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Aquaponic Prawns at Mesa Community College Mesa Arizona

Started Jan 4 0 Replies

With the focus on our program here at Mesa Community College, December 20th 2017, the American Association of Community College ran its first full article on Aquaponics in their national…Continue

CAN AQUAPONICS SAVE THE DAY?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Rob Tolette Aug 22, 2017. 1 Reply

The US Aquaculture (fish farming etc) industry is dying or stagnating according to the World Aquaculture Society with little hope of rescue. The US only produces 10% of its seafood and that number is…Continue

The Aquaponics Association 2016 Conference Going Mainstream!

Started Jul 19, 2016 0 Replies

The Aquaponics Association 2016 Conference Going Mainstream!Greetings one and all, the Aquaponics Association is back and "GOING MAINSTREAM!" We are kicking off a great 2016-2017 year with our annual…Continue

They Die Happy: Ethanol a Potential new Pest Management Tool

Started Jul 19, 2016 0 Replies

They Die Happy: Ethanol a Potential new Pest Management ToolIPM is Integrated Pest Management. Because aquaponics is an ecosystem approach to agriculture, pest control can be difficult. However, what…Continue

 

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Aquaponic Prawns at Mesa Community College Mesa Arizona

With the focus on our program here at Mesa Community College, December 20th 2017, the American Association of Community College ran its first full article on Aquaponics in their national E-Newsletter. With thanks to Valley Aquaponics for donating the prawns, congratulations to the program and congratulations to all the students in the Fall 2017 section of AGS-166 Aquaponics that made it possible. If you would like to read the article click here: …See More
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Dr. George B. Brooks, Jr. replied to Dr. George B. Brooks, Jr.'s discussion CAN AQUAPONICS SAVE THE DAY? in the group Arizona Aquaponics
"There is a reason for large operations, economies of scale. They must be able to compete. There is also the need for product. For example, the United States currently only produces 10% of the seafood it eats. At about 15/lb per person that is about…"
Nov 5, 2017
Yaacov Levi replied to Dr. George B. Brooks, Jr.'s discussion CAN AQUAPONICS SAVE THE DAY? in the group Arizona Aquaponics
"Its doable, but, I think growth will be through small operations filling niches. We have seen enough total failures of mega operations, I saw one too up close in Central America in the 60s which it turned out was a land grab with no intention of a…"
Nov 5, 2017
Dr. George B. Brooks, Jr. commented on David Schwinghamer's group Arizona Aquaponics
"A new system going in at the Farm at South Mountain. Phx Az."
Nov 4, 2017
Dr. George B. Brooks, Jr. added 2 discussions to the group Arizona Aquaponics
Nov 4, 2017
Dr. George B. Brooks, Jr. replied to Dr. George B. Brooks, Jr.'s discussion CAN AQUAPONICS SAVE THE DAY? in the group Arizona Aquaponics
"Thank you."
Nov 4, 2017
Dr. George B. Brooks, Jr. replied to Dr. George B. Brooks, Jr.'s discussion CAN AQUAPONICS SAVE THE DAY? in the group Arizona Aquaponics
"Greetings. No single produce can or does on any scale. it is an additive function of many.  Fish, IMHO yes most certainly. Most aquaponic systems were designed around plants with the concept of what is the minimum number of fish I need to…"
Nov 4, 2017
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Building the second S-CAp aquaponics system (3-HOUR FARM) for the Farm at South Mountain's STEAM program in Phx Az. (https://www.thefarmatsouthmountain.com)With thanks to the farm, the side by…
Nov 4, 2017
Yaacov Levi replied to Dr. George B. Brooks, Jr.'s discussion CAN AQUAPONICS SAVE THE DAY? in the group Arizona Aquaponics
"I think that there are a great number of niche places to fill that can be filled by local growers, they can take advantage of many local opportunities  unknown to out of the area sources. Finding them, and meeting the demand is the core…"
Aug 23, 2017
Lonnie Harding replied to Dr. George B. Brooks, Jr.'s discussion CAN AQUAPONICS SAVE THE DAY? in the group Arizona Aquaponics
"We could but I don't any disagreement, I agree 100% with you."
Aug 23, 2017
Yaacov Levi replied to Dr. George B. Brooks, Jr.'s discussion CAN AQUAPONICS SAVE THE DAY? in the group Arizona Aquaponics
"We can agree to disagree. I believe there are many niches for single operators to fill. It will be interesting to revisit this in six  months, and a year or so."
Aug 23, 2017

