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Days Away from First Harvest, Sustainability is Lynchpin to Bay Area Aquaponic Startup

Days Away from First Harvest, Sustainability is Lynchpin to Bay Area Aquaponic Startup | Aquaponics in Action | Scoop.it
Beginning an Aquaponics business takes hard work, the right partnerships and a patient nature when it comes to organic pest control. Viridis Aquaponics is a burgeoning startup based in Watsonville in the San Francisco Bay area.
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Fillet with a salad: Aquaponics store opens that pairs growing fresh fish with growing vegetables

Fillet with a salad: Aquaponics store opens that pairs growing fresh fish with growing vegetables | Aquaponics in Action | Scoop.it
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Here is great news for our friend Sylvia Bernstein who has opened her aquaponics store in the US... what a great place to learn about aquaponics and find a kit to get you started. We wish Sylvia all the very best of luck with the new project!

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Egypt aims for revolution in desert farming

Egypt aims for revolution in desert farming | Aquaponics in Action | Scoop.it

Egypt aims for revolution in desert farming Aljazeera.com Aquaponics, an ancient form of cultivation that originated with the Aztecs, enables farmers to increase yields by growing plants and farming fish in the same closed freshwater...

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Deaf gardener builds budding business

All of the plants in the greenhouse are grown with an 'aquaponics' system that Hnatuk built himself.

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California Aquaponic Operation Seeks to Play Role in Evolution of Farming

California Aquaponic Operation Seeks to Play Role in Evolution of Farming | Aquaponics in Action | Scoop.it
In June 2011, Ken Armstrong watched a YouTube video that would change the course of his life. The video was created by urban farmer Will Allen, founder of the sustainable agriculture nonprofit Grow...
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This looks like a really great farm and I really hope that they manage to make aquaponcis work and continue to be successful.  I would love to see these guys make it!

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'Future of agriculture:' Venture aims to be the world's largest ...

'Future of agriculture:' Venture aims to be the world's largest ... | Aquaponics in Action | Scoop.it
Partners Jon Parr and Drew Hopkins are attempting to create the largest commercial aquaponics operation in the country at a former rose nursery. If all goes as planned, they'll fill 350,000 square feet of greenhouses with fruits ...
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Inside The Meatpacking Plant Being Turned Into An Enormous Vertical Farm

Inside The Meatpacking Plant Being Turned Into An Enormous Vertical Farm | Aquaponics in Action | Scoop.it


Inside The Meatpacking Plant Being Turned Into An Enormous Vertical Farm  -  In the basement, Edel showed me the first aquaponic grow beds and fish tanks that have been installed in the building.

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Another article about "The Plant", but always great to see what is happening at this innovative venue.

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What grows better in Soil Blocks?

What grows better in Soil Blocks? | Aquaponics in Action | Scoop.it
Soil blocks are a nifty technique for starting seedlings in a ‘pot-less’ way.
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Not aquaponics, but a really sustainable way of starting your seedlings for planting in soil.  Forget plastic containers and pots etc... and use soil blocks that can be made over and over again!  Being able to use these molds to keep making the blocks is an excellent way to keep everything sustainable.

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Aquaponics pioneer Aqua Vita Farms closes; will sell off equipment and assets

Aquaponics pioneer Aqua Vita Farms closes; will sell off equipment and assets | Aquaponics in Action | Scoop.it
Owner sought investors last month, saying he was on the verge of making the business profitable.
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his is such a tremendous shame, but the owners could not quite make it profitable.  They are going to share their knowledge with others though, and each of these setbacks takes aquaponics as a whole, a further step up the ladder to sustainability and profitability.

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ECF: Berlin's First Aquaponic Container Farm

ECF: Berlin's First Aquaponic Container Farm | Aquaponics in Action | Scoop.it
Aquaponics has been used around the world in different forms for centuries, but its employment in commercial farming enterprises is relatively recent. In this system, fish and plants are paired together in a symbiotic ...
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Aother container farm system!

