This group is for an open discussion on topics related to my thesis: I intend to create a system for cheaply growing high-quality produce year-round in an urban community using aquaponics to prevent “food deserts”
Location: Lawrence, KS
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Started by Elena Sherman. Last reply by k edmonds Dec 23, 2010. 8 Replies 2 Likes
Wellll with my semester completed, I wanted to share what I actually did with all of the research I aggregated over the course of these past four months... Here is a video I made explaining my…Continue
Started by Elena Sherman. Last reply by Jacob Vennie-Vollrath Dec 13, 2010. 6 Replies 0 Likes
I am looking for a few people that would be willing to take part in a small research study. Ideally, I would like to survey people who live in an urban community that have limited access to fresh…Continue
Greetings The Holy Grail has always been to find a method to move it (aquaculture) cost effectively into urban areas. Aquaponics clearly is a Sustainable way to do this. The primary focus of our projects in Phoenix Az is to increase the general public’s access to aquaponcs and to determine if backyard aquaponics could actually help to feed a family of 2.75 (Average household size in Phoenix) and by how much? So to answer these two questions, here are a few of the things we set out to accomplish:
1. Keep the costs down as far as possible.
2. Use 100% off the shelf materials (if it takes longer than 2 days to get it or if MUST order it you don’t need or want it (does not include fish and shrimp but that would be good too))
3. Make it big enough to potentially feed a family of four and to make 1 to 1 comparisons to a “square foot garden” to create an honest judge of how effective the technique is.
4. Keep design, construction, operation and maintenance as simple, fast and easy as possible (KISS) (1 to 2 days construction time)
5. Use as little energy as possible and to replace needed energy with solar applications if possible.
6. Make the system as resilient as possible (power, failures, mechanical failure, disease, temperature fluctuations, nutrient deficiencies, pH fluctuations etc).
7. Capture as many operational synergies as possible. (find those situations where 1 + 1 = 4 and maximize them.)
8. Determine new planting schedules
9. Develop techniques to grow foods people actually eat or sell within their communities.
10. Maximize safety
March 2013 will mark our 24th month of work and we have actually accomplished much of what we set out to do. So the public can have access to the results of our work beyond reports at scientific conferences like Aquaculture 2013 (If they accepted the abstract, Aquaponics and STEM education in Phoenix Arizona), or blog postings, we are working on a book about our experiences.
VERY INTERESTED... ARE YOU CURRENTLY PROCEEDING WITH PROJECT...
I live in NYC and came across the company New York Sun Works, which builds gardens ontop of school rooftops using hydroponics and aquaponics. They also built the Science Barge, which used sustainable energy to run a boat with hydroponic and aquaponic systems. http://nysunworks.org/ Good luck with your project! I don't technically live in a food desert but am on the edge of Harlem, which is and do not have access to a kitchen because I live in graduate student housing. Let me know if you need more popel for your study! : )
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