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Monday, February 27, 2012

More Of The Best in AQUAPONICS

Feature Photo: Aquaponics Tomatoes

Tomatoes from Deb & Wayne Dorband's aquaponics garden west of Loveland, CO. Vegetables year-round that grow without soil in reclaimed containers. Good sustainability practice.
Photo: Deb Dorband


Aquaponics: Getting More Out of Less

February 21st, 2012
Charlie Price from the social enterprise Aquaponics UK, explores the role aquaponics can play in the future of our collective food supply. He provides an insight into both the applications for aquaponics but more specifically a new approach to urban agriculture, turning wastes into resources and transforming disused urban spaces to provide not only food, but resilient communities.


Rust Belt Cities and the New Urban Agrarianism

Milwaukee's Growing Power has led the way in demonstrating that community-based food production is much more than beautification or an effort to latch on to sustainability fads. Founded in 1993 by Will Allen, the farm now feeds 10,000 people annually, grows 25,000 pots of vegetables in six greenhouses scattered across three urban acres and runs a food co-operative. Growing Power's greenhouses also feature an aquaponics system growing 10,000 fish at a time. The full article is well worth a READ


Construction on the PortFish Model 3 aquaponics system is moving along well.  The mild winter weather has been conducive for our work.

More photos are available in our Facebook gallery.

Check out the aquaponics page to see the floor plan and other details about the project.
Want to learn more about aquaponics and have some spare time to lend a hand? Volunteers are always welcome! You can also support the project by sending a donation. PortFish Ltd is a 501(c)(3) organization and your donations are tax deductible.


Basics of Aquaponics Workshop

    Aquaponics Workshop, Sustainable Carolina at City Roots
  • Who: Davis Johnson, Matt Kip, and Eric McClam (City Roots Farm Manager)
  • What: Basics of Aquaponics Workshop

The Sustainable Carolina Food Team will be offering a “Basics of Aquaponics” workshop as part of our series of garden workshops. Aquaponics is an alternative form of agriculture that combines hydroponics (growing plants in water rather than soil) and aquaculture (raising fish in ponds/tanks or a controlled environment, i.e. fish farming).

Sustainable Passive Solar Greenhouse – Aquaponics.

Murray Hallam. Good morning, my name is Murray Hallam of Practical Aquaponics and I’m here this morning talking to Cord and Penn Parmenter from  Wycliff in Colorado. Now I’ve been told that you pair are going to be at the … Continue reading


Students in FDL go back to basics

Moraine Park Technical College

Updated: Monday, 20 Feb 2012, 8:25 AM CST
Published : Monday, 20 Feb 2012, 5:24 AM CST
FOND DU LAC - Students apart of the Culinary Arts Department at Moraine Park Technical College are going back to basics.  FOX 11's Emily Deem stopped by the college in Fond du Lac to see what students are learning.
The school's Culinary Arts Department is doing some pretty awesome things with hydroponics, aquaponics and gardening.


HD Aquaponics Ep.30 - Advanced Barrel Aquaponics, swirl filter, floating raft, u-siphon, indoor

Uploaded by edpozek on 16 Feb 2012
This is the new Barrel Aquaponics system equipped with three stages of filtration, a floating raft or DWC system, along with two, five gallon grow beds. These five gallon grow beds use an external u-siphon to drain the bed

Canadian aquaponics greenhouse to employ biomass CHP system

By Luke Geiver | February 17, 2012


..........and that's a wrap.
Hope I have fed you enough fishy stories and planted a couple of new ideas.
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Friday, February 17, 2012



How to: Start Small Scale Aquaponics, Part 1

Posted on Feb 15, 2012 in - Food & Recipes, Emergency Preparedness & Survival, Urban Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

Kevin Hayden – TruthisTreason.net

Source: Doom and Bloom, by Dr. Bones & Nurse Amy
I recently added a vegetable grow bed to my existing fish and water lily pond.  Good, healthy bacteria grow within a balanced fish pond in order to help break down fish waste.  This bacteria is important to the entire aquaponics system.
If you are starting a new pond or system, add “pond starter” to help boost the bacteria population. It is a good idea to add more bacteria every few weeks


Long Island City lab on cutting edge of urban farming with aquaponic system 

LOFT LIC to set up water-based growing systems on rooftops and lots

Christie Farriella for New York Daily News

Rael Clarke works in his aquaponics lab in Long Island City where he grows heirloom vegetables and tilapia using a water-based system. 

