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 Gina Cavaliero on May 6, 2012 at 10:51am

Hi everyone!  Green Acre has been getting some local and national attention!  Check out the news article in today's Tampa Bay Times, in the blog by Tampa Food Warrior and Real Time Farms blogger Elizabeth Murray and in the Examiner.  

Comment by Dan Ponton on May 2, 2012 at 7:57am


that's quit a find. You just saved yourself several thousand and that's doing the work yourself.

I just finished the shell of my 22x30 hoop house. It turned into a larger project than I thought. I am looking forward to getting everything completed inside as I imagine you are.

This is where I am at so far... coming along slowly.

Good luck to you

Comment by Gina Cavaliero on May 2, 2012 at 6:57am
Very cool Dave! Congrats!
Comment by Dave & Yvonne Story on May 1, 2012 at 11:21pm

Dave you are GREAT

Comment by Meg Stout on May 1, 2012 at 10:54pm

Cool about the greenhouse find! Good luck -

Comment by Dave Lindstedt on May 1, 2012 at 9:27pm

I experienced a real stroke of luck last week.  I have a friend, Viet Nam vet, divorced, who belongs to a singles group. In the course of events he was telling this woman about my aquaponics adventure.  Seem she had tried her hand at farming a few years back and owned 2.5 acers in the Brooksville, FL area. She had a 25 x 32 ft "hoop" type green house that had been torn up in a hurricane a few years back she was still being taxed on. My friend asked if she wanted to get rid of it. She said would be happy to see it go. Last Tuesday I drove up and took a look at it.  There was no way I could get it in my truch as 1/2 of one of the rafters was 19ft long. So I had to pull my trailer hitch off my van and install it on my pick up and hook up my utility traile. Between the trailer and the truck the 18 sections of rafter 19 feet long loaded and tied down.  Their was one complete rafter still erected that we took down and removed. 

Doing a little research in "FARMTEK' catalog I manage to locat what appears to be a similar item.  Rafter were spaced 4 ft apart. By spacing them 5 ft apart and installing two more sets of horizontal support bars I believe I can lengthen the green house to 40 ft. This will give me a 1,000 sq.ft green house. So for a days labor for the two of us and a "gratuity" I gave the woman. i am about to start building my own green house.

Amazing what people are willing to part with.

Comment by Gina Cavaliero on April 7, 2012 at 4:57pm

Whew!  We have had a lot going on!  Thanks to all the community members that joined us at our tour this morning!  There were several that either were Aquaponic Gardening Community members and also Aquaponic Association members.    Pretty cool to get to meet some of you that otherwise would just be a picture and a name.  I didn't get a full count yet, but pretty sure we were somewhere around 40 guests today.  We were expecting nearly 70 but less came due to the holiday.  That's ok, we had a great time with out them!  Thanks to community member Wes for all the filming.  I can't wait to see how it came out.  

Another big announcement we have to share is that we just sold out our Green Acre Aquaponic Training - The Complete Course this morning with two weeks yet to go.  If you missed getting to come to this spring training, stay tuned for dates about our upcoming fall training.  We are working out the details for our new training center location and an announcement is coming soon!

Our visit the other night with Dr's James Rakocy and Wilson Lennard was absolutely incredible.  Its a mind blowing thrill to have two of the leaders in our industry that you also idolize, tell you that you've got it going on!    We have been on cloud nine since.  Waaahoooo!

We will be posting pics as soon as we can take a breather.  That will likely be sometime in May!  Lol.  Until then y'all, keep it Green Acre green!    

Comment by TCLynx on February 29, 2012 at 2:26pm

Hopefully I can stop by for a visit then.  I love listening to Murray, the way he tells things is so enjoyable.

But schedule could be crazy in April since (knock on wood) we will hopefully be closing on the new "farm" the end of March.

Please post some pictures soon of the new media bed and towers and all the new stuff!!!!

Comment by Gina Cavaliero on February 29, 2012 at 8:05am

Thanks guys!  TC, you are welcome anytime friend!  You should come by in April during the course and say hi to Murray and Sylvia.  

Comment by Sylvia Bernstein on February 28, 2012 at 8:37pm

You rock, sista!  All your hard, hard work is really paying off.


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