent
Lavender-scented laundry detergent is a breeze to make. Photo by Povy Kendal Atchison
According to our grandmothers’ wisdom (and verified on thenewhomemaker.com), Monday is Wash Day. After Sunday’s day of rest, homemakers traditionally took on one of the week’s most difficult tasks: the laundry.


Homemade Lip Balm Ingredients Soothing Homemade Lip Balm

From our friends at Natural Home magazine: Leave your lips feeling luscious and quenched — naturally! — with this simple recipe for homemade lip balm.

Lips, au natural!


Garlic Garlic Recipes: Garlic Dip, Soup, Ice Cream and More

Celebrate this healthful, scrumptious herb with these recipes for everything from simple garlic dips to more elaborate garlic soup to out-of-this-world garlic ice cream!


Cloth Grocery Bag Could Plastic Really Be the Greenest Bag Option?

An unpublished British study reports plastic bags are a greener option than paper or cloth.

Tell me more.


OK Guys That's a wrap...
Happy splashing 'N' planting
Take Care

Tuesday, March 1, 2011


I was asked how come I call these digests Monday, Wednesday and Friday editions when they are dated Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. Quite simply, I'm in the "Land Down Under" and we are reasonably close to that line that separates today from tomorrow. So in order to put it out at a time that sort of coincides with the middle ground, I decided in my moments of stupidity to do this thing at around midnight. But I have a feeling that this really isn't necessary so I do believe I'm about to have a change of heart and put it out earlier.

Now to work:


Farm tourism in full bloom in rural San Diego -- Some local farm tours to try, too...
By Don Curlee and Ah-Ha Farm Beat
    San Diego County contains more small farms than any other U.S. county, according to the county Farm Bureau. It’s home to about 6,000 farmers and 6,565 small family farms and is the country’s top producer of avocados and nursery crops. Farming contributes $5.1 billion in annual value to the county’s economy, according to the Farm Bureau. It takes the $1.5 billion value of the county’s crops and multiplies by 3.4 to obtain a total economic value for agriculture.

From the forums
Hello from Tokyo
My Name is Alfred and i live in Tokyo.
I am Austrian ,30 years in Japan and very interested in Aquaponics since last year.I think there are no Aquaponicer in Japan(maybe i am wrong)so please correct me.
Worked for 30 years in the Restaurant buisenesse in Tokyo.
Lately i talked with some people about Aquaponics and found a view friends.
I am thinking about a commercial system wich will be succsesful.
I running allready a 1000 liter system and looking forwards to a bigger one.[MORE]

Future vision elaborated, I hope.
I will try to get some more detailed thoughts into my line of discussion around driving forces for aquaponic production.  I’m not sure if this was EXACTLY the section that I was asked to expand, but if it is, I hope this helps.

By now many people know that I think the world has gone mad and that in some way, I blame the marketing crowd for that.  Humanity has ended up on a treadmill of 24 hour production and income generation, but for all the wrong reasons[MORE]

Search Results - aquaponics system
Oh Yes, plenty of information HERE


Aquaponics will change how we get our food
By: Ben Scheelk

It’s that unremitting sound, the endless gurgling of water as it runs off the improvised rockwool filtration system, which always reminds me that my roommate is saving the world. Well, maybe not directly, but he is experimenting with an old idea in a bold and innovative way that has the potential to revolutionize how much of the world’s population gets its food.

It’s called aquaponics, and the idea is to create a[MORE]

My future vision for aquaponics
For the photo competition, we were asked to select up to five different pictures from members that we believed represents the future of aquaponics.  This got my head going, and I eventually selected some pictures that represented the following trends:


Online Introduction to Aquaponics Workshop
Time: March 8, 2011 from 6pm to 8pm
Location: online
City/Town: anywhere USA
Website or Map: http://www.coloradoaquaponics…
Phone: 720-470-7007
Event Type: training, workshop
Organized By: Tawnya Sawyer
Latest Activity: 13 hours ago
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Event Description

March 8th and March 10th, 6pm - 8pm MT - online training

The interest in aquaponics is growing rapidly, but not everyone gets a chance to attend a class. During two evening web based sessions the Introduction to Aquaponics workshops will cover :
Benefits of Aquaponics
System Components
System Designs
Fish Selection and Health
Plant Selection and Health
Bacteria and the Nitrification Cycle
System Design Ratios
System Startup Procedures
Ongoing Maintenance Procedures
Tips and Tricks For MORE

AquaponicsIntegration of Hydroponics with Aquaculture

Aquaponics is a bio-integrated system that links recirculating aquaculture with hydroponicvegetable, flower, and/or herb production. Recent advances by researchers and growers alike
have turned aquaponics into a working model of sustainable food production. This publicationprovides an introduction to aquaponics with brief profiles of working units around the country.
An extensive list of resources points the reader to print and Web-based educational materials forfurther technical assistance.

In restoration, hands get wet and brains fed
By ILIMA LOOMIS, Staff Writer
LANAI CITY - While conservationists work to restore the native watershed on Lanaihale tree by tree, they're getting some help from students at Lanai High and Elementary School.

For the past two years, science teacher Lisa Galloway has been getting her students out of the classroom and into the greenhouse, where they learn ecology and also grow seedlings for the watershed restoration effort.
Tropical Aquaponics
Challenges and Opportunities for Aquaponics in the College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources Clyde S. Tamaru, Bradley Fox, Marissa Lee,

 Now this new section, where we try to find articles that nare primarily of interest to the everyday gardener, which however we feel could be of interest or help in broadening ourunderstanding of what, why and how Aquapods do things.

Let's Talk Seeds
With warmer weather just around the corner (we hope), many of us turn our thoughts to gardening, and to those lovely seed catalogs calling our names. Learn more about seed saving from a professional, and meet two new bloggers, Amy and Lawrence, who both talk seeds in their first posts. More...


Where There’s Muck There’s Brass
In this newsletter, we’ll discuss various types of compost and whether or not to feed seedlings – are we killing them with kindness?
Compost – the earth in bags from the garden centre!
Where there’s muck there’s brass – the old saying is true when it comes to buying compost. It is expensive and large pots and containers need lots of it!
That's it for another day
See You Soon
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