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.
Founder & CEO,
JD owns Colorado Aquaponics, a company providing aquaponics education, systems, support and research. Flourish Farm is the urban aquaponic farm and training center.
Co-Founder & Managing Director,
Green Acre Aquaponics
As Managing Director, 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.
Co-Owner & Director of Flourish Farms,
Tawnya has been a professional educator and business analyst for over 15 years and manages the daily operations of Flourish Farms in Denver.
Registration/Student Check In
Class welcome and introduction
Aquaponic Hybrid Systems and Design – in this in depth session, Gina reviews aquaponic system types, hybrid design and system flow, component selection and aeration and closes with a system construction overview
Farm Business Overview and Financial Planning – here JD walks farming entrepreneurs through farm financial and business planning and how to assess their available distribution channels, markets and revenue streams
Lunch and student introductions, travel to farm
Hands On Farm Session 1 – Fish Handling/Husbandry, Seed Starting, Planting and Harvesting
Farm Marketing Essentials – learn how ‘tribe marketing’ and social media can be essential keys to a successful farm marketing plan and learn how to use valuable resources such as email marketing to maintain your farm’s presence and connection to your customer
Aquaponic Living Elements – Fish and Plant Management – JD starts off this highly informative session with fish husbandry before Tawnya launches into all aspects of plant care and pollination, managing insects and preventative disease controls and implementing an Integrated Pest Management plan
Lunch and travel to farm
Hands On Farm Session 2 – System Overview/Construction, Farm and System Maintenance, Water Quality/Additions, Wick Beds/Nursery/NFT