Aquaponic Gardening

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Green Acre Aquaponics


Green Acre Aquaponics

This is a group for those that want to stay connected with Green Acre Aquaponics. At Green Acre, we are focused on optimizing commercial growing with the newest techniques and technologies for integrated system growing.  Recognizing the value of integrating media bed growing into raft (DWC) technology, this hybrid aquaponics design optimizes nutrient density by allowing the additional metabolization of valuable solids typically removed from DWC systems. Why remove the most valuable element in an aquaponic system when it can be utilized to produce better and more abundant growth?

Location: Brooksville, FL
Members: 225
Latest Activity: Jan 30, 2018

Discussion Forum

Green Acre Update!

Started by Gina Cavaliero. Last reply by Aquaponik Berater Sep 5, 2013. 1 Reply

Hi there!  We have been so, sooo busy here at the farm that there is little time to check in here or update about what we've been doing and what has been going on and there has been lots!  Our latest…Continue

Tags: commercial, Acre, Green, aquaponics

Biosecurity in Aquaponic Systems

Started by Gina Cavaliero. Last reply by Peter B. Fogg Feb 23, 2013. 15 Replies

In light of the recent conversation surrounding worms in an aquaponic system and the potential of the introduction of contaminants, I had a discussion with Jim Rakocy about it.  After having visited…Continue

Tags: biosecuity, e.coli, safety, food

What Criteria Must be Met to be Aquaponically Grown?

Started by Gina Cavaliero. Last reply by Linda Sunshine Haynie Mar 24, 2012. 19 Replies

Is any product that is grown with fish effluent water qualified to be considered aquaponically grown?  For instance, a plant in a pot filled with peat and vermicompost or other media and placed in a…Continue

Tags: standards, certification, aqauponic

Farmers Market Tips and Tricks!

Started by Gina Cavaliero. Last reply by Chris Schup Dec 7, 2011. 19 Replies

Part of being a community connected small farm is having a thriving Farmers Market presence.  After a lot of trial and error and also getting some great tips from Ann Forsthoefel's presentation at…Continue

Tags: marketing, selling, market, farmers

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Comment by Dave & Yvonne Story on January 24, 2012 at 6:02pm

Comment by Dave & Yvonne Story on January 24, 2012 at 5:55pm

I was going to say

don't tell anyone.. but I used the seeds from a papaya I ate

I will go take a picture of the fruit I have on right now. this is about a 7 month old plant.. the best thing that I grew last summer. transplanted it into a container. Now I have 3 more in my grow-bed now.. one flowered two days ago

fun times

Comment by TCLynx on January 24, 2012 at 5:46pm

I've grown papaya grown from seeds we got out of a papaya we liked.

I've also grown rosell which was really great until the squirles stole all the produce from it and then it froze.  I'll know to net it next year.

I've also grown bananas

Comment by Dave Lindstedt on January 24, 2012 at 5:26pm

I spoted a post by Dave Story saying he was growing papaya.  Where did you get your seeds or plants?  Is anyone else growing anything that might be considered "different".  I am raising "dragon fruit" (grown in dirt) I am thinking of switching to growing in media.

Comment by DANIEL GRESL on January 20, 2012 at 8:36am
Hello Gina, I am new to all this , but am learning fast.
I went to an urban aquaponics farm recently and noticed all their grow beds and fish tanks were lined with pond liner, were I see you use dura skrim ,why use that? :)
I am looking forward to building a large scale system this spring ,I have a small ibc system up and running now.
Comment by Dave Lindstedt on January 20, 2012 at 7:54am

Genia:  In my area we have about 6 weeks of winter left.  My plan is if temp is to fall under 40 degrees, cover the plants  and insert a drop light with 100 watt bulb under the cover.  I have attached 1x2in. support frames with plastic chicken wire to my grow troughs.  They lend well to "tenting" my grow beds.

Question... are you heating your fish tanks?  And if so what are you doing.  Because of my fish loss I am looking to get my fish to start reproducing.  Did you have any success in your fish breeding venture? 

Comment by Gina Cavaliero on January 19, 2012 at 11:15pm

Check out my latest GAO blog!  Cold Weather Woes at

Dave, You may want to be able to move those new tomato seedlings inside for protection until about late March.  Now is the time to start them, but the cold can quickly do them in.  

Comment by Dave Lindstedt on January 19, 2012 at 10:03pm

Last post should read 2 weeks ago....not 22 sweeks ago

Comment by Dave Lindstedt on January 19, 2012 at 10:02pm

As some of you know, we here in west central FL, about 22 sweeks ago, got hit hard with a couple nights of below freezing weather. I was one of those.  My root crops, carrots and onions were not damaged however I lost tomatoes, green peppers and egg plants. I cut those damaged plants back to where the stem were still green.  Many of my tomato plants responded well and have developed new shoots. Some of the green peppers are starting to put out new leaves.  I am hoping the egg plants will do like wise. I have since reseeded and just put new sprouting tomato plants in one of my floats.  I have since purchased a 10,600 btu kerosene heater that will run for 15 hours on 1.2 gallons of fuel.  The claim is it will heat 1,000 sq.ft.  so it should work well in my 10x20ft portable car port once the enclosure is installed.

Comment by Dave Lindstedt on January 13, 2012 at 10:02pm

Water heaters... I find 300 watt tank heater running 24/7 in my insulated tank will hold water temp in the high 70s low 80s. I have created 1500 watt 110 volt water heater out of a replacement element for regular hot water heater (about $10) add a heavy duty electrical cord (cost $8) At first I enclosed the element in PVC piping.  However heat melted the PVC and burned out the element.  So now I leave the element totally exposed to the water.  Element MUST BE SUBMERGED or it will burn up. I only run these 1500 watt heaters when I am there.  Don't want to take a chance of over heating or tripping a breaker.


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