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Friday, April 1, 2011

A HAPPY APRIL TO ALL

No jokes or tricks....Straight to work and to kick things of, let me say if are not on Sylvia Bernsteins' lists, you are missing out on a wealth of information that could be vital to anyone interested in Aquaponics. So I've included her latest for your perusal and the rest is up to you:-


Charlie Price at TEDx

Have you ever seen a video that so blew you away that when it ended your mind started racing to figure out how to share it with the most number of people possible?  I just had that experience this morning, so after sharing this video with the community site, Facebook, and Twitter, I am now sharing it with you!

The video shows Charlie Price who runs 

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Aquaponic Gardening Workshops

Sylvia Bernstein teaching aquaponics
Over the past two years I’ve taken several aquaponics workshops and classes, and taught several myself.  One thing that I’ve learned is that, while an aquaponics system is fairly easy to operate once it is up and running, a beginner has a lot to learn at the outset in order to be successful.  Here is what I’ve discovered that a beginner can comforatably
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Aquaponics vs. Hydroponic nutrients 

I’ve gardened in dirt for many, many years in a variety of climates (Illinios, Ohio, Colorado, California) so when I discovered hydroponics 7 years ago I thought it was amazing.  Imagine, no dirt, no weeds, fast growth, never needing to worry about when to water and when to fertilize.  Best part was because the grow beds are portable I could “garden” where ever I wanted.  But there was always that nagging issue of the nutrients.  Most nutrients in hydroponics are based on mineral salts, which could be ecologically harvested and purified, but I’m afraid the vast majority just aren’t.  It always felt a little like I was feeding my plants with a chemical


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Aquaponic Fish: To Eat or Not To Eat
Yesterday I was asked why someone would grow aquaponically.  I went through the usual reasons that we probably all use to justify the time and money we spend on our obsession – organic produce that is sustainably grown, the ability to garden anywhere, regardless of soil quality, without mess or weeds, etc., etc, etc.  I found myself wrapping it all up, however, with the heartfelt exclamation “but the real reason is that...
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Aquaponics: Certified Organic Without Soil?

Believe it or not, you cannot be certified USDA organic if you grow crops in a soilless environment in the U.S.

Dirt = Organic…WHY???

Bevan Suits of Access to Aquaponics has launched a righteous war of soil semantics with the National Organic Standards Board.  On December 17 he sent a letter to Valerie Francis, Executive Director, and Jeff Moyer, Chairman, which I’m excerpting below. There'll be more from Sylvia over the next few issues
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LITH Rotary bringing hope 
to Guatemala
Publication: Northwest Herald, The (Crystal Lake, IL)
LAKE IN THE HILLS – Several area Rotarians are headed to the jungles of Guatemala next week.
There, from Saturday through April 3, the group will set up an aquaponic system that they hope will feed and financially support an impoverished school.
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Aquaponics in Paradise meetup #5, Olomana Gardens APRIL 10th
Category:
    Kids & Family
When:
    Sunday, April 10, 2011 12:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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   POTLUCK - please post what you are bringing to share
    This is a free event open to all!  Visit Glenn's farm where he's got two 1000 gallon tilapia tanks and the latest growbeds and innovations in AP
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E & T Farms: A Local Farm with a Twist
A tour of Cape Cod's only aquaponics farm.
By Francine Stroman
Jumping fish, fresh green veggies and the sound of running water are just a few of the sensations one experiences when they tour E & T Farms in Barnstable.
The Farm is Cape Cod's only commercial aquaponics farm.  Its 9,500 sq. ft. indoor growing space includes 9 indoor fish ponds and a connected greenhouse.
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DIY urban bathtub aquaponics system
Aquaponics just might be the ultimate closed-loop food production system. A healthy aquaponics system can provide its lucky owner with fresh fish and fresh organic vegetables year round, for very little ongoing cost. Getting an aquaponics system set up, however, can be costly. There’s lots of off-the-shelf systems to choose from nowadays, but they cost a bundle.                                              ...oooOooo...

First Past The Post
I’m always on the look-out for early varieties and was recently introduced to realseeds.co.uk by one of the Tomato Club Members.
The Race Is On!
It seems that they have a very early cherry/bush variety called Latah which was developed in Idaho, USA for short seasons. That’s a bit like the summer in the UK!
I’ve ordered some of these seeds and intend to grow this variety alongside Red Alert and one or two other early fruiting varieties to see which is the earliest. I’ll keep you up to date with the results.
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Try Sprouts
If you want to grow nutritious and tasty fresh vegetables during the cold months, sprouts are the answer to your prayers. In just a few days, a handful of seeds will turn into several servings of crunchy sprouts. It doesn’t get more fresh and local than that!
By Tabitha Alterman and Barbara Pleasant
Sprouts can be grown easily in hemp or flax bags. And they come in a wider variety than you may realize. Try multi-colored purple radish sprouts or crisp sprouted peas.
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Best Vegetables to Grow in the Shade
Even in shaded conditions, you can bask in great garden harvests if you choose the right crops and make a few easy adjustments.
By Colleen Vanderlinden
For successful growing in the shade, remove low-hanging branches from nearby trees, use raised beds and liners to discourage tree roots from wicking water away from crops, and use reflective mulches to give plants more light.

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More soon
Take care
O Z Z I E

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