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Aquaponics uses plants and fish in a symbiotic closed-loop system which eliminates the waste of both the hydroponic and aquaculture components. It allows production of plants and fish with minimal water use and is easily implemented on a small scale. I have a demonstration aquaponic unit that I just did a presentation on and showed at Fredericksburg, I could bring it to the meeting and set it up so that everyone can see how a simple "barrelponic" system works. I have been trained at the University of Virgin Islands St Croix in their aquaponic program, and have also received training at AquaRanch in Illinois and from the designer of the Bioshelters facility in Massachusetts. I do workshops on how to build and operate small aquaponic systems, and have assisted people in the metroplex building systems.
This would be a regular event - maybe every 2 or 3 weeks - and would consist of a nature walk lead by 1 or more individuals with knowledge of wild edible and medicinal plants. The venues should chanage in order to provide coverage of different Texas bio-regions (is that even a word?). But multiple walks in the same area would still be of value as repition can help learning. (NOTE: I do not have the knowledge to lead such a group, I'm hoping that someone who does have this knowledge will like the idea and step up to lead. I understand that Oregon, California and Washington have a large number of classes like this.)
I prefer to cook in community. Let's cook from "Nourishing Traditions" and learn to follow these more than healthy guidelines. Who wants to brainstorm about how to set up menu planning, grocery shopping, and cooking together?
I am looking for people to participate in group discussion courses by the Northwest Earth Institute. Each group will have 4-10 people and meet once a week for 4 to 7 weeks. The format of these groups is like a book club -- everyone reads that week's chapter (about 1 hour of advance reading each week) and comes prepared to discuss it. Group members take turns facilitating the discussion using questions provided in the reading materials. Here is what you need to do: 1. Read the course descriptions at http://www.nwei.org/discussion_courses. 2. Let me know which course(s) you are interested in. I have taken several other courses, and all were excellent. I am interested in the following courses: • A World Of Health • Hungry For Change • Discovering A Sense Of Place • Menu for the Future 3. We will have a meeting (in person at an agreed upon place, or via a conference call) to determine which course to take, and where and when to meet. We can meet in a person's home, at a church, at a restaurant that has a quiet corner where people can hear each other, libraries, or other public buildings that have conference rooms. 4. We will collect money for the course books and order the books from the Northwest Earth Institute -- www.nwei.org. Most course books cost $25. The course book is the only cost of taking a course. 5. Then we will distribute the books and have our course meetings. Please contact me if you are interested. Kirk Miller, phone[masked] e-mail [masked]