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Rob Tolette replied to Dr. George B. Brooks, Jr.'s discussion CAN AQUAPONICS SAVE THE DAY?
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Aug 22, 2017
Lonnie Harding replied to Dr. George B. Brooks, Jr.'s discussion CAN AQUAPONICS SAVE THE DAY? in the group Arizona Aquaponics
"In a word - No In my opinion protein production is not a viable commercial option for aquaponics. None of the fish species which do well in the aquaponics environment can be produced at a price point competitive with imported products. The costs of…"
Aug 22, 2017
Yaacov Levi replied to Dr. George B. Brooks, Jr.'s discussion CAN AQUAPONICS SAVE THE DAY? in the group Arizona Aquaponics
"It can be revived, there were a lot interested, and then didnt do anything, a lot of others are in process. For us its first a inhome system and then a larger IBC one in a hoop house. Jake"
Aug 22, 2017
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CAN AQUAPONICS SAVE THE DAY?

CAN AQUAPONICS SAVE THE DAY?The US Aquaculture (fish farming etc) industry is dying or stagnating according to the World Aquaculture Society with little hope of rescue. The US only produces 10% of its seafood and that number is declining. But Aquaponics might already be saving the day. Take a read.Can Aquaponics Help Restore the US Aquaculture Industry? Aquaculture Magazine Aug/Sept 2017 Pg. 72 & 73http://bit.ly/2fPw5fnBackground information from the…See More
Aug 22, 2017

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If so, what type of system? (pick all that apply)
raft, vertical, combination
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2 yrs or more
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Tilapia, Other
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System 1: 1,200 gal. System 2: 1,200 gal System 3: 1,656
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Environmental/Aquaculture Scientist. Former Aquaculture extension specialist for state of Arizona. Aquaponics innovator & trainer. Sustainability specialist. General nice guy;-)

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At 9:30am on August 6, 2015, Idris Busari said…

Starting my own aquaponics project would be amazing. I think it will be great to encourage such seemingly radical and yet sustainable means of food production in America and to teach such techniques to other people around the world. That is why I am actively looking for information on ways to set up and manage the various stages of an Aquaponic life cycle (small medium and large scale). I am also open to formal training in or around Indiana or the Midwest.
What have you been working on? Do you know of an aquaponics initiative that works with people of the tropics or sub-Saharan Africa? Please tell me more about your plans? Thank you very much.
Idris Busari
http://idrisbusari.webs.com

At 9:22am on January 14, 2014, Averan said…
Do you know what happened to the thread you started about aquaponics starting to get real? I wanted to read the comments but it seems to have been deleted??
At 1:32pm on July 18, 2013, Randy Mann said…

Hi Dr. Brooks.  I just noticed we never did set a time!  I was just talking to Peter Condon, the Program Director for Urban Horticulture at MCC, and your name came up.  I asked if they offered any AP courses and he said he had a call placed to you to see about setting something up.  I told him he had the right man for the job!  I just enrolled in the program and hope you two can work something out for an AP class. As far as Valley View, I would still love to bring my girls by to see your garden. Are tours still available?

Randy

At 11:23am on August 19, 2012, Robert Rowe said…

@ Dr. George B. Brooks, Jr. - Outstanding article!  Thank you. I am now thinking that this approach would deplete the nutrients needed by the grow beds. 

At 9:06am on June 4, 2012, Dr. George B. Brooks, Jr. said…
Did we set up a time?
At 8:43am on May 30, 2012, Randy Mann said…

Hi Dr. Brooks!  I am interested in seeing the raft system you set up at Valley View.  Is it available for public viewing?  If so, when and where?  I am the garden club sponsor at my elementary school and I am always looking for new garden ideas to implement at our school. Would it be possible to bring my girls to see the system as well.  Thanks for your time.

Randy

At 10:35am on November 25, 2011, Sylvia Bernstein said…

Welcome George,

 

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.

 

A great place to start is to read the “How to Use This Site” link on the upper right corner, “Start Here” section of the Home page.  You might also find the “Aquaponic Gardening Rules of Thumb” guidelines helpful.

 

Please add a profile image, participate and check in with us every day!  We are constantly posting news about aquaponics and the good food movement.

 

Thanks again for joining us, and I look forward to getting to know you...especially since you are generally a nice guy - LOL.

 

Sylvia

 
 
 

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