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Could this be the Grocery Store 2.0 ?

“Imagine Whole Foods at dollar-store prices,” this is part of the opening line from a recent article by Rob Hoffman for the Plaid Zebra (Read the full article HERE). Needless to say, this certainly caught my attention, and drew me into the story of Daily Table. This is the new grocery store concept from Doug Rauch (former president of Trader Joe’s) in Dorchester, Boston earlier this year. I agree totally that there is a huge need for all people to…

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5 Products You Didn’t Know Were GMO…

So, I am sure by now that you have heard about the announcement yesterday (November 19, 2015). Specifically the one about the final approval being granted for the GMO Salmon that has been developed by the biotech company Aquabounty. Well, with this announcement, it now means that this type of Atlantic Salmon, with a gene from the Pacific Chinook Salmon as well as another from the Pacific Pout, has been approved as safe for human consumption. So, depending on where…

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Green Phoenix Farms Announces Changes

    Adam Cohen to Assume Reins of Program at Santa Fe Community College David Cohen Named Chief Executive Officer of Green Phoenix Farms   Green Phoenix Farms Owner and President Adam Cohen will begin an exciting new venture in Santa Fe, N.M. on August 1. He has been tapped by the Community College there to manage and expand the two-year-old program in greenhouse management with an emphasis on hydroponic and aquaponics farming. He succeeds Eric Highfield as director and professor…

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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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Aqua-ponderings: January 2014 (pt6)

The January 2014 issue of the Aquaponics Survival Communities magazine will have my latest “Aqua-ponderings” column. This month I am going to discuss what I think are some of the most common “Newbie” mistakes made in Aquaponics.   #6.    Pesticides and Herbicides. I think that a number of people dive into Aquaponics without realizing exactly how different this is from traditional gardening. I field questions in my classes all the time regarding the use of traditional herbicides and pesticides on plants…

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Aqua-ponderings: January 2014 (pt5)

The January 2014 issue of the Aquaponics Survival Communities magazine will have my latest “Aqua-ponderings” column. This month I am going to discuss what I think are some of the most common “Newbie” mistakes made in Aquaponics.   #5.    Fish choice. In order for your system to operate correctly, you have to have a species of fish that works well in your climate. I am still amazed at the number of people who want to raise a tropical climate fish (like…

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Aqua-ponderings: January 2014 (pt4b)

The January 2014 issue of the Aquaponics Survival Communities magazine will have my latest “Aqua-ponderings” column. This month I am going to discuss what I think are some of the most common “Newbie” mistakes made in Aquaponics.   #4b.    Adding Iron to the system. This is one that I had to add in here. I have heard for years, “if you have a lack of iron in your system, you can simply add a few rusty nails to your system.” The…

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Aqua-ponderings: January 2014 (pt4)

The January 2014 issue of the Aquaponics Survival Communities magazine will have my latest “Aqua-ponderings” column. This month I am going to discuss what I think are some of the most common “Newbie” mistakes made in Aquaponics.   #4.    Nutrient Issues / Deficiencies. Many people seem to think that they can simply give their fish a cheap fish feed and that will be enough to keep the plants growing amazingly. The truth is that if you do this, (most often) everything…

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Aqua-ponderings: January 2014 (pt3)

The January 2014 issue of the Aquaponics Survival Communities magazine will have my latest “Aqua-ponderings” column. This month I am going to discuss what I think are some of the most common “Newbie” mistakes made in Aquaponics.   #3.    More design problems – understanding the biological load of the system. In every class I tell the story of one my early students who understood that the system would handle 25 pound of fish. This student managed to cycle the system properly,…

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Aqua-ponderings: January 2014 (pt2)

The January 2014 issue of the Aquaponics Survival Communities magazine will have my latest “Aqua-ponderings” column. This month I am going to discuss what I think are some of the most common “Newbie” mistakes made in Aquaponics.   #2.      Poor design of system. When there is a lack of understanding regarding proper sizing of mechanical components (pumps, piping, aeration, tanks), the result is commonly improperly powered devices and/or dead zones in their tanks/grow beds. It is true that designing a system…

