Interview with Visionary Aquaponics

Earlier this month I got to sit down for an afternoon and have a great chat over the phone with Maribou Latour the creative mind and driving force behind the new VisionaryAquaponics.com podcast. Since her initial episode launched on Earth Day this year, she has managed to speak with the finest people in the field of Aquaponics, and ask them about why they do what they do and what they would like to share with the rest of us trying to…

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School Bell Rings for Aquaponics!

Our always popular Introduction to Aquaponics – AP101 – class is scheduled Saturday, June 27, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. It will be held at our new office location in Mansfield: 1285 No. Main Street (Highway 287 Business, just south of FM 1187), with the hands-on system build scheduled at our mini-warehouse at the same address. Due to space constraints, session enrollment is limited to 15 people. Reserve your space by completing the registration form HERE; after this form has…

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Build a 2000 sq.ft. Greenhouse Frame for LESS THAN $700!!!!!!

*** EDIT: Just an FYI — we used an old price sheet when we first totaled up the prices. The actual material cost is a little under $700, not $400. Even though the cost is more than we originally said — this is still a great price for a large greenhouse structure. We are very sorry for all of the confusion that this error on our part has caused.***   How would you like to learn how to build your own Greenhouse?What…

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New “Aquaponic Information Resources” page

Hey there! I wanted to just put this post out here to let you know about the new Aquaponic Information Resource page that I have put together that will serve as a place of reference for all individuals who want to learn more about Aquaponics. Yesterday (February 5th, 2014), I gave two presentations at the Missouri Organic Association conference about Aquaponics. The first presentation was about Aquaponic System Design, and the important questions that need to be addressed relating to…

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New Class Schedule for 2015

Welcome to the New Year! Green Phoenix Farms have been thinking lately about how many people we have met over the last 5 years and the amazing things that we have seen with Aquaponics. Though our schedule has been crazy with projects, we have been working hard to make sure that we have planned some time to make sure that all of our community members out there have access to the information that they need. To that end, we have…

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Aquaponic Learning Weekend for May

Things have been rather crazy around here over the last month. We have moved to a new facility with 10x the space now available, and we have be working on more projects than we thought possible. We know that we haven’t said much about our class schedule this month, but we wanted to let you know that we are definitely having our two-day class schedule this month. Specifically, we have a great set of four classes for our Aquaponic Learning…

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Small-Scale Aquaponics Workshop: Two full days of Hands-On Learning

Small-Scale Aquaponics Workshop Two days of Hands-on Learning Price:$250 per person Dates: August 9 – 10, 2014 from 9:00am to 4:00pm each day. Location: Green Phoenix Farms (2214 FM 1187 #9-104, Mansfield, TX 76063)         Want to build your own aquaponic system, but don’t know where to start? This two-day workshop is perfect for any person who would like to understand what the key principles of aquaponics are, and also learn about the specific components needed to…

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FULL-DAY Workshop: Aquaponics 101 and IBC Tote System Construction

When:     Saturday,  April 19th    9:00am – 4:30pm Where:   Green Phoenix Farms Cost:      $90 per person  (Classes limited to 20 ppl.)       This FULL-DAY class is a basic primer to everything you would need to operate your own backyard aquaponic system. During the morning “Classroom” portion, we will present everything that is needed to begin running a small Aquaponic system. We will cover topics from components and basic biology to water chemistry and planting density. All topics will be…

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Looking for Clean Food-Grade IBC Totes to use in Aquaponics or Rainwater Catchment?

Green Phoenix Farms has managed to find a reliable supplier for Food-Grade IBC Totes of exceptional quality. Our new supplier sells food-grade totes that are actually cleaned and certified KOSHER- grade. (He actually has a Rabbi come out each week to inspect the facility and make sure that everything is done properly.) From this point on, we will be able to supply as many totes as you may need or want. We are offering the following items: 275 gallon totes…

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Aquaponics Education for 2014

    Welcome to the exciting world of Aquaponics. Our goal is to provide you with a series of seminars and workshops that will provide you with the knowledge and skills needed to enter into this hobby with confidence and ease. Our workshops are perfect for individuals of any background or skill level. We work very hard to make sure that all questions are answered and that every person is 100% satisfied with their experience.     For 2014, we have…

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Educators for Aquaponics — Coming in 2014!

