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AQUAPONIC Meetup w. commercial grower & new technology

This class will be held on February 10th. Those who have paid already for the earlier date (Feb 3rd) if you need a refund please contact Dave, otherwise please plan on attending February 10th. Thank you for your understanding.

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It's finally warming up a bit and spring is right around the corner, time to get ready to grow some excellent veggies in your own aquaponic system! At this meetup we will have four hours to discuss and plan your aquaponic dreams, and there will be a LOT of information available to help you decide your path forward into sustainable organic gardening and farming. A small system will be on display, but we will also be showing and discussing information on medium and larger systems as well.

SMALL SYSTEM

A small scale aquaponic system will be on display, showing the most goof-proof flood & drain aquaponic system ever developed. This system keeps running when all the others don't, it's designed to run for MONTHS without maintenance. If you are interested in getting started on a budget, this demo will save you time, money and trouble.

COMMERCIAL AQUAPONIC GROWER

At this meetup you will meet one of Dave's new commercial clients from Temple Texas, Kevin Twyeffort of Loaves and Fishes Farms. Kevin trained at Morningstar Fishermen, built his 10,000 plant-space raft system and got it up and running last year. He is now marketing his crops and he has a TON of valuable lessons for any prospective commercial aquaponic growers.

SUPER EFFICIENT HEATING/COOLING

Kevin built his system with a VERY ingenious temperature control system which utilizes the thermal mass under the raftways. His greenhouse design is excellent, with roll-up sides and ridge vents. This super-efficient system saves him a TON of energy on cooling AND heating. Kevin will explain how his system works and Dave will teach how thermal mass and ventilation can be used in conjunction with solar and biomass heating for small and large systems alike.

WORMS AND FILTRATION

Another innovation Kevin has developed will be discussed and explained, a fully submerged flow-through gravel bed filter populated by a wide variety of worm species. By feeding the worms and keeping oxygen at proper levels the worms have absolutely thrived in this system, cleaning the water, producing excellent microbial fertilizer for the plants in the rafts, and also providing a huge crop of new worms which can be marketed (worms sell for $30/lb!)

WOOD FIRED WATER HEATER

A wood-fired "rocket stove" type water heater Dave developed will be on display, this unit is designed to efficiently convert any type of biomass into thermal energy in an aquaponic system, saving money on fuel or electricity. Once you see how simple it is and how easy it is to make, you will want to make one yourself.

POND LINER BULK PURCHASE

At this meetup you can reserve an excellent purchase price for high strength white pond lining material, this is the stuff the professionals use to line their raftways and gravel beds, it's super-tough, food grade LDPE and will last a LOT longer than most of the other options out there. Depending on how many people want some, the price of the liner will be about $1.50/sq ft. (online it goes for $2.50/sq ft. PLUS SHIPPING.) Rubber pond liner can be cheaper, but LDPE liner is far better material with woven strands built in to help resist punctures. The white color keeps your system cooler, and allows you to see the bottom of the raftway to monitor any sludge (or other) issues.

IBC TOTES

275 gallon FOOD GRADE IBC totes will be available for $120 each, they will be available on a first-come-first-served basis, these totes were ONLY used to store food type materials NOT chemicals. if you wish to be absolutely sure to get a tote, email the organizers to make payment in advance. Delivery can be arranged if needed, usually for about $20 in most areas.

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Great topics on growing with a raft system, starting seeds, vermiculture, fish tanks, and geothermal heating and cooling. Bonus to meet folks from different backgrounds learning about Aquaponics. I look forward to more meet ups for media bed systems.

    February 23, 2013

  • Richard R.

    Absolutely superb ---blew my socks off.

    1 · February 11, 2013

  • Bob J.

    5 Stars: Lots of great content and friendly people. It was very helpful to hear Kevin's experiences. I have a small Friendly Aquaponics system and learned more about it from Kevin's experiences with his larger one. Content on commercial is priceless!

    1 · February 11, 2013

  • Bob P.

    Good meeting. It made me want so much more. I am hooked big time and crave so much more. I can’t wait to build my 1st system ASAP then go hog wild building more. I met some great people. Kevin Twyeffort was a hoot. I salute him for all his work in the military. He is an inspiration for being a trailblazer with all he has done good, bad and ugly with the commercial side of Aquaponics. He is saving me time and money learning what to do and not do. Dave Pennington also was a world of information. I am so excited that we Aqua-heads have a place to Learn from doers of knowledge. I would have given a 5th star if the meeting place would have been better. Growing pains, I don’t have a problem with that. I will be a good “boy scout” and will be prepared next time. It was still worth the drive coming down from the Denton area and I’m going to be going to many, many more meetings. Thanks for everything Dave and Kevin.

