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Growing Solutions in Tohoku with Japan Aquaponics

Growing Solutions in Tohoku with Japan Aquaponics | Aquaponics in Action | Scoop.it

As Aragon St. Charles watched footage of the tsunami triggered by the March 11th earthquake in Japan sweeping across the landscape from his still shaking Tokyo home, he could hardly believe his eyes. This land, some of Japan’s richest and most productive, stood soaked with the tsunami’s salty toxic cocktail mixed as it rushed over agricultural, urban, and industrial areas alike or covered with a fine layer of radioactive fallout. Such soil then, was rendered unsuitable for growing. In a country with a food self-sufficiency rate of less than 40-percent, this was bad news indeed.


“Straightaway it came to me that this (Aquaponics) was something that could be used in Japan,” said St. Charles. As he draws diagram after diagram of fish tanks, alternative energy sources, of grow beds and their crop arrangements throughout our conversation, it’s easy to see that just under the tidy chinos and button-down shirt of the legal recruiter he is by day rests a farmer just waiting for his moment.

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UWSP building Aquaponics Innovation Center in Montello

UWSP building Aquaponics Innovation Center in Montello | Aquaponics in Action | Scoop.it
Aquaponics center will provide education and resources for economic and workforce development
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Aquaponics is starting to attract more serious academic study which will invariably help the professional commercialisation of this method of growing plants and fish.

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One Week and Light-Years of Progress - Aquaponics in the Dominican Republic

One Week and Light-Years of Progress - Aquaponics in the Dominican Republic | Aquaponics in Action | Scoop.it
What happens when you unite three remarkable women with unstoppable drive and insurmountable energy? You yield a plan, 22 acres of land, invaluable connections, and progress of considerable magnitude....
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A story of three remarkable women and their determination.

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Making a DIY clip-together Bathtub Aquaponics System

Making a DIY clip-together Bathtub Aquaponics System | Aquaponics in Action | Scoop.it
Think making your own aquaponics setup would be too hard and costly? Think again my friends. Here’s a straightforward and easy way to grow some waterwise greens in your home system.
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What a great way to repurpose an old bathtub!  Milkwood do a lot of really simple aquaponics design but always make them look great.  A great blog that is worth reading - not just aquaponics, but permaculture and sustainability in general.

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Engineering Students At UTC Grow Edible Plants, Fish, In Aquaponics System

Engineering Students At UTC Grow Edible Plants, Fish, In Aquaponics System | Aquaponics in Action | Scoop.it

Engineering Students At UTC Grow Edible Plants, Fish, In Aquaponics System.  People who live in developing countries sometimes don't grow their food the old fashioned way!

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Another educational establishment testing aquaponics... riding the wave!

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You Can Farm by Joel Salatin: Book Review

You Can Farm by Joel Salatin: Book Review | Aquaponics in Action | Scoop.it
You Can Farm is probably the Joel Salatin book that kicked off more future farmers than any other, and I have to include us in that count.
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This is not about aquaponics, but is nevertheless a great book for farming and agriculture in general.  Joel Salatin is an extremely engaging individual who has written numerous books encouraging permaculture-style sustainable farming on both small and larger scales.  We would genuinely recommend looking at any of Joel's works and there are some great video to see as well.  Google him today!

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Tatum High School students grow veggies, fish in new greenhouse

Tatum High School students grow veggies, fish in new greenhouse | Aquaponics in Action | Scoop.it
TATUM — Despite recent freezing weather, Tatum High School students were hard at work Friday caring for plants and fish at the school’s new greenhouse.
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Greenhouses in schools - this really is an awesome idea and more schools should try and do this.

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Aquaponics on the menu in Harrisville, Australia

Aquaponics on the menu in Harrisville, Australia | Aquaponics in Action | Scoop.it

There's something fishy going on at Mackaway's Cafe in Harrisville... literally.

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Could restaurant food get much fresher than this?!  Choose your own main dish and salad... certainly sir!

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Macaw Lodge Aquaponic System in Costa Rica

Itai from Symbiosis Design shows the aquaponic system that we set up at Macaw lodge in Bijagual, Costa Rica (http://www.macawlodge.com)
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A simple, but nice looking system has been built here... just shows that it doesn't need to be too complicated.

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Pick of the crop at Hillview school

Pick of the crop at Hillview school | Aquaponics in Action | Scoop.it
An aquaponics system has been set up where fish and plants work together in a symbiotic relationship
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....yet more schools news!!

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Auburn aquaponics revisited

Auburn aquaponics revisited | Aquaponics in Action | Scoop.it
From left: Plant roots at Auburn High’s aquaponics; a luscious mesclun patch at Auburn’s aquaponics; Marquee Schultz with tomatoes and chives at Auburn High
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Hope Center to build aquaponics farm to grow produce, raise fish to feed hungry.

Hope Center to build aquaponics farm to grow produce, raise fish to feed hungry. | Aquaponics in Action | Scoop.it
A food pantry in Macomb County plans to build a commercial-scale aquaponics farm to help feed the hungry.
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This looks great, although we do wonder why they have only three layers in such a tall space?.... commercial hydroponics would fit at least double that, and so if we want aquaponics to be competitive then we need to increase all aspects of planting density.

