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Barbara McLain
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Technology consultant building aquaculture and aquaponics training materials at the University of Hawaii in Honolulu.

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New Farmer Update - Week 2

Posted on August 23, 2012 at 4:25pm 1 Comment

Just finished week 2 of my adventure in aquaponics yesterday.  So thankful for the people in here and on who have given me suggestions.  I even got an answer to my silly question about "what the heck do I do with basil?" (As you can predict, besides never having grown anything before-- I'm also not a gourmet cook). Fortunately, I like pesto pasta!

Week 2 of "Auntie's Food Machine": To my amazement, my fish are still alive. Most of my…


A No - Pump System - Aquaponics Using No Electricity

Posted on August 19, 2012 at 2:30pm 15 Comments

The more I learn about aquaponics, the more I realize that there are many, many "ways" or designs that will construct aquaponic systems that work.  I love the innovation in this field right now--- so many interesting ideas.

This strange system totally fascinated me, so I'm going to post a link to this gentleman's description of how you can build an aquaponic…


How I spent my summer vacation - building aquaponics

Posted on August 10, 2012 at 8:36pm 4 Comments

It's been a crazy summer as I worked to try to build my first aquaponics system.  This week has had many milestones:

  1. System was finished and started up (Tuesday)
  2. Placed my first seedlings (Tuesday)
  3. Tried the Olomana Cycling system [Added fish, more seedlings, "live cinder" & worms all at once] (Wednesday)
  4. Planted my first seeds (of my life) in a seed tray (Thursday)
  5. Upgraded to a bigger air pump; got my azola and started a worm…

Each One, Teach One!

Posted on July 22, 2012 at 12:00pm 2 Comments

As I've learned about aquaculture and aquaponics over the past 3 years-- I sometimes wished I could go back 40 years and re-design how I spent that time.  Knowing what I know now--- I definitely would have chosen a different career. But.. we can never go back.. big sigh here.  

Becoming an evangelist for aquaponics is not hard to do, but everyone needs to do…


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At 1:37pm on May 13, 2012, Sylvia Bernstein said…

Welcome Barbara,

Thanks for joining the Aquaponic Gardening community!  I hope you find it a fun place to explore aquaponics.  There is a real blend of experienced and new aquapons in this community, so please don’t hesitate to get in there and start asking questions.  Everyone is quite happy to help out new members – no question is too basic.

A great place to start is to read the “How to Use This Site” link on the upper right corner, “Start Here” section of the Home page.  You might also find the “Aquaponic Gardening Rules of Thumb” guidelines helpful.

Please participate and check in with us every day!  We are constantly posting news about aquaponics and the good food movement.

Thanks again for joining us, and I look forward to getting to know you.



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