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Introduction to Aquaponics

Curious about aquaponics? Have you considered putting in a system of your own? This workshop is for you! Aquaponics is a food production system which combines the wisdoms of aquaculture and hydroponics to create a symbiotic relationship between plants and fish.

This workshop will offer the fundamentals of aquaponics as well as design considerations and system construction. Join us for a combination of lecture, tour and review of aquaponics systems on the farm. We will cover the topics listed below... 

Benefits of an Aquaponics System

Start-up Procedures 

System Types & Design 

Bacteria and the Nitrification Cycle 

Fish Selection and Health 

Plant Selection and Health

Ongoing Maintenance Procedures 

Tips and Tricks

For those who are interested, after this introduction workshop, we'll be offering a follow-up "Build an Aquaponics System" in the coming months.

Instructor Avery Ellis is an Ecological Systems Designer. He holds a Masters of Ecological Design and a BS in Biology. He first explored these concepts during a semester abroad in India, where he studied permaculture, renewable energy, waste water treatment, and natural building methods. Upon completion of his Bachelors degree, he gained personal experience on an organic farm, spent a year as a solar installation specialist, and was a supervisor for a recycling company intent on net zero waste. He continues to study permaculture design in Colorado and is one of the only certified greywater installers in the state.

This workshop is offered by the Living Arts School, a folk school primarily based in Boulder County.

No experience necessary. Please bring a notebook and pen, all other materials will be provided. For participants ages 14 and older, minimum of 4 participants, maximum of 15. Pre-registration is required.

Cost: $45

Please Note: We thank you for your RSVP on Meetup, however we will not be able to save your spot in this workshop unless you complete your registration by visiting: or calling[masked]-4406. Thank you for your understanding!

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  • Joshua A.

    great teacher and info

    1 · March 8, 2014

  • Elizabeth

    Hi folks, thanks for your interest! We still have a few spots remaining, and would be delighted to have you join us. Pre-registration is required to secure your can register here: or call me at[masked]-4406. Elizabeth

    March 6, 2014

  • Charles V.

    I was going and even paid registration but I have to postpone because of a dental emergency. The Living Arts School website seems to be down at the moment and I wanted to get a hold of someone to see if my registration could be credited for a future date for another event.

    March 1, 2014

    • Elizabeth

      Hi Charles, I'm sorry to hear this! I'll go ahead and refund you, and hopefully we can welcome you at some point in the future.

      March 1, 2014

    • Charles V.

      Thx. I really wanted to go. I have even bought a book on aquaponics and wanted some hands-on

      March 1, 2014

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