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Aquaponics Basics and Build

Want to build your own aquaponics system, but don’t know where to start?

Aquaponics Basics and Build Workshop is great for people who want to understand the key principles of aquaponics and the components necessary for growing fish and plants together in a recirculating soil-less system. Topics discussed and demonstrated include:

Benefits of Aquaponics - Current Food Situation, Home and Hobby, Food Desert Communities and Other Places to Grow the Most Nutritious Foods
Aquaponics Systems Components – Fish Tanks, Grow Beds, Water Pumps, Aerators, Media Types, Plumbing, Heaters, Lights and Other Options
System Designs – Media Beds (Flood and Drain), Deep Water Culture (Raft Method), Nutrient Film Technique (NFT), and Vertical Growing Methods, System Design Ratios and Integration Techniques
Fish – Species Selection, Stocking Density, Feeding and Health
Plants – Species Selection, Seed Starting, Transplanting, Harvesting, Propagation Methods, Plant Requirements for Optimal Growth
Bacteria and Nitrification – Startup using Fish or Fishless Cycling
Water Quality – Water Testing, Troubleshooting and Adjustments for pH, Ammonia, Nitrite, and Nitrate, Partial Water Changes and Top Offs
Startup, Operations and Maintenance - Keep Your System Running Right
System Build – 90 Gallon Media Bed System Ideal for Home, Hobby or School
The course is conducted at the GrowHaus, an urban farm, experiential learning center and fresh foods marketplace located in a food desert community in Northeast Denver. The GrowHaus includes Flourish Farms a 3,000 sq ft Community Aquaponics Farm, 5,000 sq ft Hydroponics Farm, and various Permaculture and Urban Farming Demonstrations created by and for the local community, service learning groups, permaculture design students, and school children.

The course is a combination of a detailed greenhouse tour, hands on activities, engaged discussions, PowerPoint presentation (available to students as a reference), and Q & A session. It is designed to create an understanding of the topics while also adapting to the students interests.

Course includes a locally sourced, organic hot lunch prepared on-site.

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