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This is a place we can share and help each other in our new industry.  If you have already established yourself in the industry or are looking to this group is for you.

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New IBC Grow Out Tanks

Started by Phil Slaton Mar 30, 2015. 0 Replies

The barrels in the back of the 6-IBC grow out tanks are 2-media filters, 1 lava rock filter and on the extreme left, the sump.The large 1,000 tanks in the back are not currently in use.Continue

Aquaponics start-up. Still undergoing business plan - In SPAIN - Help need it (please)

Started by Atreyu M. Last reply by William B Lunche Dec 16, 2014. 2 Replies

Hello every body. I am seriously researching in order to create a AQ start-up. Hope to develop a feasible business plan. It looks like no one has tried AQ in Spain al though it is a perfect country…Continue

One on One advice

Started by William Kohut. Last reply by William Kohut Jul 30, 2014. 2 Replies

I would to talk to someone who started their business One on one hopefully. Either through email , skype or if local enough meet with them. As I have a bunch of questions of what you went through to…Continue

Pricing

Started by William Kohut. Last reply by Phil Slaton Jun 20, 2014. 7 Replies

As i am writing my business plan. I am trying to work on prices for catfish and minnows, How do you people work on your pricing ?Continue

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Comment by Daniel E Murphy on March 9, 2011 at 7:22am

Hello Carrie, I ran across this and thought you might like to read it :)

 

http://www.extension.purdue.edu/extmedia/EC/EC-740.pdf

 

 

Comment by Carrie Burr on February 24, 2011 at 10:27am

Hello,

 

We are doing our research to start a commercial aquaponics business currently. We are based in Louisville, KY and I have been trying to find other businesses similar to what we want to do in KY but there is nothing!  I am a little stumped as to what we need to do in order to sell the food in terms of Health department and any other regulations. I realize that it may be state to state. If anyone has any experience about their process I would be very interested to hear about it.

Thanks

Comment by Sylvia Bernstein on February 4, 2011 at 5:08pm
From Susan Moriority with Swava - By the way, you might want to mention smallfarmcentral.com on the "commercial" section of your site.  They offer reasonably priced and user friendly website templates, complete with e-store, etc. designed especially for small farms.  We're using them for our local farm/CSA (Shwava Farms).
Comment by TCLynx on February 2, 2011 at 12:09pm

You might look into some more permaculture type things concerning the ponds.  It may be difficult to really incorporate large ponds into a recirculating aquaponics design but they may well be a good place to have a bit of variety with non aquaponic low impact aquaculture.  Perhaps some cage culture?

 

The "other buildings" might be fine places for fish tanks or food processing but you definitely don't want to mess with growing plants inside buildings other than greenhouses if you can avoid it.  Natural sunlight is always going to be more cost effective than electric lighting provided the greenhouse design can keep your greenhouse warm enough for your desired purposes without lots of heating costs.  If you go with fish that can handle cooler winters and go with plants that don't mind some cool during winter, then all you have to do is keep the water from freezing and it can function year round.  However if you want to grow tilapia and tomatoes through the winter, it will be a different story trying to keep things warm.

 

good Luck

Comment by Teresa Torrella on February 2, 2011 at 11:59am

I posted this in Colorado Aquapon but thought it might be good to post here as well.  So we originally started out with the idea to create an aquaponics system for our homeschool group.  But the idea has now evolved.  My nephew is in HI as an intern at Friendly's and we have gathered with some other like minded people from across the country and we are creating an aquaponics, sustainable community with a mind, body, spirit healing center and education center on a ranch located in the foothills.  We are definitely excited about the transition in ideas and how it has all grown over the past several months.  I would love to get any ideas and advice on the systems to install for the aquaponics.  We are incorporating what Friendly's is doing but would love some input from our cold weather friends.   We are looking at greenhouses and uses of other buildings on the property.  There are several existing ponds on the property and there are thoughts to somehow incorporate a few of those.  We will be supporting not only the residences in the community but locally provide food through a CSA membership and also to local food banks. I know many of you have had thoughts in this direction and/or are on your way to doing something commercially around the area.  We feel very strongly in collaboration and would love any input and/or thoughts on how we can help each other make each of our aquaponics visions a reality.

 

With gratitude, Tee

Comment by Sylvia Bernstein on January 28, 2011 at 8:12am
Hey Opaka...you might want to post something in the Colorado group as well.  Good luck finding something...I'll let you know if I hear of anything.
Comment by OPAKA KAI WENDEROTH on January 28, 2011 at 8:07am

ALOHA I AM LOOKING TO RENT SOM GREAN HOUSE SPACE NEAR GOLDEN TO SET UP MY AQUAPONIC SYSTEM I WILL BE TEACHING AND  GROING MANY THINGS IF THERE IS ANY ONE OUT THERE WITH THE SPACE PLEASE LET ME NO.

                                                   THANKS AND MAHALO!!

Comment by David Hart on January 18, 2011 at 6:49am

Here's a class on increasing your sales by using the internet.....

http://cfextension.ifas.ufl.edu/documents/internetsales.pdf

 

Feb 16, 2011

Apopka FL

Comment by Daniel E Murphy on January 15, 2011 at 9:54am
I agree with Organic certification being too much of a hassle as it currently is.  It's great we can find another source of "trust" other than our failed USDA.
Comment by Daniel E Murphy on January 15, 2011 at 9:52am
Dave that's awesome!  thank you
 

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