Much more will be posted about this in the coming weeks, but here is a short, tantalizing teaser…. A new location for Aquaponics Education will be launched in 2014. This will redefine how individuals can access information on a wide variety of subjects related to Aquaponics. For more information, refer to the upcoming December issue of the Aquaponics Survival Communities magazine. Adam Cohen currently writes for our magazine as the Aquaponics contributor and is now the NEW director of education for…

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  IBC Totes and Blue Barrels can be used for  many purposes related to Aquaponics, Sustainability, Gardening, Water Catchment, and so many more that I could go on for quite a while. The truth is that you will be hard pressed to find any container that can be used for such a wide variety of tasks, and yet cost as little as these. BUT, there is one caveat that you need to keep in mind — MAKE SURE that any…

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Classes and Workshop dates have been set for the remainder of 2013.

The new class schedule has been made and to make things easy for everyone, we have actually integrated a Google Calendar into our website to make scheduling classes easier for everyone. We have added detailed descriptions for each of the classes to this calendar and we recommend that you link (or share) the Calendar so you can remain current with the things we will have going on in coming months. To that end, we plan to include all of the…

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Siphons 101

  REGISTRATION LINK Siphon 101: Everything that you want to know and more!   This is a 3-hour HANDS-ON CLASS / WORKSHOP on SATURDAY MAY 18th. This HALF DAY class (Lunch NOT Provided), will explain the theory and practice that controls how Siphons work. We will discuss several different types of siphons by looking at their individual operation and construction. Each of these methods could be used to drain water out of your grow bed, or other similar structure. There will be a…

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Building a FOUR-TOTE Backyard System in Irving, TX

REGISTRATION LINK Come join Green Phoenix Farms for an On-Site Workshop to build a good sized “backyard” aquaponic system at a residential home in Irving, TX. This system is a custom design using four IBC totes. One tote will be used as the Fish Tank and a second will be the Sump tank. The remaining two totes will be sectioned into Grow-Beds. One very unique feature of this system will be the drainage system for the Grow-Beds. The beds will…

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System Design Mechanics and Custom System Construction – March 23, 2013

REGISTRATION LINK Have you ever thought that Aquaponics might be something that you would like to try, but you thought that you would like to try to design your own system? Even if you already know a bit about Aquaponics, this workshop will give you a much more solid grasp on the specific mechanics of how to appropriately design systems and make them run as efficiently as possible. In this workshop, we will have over SEVEN HOURS of instruction where…

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Aquaponics 101 and IBC Tote System Construction – 1st Saturday EVERY MONTH

REGISTRATION LINK Now is the time to start thinking about all the great things that you can do in your garden this year! So, if you have ever thought that Aquaponics might be something that you would like to try, but didn’t know where to start this would be the perfect thing for you to begin with. Even if you know a little about Aquaponics, this workshop will give you a much greater grasp on the mechanics of the systems…

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Introduction to Aquaponics Class

Introduction to Aquaponics Training Class: When:     Saturday,  May 5th    9:00 – 11am Where:   “Concho” system in Mansfield, TX Cost:      $30 per person (Classes are limited to 10 people) Information Covered:  This 2-hour class is designed to give a general introduction to Aquaponics and will cover a number of topics. A partial list of subjects covered is: * The advantages of Aquaponics in the Urban Environment. * Different type of Aquaponic systems available. * Basic system operation. * The Nitrogen Cycle…

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Two Workshop Trainings on 4/22 at Sunrose in Farmers Branch!

Sorry for the late notice on here, but with the FOUR Earth Day-related green events we have done this week — we have been a little behind in our postings. If you are interested in seeing a medium-to-large scale backyard aquaponics system (our “Sunrose” system), and attending one or two short workshops — Tomorrow is the day for you! Please email us if you plan to attend — greenphoenix@ greenphoenixfarms (dot) com. Hope to see you all!   Converting a…

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Repurposed Materials for Urban Growing

There are so many great resources out there for individuals who want to start growing things these days. A tour through the gardening section at any major bookstore will yield a large number of books devoted entirely to this practice. You can find traditional gardening, and lately, you can find container gardens and permaculture books galore. In the Urban environment, it is often very hard to find the SPACE to actually grow things… In my experience, most people would like…

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Short Notice for Food Grade 275 gallon IBC Totes!!!!