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Marcus Taylor's curator insight, August 2, 2013 5:47 PM

SmartFarms for urban and rural areas make a lot of sense to create community focus around production and consumption. This will also increase recycling of water and waste products along with power production. 

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Catching rain, aquaponics, squash pollination & nematodes

Catching rain, aquaponics, squash pollination & nematodes | Aquaponics in Action | Scoop.it
June 20th, 2013 Posted in Summer plants, aquaponics, birds, butterflies, drought, garden designers, perennials, pests, plant propagation, rain catchment, rain water collection, urban farms. First, here's something to cool down the dog days!
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Manchester, UK: An urban farm feeding a deprived area

Manchester, UK: An urban farm feeding a deprived area | Aquaponics in Action | Scoop.it


Manchester international festival: an urban farm feeding a deprived area
There are tanks of fish where academics are farming tilapia and carp, jazzy window boxes and two clever aquaponics systems.

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Here is a nice example of an aquaponics research project in Manchester in the UK

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Why Micro-Gardening Could Go Big

Why Micro-Gardening Could Go Big | Aquaponics in Action | Scoop.it

Why Micro-Gardening Could Go Big"


And for folks who don't want to DIY it, several companies are also making it easy to start a micro-garden with an array of new products. Earth Starter is one such start-up.

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Not aquaponics... but diversity in the methods that we use to grow food, is equally as important as the diversity of food that we grow.  This new innovation is a fantastic way for beginners to get started I think.

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Raneen Abedrabo's curator insight, June 19, 2016 1:43 AM
Other than Micro-Gardening going big this is a good way to start a garden so you know what is what when planting
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Aqualibrium - yet another poorly designed 'trendy' aquaponics systems on Kickstarter

Aqualibrium - yet another poorly designed 'trendy' aquaponics systems on Kickstarter | Aquaponics in Action | Scoop.it
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Unfortunately there has been a profusion of these types of ill-thought out systems appearing on the market as scammers take advantage of the popularity of aquaponics.  

 

Transparent systems may look 'designer' but will hurt plant roots, promote algae growth and cause systems to crash.  It is a shame to see systems such as these being foistered onto unsuspecting consumers.

 

Still, after the systems fail consumers will at least be able to use these designs for cat baskets.  

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Stephen Pond's curator insight, October 3, 2013 12:27 PM

I must agree that since nitrifying bacteria are photophobic, they will be damaged by exposure to light, if not totally inhibited.  That is the reason that most aquarium filters are dark and opaque.  In this case the filter is the grow bed, so the same concepts should rule there.

Hopefully these factors will be taken into account for at least the grow bed.  Transparency may be good for a number of things, like the fish tank for easy viewing.  When dealing with life like bacteria and roots, where they are used to the dark, exposure to light is not going to do them any good at all.  Maybe the KickStart program can be changed to a black or even the prototype white grow bed instead - the tank needs to be clear to see the fish, though.

It would seem the original (white) was successful to grow plants, why he feels he has to go to a clear growbed is not clear to me either.  The idea, though, of bringing the magic of growing your own food in important and needs to be promoted with proper and well throughout products that are stylish and that people want to include in their homes.

Jim Oldfield's curator insight, October 5, 2013 4:54 PM

I hate to see these simple aquaponics systems advertised and promoted as a place to grow food indoors. This is certainly a simple system, but I don't believe that you could grow any meaningful amount of plant or fish in this system.

 

The fish side of the system needs to be designed to manage and remove or process solid wastes. Even with a few goldfish in a tank like this, the system would become pretty unsightly in a few months.

 

Furthermore, in order to produce enough fish waste to provide adequate plant nutrients, the cute little fish tank is going to get pretty ugly.

 

Aquaponics works. Depending on location - and many more variables - they can produce significant quantities of food without requiring complex technology. However, these micro aquaponics systems can do nothing except fail.

 

I hope that the proliferation of these bad systems ends soon, before aquaponics gets a stigma of being another failed new technology.

