Aquaponics is currently front and center in the realm of sustainable agriculture practices. The popularity of efficiently raising fish and plants in a recirculating system is a direct response to our need to choose a better way of eating, a better way of life. Watch the video and see how aquaponics is used to grow food “the green way.”
Included with the course is The Complete Aquaponics Guide—over 200 pages of aquaponic basics, system start up, cycling, plant and fish management, insect and disease control, water quality, 30 pages of construction drawings and material/vendor lists. Each student also receives essential financial forecasting worksheets.
Co-Founder & CEO,
Green Acre Aquaponics
As CEO, Gina overseas farm sales, marketing, food safety and customer relations. She also develops and guides the farm’s educational program.
Co-Founder & COO,
Green Acre Aquaponics
As co-founder and Chief Operations Officer, Tonya directs the farm’s operations, logistics, crop management and IPM program. Tonya is also the team’s efficiency expert.
Founder & Owner,
Ken owns Ouroboros Farms, a productive Bay area aquaponic farm featuring over 10,000sqft of production and catering to the local culinary flair.
Farm Manager & Community Relations,
As farm manager, Jessica manages the daily operations of the large commercial farm including overseeing production, farm markets and community outreach.
Registration/Student Check In
Class welcome and introduction
Aquaponic Hybrid Systems and Design – this in depth session reviews aquaponic system types, hybrid design and system flow, component selection and aeration and closes with a system construction overview
Production and Operating Costs – this session walks through assessing a local market, pre-farm planning and production development. Learn how to structure your build to satisfy your market demand and production goals
Lunch and student introductions
Hands On Farm Session 1 – Farm Systems Overview/Construction Build Overview
Farm Management, Operations and Costs – how many hats might you wear in managing your small farm business? Look at the daily operations and what it takes to manage a farm business, from plants and fish to chefs
Fish Husbandry, System Start Up and Cycling – here students learn fish management essentials and how to apply aquaponic cycling and start up theory to the aquaponic farm model, including how to plan for and manage your initial fish and plant inputs
Farm Marketing and Sales – explore how ‘tribe marketing’ and social media can be essential keys to a successful farm marketing plan and learn how to develop and grow restaurant, market and retail sales
Hands On Farm Session 2 – Hands On Plants and Pests