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Elyse Schmitt
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How did you find us?
referral from another website
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Are you an aquaponic gardener already?
If so, what type of system? (pick all that apply)
How old is your system?
1 - 2 yrs
What type of fish do you grow with? (select all that apply)
How big is your fish tank?
200 gal
Please tell us something else about yourself.
I am a student at Allegheny College located in Meadville, PA. As a student I have been working on researching and creating my own system. I am very much interested in the marketing of a commercial size system and to integrate local education about sustainable agriculture.

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At 4:58pm on June 21, 2011, Nate Storey said…
Hey, in answer to your quesitons: Yes, I use a UW AES greenhouse for my research.  My product patents are owned and prosecuted by the University.  I just license them back.  I currently have one intern through the university, and will get another through the business pretty soon.  No, unfortunately there's not much aquaponics integrated into the curriculum currently.  I'm  working on greenhouse management software with a twist- but I want to work on it a bit before I start broadcasting what I'm doing.  I've got to keep the suspense alive!  The greatest challenge has been funding, primarily and finding the resources to make it happen.  My systems are scrapped together, and I've always had to really root around to find the funds to make it happen.  Maybe it's a good thing though, because it's taught me to be pretty thrifty in regards to system design and maintenance.
At 9:59am on June 21, 2011, Nate Storey said…

Hi Elyse,

I left you a message on the college AP research thread.  I'm doing research here at University of Wyoming using two 2000 gallon commercial systems using vertical towers.  We are doing market research so we are actively producing and selling.  We're also involved with a number of developing producers in the area that have large systems.  We do AP production, marketing, labor reduction research, sustainability research, and software development.

At 1:54pm on June 16, 2011, Robin said…

Hey Elyse- Saw your post about the road trip- I'm a high school teacher in chicago who just has a little system running in my room, but would love to meet up with you if you go to growing power- i've been meaning to make a mini trip myself- if you are looking for company, love to hear from you-

best, robin

At 12:18pm on June 16, 2011, matthew ferrell said…
We are operating out of a 400-450 gallon/min spring.  We have about 20000 gallons in our system not including the pond.  We are just underway in the marketing department.  Lucky for us we have a little funding so selling our product will be extra funding, but it won't put us under if we don't find a home for it for a while.  After I mention that we are just south of you I mapped it and it seems that its more like 5ish hours south.  We are an WVU farm and I work under the extension program.  If you want to swing by any day in the future let me know and I will give you the grand tour personally.
At 4:57am on June 16, 2011, matthew ferrell said…

We are just south of you.  While we are not in the midwest, the system we are trying to design would benefit the trout growers of your state as well.  I can give tours whenever there is a need for them.  This is an open invite to you and all.

At 7:47am on June 15, 2011, Sylvia Bernstein said…

Welcome Elyse,

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 join in.  Always thrilled to have experienced growers join us – please post some photos of your system!

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.

Please add a profile image, 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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