commercial aquaponic greenhouse tour w Q&A

  • October 5, 2013 · 10:00 AM
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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.

Handouts:
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!




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  • Jim D.

    Just finished roughing out the first laminated curved beam for the greenhouse in Mineral Wells before I had to hop a flight back to work in the Pa oil and gas patch. Be back in a few days to build three more beams, the fish tank, and raise a wall or three. Anybody know of some homeless Koi?

    October 11, 2013

  • Richard R.

    It was very helpful to actually have the class in a functioning commercial aquaponics greenhouse..Very few people in the US have had the opportunity we had this last Saturday. Dave explained a lot of small but important details, and the questions from the class attendees were excellent. Thanks also to Richard for his hospitality.

    2 · October 7, 2013

  • Richard B.

    Thanks everyone for coming out.It was fun.

    1 · October 6, 2013

  • Bob P.

    I enjoy David's Laid back teaching ability. He can take you through Aquaponics from a small fish tank and an indoor garden to the commercial side where you have 1,000 gallon fish tanks and 50' long "rafts" growing hundreds of heads of lettuce every week. You always get the best bang for your buck. Thanks David.

    2 · October 6, 2013

  • Mike C.

    Informative. Mr Pennington availed those who attended with a clear overview of the unique operation of the Spring Creek Aquaponic setup. He pointed out where the previous owners had made design choices as he progressed through the various subsystems, emphasizing how the choices optimized for one outcome or another. The session was intended as an overview of a system in transition (new owner) but did not attempt to cover too much detail (other single purpose training sessions cover details of subsystems/grow aspects). Thanks Dave

    1 · October 5, 2013

  • Mike C.

    Can't find a functioning link to pay. How should this work?

    September 26, 2013

    • Dave P.

      The Paypal link should work, let me know if it doesn't. I believe you need to be logged in to see the options for payment.

      October 3, 2013

  • Ronnie

    Would it be OK for an novice to attend? I am interested in the commercial possibilities.

    September 28, 2013

    • Dave P.

      Yes, please check it out, we will be covering the basics of the system and hopefully you will get some idea of whats involved.

      October 3, 2013

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