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High School Teacher Brings Aquaponics and Sustainable Agriculture to the Classroom

High School Teacher Brings Aquaponics and Sustainable Agriculture to the Classroom | Aquaponics in Action | Scoop.it
Kevin Savage teaches an environmental science AP class and a senior elective that focus on sustainable and urban agriculture, and aquaponics.
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Absolutely love hearing of these aquaponics project in schools.  We cannot get enough of them!

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USA - Bank still feeding sixty thousand fish at bankrupt New Windsor aquaponic company

USA - Bank still feeding sixty thousand fish at bankrupt New Windsor aquaponic company | Aquaponics in Action | Scoop.it

Sterling National Bank continues to nurture nearly 60,000 tilapia left behind when the Continental Organics aquaponic fish and greens farm went belly up in October.

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Sometimes we need to see these articles to remind everyone that aquaponics is no different to any other business - it can go bankrupt if you have not done your due diligence and market research, and actually planned the business properly.  This one went belly-up owing almost $10,000,000 U.S.  So when people blindly talk about setting up an aquaponics business we always advise caution.... this is why!

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Europe - Innovating Aquaponics for Water Savings and Sustainable Food Production

EU - What if it were possible to grow fish and vegetables with a low environmental impact, yet almost no need for water input? Discover the potential of an innovative aquaponic system which is ready to change the way we produce food.

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Aquaponics remains in its infancy and its commercial uptake is likely to require further innovation and standardisation.  This is something that we are seeing in this system that is being funded by the European Union.  Interesting double recirculation system.

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USA - Florafelt Aquaponic Vertical Garden System

Angelica Roche, intern at Heron Head Eco-Center in San Francisco Bayshore uses the Florafelt Pro System Vertical Garden System mounted above a fish tank to c...

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Vertical aquaponics will be a growing area we think, and so it was interesting to see how these guys are doing it.

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UK - This Chef Quit His Restaurant Job to Start a Sustainable, Aquaponics Trout Farm

UK - This Chef Quit His Restaurant Job to Start a Sustainable, Aquaponics Trout Farm | Aquaponics in Action | Scoop.it
After stints at high end London restaurants, chef Antonio Paladino threw it all in to start an aquaponics farm in Somerset.
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The chef in the article discusses a common issue in aquaponics, but also in farming in general, the need for diversification for small farms and the need to 'upsell' produce into higher quality produce.  This is a common theme in agriculture and should be addressed more fully by aquaponics practicioners as well we believe.

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Bahamas - Women in Agriculture - Erin Cash - Aquaponics Shade House

Bahamas - Women in Agriculture - Erin Cash - Aquaponics Shade House | Aquaponics in Action | Scoop.it
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BAMSI's Women in Agriculture - Erin Cash; Aquaponics Shade House set to bring ...
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What a great story - fantastic to see things like this happening.  In Japan too there is a small movement of younger women returning to the land to take up (usually organic) farming.

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USA - Students put new agricultural buildings to use

USA - Students put new agricultural buildings to use | Aquaponics in Action | Scoop.it
EL-G greenhouse, Plymouth ag center up and running for 2015-16 school year
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Really... every school should have a greenhouse and program like this!

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Rooftop aquaponic 'Farmlab' uses tilapia fish to grow edible plants - Inhabitat (blog)

Rooftop aquaponic 'Farmlab' uses tilapia fish to grow edible plants - Inhabitat (blog) | Aquaponics in Action | Scoop.it
Edenworks is a stacked aquaponic farming system or Farmlab obscured from sight among the many industrial rooftops of East Williamsburg and Bushwick.
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This is interesting, but I cant help wonder why they dont use simpler growing towers instead of what looks like a very expensive tiered structure?  It seems that would be a huge cost?

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UK - Small-scale commercial aquaponics - WWII bomb shelter becomes hi-tech salad farm deep under London

UK - Small-scale commercial aquaponics - WWII bomb shelter becomes hi-tech salad farm deep under London | Aquaponics in Action | Scoop.it
LONDON, Sept 3 — Thirty-three metres under the streets of central London is an old World War II bomb shelter that’s been transformed into a hi-tech underground farm.
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Urban agriculture at its finest - using spaces that might otherwise be abandoned or left unused.  Tunnels often have a standard year-round temperature and humidity which can make them ideal places to set up hydroponics and aquaponics facilities.

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USA - Small-scale commercial aquaponics - Vegetable, fish farming under one roof

USA - Small-scale commercial aquaponics - Vegetable, fish farming under one roof | Aquaponics in Action | Scoop.it

Dan Sadoski’s work-worn fingers glide over a small tray of tiny green plants as he searches for a good example for an impromptu taste test. “This is almost harvest size,” he says as he snatches up a seedling and plucks off the roots.

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Dan Sadoski’s work-worn fingers glide over a small tray of tiny green plants as he searches for a good example for an impromptu taste test. “This is almost harvest size,” he says as he snatches up a seedling and plucks off the roots.

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Water Delivery System for Aquaponics Grow Towers Part 3

Finishing the Grow Towers---Water distribution to the towers and how to plant in them and the medium to be using.
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This looks like an interesting way to build your own towers but not have to fill them with any growing media.  I like the simple idea of using fliter matting in the tower holes in order to slow the water, provide flitration and yet be easy to remove when needed.  DIY solutions are always great to see.  Take a look at Parts 1 and 2 as well.

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USA - Can we grow crops using 90% less water?

USA - Can we grow crops using 90% less water? | Aquaponics in Action | Scoop.it
High-end chefs love it.  Enthusiasts are calling it the future of agriculture.  Environmentalists tout it's sustainability.  Aquaponics—the practice of using fish to fertilize crops grown in water—...
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We certainly can grow crops with 90% less water, and sustainably, using just 10% of the space of conventional agriculture as well..... and with edible fish as a by-product!  What is not to like!

