Aquaponics is the integration of aquaculture (growing fish) and hydroponics (growing plants) in a closed-loop recirculating system. In an aquaponics system, the fish excrete nitrogen wastes, which are converted by bacteria to nitrates, which fertilize the plants. An aquaponics system can be thought of as a miniature ecosystem that produces healthy food. Because water is constantly recirculated, an aquaponics system conserves a considerable amount of water compared to aquaculture, hydroponic and conventional food production systems.
This workshop is designed for entry-level beginners with no practical experience in aquaponics. Participants will learn fundamentals. We imagine that anyone interested in sustainability, self-reliance, local food production and/or living ecosystems will benefit from this workshop. If there is enough interest, a DIY build workshop will be offered as a follow-up in the near future.
Sliding scale donation suggested: $5 - 20. No one will be turned away for lack of funds.