A former Abercrombie & Fitch model has become a pioneering urban farmer without trading in his preppy clothes for overalls.
Rael Clarke, the 24-year-old owner of LOFT LIC, transformed a Long Island City office into a laboratory where organic vegetables and fish are grown using an eco-friendly aquaponics system.
Clarke plans to turn the system into a business that sets up the water and space-saving designs on rooftops and vacant lots across


 Be Green 2: Mid-Pacific Institute aquaponics program
Reported by: Kirk Matthews

A Honolulu school is using the outdoors as a classroom.
Students at Mid-Pacific Institute have the chance to learn about the environment, marketing and much more.
The students are feeding the fish and netting them with good reason.

It's all part of an aquaponics program on a small plot of land in the back of the school. 


 Commences Site Preparation For Construction At Its Eco industrial Development In Mcbride, Bc, Canada

ECOTECH ENERGY GROUP INC ("ECTH-L") - Commences Site Preparation For Construction At Its - Eco-industrial Development In Mcbride, Bc, Canada

ecoTECH Energy Group, Inc., headquartered in Seattle, WA, is pleased to announce that it has begun to clear its McBride, British Columbia Lamming Mills site.........

In addition, ecoTECH has also received its Timber Mark Certificate from the Canadian Ministry of Forests and Range. The selected ecoTECH contractor will be starting the active logging of merchantable timber on the property by the end of February in preparation for the next phase of site preparation. Once the logging phase has been completed, the balance of small trees and scrub will be cleared, stockpiled and utilized later as the first biomass fuel for the 5 Megawatt Combined Heat and Power (CHP) plant to be built on site. The CHP will provide the heat and electricity for the Aquaponics facility scheduled for a construction start this coming spring.


Aquaponics Systems – Ship it!

“When you ship things change.  Your project interacts with the world and the market changes.  You change.  There is a mark in the calendar – there were days before you shipped and then there are the days after you shipped”
Seth Godin, “Ship It”
Aquaponics System on the truckAnyone who has ever read much of Seth Godin’s work knows that he uses the term “ship it” in a unique way.  In Seth’s world shipping means that you have stopped planning, testing, evaluating and primping, and you are now officially taking action.  Once a product is shipped it leaves your control and is “out there” for critique.  “Ship it” in this sense can be both scary and exhilarating, but it is an inevitable milestone in a product’s success.
This past week we shipped our first two customer-ordered large AquaBundance Modular aquaponics systems.  Doing so was the culmination of about a year of hard work.  For this week’s blog post, I thought you might find it interesting to read just a bit about what we did to prepare and launch our Modular aquaponics system.


 Aquaponics NYC February Update

Uploaded by on 8 Feb 2012
Latest update on Aquaponics for a NYC apartment. Lettuce and Bok Choy are doing well however I believe I have contracted Pseudomonas cichorii, a bacteria that attacks leafy greens. It is likely this came from a cutting off .....

Aquaponics in Vietnam

Aquaponics reduces water consumption, yields quality produce, and provides healthy protein for communities.
Communities along the Mekong Delta do not have high incomes to afford protein and grow rice with polluted water from the delta. To feed their families a nutritious meal without using their reserved rain water, and creating a business to increase their income, aquaponics is the solution to go.



I have a 300 gal. goldfish pond with a waterfall.  How do I start a leafy green garden in the holding container for the waterfall?  How do I contain the seeds.Replies to This Discussion
You would probably need to make a raft and contain the seed in little net pots with some media like gravel or clay balls or something similar.
You might need to run some water tests to see if your pond has enough left over nutrients to....