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Elementary Aquaponics with Geothermal Cooling and Solar power

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Get past the cheesy dance music at the beginning and this is an interesting video showing a decent-sized system that uses standard IBC totes.  They use geothermal to cool the greenhouse and 90% of the system runs off solar power.  We really liked this and hope to hear more about the system as it develops.

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USA - No fiddlers, but there are fish on the roof — and micro basil, too — in Bushwick

USA - No fiddlers, but there are fish on the roof — and micro basil, too — in Bushwick | Aquaponics in Action | Scoop.it
Fish on the roof — and micro basil, too — in Bushwick
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Some nice photos of a rooftop system in the USA.  Everyone should have their own "Farm Lab" like these guys!

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christopher cyril's curator insight, August 10, 2015 9:52 AM

Some nice photos of a rooftop system in the USA.  Everyone should have their own "Farm Lab" like these guys!

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UK - Aquaponics is the answer to our growing food crisis

UK - Aquaponics is the answer to our growing food crisis | Aquaponics in Action | Scoop.it
The Springwatch presenter explains to Lucy Siegle the anger that motivated her to build the UK's first aquaponic greenhouse on her farm – a closed-loop system producing food in a small space
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Beautiful looking solar greenhouse being used for aquaponics in the UK.

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Indonesia - Advancing aquaponics development in Indonesia

Indonesia - Advancing aquaponics development in Indonesia | Aquaponics in Action | Scoop.it

Advancing aquaponics in Indonesia

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Always great to see aquaponics being taken seriously in more and more countries around the world.  This was a very well received presentation in Indonesia.

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USA - Colorado Aquaponics Video

Learn how certified green business Colorado Aquaponics grows veggies and raises fish sustainably at their indoor farm in The GrowHaus.

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Looks cold over there... but still growing!

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USA - Aquaponics - Providing expertise and equipment to address your needs!

In a world thirsting for sustainable food sources, Pentair AES is pioneering the commercialization of large scale aquaponics, where fish and plants grow in a ...
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A good video by Pentair, one of the leaders in the development of aquaponics equipment and expertise.

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13-year old’s successful aquaponics & aquaponics business

http://www.expressoshow.com/ We visit 13-year old Rikalize Reinecke's aquaculture and aquaponics business in Kameelfontein near Cullinan, north of Pretoria.
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This is awesome!  What great initiative for this young lady... we hope that she inspires others to do similar things!

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Peter's curator insight, December 4, 2015 10:24 AM

Yay! We need more entrepreneurs like Rikalize in #urban #farms. Babilon is the most affordable way to get started.

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Bright Agrotech Zip Towers at World's Fair

Bright Agrotech Zip Towers at World's Fair | Aquaponics in Action | Scoop.it
Bright Agrotech got its start in the Wyoming Technology Business Center, an incubator that assists fledgling companies and Wyoming entrepreneurs.
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Bright Agrotech doing it again!  Great display guys!

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USA - North County Farming Operation Grows More Than Just Produce

USA - North County Farming Operation Grows More Than Just Produce | Aquaponics in Action | Scoop.it

A Vista greenhouse covers the largest aquaponics facility in Southern California, and the business is getting bigger. Local operators are hoping to build a money-making facility that does more than just grow high quality food.

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A Vista greenhouse covers the largest aquaponics facility in Southern California, and the business is getting bigger. Local operators are hoping to build a money-making facility that does more than just grow high quality food.

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USA - Commercial Aquaponics - Innovative fish and greens farm hits hard times

NEW WINDSOR – There was no hiding the excitement when Continental Organics arrived at the Orange County Business Accelerator in 2009.County officials and business leaders saw the proposed aquaponic fish and greens farm as a unique, cutting-edge...
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Aquaponics is a phase of expansion across the world and is seeing greater commercialisation - but for those looking to run an aquaponics business there is always a lot more to take into consideration than people imagine.  Here we have an aquaponics setup with some $13m in financing - now in trouble due to lack of further finances for expansion.  If $13m doesnt get you a commercial sized facility that can be profitable.... then others should also pay attention.

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USA - Portland aquaponics firm launches salad subscription and expands team

USA - Portland aquaponics firm launches salad subscription and expands team | Aquaponics in Action | Scoop.it
Mobius Microfarms, a Portland-based maker of modular aquaponics systems, has added a CSA-style program for commercially grown microgreens.
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Small-scale, hyper-local food production is one of the solutions for increased urbanisation.  Growing your own food in small spaces that may be unsuitable for anything else, is a tremendous way to create value and food security.

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Aquaponics takes centre stage at University of West Indies' children's workshop

Aquaponics takes centre stage at University of West Indies' children's workshop | Aquaponics in Action | Scoop.it
What do plastic bottles, goldfish, glass marbles and filtered water have in common?
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As ever, fantastic to see children around the world learning about aquaponics.

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USA - Changing Lives through Zero Waste

USA - Changing Lives through Zero Waste | Aquaponics in Action | Scoop.it
I recently discovered an amazing therapeutic community for addicts, the chronically homeless, and parolees in downtown Los Angeles that helps them build their own farm to grow food.
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What a great story.  Gardening in general can be incredibly therapeutic and so it is great to see projects like this springing up.

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USA - Urban Organics, in collaboration with Pentair, closes on Schmidt Brewery site

USA - Urban Organics, in collaboration with Pentair, closes on Schmidt Brewery site | Aquaponics in Action | Scoop.it
Details of the deal suggest that Urban Organics has deepened its relationship with Pentair Inc., which designed and installed Urban Organics' aquaponics system at its first farm site.
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This is interesting news... this feels like the start of a more professional phase of aquaponics with real investment and real growth prospects.  Great work!!

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