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Robert Gardner
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  • Hermiston, OR
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We have a 40 by 100 garden at our church (Oasis Vineyard)that we grow and donate the produce to our community. Looking into the business side of Aquaponics and also one for our church for the benevolent mission.

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At 5:17am on October 2, 2011, Chi-Yu Fu said…
Thanks for your comments, I am pleased to share my experience with you.
At 4:30pm on October 1, 2011, Bob Moore said…


 The concept seems so "easy" . It is the whole upfront money that seems to be so elusive .

I sprouted my seedlings this year using an ebb and flow system and I was amazed and how fast and how big the plants got in a very short time .


At 7:24am on April 28, 2011, Jonny Cash said…
Thanks Robert, I am still a long way off, but my goal is to make some informed research first, then see how feasible the whole idea would be up here. Are the products considered truely organic if you buy the fishlings and the plantlings from a source which you cannot garantee as being organic? I am about to start my small little economical green house 6 x 8. I was looking at ecconomical ways of heating, what are your thoughts on shcs?
At 8:44am on April 13, 2011, shunthcs said…
Robert, thank you for the warm welcome.  I am looking forward to learning more about different systems, fish, plants, and materials.  I have been looking at other sites, but am glad to find this resource.  Have a great day!
At 12:59pm on April 12, 2011, Chris Gannon said…
Thank you Robert, are there any favorite systems you would recommend I check out?
At 8:58pm on April 11, 2011, Chelsea Samples said…

I know the high desert area well! Those nights can be a tough thing! I camp there often with family! But the stars on those clear nights are just wonderful arn't they?

I found a website that lists what veggies grow well in Oregon's many different areas.

Plants that are tolerant of wet soil(like lettuce or basil) grow well and are good beginner plants. And who doesn't like a fresh salad? :) Tomatoes grow rather well too and tend to be kinda easy. I have seen things like strawberries grow well in it, but I think more experience and an established system might be needed. Hope this list helps!

I love the idea of using the produce for the community! I'm doing something similar with mine. My grandmother has an old farm she is not able to work anymore, so my uncle is working the ground with help from the family and we are donating a lot of the produce!  Good luck to you!

At 2:02pm on April 11, 2011, Chelsea Samples said…



I actually have yet to set up my system. I'm waiting on a small greenhouse to set it all up in. And I only have pictures from last year's system. That one turned out to be a bit of a disaster personally. But, observing this wonderful web resource, I think I had to few fish and way to many plants!

I worked on Aquaponics in highschool through FFA and was the manager of the plants of the system...but that was an established system! And managing the plants in an established system really isnt that difficult. Just have to watch them grow really!


So last year, I tried to pick it up again from memory and using recycled plastic things(basically garbage) to set my system up. It worked a little, but I was trying to sync 2 pumps in a continuous flow system...and it leaked ALL the time! SO at the end of growing season, I tore it all down, and wintered the fish out in the open.


So now, I'm trying to set up a new system with what I have learned and I still have the culture built in the old system from wintering the fish! Hoping it works, but I'm not the handiest of people How about yourself? I'm curious to know other Oregonians trying this out and what exactly can be grown in these systems with out wacky climate!


Chelsea S.

At 8:53pm on April 2, 2011, Bill Archer said…


Thanks for the note....Yes, we're both starting at this, and I can guess that you are as excited as we are about this system of gardening.  We are hoping to get the aquaponic system in the next couple of weeks.  We're getting it from Here, which is a guy who lives down the road from us.  We found out about him, and aquaponics, when we stopped by his place during a countywide "Greenhouse Tour" a month or so ago.  Very interesting, and we figured it had to help with our terrible gardening luck.

So, do you have an unfair advantage, being that you have been a Gardner (Gardener) since birth...LOL!!!  Sorry couldn't help myself!


We just bought a small greenhouse (8x10), which I haven't even been home to set up yet, so everything will start happening in about a week.  I'm working on a tugboat, so have been away for a little more than a week.  The picture of the greenhouse doesn't look all that great, but a neigbhor has the smaller one, and it's made very well, and inexpensive.....just so we don't invest too much into something we really don't know how we'll do??


Anyway, thanks for the welcome, and I hope to hear more from you, about your system.


Take care,


At 7:30am on March 31, 2011, David Waite said…
Morning Robert. I used 2 in styrofoam board. I wished  would have used Dow blue board due to it is more durable. It is working ok for season 1. Take care.
At 6:09pm on March 28, 2011, Adam Smith said…
Thanks for the welcome, Robert!  Good luck with your (very noble) garden.  Hopefully aquaponics can help increase your output.

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