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Aqua-ponderings: January 2014 (pt1)

The January 2014 issue of the Aquaponics Survival Communities magazine will have my latest “Aqua-ponderings” column. This month I am going to discuss what I think are some of the most common “Newbie” mistakes made in Aquaponics. #1. Not enough patience to wait for the system to cycle properly. I personally think that this is the root cause of the vast majority of issues that people have with Aquaponics. Simply not having enough patience. The truth is that getting the system up…

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“Aqua-ponderings…” a Monthly Aquaponics Column

In October of 2013, I began writing a monthly column for the Aquaponics Survival Communities monthly magazine. The last four months of 2013, saw a series of articles discussing the importance of selecting the correct species of fish for your Aquaponic system. Beginning in 2014, I decided to shift the focus of the monthly article to more of a Q&A type of column where I plan to answer Aquaponics related questions that are sent in. I hope to provide some insight and…

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My Seed Saving Adventure Has Begun.

So I am new at this whole concept. I will be honest, I have been a “lazy man’s gardener” for the past six years – meaning I have mostly bought pre-started seedlings from the local nurseries. Though, about three years ago, I started going to the Farmer’s Market to buy some special starts called “Heirlooms.” (I know, that is crazy, huh?) From there, the whole thing just snowballed. I got sent a catalog from Baker Creek Seeds, and in those wonderful…

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Growth Update for GPF: Concho System: 8/31/2013

This is our “Concho” system. This system is one of our early systems, actually it was cobbled together originally from pieces that we obtained from another Aquaponic enthusiast in the DFW area. We currently have 2 media beds that are each roughly 4’x8′ and they are fed through a constant overflow from a 300 gallon Rubbermaid stock tank. The plans are to soon add on a DWC (raft) bed as a sump (likely 4′ x 16′.) Hope you like the…

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Want to grow something NEW??????

Here is another great set of links from Urban Farmer online. They have put together a great series of Crop Profiles of all sorts of vegetables and herbs that can be grown in the home garden to make it easy for a farmer of any skill level to be successful! Take a look HERE to look at the huge compilation of information that they have put together. Or take the quicklinks below to the specific information your are interested in:…

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Potager Gardening — Everyone should do this!

This is a great article from Urban Farm magazine about the joys of growing your own vegetables for your kitchen. Read Amy Grisak’s article below or click HERE to go to the online article. **************************************************************************************************** Build a potager garden and enjoy fresh, delectable food just steps away from your kitchen. By Amy Grisak Potager gardens show off your beautiful, edible plants. A good cook’s secret is to have the freshest ingredients on hand. So nothing is better than creating a…

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Dan Barber – How I Fell In Love With A Fish

So yesterday there was a bit of a lag time between the two workshops. During that time, those in attendance and I struck up a conversation about how Aquaponics is going to be able to alleviate some of the issues that currently exist relating to traditionally farmed fish. In the course of that conversation, I touched on a number of issues from the waste water release problems and the unsustainable nature of the feeds used, to technological issues and even…

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Smart Gardener — free web-app

So I was doing a little surfing on the web the other day and I ran across this nifty little app. While it is built for traditional soil gardening (in-ground, raised and container beds), I do think that a creative person could use this to keep track of an aquaponic system. In their own words, “Smart Gardener combines your selected plants, garden layout, and household size with complex planting variables, to create a Smart Garden Plan just for you. With…

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Aquaponics Anyone?

Been thinking you would like to have an Aquaponic System in your backyard but have not yet taken the plunge? Do you want an Aquaponic System at your house? Fresh vegetables, herbs, and fruits? Clean fish? Would you just like to know more about this amazing system where you can grow clean, organic food EASILY in your backyard? Now is the time to take advantage of the expertise that we here at GREEN PHOENIX FARMS can offer you. We will…

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We have a FACEBOOK page!!!

