Resources

Looking for a job in Aquaponics?

Here you go folks — just this morning I received an update from a connection in my Linkedin network, Kyle Barnett,  about a new website that he had built called PonicJobs. This is a new job board that has been built specifically to help individuals find jobs in the massively expanding industries of Aquaponics, Hydroponics, Aeroponics and Urban Farming. The website has just launched, so admittedly there isn’t much there at the moment, but according to the release from Kyle,…

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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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Optimizing a Backyard Aquaponic System report

The Baird’s Village Aquaponics project is one that I first heard about several years ago, and I was immediately intrigued by it. The project was the implementation of backyard scale aquaponic systems on the island of Barbados (in the Caribbean). As I remember the report, the goals were to produce food for local consumption and to use minimal energy and construction resources. Though it has been a while since I read the report, I do remember that the goals, design…

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Presentation on the operation and function of the UVI Aquaponic System

There are so many great resources available on the internet, I thought that I would begin to compile them together here on our website. To that end, here is a great presentation on the operation and production capabilities of the UVI Aquaponic system. This is the system that has spawned most of the commercial facilities here in the United States, and I don’t think that it would be much of a stretch to say that this particular system design has…

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Ten Guidelines for Aquaponic Systems by Dr. Jim Rakocy

While this is admittedly an older article, it was originally published in the Aquaponics Journal (by Nelson and Pade) in the 3rd quarter of 2007, that by no means diminishes the importance of the information contained within. These ten guidelines are absolutely useful when designing and operating an Aquaponic system. Dr. Rakocy wrote this article to celebrate the 10 year anniversary of the journal and though it is a “Top Ten” list, he does state specifically that his guidelines are…

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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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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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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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Seven Characteristics For Selecting The Right (Aquatic Animal) Crop:

With Aquaponics, most beginners are often confused with the idea of “choosing” an aquatic animal crop for their systems. Personally, I think this is because, there are a number of people out there who make it sound like a system “Must” have Tilapia in order to work…. The truth is that absolutely any animal that live in (or near) an aquatic environment will produce waste that can be used in an Aquaponic system. That being said, I would never recommend…

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What is a Food Conversion Rate?

In animal biology, there are a number of terms and phrases that are thrown around wildly. For the average individual though, some of these are never really clearly explained or defined. In our Aquaponics classes, we have found that one of the most confusing is the importance of a Feed Conversion Rate for efficient animal production. The simplest explanation is that a food-conversion rate is really a ratio that helps to determine the efficiency at which an animal converts food into body mass.   For…

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The Current Tilapia Situation in Texas…

OK, so you have done the research,you know that you want to build an Aquaponic system and be able to produce your own vegetables and maybe even some fish from your backyard, right? The biggest question on your mind currently is, “What type of fish would be BEST for me?” Well, here in Texas, I have to admit we do have a large number of species that we can choose from. No matter what we suggest though, it seems like…

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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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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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New Aquaponic Systems To Be Offered

Green Phoenix Farms has been working hard in the past few months to design and refine the operation of a few “ready-made” aquaponic systems for those individuals who are daunted by the prospect of designing and building their own system. We have done everything that we could to make these systems easy to operate and also as inexpensive as possible. We are proud to announce our first three systems to the public: The Phoenix: 1-growbed and the Phoenix: 3-growbed systems…

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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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Green Phoenix Farms featured in March/April Issue of Texas Gardener

Today I was able to pick up the new issue of Texas Gardener magazine (March/April) and I am very happy to announce that in this issue is a four page article about Aquaponics and specifically the things that I am doing in the DFW area through Green Phoenix Farms and DFWaquaponics. On the Texas Gardener website you can read an excerpt of the article, and have to say that I think it is a pretty good article. If you have…

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New Hatchery Program for Dallas-Fort Worth

The brand new hatchery system for Green Phoenix Farms has been installed and is now operating great! Within weeks, we plan to begin production of Tilapia fingerlings with the local DFW area market in mind. Our goal is to have fingerlings ready for stocking into local aquaponic systems by the middle of the summer. In addition to the commonly available Mozambique Tilapia (Oreochromis  mossambicus) that have the traditional dark coloration patterns, we are hoping to breed our own line of…

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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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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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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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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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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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System Components Now Available!

After almost a full year of searching areas both local and not, I have finally found a reliable supplier for both blue barrels (55 gallon drums) and IBC totes! As such I am very excited to announce that I can now provide anyone who would like with certified food grade 55 gallon drums (specify closed or open top) and IBC totes. Prices will be as shown below, and for a flat fee of $35, I can have them delivered straight…

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Aquaponic resources on the Web

Over the last year or so of lurking around the Web, I have found a number of resources for Aquaponics. Some are forum boards where the user communities are welcoming and inviting and hold a wealth of information. Others are the online locations for non-profit agencies who are working to shift the mindset of the general public to understand the importance of local food production — and the ease with which it can be had. What follows below is by…

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