Hi Carey. Are you still doing aquaponics in Beijing? I have a couple of friends who are interested in investing aquaponics project in China. I will go to China for a business trip this summer and would like to visit your farm if possible. I look forward to hearing from you. Thanks!
Carey, I am a master's student in Global Sustainability at USF Tampa. I am trying to implement closed-loop aquaponic systems in schools as a way to teach kids how to build the systems and plant, harvest, and troubleshoot them. As part of the grants that my team is looking at we must be able to quantify the amount of food produced in pounds and the amount of people that can be fed per square foot of space used for growing. I am coming to Shanghai and Beijing this summer 5/10-6/21/13. We are studying Chinese architecture and I am trying to develop an aquaponic greenhouse that harvest its own water. I finish my degree after the Fall semester 2013 and I am hoping to develop these systems through our grant team and make my career in aquaponics. I do not have a system myself but I grow at my apartment in pots. I do work on a system with my team at one of our team member's backyard and I am helping a local farmer in New Port Richey area to change from organic soil growing to aquaponics systems. Ok well I think thats enough for now but feel free to ask me any questions that you have. Thanks again for all your help!
hi carey! good to know some people doing aquaponics in China. Would like to learn more on a DIY basis. interested to know how you got started in China. WHere do you find materials? (there isn't much Home Depot or similar in SHanghai)
Hi Carey. Yeah, I can relate to that. Most of the busy-ness here amounts to me robbing Petar, to pay Paul, but I can think of worse things to be doing with my time. (Sorry this reply is about a month late, I don't much check my page). Hope all is well. Cheers.
Likewise, Carey. Good to hear from you. I think we are in twin circumstances on the opposite sides o the world. Too much work, not enough money, and too optimistic to let it all slow us down. I'll fill you in on my events later, busy right now. Cheers
Thanks for checking up on me. I miss you guys and the site very much. I glance through every once in a while. See you are staying active, I'm happy for that. Very busy here and don't get the time really. Still trying to get some land to practice/teach AP. Im making some progress and could be sooner than later. Hope youre doing well with the AP over there. Bye for now.
Slow but moving. Just started the cycle on my tank, added conditoners to speed up the proccess and picking up fish on the 8th. Hoping to visit with a few locals who also have systems. Been a real chalange gathering data but still at it.
ola Carey Ma..posted a couple of drawings of our project on my wall since you were unable to open the blog.. Thanks for the 'feed' thread- you answered several questions I had re tilapia eating greens..etc. Our ponds are growing lots of green stuff these days..Wondering how much of it the fish eat..Seems to mostly grow in the shallows- maybe warmer water? Tested with PH strips the other day-about 6.5-if the ponds have heavy ammonia would they test out at 6.5?
Question ? Between the work you do on your farm(s) etc, the mail you do re this site etc,when do you sleep? Went thru your photos- like wow it appears you have many 'irons in the fire'-
am amazed that your digesters have enough internal pressure to force out the sludge..Have you tried the sludge mixed with other plant waste in a cold (worm) compost?
Take your point re the billions eating veggies grown from sewage sludge..Lotta prejudice to overcome unfortunately. When we get hungry enough we'll get beyond that sorta thinking..
Very interesting proposal. I have never considered it, and I'm not one to speak a foreign language.... I am moving with my wife and 5 yr old child as well. I have no experience in aquaponics yet, however I feel that I would fit in quite well. I would however consider the option in the future...currently need to stay within the US for the next 2 years, but it does sound interesting and I am always looking for new places to experiance. I will keep this in mind, please feel free to forward information to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thanks for the Offer! Best of Luck to finding assistance.
Carey, I'm not real knowledgeable about grasses/grains and what they are called in serbian, but this "Lucerka" appears to me to be Alfalfa in english? So, if the pic below is of Alfalfa, you may be in luck...Sorry the img is so small...
Hi there Carey, It seems as though I am able to get my hands on some open pollinated Lucerka (a type of clover/grass). Let me know if you are interested...Inner Mongolia huh? I hear the fishing is great in those parts :) Hope all is well.
At present, I have numerous system designs and concepts that I am playing around with. Not being an engineer or a graphic designer, I am limited to document my thoughts. Further, at present, I am working on a few pressing matters and developments locally. It looks like that soon I will be able to, God willing, have use of some land where I will actually try to build a "small" demo of what my thoughts are and get it operational. If a picture paints a thousand words, what about a working and operational real life view?
Carey, your design that you posted (and past), plus our previous discussions are all around the same basis and theme...total integration and use of as many natural resourses as possible...using Aquaponics as the principal ABC's in the growing and establishing of sustainable Ecosystems...living food jungles :-)
You never said what seeds you needed most exactly?
Check out this grow rig, like a totally super hi-tech-space looking version of the Colossuem system...Might not grow plants any more efficiently than the Colosseum, but hey...it looks so damn cool. (Everything but the price that is)...(I'm a sucker for the kind of stuff that looks like it belongs in a C. Arthur Clark space station...just not that big of a sucker to fall for the price tag :) http://www.hg-hydroponics.co.uk/eco-system-300-plant-vertical-system-115-p.asp
No problem. Yeah Alfalfa and grains/grasses are probably what you need most I imagine. I'll look into it. There should be some good local open pollinated grasses if that is what you need. Should you need Basil seeds (which I highly doubt) I've got you covered for like the next 5 lifetimes :) I've actually started putting the seeds in our homemade soaps as a peeling/scrub effect...hehe... I have some local hot pepper varieties too if you're into that kind of stuff...and some Yugoslavian heirloom red-green salads and lots of different medicinal herbs seed. (NOT pot but actual various traditional/folk medicine plants). Onions, potatoes, various old time garlics as well, but that kind of stuff is probably harder to ship I guess. I commend all of your work and would be glad to help out in any way I can (provided that you pay for the shipping of course :)
HI Carey, unfortunately evilAG has been working over time (esp. the last 3 years) here, and will probably be shutting down our seed institutes the way they already have in in many of the surrounding countries. The situation is probably similar (more or less) just about everywhere. But some people have begun a grassroots heirloom/open pollination seed-exchange mostly through net/facebook. I have personal access to very limited quantities of a variety of (mostly vegetables) seeds from friends and neighbors here, but would be more than happy to try and obtain for you what I can. (In all likelihood small quantities of each cultivar, but I'm sure that you are already prepared for spending a season or too building up your seed stocks. Let me know exactly what you need most, and I'd be happy to try and help.