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Dave P.


Richardson, TX
Hometown: Richardson

Member since:

November 7, 2007

What are some of your favorite topics in this area?

1) Sustainable food production, in particular aquaponics (also interested in backyard chickens but don't have any yet. Too many projects!) 2) Recycled nutrients, in particular the black soldier fly (I am a rep for Protaculture, makes the Biopod and Protapod larvae production systems) 3) Super-efficient housing, in particular domes made from "waste" products and readily available (and usually free) materials. I have built a small (20 ft diameter) dome home from a waste styrofoam cement composite which I developed and the "airform" method developed by the Monolithic Dome Institute in Italy Texas. A much larger dome is slated for construction this summer (40 ft diameter 20 ft tall) This same technology can be used to build large aquaculture and water storage vessels. 4) Waste-to-energy - I have worked on large-scale anaerobic digesters and have studied many other types of biomass conversion technologies. 5) Biochar 6) Rocket stoves - I built a portable rocket stove powered pizza oven

Do you currently grow things or are you planning to grow something in the near future?

I have a small aquaponic system and am currently working on several aquaponic projects.

To what extent does self-sufficiency relate to your interest in this subject? (e.g., Very much, Moderately, Not At All)

Very much. Self-sufficiency is very important, but community is even more important.


I am "Aquaponic Dave", a graduate of the University of the Virgin Islands Aquaponics program I'm working on a pilot community garden project in SE Dallas for the Urban League and Parkland Hospital which will include a large aquaponic system.

What Dave P. is saying about this Meetup Group

Fun and informative. Important topics with natural solutions. Definitely look forward to the next meeting.

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