Hi to everyone interested in Aquaponics, we at Green Phoenix Farms would like to introduce our new Facebook page! This page will be used for several different purposes. We will make sure to post pictures from each of the community meetings, system tours and workshops so that everyone has the opportunity to see what is happening. We will also make sure to post announcements for all community events that related to aquaponics and our Good Food Revolution in DFW. But,…

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How we ruined the tomato…

From Salon Americans love tomatoes. As our second-most-popular produce item, we’re accustomed to the sight of them: plump and bright red, marble to soft-ball sized, and piled in abundance year-round in the refrigerated fruit and vegetable aisle of the grocery store. Many of us eat tomatoes every day: if not au natural, in ketchup, salsa, or marinara sauce. Yet our favorite fruit may not be quite as innocuous and delicious as it appears. In his new book “Tomatoland: How Modern…

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Up on the roof: Vegetables!

Marc Gunter Blog The bagged organic baby mixed greens on sale in my local Whole Foods Market in Bethesda, MD, are not very “green” at all. To grow the lettuce, vast amounts of water must be moved from the Colorado River to California, the most hydrologically altered landmass on the planet. The lettuce is picked, packaged, washed and shipped in refrigerated trucks (because it’s perishable) roughly 2,800 miles across America. The cost? $3.99. If you believe, as I do, that…

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Seven Herbs you should raise this summer and beyond!

Seven Herbs you should raise this summer! I read this post over on the family blog Mommypotamus the other day and I have to admit that this is one of the most informative and interested posts I have read in a long time. In this post by Katja Swift,  (She is a clinical herbalist currently serving as the director of the Commonwealth School of Herbal Medicine and she has guest lectured at Dartmouth Medical School and the University of Vermont…

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Welcome to the NEW DOMAIN!!!

TA DA!!!! (Imagine a great big drum roll in the background…) Welcome to the new official home for Green Phoenix Farms on the great world wide web. Please update and change your book marks to reflect the new address. The old domain will have a redirect on it to get you here for the next few months, but eventually it will go away and retire to that wonderful place where all old and unnecessary domains go… Anyway, things are certainly…

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Rooftop Farms for Supermarkets — from The Lempert Report

This is a great little article about how the big brands are now investing in the urban agriculture movement. My only sad feeling comes from the fact that The Lempert Report is sponsored in part by Monsanto…. But it is a great idea nonetheless! Read below for yourself, or go here for the official site. To capitalize on the local food craze, Wegmans, Schnucks and Walmart have invested in farms. Other ways to underscore local food appeal in supermarkets include…

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Why buy local?

So I was sent a link to this great graphic from eLocal, I think that it does a great job to show the important things that can be affected when we, as consumers, spend our money locally to buy all things – produce, clothing, books, etc. Click here for the very colorful and informative graphic. Visit the official site here.

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Earth Day Dallas

Well there is nothing like a late notice for a great event, huh? So I have to apologize for not getting this up earlier, but I have been really busy these days… I guess that is a good problem… I will be at the Slow Money booth (# 818 and 820) on Friday from 2:30-5pm  and all day Saturday. EARTH DAY DALLAS !!!!!!! Be Engaged. Be Entertained. Be Inspired. Food, Fun, Facts and More. At Earth Day Dallas there is…

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Upcoming Events of Note…

I am so excited about some of the things that are happening in Dallas during the month of April! Some great speakers and some other great events that will help to bring aquaponics and sustainable food production to the public awareness. April 10th – The first official meetup for the DFW Aquaponics meetup group. We will host this meetup at the same Saxby’s coffee on Midway Rd in Dallas as the previous event. This time I would like to focus…

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Hello world!!!

Welcome to the world of Green Phoenix Farms. We are a small farm located just outside of Dallas, Texas and we focus our production in the realm of organic aquaponics. This is to say that we raise fish and then use various natural biological processes to transform the fish waste into fertilizer that is then used to grow great varieties of organic crops. We are looking to expand into other areas of organic production, including permaculture, bio-composting and raising poultry.…

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