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Visit Don Stark's systems in Rochester, WA

  • Sep 7, 2013 · 3:00 PM
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Hi everyone,

We have an opportunity to see Don Stark's really great system in Rochester, WA. Because of the size of his greenhouse, he has capped the size of the group at 15. So, the first 15 people to RSVP will be the ones to go! 

Don Stark is using a variety of different aquaponic methods, as his system is designed as a commercial test facility. He has a 600 gallon system with 90 tilapia. It utilizes DWC, wicking bed, NFT, vertical (2 types), fodder/wheatgrass, and mushrooms. He has 6 different growing methods in practice. Vermiculture and aquatic detrivores are also employed.

It takes approximately 2 hours to travel to Rochester from Portland. Carpooling is highly encouraged! Please make arrangements to carpool with someone if you can. You can leave a comment here to indicate if you are looking for a ride or would like to offer one.

Looking forward to seeing you! 

~Anne

(Special thanks to Tom Gibson for helping to organize this Meetup!)

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  • A former member
    A former member

    It was great, extremely informative!

    September 8, 2013

  • Anne P.

    Also, here is some information from Tom Gibson:

    Is there anybody that needs to be picked up or would like to meet somewhere in Portland? I would like to arrive as a group so everyone gets a chance to hear the explanation the first time. There is a lot to see at this site. You can text or call me at[masked] (cell) Thanks,
    Tom Gibson

    September 6, 2013

  • Anne P.

    Hello everyone- I am unfortunately not going to be able to attend this Meetup. I have a lot of work to finish before next week and it has to be done. I really wanted to see Don's setup and talk aquaponics- but I will have to leave that to you and see you at the next group meeting. Please take photos and come to the next meetup to tell me about how excellent Don's aquaponic system is!

    I apologize that I won't be able to make it. I am definitely disappointed. But, I know you will all have a great time and learn a lot.

    See you soon!

    September 6, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I wonder if we could agree on a meeting place that is on the way so we can leave some cars behind? I live in Washington so one of the Park and Rides close to the freeway either side of the border would work for me. Any other suggestions? I recommend the Gateway Park and Ride at NE 99th Ave behind Fred Meyer and/or the Salmon Creek Park & Ride in Vancouver off of 134th St between the two freeways.

    September 2, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      It's about a 2 hour drive from Vancouver so if we meet at Salmon Creek about 1 PM that is will put us there about 3.

      September 5, 2013

    • Karthik S

      Sounds good. I'll see you there at 1PM.

      September 5, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I think I am going to leave early and make a day of it. See you all there!

    September 3, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I would love to carpool with someone. I can drive or ride, either way is fine with me.

    September 2, 2013

    • Karthik S

      I am looking to carpool as well and I will be driving. My number is[masked]-5353. Text me if you would like a ride. Thanks.

      September 2, 2013

  • Michelle P.

    Wish I could, but I have to work that Saturday.

    August 31, 2013

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