Sahib Aquaponics Free Farm Tour Feb 2012

Sahib Aquaponics Farm Tour Feb 2012

The February Free Farm Tour was the first opportunity for Central Florida members of IDEAS For Us to come and discover the wonderful world of Aquaponics. We certainly had a full house. We had over 60 visitors, 50 of them via IDEAS For Us. We had to arrange 4 tours, starting at 10.00am and lasting well past 4.00pm. A very busy day!
You should have seen the starry glaze in the eyes of all who attended. Was this really true? A sustainable urban food jungle in waste space! We felt so good that we could capture their imagination and open up a whole new world for them

Here is Part 2 of Hailee Durand’s Intern Spotlight Interview: Question: If you could give advice to your younger self, what would it be? Answer: “It’s okay to be nerdy, and a little weird. It’s who you are. Don’t fight it: embrace it.” (Yes, I’ve always been... Read More


 Urban Harvest grows healthy food via 'aquaponics'
Date: Friday, February 3, 2012, 6:00am EST
Urban Harvest founder Brad Rogers displays produce grown via a method that combines fish and vegetable farming. The company will target local restaurants and families for its products.
Paula Norton | Courier
Urban Harvest founder Brad Rogers displays produce grown via a method that combines fish and vegetable farming. The company will target local restaurants and families for its products.

Lucy May
Senior Staff Reporter/Associate Editor - Business Courier
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A look at a startup company’s business plans – and the story it’s pitching.

Urban Harvest


Urban Harvest is seeking angel investments to procure greenhouse space and the growing systems to launch a commercial aquaponics business.


Alliance helps food industry

Top Photo
Employees at Continental Organics work in the plant's fish house in New Windsor in December. Continental Organics, which is a member of the Hudson Valley Food and Beverage Alliance, is an organic fish and aquaponics farm, started by a military veteran with plans to employ 120.CHET GORDON/Times Herald-Record
Jessica DiNapoli
Finding and retaining employees is a perplexing problem for businesses to face when the region's unemployment rate persists at about 7 percent.
But it's a major challenge for proprietors in the food and beverage industry, who vented about employees' poor telephone etiquette and low motivation at the kickoff event for the Hudson Valley Food and Beverage Alliance. The event drew

Once again the plate is full to overflowing with tasty morsels from all over...Please Enjoy
Till next time
Be good to each other, and yourself

Saturday, February 11, 2012


New integrated building model may improve fish farming operations

February 9, 2012 New integrated building model may improve fish farming operationsEnlarge

This is a small-scale aquaponics demonstration lab at UMass Amherst. Such recirculating aquaculture systems include various water treatment devices connected through flowing water. The waste stream is diverted to a hydroponic garden (background) where plant roots strip out nutrients. Clean water is then recycled back to the fish holding pens. Credit: UMass Amherst

Aquaponics – A Home for Fish | | GardenFork.TVGardenFork.TV
or The Sufferings of Young Rick…Every project is one step forward, half a step back, and and this one shows or starts with a SIX TON fish tank (Great Video) ...


Aquaponics Food:Healthy, Environmentally Friendly Food

Aquaponics is an environmentally-friendly, natural food growing method to facilitate the cultivation of fish and plants together in a constructed, re-circulating ecosystem utilizing natural bacterial cycles to convert fish wastes to plant nutrients. It  is also called as recirculation farming.
Recirculation farms are a socially responsible farming method and business too; they support the use of renewable energy, recycle water and waste, and provide local food....

On Saturday, we had the opportunity to tour a local aquaponics farm in Brooksville, Florida. This system we saw is used as a commercial system that harvests their crop and then sells at farmers markets, local restaurants, and to local chefs.  It was incredible to see the system first hand and how efficient this type of farming really is.


Aquaponics as a Finely Tuned Sensored System
by Matt Ball on February 5, 2012
As growing season approaches, I’ve been doing some online research into how I can better manage my garden this year. I stumbled across videos from Bigelow Brook Farm, and want to share the inspiring engineering of this automated hydroponic system. It’s a great example of a finely tuned sensored system, with an automated hydroponic system in a small greenhouse growing a whole host of vegetables.


Aquaponics and Hydryponics How-to GF Radio

Rick updates us on his DIY aquaculture and hyrdroponics project. Aquaculture is like organic gardening in a closed system using fish and the waste water from the fish feeding the plants, and the filtered water is then returned back to the fish tank.  If you already have a goldfish pond, you are that much closer to having an aquaculutre system. What kind of fish to use, what is the difference between hyrdoponics and aquaculture, and how you can build an inexpensive hydroponics system using 5 gallon buckets and PVC pipe.


