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Aquaponic Farm Design

Time: June 25, 2016 at 9am to June 26, 2016 at 4:30pm
Location: The Aquaponic Source
Street: 1860 Lefthand Circle
City/Town: Longmont
Website or Map:…
Phone: 855-285-4252
Event Type: aquaponics, class
Organized By: The Aquaponic Source
Latest Activity: May 29, 2016

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Event Description

This course will focus on the many factors involved in planning and designing a high production farm scale system using a combination of proven scientific research, management experience, key data points and other practical considerations. We will actively design a 3,000 sq ft farm system from scratch and determine all of the components, layouts and learn how to estimate fish and plant production using our design and estimating tools. The goal is to create a farm design that is extremely productive, balanced and adheres to key design principles. Students will also have an opportunity to develop their own farm plans and designs in class based upon their goals and objectives.

Course Syllabus

9:00 – 10:30 
Establishing your farm goals and objectives
Discuss key considerations when planning your farm
Gather requirements – setting expectations
Fill out your farm planning questionnaire
Crop and fish selection
Determining production goals

10:30 – 12:00 Core Design Concepts for the Fish and Plant System
The relationship between fish, plants and feed
Scaling your deep water culture system
Determining daily feed rates
Determining fish stocking plan, rotations, density
Tank sizing, flow rates, solids removal
Create the fish and plant system schematic design

12:00 – 1:00 Lunch (included)

1:00 – 2:30 Filtration Systems Design
Review of mechanical and biological filtration systems
Sizing radial flow clarifiers
Mineralization tanks, media and role in system
Designing the bio filter and degassing systems
Integrate filtration systems into the base farm designfingerling to harvest

2:30 – 4:00 System flow and decoupled systems
Benefits of decoupling
Designing and plumbing the decoupled system
Gravity flow, one pump and two pump systems
Pump, pipe and plumbing
Review elevation schematics
4:00 – 5:00pm Student Design Time – Create your ideal farm
Layout major system components using the tools provided
Open review and Q&A with instructor

Day 2

9:00 – 9:45am Heating and Aeration Systems
Heating requirements, methods
Determining aeration requirements
Aeration plumbing and layout

9:45 – 10:30am Integrating other systems in your farm
Fresh water storage
Purging and quarantine systems
Integrating the nursery system
Integrating media beds
Wicking beds and vertical towers

10:30 – 11:30 Production and Revenue Metrics
Plant production and revenue forecasting
Break Even Analysis
Creating a business case

11:30 – 12:00 Guest Lecturer – Rick Malone from Aquaculture Systems Technologies
Bead filtration and latest advances
Integrated airlift systems
Modular raceway tank design
Question and Answer

12:00 – 1:00pm Lunch (provided)

1:00 – 2:00pm Student Design Time
Layout major system components using the tools provided
Open review and Q&A with instructor

2:00 – 4:00pm Farm Tours
Leave for Denver (40mins from Longmont)IMG_5339
Tour Dahlia Campus Farm
Tour Flourish Farms

4:00 – 4:30 Wrap up at Flourish Farm in Denver
Final Q&A
Take home fresh farm salad mix!

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