Wondering how you might be able to make a living with aquaponics? Well this is your chance to find out! Come see the first large format UVI style aquaponics system in North Texas, Spring Creek Aquaponics, and meet Richard Burch, one of the latest members of Dave Pennington's network of commercial growers. Just 30-45 minutes north of Ft Worth, this beautiful new facility is a remarkable addition to the local food scene.
The class will begin at the greenhouse at 10am, where we will take a tour of the facility, about 30-45 minutes in length with Q&A until 12:00. After that we will take a break for lunch, and if you want at that time you can sign up for the first of a series of commercial aquaponics classes which will be held at this facility and at others around the metroplex. These classes are designed to educate the potential commercial grower on state of the art system designs, super-efficient crop production methods, organic pest management, energy management, and more.
The UVI type system at Spring Creek Aquaponics allows the grower to run significantly more fish than in most aquaponic systems because the waste solids are easy to remove, and in fact these solids are a marketable product for organic soil gardening. The floating raftway system is designed to efficiently produce highly profitable leafy greens. This system allows easy access to the crops, making planting, harvesting and pest management a breeze. A set of fry rearing tanks are used to raise the fish before they go into the three main rearing tanks (900 gallons each). A center flood and drain grow bed allows Richard to grow "cut and come again" crops like basil, chard, and kale.
Of course the entire system will be explained in depth so you can see exactly how it works and how easy it is to manage the crops.
Richard's greenhouse has an evaporative cooling system to keep it cool all summer long, and propane heaters to keep it warm in the winter. We will discuss the possibilities of a thermal battery system which would reduce the heating demand of the greenhouse.
Schematic diagram and system explanation, with overview of component functions
Printout of rated production capacity, expected operation costs, and income potential.
There will be a limited number of classes offered at this facility don't miss out on this unique opportunity to see a commercial facility up close with an expert on hand to explain how it all works.
See you there!