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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 Jay Wolf on February 28, 2012 at 6:41pm

Congratulations Gina!  Very exciting to hear someone doing well!!!!  I wish you the best.

Comment by TCLynx on February 28, 2012 at 6:09pm

Very nice, I need to get out there to visit again sometime.

What kind of verticals are you installing?

Comment by Gina Cavaliero on February 28, 2012 at 3:52pm

Wow, its actually been quite some time since I have had some time to really check in here or give an update, but things have been fast and furious at the farm.  Between being in our premium growing season and working on system and farm expansions, its been a little hectic to say the least.  

It didn't really occur to me how much we have grown(the farm, not food! lol) since starting out nearly two years ago, but as I was working on one of my presentations for the World Aquaculture Society's Aquaculture America event in Vegas this week,(woohoo! Vegas baby!)  I actually surprised myself.  One of my presentations is a case study about Green Acre and when I prepared the slide that reflected our initial farm specs compared to our new specs, I said wow!  This is the information from the slide:  

—Initial grow area/rearing tanks:
  • —90 sq m (960 sqft) DWC grow trough
  • —22 sq m  (240 sqft ) nursery area
  • —6057 L (1600 g) rearing tanks

—Current grow area
  • —168 sq m (1800 sqft) DWC grow trough
  • —18 sq m  (192 sqft ) media bed
  • —51 m (168 ft) NFT
  • —9 sq m  (100 sqft ) verticals(still being installed)
  • —22 sq m (240 sqft ) shallow culture grow beds
  • —29 sq m  (312 sqft ) nursery area
  • —6057 L (1600 g) rearing tanks
Our growth has been not only to meet our incredible local demand but also to satisfy our clientele's desire for diversity.  We could have mono-cropped lettuce, but early on we decided to go a different direction and satisfy our community as opposed to selling to nameless, faceless consumers at a big box store.  Instead, they are now friends and folks that we look forward to visiting with at the farmers market or our buying club members or chefs that treat us with flavorful treats crafted from our produce.  But despite working long hours and sometimes half the night, its been an incredible, satisfying ride.  
We appreciate all of you that have joined our Green Acre group and become our friends here.    
Comment by Gina Cavaliero on February 28, 2012 at 3:24pm

Green Acre's latest blog - The Farm Revolution - Perfect and Possible?

Comment by Meg Stout on February 14, 2012 at 3:42am


That's great that you didn't lose any of your young peppers and tomatoes!

Comment by Dave Lindstedt on February 13, 2012 at 3:32pm

Here in Hudson, FL, it got down to 28 degrees over night last night and the night before it was 34.  Saturday I hit Harbor Freight and bought some large tarps. I had a 4 x 15ft canvas drop cloth new in the package. I put a drop cord with a 75 watt bulb and a reflector light with a 40 watt bulb in my grow trouth and stapled the drop cloth tight over the grow bed and doubled it back over.  I did similar with the new tarps I bought.  That was Saturday.  Today I pulled out all the staples let the sun shine back in.  Everything survived good as new and I had lots of young tender tomato and pepper plants about 4 to 5 weeks old. 

Comment by TCLynx on February 2, 2012 at 6:04am

Dave, perhaps you should start a thread some where for discussion about propagating exotic plants for aquaponics?

Comment by Dave Lindstedt on February 1, 2012 at 10:13pm

No I haven't  this was a spur of the moment dicision.  I had 3 that had rooted from cuttings sitting in a container of water. And I cut 3 new cuttings. I got hit hard by a freeze on Jan. 3rd.  Have been starting a bunch of new seedlings and cleaning out dead plants from my floats.  I have also cut back a number of the frozen plants and have had about 10% to 15% come back with new growth. Tommorow I hope to start two cuttings from pomergrantes.

Comment by Cheryl Webster on February 1, 2012 at 6:47pm

Re: Dragon Fruit: Dave, you mention that you put yours in a grow bed; have you tried it in DWC? 

Comment by Dave & Yvonne Story on January 28, 2012 at 2:52pm


thanks for the update.

Kiwi.. I have had the seeds start, but the heat here did them in eventually. 

fun to learn by experimenting


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