Aquaponics Tomatoes Are Most Requested Crop

Tomatoes are the single most requested crop to grow in the Portable Farms™ Aquaponics Systems. The expected yields in this article are based on growth from a single Grow Tray (shown below) and are very conservative. They are based on the lowest yield per plant, the shortest harvest cycle and the longest time a plant will remain in the Grow Tray Table of the system.


Low Energy Aquaponics - LEAP

Abe Connally

Joined: Feb 20, 2010
Posts: 619
I started a thread over at BYAP (Backyard Aquaponics) to get some input on how we could develop a low energy aquaponics system that could be powered by solar. 

The idea is a system with a max requirement of 10 watts. The solar component for a 10 watt system can be had for under $400 USD. Of course, if we can get the power down even further, that's fine, too.


Sylvia Bernstein: Feeding The World With Aquaponics

What is Aquaponics?
With the growing demand for organic food production, more and more people are looking at sustainable models that will produce a high yield without necessarily having to farm a large acreage. One of the most popular methods is called.....


Aquaponics Now Has an International Organization

AqCommuityLogoxsm.jpg Perhaps you have seen articles about aquaponics in the media. Just a little bit of web research shows that aquaponics is definitely a hot topic in urban food communities across the country and around the world. 


Looking for some ideas to make a small, apartment-style system that is visually appealing. If it were up to me I would already have moved and made a giant system in my future greenhouse ( us apartment dwellers can only dream). The problem is that some people( my girlfriend) do not see how the benefits outweigh the lack of connection between the decor of my apartment and my aquaponics setup. So if anyone has any ideas as to how I can convince my girlfriend to allow me to....


Aquaponics: Hydroponics Meets Aquaculture

Ready-to-eat one-year old tilapia grown using aquaponics. / Photos from University of the Virgin Islands
By Dr. Joshua Strange, Two Rivers Tribune Contributing Writer
When you grow plants for food, you need to feed the plants nutrients so they will grow well. When you grow fish for food, you need to remove their nutrient rich wastes so they will grow well. Aquaponics takes these two problems and combines them to form a common solution: use the wastes from growing fish to feed plants, which in turn clean the water so fish can thrive. Innovative solutions that turn wastes into valuable resources are a hallmark of sustainability.
Global population recently surpassed seven billion people, and increasing numbers of people fall ill from consumption of unhealthy food products.....


Urban Agriculture: Aquaponics

February 3, 2012

Bob Ewing – Food, we all eat it, or at least we want and need to, how we meet that daily demand varies culturally, economically, socially and psychologically. In the past two articles, I have been focusing on the economic aspects, and will continue to do so today.
Aquaponics is gaining in popularity across the country, both small scale backyard projects and larger scale commercial efforts are establishing themselves as viable enterprise.


And Finally..........
Will anyone buy my Lettuce? ...

How will I get the best price for my produce?....

Sylvia Bernstein talks with Murray Hallam......

How can I be sure I will be able to market my produce and make my Aquaponics business profitable?
   Why do I need a website .
And on that note... All I can say is.....That's a Wrap...Till next time..
Be Good to each other and yourself...

Friday, February 3, 2012

Dayton Nurseries presenting gardening seminar series
2/2/2012 - West Side Leader
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By Staff Writer

NORTON — Dayton Nurseries will present a winter seminar series of gardening how-to information. Talks will take place from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the following topics:
 “Ornamental Trees to Consider for the Home Landscape,”
  “Rock Gardening,” with Chuck Gleave
  “Gardening Trends,” with Cynthia Druckenbrod,
  “Hummingbirds,” with Carol Zeh
  “Introduction to Aquaponics,” with Paul Myers
 “Understanding Garden Maintenance,” with Michele Riley
 “Sneak Peak — What’s New for 2012?,” with Maggie Bell and Tom Dayton
  “Cooking With Herbs,” with Amanda Saunders, of Kids in the Kitchen
For Details Click HERE.


Something's fishy in urban backyards

HOMETOWN U.S.A.: Baltimore

Baltimore-area aquaponic farmers raise seafood and vegetables in a quest for self-sustainability and better health.