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Aquaponic firm and Mercy Ships join efforts against famine

Aquaponic firm and Mercy Ships join efforts against famine | Aquaponics in Action | Scoop.it
FIS Aquaponic firm and Mercy Ships join efforts against famine FIS Texas-based nonprofit firm Targeted Aquaponic Growth (TAG) has decided to join the Mercy Ships Nutritional Agriculture Program in an effort to address malnutrition and hunger in...
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Aquaponics startups offer local, organic produce to urban populations - The Guardian

Aquaponics startups offer local, organic produce to urban populations - The Guardian | Aquaponics in Action | Scoop.it
Aquaponics offers the ability to produce both fish and plants, like tilapia and kale, year-round and deliver them the day they’re harvested
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USA: Local aquaponic farm will become fully self-sustaining

USA: Local aquaponic farm will become fully self-sustaining | Aquaponics in Action | Scoop.it
A farm being fed from the waste of 2,000 koi is gaining in popularity.
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Another system that is using Koi - a fish that we think is absolutely great for aquaponics... they can tolerate all sorts of temperatures, making them ideal for many environments.

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Aquaponics At Woodstock Union High School

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The Woodstock Union High School advanced agriculture class is growing plants and feeding fish thanks to a new aquaponic system in the school’s newest
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A great looking system - we love seeing trout being used... we have a real fondness for trout as we used to fish for them when we were growing up!

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Aquaponic Vlog 9.. The Dutch bucket / barrel build.

Have set up the Dutch Bucket style barrel beds as a bit of an experiment in growing some ginger.. Was planning on using 15L / 5 gal buckets but think we will...
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We like Rob's video - they are easy to follow and show his aquaponic development over time... well worth watching!

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Research finds salt tolerance gene in soybean

A collaborative research project between Australian and Chinese scientists has shown how soybean can be bred to better tolerate soil salinity.
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This is very interesting - with significant areas of land being lost to increased salinity every single day, the ability to potentially breed crops with higher tolerances to salinity could be extremely important.  In aquaponics, this could mean the ability to use new types of fish if we can run systems with higher salinity levels and still have crops remain viable.

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Using aquaponics for volunteering purposes

Using aquaponics for volunteering purposes | Aquaponics in Action | Scoop.it
This week the United Way of Greater Duluth Volunteer Center and the Duluth News Tribune recognize Lisa Plachta’s contributions to Junior League of Duluth.
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It always amazes me to see how often aquaponics is used in education, volunteering and community projects around the globe.  Almost every other project seems to be dedicated to a cause to provide something positive to others.  This is why we love aquaponics!

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Testing the waters for gardening - Aquaponics in India

Testing the waters for gardening - Aquaponics in India | Aquaponics in Action | Scoop.it
Vijayakumar Narayanan says ‘aquaponics’, a system of cultivation, is the future of agriculture
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Japan Aquaponics has consulted on several projects in India and we strongly believe that if certain issues can be overcome, then aquaponics holds great promise for countries like this.  Most water in certain parts of India comes from great underground aquifers which are very very quickly becoming depleted.  Millions of wells dug over the past decade have severely affected these aquifers and they are simply not being replenished anywhere near as quickly as they are being depleted.  Water efficiency in agriculture will soon become an absolute imperative in India... and most parts of the world in reality.

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Miniponics - DIY Aquaponics

How to make your own Aquaponis herb kitchen garden for just under 10$
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We LOVE DIY designs at Japan Aquaponics, and this is a really nice, simple little system that could be made from an old water cooler bottle.  This would really need only a few very small fish, so not goldfish... perhaps beta fish or something similar.

 

These water bottles can also be used to make DIY swirl filters as well!

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Backyard Urban Aquaponics Farm Grow 3000 Heads of Lettuce a Month

John from http://www.growingyourgreens.com/ visits Aquaponics No Ka 'Oi an urban aquaponics farm on 1/10th of an acre that produces 3000 heads of organic let...
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John is awesome!  He is a real character and if you have not yet seen his videos then you should!  He often reports on aquaponics, but really he loves anything to do with growing your own food!

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Edmonds Community College Horticulture Department receives $9500 grant for aquaponics

Edmonds Community College Horticulture Department receives $9500 grant for aquaponics | Aquaponics in Action | Scoop.it
Aquaponics system (Photo by Zsofia Pasztor) Edmonds Community College received a $9,500 grant from the Sustainable Path Foundation to build an aquaponics s
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More educational institutions getting aquaponics systems... definitely the way forward we believe.

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The Country Life: No dirt, no weeds - is aquaponics the future of farming?

The Country Life: No dirt, no weeds - is aquaponics the future of farming? | Aquaponics in Action | Scoop.it
No dirt. No tractors. And no weeds!
In a warehouse on the east side of Colorado Springs, Gavin Vitt and his wife, Marshea, have started a business focused on what they see as the future of farming: aquaponics.
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Colarado leading the way in aquaponics!!

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Houston natives' aquaponics farm is growing

Houston natives' aquaponics farm is growing | Aquaponics in Action | Scoop.it

The 25-year-old Louisiana State University grads can be found here on weekdays tending to the rows of all natural lettuces, herbs and fruit-bearing plants that fill the space they built with their own hands. Both had other jobs waiting for them upon graduation; Alvis had a shot in the real-estate business, and Braud was going to work as an investment banker. Several models later, they are fully functional in their Hockley greenhouse and sell fresh produce to 15 Houston restaurants

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There is something great about seeing rows and rows of beautifully fresh produce!!

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Aquaponics: the potential to produce sustainable food anywhere

Aquaponics: the potential to produce sustainable food anywhere | Aquaponics in Action | Scoop.it
Colin Javens believes the marriage between aquaculture and hydroponics, growing fish and plants together, is the future of a sustainable food system
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