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Rooftop farming in Zurich

Rooftop farming in Zurich | Aquaponics in Action | Scoop.it
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Rooftop farming
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Dr Pappa's team helped develop a £500,000 aquaponic farm on a rooftop in the city of Basel in Switzerland with the aim of studying how successful the system could be.
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Aquaponics Is Growing Farms in the Most Unlikely Places

Aquaponics Is Growing Farms in the Most Unlikely Places | Aquaponics in Action | Scoop.it

The world is growing and growing ever more hungry, and there isn't a single, perfect way to get more food.

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Lethbridge College - moving aquaponics forward

Lethbridge College - moving aquaponics forward | Aquaponics in Action | Scoop.it
Moving aquaponics forward
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Lethbridge College is helping to develop aquaponics as a way to grow produce. Aquaponics is a different way of farming. The plants it produces grow out of water instead of soil.
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Wellington Aquaponics's curator insight, August 29, 2013 6:14 PM

This is interesting to see being done in Alberta.  Shulz talks about his research and the cost of winter heat.  There was some talk in the past at
Alberta Research council about using the heat from Wabamin lake electrical plant.

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2013 Aquaponics Conference Highlights Technology in Tucson, AZ from September 20-22

2013 Aquaponics Conference Highlights Technology in Tucson, AZ from September 20-22 | Aquaponics in Action | Scoop.it
TUCSON, AZ – News Release – With U.S. society challenged by the increasing needs for locally-grown healthy food, water conservation in drought-like conditions across the Southern and Western U.S., and the global need to reduce our consumption of ...
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Botany students grow vegetables with the help of fish

Botany students grow vegetables with the help of fish | Aquaponics in Action | Scoop.it

Botany students grow vegetables with the help of fish
The aquaponics system was built during the past school year by adult volunteers Jim Snyder and Bob Johnson, as well as botany students.

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Great to see more Universities and Schools taking up aquaponics and using it in their daily curricula.

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Urban Organics Starts Up Aquaponics System - IEEE Spectrum

Urban Organics Starts Up Aquaponics System - IEEE Spectrum | Aquaponics in Action | Scoop.it
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Urban Organics Starts Up Aquaponics System
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When I first started visiting the Urban Organics indoor aquaponics farm in St.
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More on the Urban Organics aquaponics system

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MAKE | This Week on Food Makers: 17-year-old Aquaponics ...

MAKE | This Week on Food Makers: 17-year-old Aquaponics ... | Aquaponics in Action | Scoop.it
In this week's episode of Food Makers on Nov. 28 at 2pm PST/ 5pm EST, I'll be talking to Pierre…
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Fantastic to see younger people really involved in aquaponics.

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SPC trials aquaponics for food production in Fiji

SPC trials aquaponics for food production in Fiji | Aquaponics in Action | Scoop.it

Salaseini Likusagati, a student assistant, overlooks the grow beds at the aquaponics demonstration facility.

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Aquaponics in Fiji... a great way for islanders to become sustainable.

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Bits out the Back: Aquaponic update, some lost fish & plans for the ...

Bits out the Back: Aquaponic update, some lost fish & plans for the ... | Aquaponics in Action | Scoop.it
Aquaponic update, some lost fish & plans for the pipes... A few Goldfish deaths :(. Lost a goldfish a few weeks ago & found 2 more laying on the bottom of the tank on Monday.. I had no idea at the start as to what could of ...
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A nice blog about someone's great looking garden which contains several sustainable gardening methods.

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"Aquaponic" Lunch: Pushing Super-efficient Fish & Veggie Farming ...

"Aquaponic" Lunch: Pushing Super-efficient Fish & Veggie Farming ... | Aquaponics in Action | Scoop.it
Aquaponics is the marriage of aquaculture – fish farming – and hydroponics – vegetable farming without soil. In the United States, you can buy an aquaponic system from any number of commercial suppliers.
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Aquaponics at Ouoboros Farm

Aquaponics at Ouoboros Farm | Aquaponics in Action | Scoop.it
Aquaponics at Ouroboros Farms: A Look at a New Way of Farming. Story and Photos by Irma Mitton. “Something fishy is going on in Pescadero” reads the statement on the back of Ken Armstrong's business card.
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Great to see that these guys are getting lots of attention!

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