EDIT: September 1, 2013 — I now have a supplier for quality IBC Totes again! From now on we should be able to supply totes as needed. These are 275 gallon totes, they have already been cleaned and are exceptionally high quality. The price per tote is $125 for the 275gallon totes and $150 for the 330gallon totes. Pick up at the Green Phoenix Farms location in Mansfield, TX, or delivery can be negotiated.   So this is a quick…

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New System Components Available

Well as Spring is visibly on its way into North Texas, I thought that I would give everyone an update on how things are developing with Green Phoenix Farms. We have been working hard in the background trying to line up suppliers and sources for all of the important components and such that make aquaponic systems work. We are going to be expanding our product lines significantly in the next few months, but right now we wanted to let everyone…

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Green Phoenix Farms - Under Construction

Upcoming Class on How to Build a Vortex Filter (3/11/12)

Greeting all, on Sunday March 11th at 3pm (RSVP here!) we will be gathering at the Farmers Branch locale for Green Phoenix Farms. We will be gathering to go over the construction of a Vortex (or Swirl) filter from a common 5-gallon bucket from Home Depot or Lowe’s and a few other pieces.   Basically, we are going to take this, and using some PVC  pipe, a few fittings, a ball valve, and two Uniseals we will turn it into…

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Green Phoenix Farms - Under Construction

How a Bell Siphon actually works.

Here is a pretty good explanation of the theory behind how a Bell Siphon actually works. While his sizes are a bit hard to fully discern from his sketches, the theory is spot on and I especially like how he mentions the need to have the air space inside the Bell within a certain range (between 0.5 and 1″) in order to make everything work. It is little information like that, that you cannot get from reading most literature on…

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Learn how to Design an Aquaponics System

This is the first of a series on how to design an aquaponic system literally from the ground up. Now, the truth is that there is a wealth of information available on the internet that can help you in this process, I have endeavored to trim this massive amount down to the bare bones of what is needed to design (and later build) a small scale balanced system on your own. As a teaching tool for this class, I have…

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Tour of a large Aquaponics system in Red Oak, TX

Today we had a great tour of Clint’s system in Red Oak, TX with the membership of the DFW Aquaponics meetup group. We had almost 25 people show up for a two-hour tour of his system and then an informal Q&A session with Clint and Adam. Clint’s current system is the culmination of almost four years of tinkering and redesigning components to make everything work efficiently and effectively in the space that he has available… And boy does he have…

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Aquaponic System Components Available

Things are certainly moving forward in the DFW Aquaponics scene! After a few years of dealing with suppliers who have become unreliable for a variety of reasons… I am extremely happy to report that I have found a reliable supplier for IBC totes! And to make things even better…. I can offer both the traditional 275 gallon totes and the larger 330 gallon size. These are guaranteed to be food-grade and are available for purchase in the DFW metroplex. There…

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Aquaponics Drain Considerations

My simple aquaponics system has been relatively trouble-free for about 6 months now.  I haven’t had to do anything to it other than feed the fish.  (not counting my battle with pH)  Today, I noticed the drain wasn’t flowing water very well, so I took a look at it and noticed lots of roots had made their way into the holes.  I took a piece of all-thread and started hacking the roots away.  Then I noticed the grow-bed leaking, so…

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Monthly Gathering and Strawberry Tower Construction Workshop

This month we are going to have a short hands-on workshop to teach the techniques necessary to build a “strawberry tower” from common PVC pipe and a few other components. I will have instructions available ($5) that will detail the steps to build the tower, or we will provide the instructions along with the materials to build your own 4′ tower ($25) [Please make a comment in your RSVP if you would like materials to build your own tower.] These…

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DIY Aquaponics: How to build a Vortex Filter

This is a video from the Urban Farming Guys who are ready and willing to share their experiences—and here they walk us through how to build a vortex filter which, they say, would cost US$4000 in a store, yet can be made for $100 with a little ingenuity. Enjoy this video, and if you like it, check out the Wiki, forums, projects and resources on The Urban Farming Guys‘ website for more how to information on cleaner, greener and homegrown…

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