    1 · February 11, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Very informative, informal meeting. A lot of experience, learning was shared. Well, worth the time.

    1 · February 10, 2013

  • David

    If anyone else has a seat they want to give up, I'll reimburse the $30 fee if you've already paid. I can send the money via email. David[masked]

    February 9, 2013

    • Dave P.

      OK we had a cancellation, so you are in. See you tomorrow!

      February 9, 2013

  • Dave P.

    Hey everybody there will be plenty more meetings like this one don't worry now that I have a shop (with a bathroom) I can host meetings on schedules that will work for all of us. A much larger teaching space (with an awesome greenhouse!) is also coming available, that is where I will have the larger classes. I will be posting the schedule ASAP and Kevin will be helping me by coming to many of the upcoming meetings. I will also be bringing other commercial growers to these meetings, so they can pass on their hard-earned lessons to the future growers in the "good food revolution".

    1 · February 9, 2013

  • Bob P.

    I can cover your $30 if it's not to late???

    Bob[masked]

    February 9, 2013

  • Lizabeth D.

    If my $30 can be covered, I am willing to pass my place to someone.

    February 9, 2013

  • David

    Can you let me know if a spot opens up for this meetup? I would like to attend.

    February 8, 2013

    • Dave P.

      Hi David! I will be having another meetup with Kevin very soon I know there's a lot of interest in small commercial aquaponics. I will have access to a much larger teaching space in the near future so the class size can be larger also. You should come to the small system build on the 17th it would be good to chat with you again.

      February 8, 2013

    • David

      Thanks David. I have RSVP'd for the 17th. Even if I can't squeeze in this Sunday, I'll see you next weekend.

      February 8, 2013

  • HowKrystalThrives

    I'm confused as to where we should go 1st..... We are getting ready to set up a small possible commercial (at least 5-10 families worth) so do I need this weeks or next??

    February 8, 2013

    • Dave P.

      Either one would be fine, and we will be doing more classes with Kevin. I am planning out the curriculum for a series of classes to help prepare future growers, this one is just an intro. Let me know ASAP what you want to do.

      1 · February 8, 2013

    • HowKrystalThrives

      We will be there. Already have kids figured out :)

      February 8, 2013

  • HowKrystalThrives

    Yes because the 17 is $10 cheaper as well...so I would like to know what's going on. Do we get a refund for this week or do we get a cheaper class next week??

    February 7, 2013

    • Dave P.

      I sent you an email, let me know if you need to switch classes.

      February 8, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I thought that too but it looks like two different meeting topics by the descriptions. The one on the 17th seems just a small system only?

    February 7, 2013

    • Dave P.

      Yes the meeting Sunday the 10th will have info on the small system (which will also be taught on the 17th). The commercial grower will be visiting and teaching some on this Sunday (the 10th) and we will also be demonstrating the wood fired water heater.

      February 7, 2013

  • Lizabeth D.

    I want to get some liner but cannot afford it this month.

    February 6, 2013

    • Dave P.

      I will be stocking liner so it will be available when you need it.

      February 7, 2013

  • D.G. M.

    I would like to attend this weekends meet is that available?

    February 6, 2013

    • Dave P.

      Two slots have opened up if you want to attend this meeting

      February 7, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    It's two different classes, two different dates, two different prices.

    February 7, 2013

    • HowKrystalThrives

      Ok can you explain the difference between them? I'm driving an hour and half to come and I need more of beginner classes...

      February 7, 2013

    • Dave P.

      Both meetings are for beginners. The meeting Sunday (the 10th) will include some time with a new commercial grower. The details are in the meetup description hope this helps.

      February 7, 2013

  • Dave P.

    So far there have been no orders for totes or pond liner, so these items will be brought in at a later date. If you need more info we will have samples at the meetup.

    February 6, 2013

  • Helen D.

    No one replied to my post 5 days ago and the 2 of us would really like to attend. I see that it is full but can we take a chance and come in case others don't make it?

    February 5, 2013

    • Dave P.

      Sorry have been out of town, we will be having more meetings soon please stay posted

      February 5, 2013

    • Dave P.

      I am working on getting a larger space for the meetup will post new location if that happens.

      February 6, 2013

  • Shawn P.

    I have to work that weekend is there another time to go see this place?

    February 1, 2013

  • Dave P.

    This meetup has been postponed one week. My uncle in Austin is in the final stages of cancer and I am going to be there with his family for a few days in their time of need. Those who have paid already if you need a refund please contact me, otherwise please plan on attending one week from Sunday (February 10th) Thank you for your understanding.

    January 31, 2013

  • Helen D.

    I would like to attend along with a girlfriend. Can we both come and pay at the door?

    January 31, 2013

  • Ryan

    I'll pay cash. The day of the event. Is that good?

    January 30, 2013

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