JJanuary 28, 2012|By Timothy B. Wheeler, 
The Baltimore Sun
The aquarium in the living room of Meir and Leah Lazar's home isn't just for decoration. The tilapia and bluegills packed into the 50-gallon glass tank are waiting their turn to wind up on dinner plates.


aquaponics lobster meal (Video)

Uploaded by on 25 Jan 2012
Getting things more fine tuned for regular meals. We were going to go out and eat tonight, but I decided to just make something from the basement instead. About ready to order some baby shrimp to raise, then you will see some video's. Yum!!! I've come a long way since I first built this system,

After years of flat funding, nonprofits could face cuts

January 31, 2012

By Arielle Levin Becker and Keith M. Phaneuf

Meriden -- If all goes according to plan, the glassed-in attachment to The Arc of Meriden-Wallingford's building will soon be filled with fish, worms and vegetables.
Executive Director Pamela Fields envisions the future aquaponics set up -- made from donated equipment and built by community volunteers -- as an employment opportunity for the people with intellectual and developmental disabilities who The Arc serves. Get the Full Story HERE.


Aquaponics GROWHAUS
Aquaponics is an emerging agricultural science involving symbiotic, recirculating systems of fish and plant production. This technique uses approximately 80% less water than traditional farming, and eliminates the external fertilizers that are necessary in hydroponics - all while generating a sustainable source of protein that does not deplete natural fishing stocks. 

The final phase of GrowHaus renovations will be the construction of a commercial-scale aquaponics system  in the far west bay of our facility. Before constructing the sytem itself, we will need to replace the roof and wall panels, install an energy-efficient HVAC system, and seal the space for sanitation and security. More DETAILS.


Aquaponics and World Water Day

World water Day logoA few weeks ago I was on Skype with Meg Stout going through some changes to the Aquaponics Association website.  Meg asked me if I had ever heard of the United Nation’s World Water Day.  No, I hadn’t.  She said that it was a day set aside every year by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations to think about the importance of water in the world and, by the way, this year it was focused on Water and Food.  Wow!  She sent me a link to the site and said that they were encouraging organizations to get involved.  That sure started my mind racing. The Full Story from Aquaponic Sorce


Aquaponic Tanks.
Choosing a tank suitable for aquaponics is probably a no brainer. Many people grab the first thing that suits their budget, but not all tanks are the same and some can positively damage your health and kill all your fish.  The real story from Murray Hallum.


Marion-Polk Food Share seeks United Airlines miles

Marion-Polk Food Share is seeking mileage donations that would allow staffers to travel to research trips.
The Flight Against Hunger initiative has a goal to collect 110,000 miles per ticket by April 30.
The regional food bank is specifically asking for United Airlines miles.
“Marion-Polk Food Share is scanning the globe for the best innovations and newest technologies to feed our hungry neighbors,” president Ron Hays said in a press release.


Aquaponics NOMA (Nordic Marine) – New Innovations for Sustainable Aquaculture in the Nordic countries

The main objective of AQUAPONIC NOMA is to establish a network for cooperation between businesses, researchers and consumers in the Nordic region, in order to provide new innovations supporting a more competitive and sustainable aquaculture and food sector.
  • Published 23/01/2012
  • Last updated 24/01/2012

To achieve this, we want to increase the scientific and practical knowledge base when applying ECO-SYSTEM approaches in aquaculture and horticulture combined.

Aquaponics Aquaculture How To Update : Rick’s Column

Aquaponics and Aquaculture How-to has been taking up a lot of Rick’s time. Below Rick tells us what he has learned about how to build an aquaponics system. Eric
The backbone of the inner tunnel is just 1" ID PVC for ribs
I haven’t been around the Gardenfork site very much, been busy in the greenhouse.  But for the last few days rain and, particularly, mud has kept me away from the greenhouse, so I thought I’d update you on my progress on the aquaponics project.


Aquaponics Can Help In Fight Against Poverty With Healthy Food – OpEd

Written by: January 27, 2012

Recirculation farms using aquaponics are a socially responsible farming method and business. They support the use of renewable energy, recycle water and waste, and provide local food. For More Click Here


Backyard Aquaponics Install video Part 1 of 3

by admin on January 28, 2012

This is part one of an instructional video showing how to install one of our aquaponics kit systems.


That's another one done. Hope this is enough to keep you amused till next week.
Meanwhile, take care, be good to yourselves and to each other..