As cooler weather moves in, gardeners shift gears to crops that will winter well. By insulating your aquaponics system, a year-round constantly producing system can be made using very simple steps.
Students will learn how to insulate the ap system, build a low-cost DIY heater as well as winter considerations to keep the unit running without a hiccup. This class will also give tips and tricks for getting more out of your system and teaching students how to stretch their grow space without needing to add more fish, etc.
This advanced class is perfect for those who have a working knowledge of aquaponics or have already taken Class #1 and Class #2. This is the 3rd class from our homesteading series geared towards teaching how to build sustainable gardening solutions.
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Class Tuition: $100, with a $50 deposit due upon registration. A registration email will go out upon signing up with details.
TO SIGN UP: RSVP HERE AND WE WILL CONTACT YOU VIA EMAIL TO COMPLETE THE REGISTRATION!
Class Times: 9 am - 5 pm. There will be a lunch break and plenty of nearby restaurants for lunch options.
There must be a minimum of 6 students to have this class. If this class does not meet the minimum, it will be rescheduled.
Class #1: Aquaponics Basics: The Homesteading Companion. July 8th.
Class #2: Taking Aquaponics Off The Grid. August 11th.
Aquaponics is a sustainable food production system that combines a traditional aquaculture (raising aquatic animals such as snails, fish, crayfish or prawns in tanks) with hydroponics (cultivating plants in water) in a symbiotic environment. In the aquaculture, effluents accumulate in the water, increasing toxicity for the fish. This water is led to a hydroponic system where the by-products from the aquaculture are filtered out by the plants as vital nutrients, after which the cleansed water is recirculated back to the animals.
The Homesteading Companion class is taught by Rob Nash of Austin Aquaponics.
Having been a certified pool operator in a past life, water chemistry came easy. With 15 years construction experience, building greenhouses was a welcome challenge. Rob also Kept koi ponds for 12+ years, so fish care was something very familiar. In total, Rob has been a commercial scale greenhouse grower for 7 years, utilizing aquaponics for the last 5. He has extensive training in multiple states, including training with Dr. Rakocy at Nelson & Pade in Wisconsin, Crop King controlled environment agriculture in Orlando, and NOAA Seafood HACCP in Miami. Rob currently holds the only aquaculture license in Travis County and is also the founding Chairman of the Austin Branch of the National Aquaponic Association. My goal is to offer training and support to the emerging backyard aquaponic industry, while continuing our commercial efforts of selling fish and produce to neighbors and local restaurants and maintaining a presence at the local farmers market. We continue the process of transforming our property into a thriving and sustainable homestead, to serve as a model to those who would like to do the same.