I call myself "Olde" because I can now glory in my medicare card, but also because I cannot deny experiencing a very subtle slowing down of my mindbody. I usually need a "younge" to help me navigate incredible communication resources like this on-line community and forum for aquaponic gardeners. But I am so excited about discovering "Aquaponic Gardening" that I'm throwing caution to the wind and hoping this blog post is not just a conversation with myself.
The art and the science of aquaponics is gloriously intricate, like nature! And the economics, culture, and politics of aquaponics is also, methinks, very, very complex. Regarding the art and the science of aquaponics I am in the second year of what I hope will be a 15 year self/community of practice sculpted program: first 5 years, intern; second 5 years, apprentice; third 5 years, journey"mon"("mon" can be man or woman, young or old, Bob Marley gave me term). After 15 years I hope to be a first level "master," another 5 years, second level, on up to my 100th birthday party, at which point
I hope to spend some time with Castanada's Don Juan and his sacred mushrooms, enjoying the dance of Shiva without working in the usual sense of the term.
But as far as the economics, culture, and politics of aquaponics, I think I have something not just to learn but also to contribute. Especially regarding the harnessing of the power of the internet to advance people's aquaponics business(economics), diffuse aquaponics innovations into our culture, e.g. 5% of the nation's schools with miniatures in next 5 years(!), and politics, e.g. introduce public officials to the imperative of supporting this most sustainable new agricultural technology.
Integrating Theory and Practice
So if this blog post actually makes its way to a few people in this wonderful forum, I would like to brainstorm
*the 10 million steps we must take to accelerate the incorporation of aquaponics into the schools of our challenged planet, with a start-up concrete goal of 5% of schools in USA with aquaponic miniatures by 2015, or the latest 2020; 5% of the world's schools with aquaponics miniatures by 2020, or the latest 2025.
*ways of helping people build their backyard aquaponics into expanding sources not just of food and graceful living, but also into family revenue streams of increasing green money value
*working to get aquaponics into the mainstream of our political conversations for all levels of government, including, why not, an aquaponic miniature at the White House!