Education

Aquaponics in the classroom and on the farm — an update

When Green Phoenix Farms was founded more than five years ago, it was with the dual goals of education and production. Its founder was an educator who used Aquaponics as a means to engage his high school math and science students. Along the way, he became an enthusiastic “urban farmer,” so much so that he left the classroom to teach other adults about this sustainable method of growing food and fish in a sustainable, symbiotic environment. Today, the firm is…

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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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We’re Growing!

We listen! And what we have heard is that there is a growing interest in hydroponics. Last April, at Earth Day Texas, Green Phoenix Farms had a display booth located in a row that also featured several hydroponics displays. Also at Earth Day, Adam Cohen was a part of a panel discussion on sustainable growing methods. As is usual in such situations, aquaponics was described to the audience as a closed loop system that incorporates aquaculture and hydroponics in a…

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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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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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Good Reads, Success Stories and Special Foods

By Lia Jonsson Although there is never a shortage (at least in my world) of interesting things to read, it seems that the last few weeks have brought even more than the usual number of “good reads” to my inbox; I also have a stack of “real” books awaiting my attention. This week, I’d like to pass on a few of the best: On Schools, Students and Teachers – and the Possibilities Many of us believe the old adage: “If…

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Eating Fish Boosts Brain Power, Lowers Heart and Stroke Risk

Hey y’all, Lia’s Back! She is going to be re-starting her regular Friday column with Food Features. Be sure to watch for upcoming recipes with ideas on how to use the fresh harvest from your Aquaponics systems. By Lia Jonsson If, like many health conscious Americans, you have adopted Meatless Mondays, you can lift your good habits to the next level by adding fish to your diet on a regular basis. Fish will help lower blood pressure naturally and protect against…

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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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Vote For Us: Mission Main Street Grants

June has begun in an exciting way for Green Phoenix Farms. We are in the running for a $100,000 Mission Main Street Grant sponsored by Chase with major support from LinkedIn. You’ll likely be seeing some of their promotions around the web. This is so exciting for us because, in addition to the possibility of being chosen as one of 20 grant recipients in the nation, just participating in the program allows us a wider opportunity to tell the story…

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TWO DAY Intensive Aquaponics Seminar – May 23-24, 2015

Hello there, and Welcome to Green Phoenix Farms!   We wanted to let everyone know that we have a great class planned for this weekend (May 23-24, 2015) that is absolutely chock-full of amazing information! In this Two-Day Seminar – we have planned activities and sessions that range from simple system design/construction to fish selection and care. From selecting the right plant varietal for your season/location and how to care for them efficiently to get the greatest production, to Tips and…

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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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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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We Have Updated the Class Schedule and Descriptions

Welcome back to Green Phoenix Farms! This year we have been thinking deeply about how many people we have worked with since we started this company and the amazing things that we have seen. Our schedule has certainly been crazy with projects, but we have still been working as hard as we can to make sure that we are able to provide you with the greatest quality information that we can. Now to shed a little light into some of the things we have been…

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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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Catching Our Breath, But Not For Long!

Catching Our Breaths – But, Not for Long! By Adam Cohen   We are catching our breaths here at Green Phoenix Farms – and enjoying the days we have had to attend to office affairs and “housekeeping details” of the business. But, we know it won’t last for long! Our Major East Texas Project is Complete The major design/installation of a nearly 11,000 square foot, Aquaponic greenhouse system for a private customer in East Texas is now complete. This system…

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Eating Well — Feeling Better

By Lia Jonsson This week I’m going to stray just a bit from the normal format. I haven’t been cooking much the past two weeks – and the demonstration systems haven’t been producing much – maybe it’s the heat. The “dog days” of summer call for cool salads and quick dinners, lots of rest and catching up on reading. One night this week we “dined” very happily on a homemade pizza composed of a little leftover chunky marinara sauce, a…

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Eating Well – Feeling Better

By Lia Jonsson Two items caught my attention recently – a whole feature full of delectable recipe ideas for shrimp in Coastal Living Magazine and a news story about a farmer in Wisconsin. There was really nothing terribly unusual about either – the magazine often has great recipes, particularly for seafood and fresh salads, and I try a lot of them. And, farmers in Wisconsin are nothing to raise your eyebrows about. But this Farmer Raises Shrimp! Can you imagine…

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Growth Update – Week 11 in our Demo Systems

Right now, we’re looking ahead to the new Green Phoenix 1000 system that is just about ready to go into service here at our headquarters in Mansfield. This is a demonstration version of a small production Aquaponic system. This system is specifically designed to maximize the production capable within a 20 X 50 foot hoop house. Please check back soon for more information about this system and the other systems in the Green Phoenix series (500, 2000, and 3000). We promise that…

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The Future of Aquaponics Education in Texas

This week marks the start of the 2014 annual Vocational Agriculture Teacher’s Association of Texas (VATAT) Professional Development conference, this year in beautiful Abilene, TX. The Vocational Agriculture Teachers Association of Texas (VATAT) is a professional organization for agriculture science teachers and supporters of agriculture education. The VATAT is an organization dedicated to member services. The Association informs agriculture teachers about the latest agricultural education practices, encourages higher standards of teaching agriculture and provides agriculture education a unified voice in…

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Eating Well – Feeling Better

By Lia Jonsson Lots of Okra! Some folks love okra. Others of us like it in gumbo, but otherwise know little about it and really don’t know what to do with it. But when the okra in the Aquaponic system is thriving, it seems time to learn about it. As it turns out, there’s a lot to learn! This relative of hibiscus (that explains the pretty flowers), cotton and cocoa thrives in tropical settings, and is among “the most heat…

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Growth Update – Week 10 in our Demo Systems

Oh my goodness things have been busy for the last seven days! The phone seems to be ringing off the hook with people and projects… We got some great news about two different major projects that will be starting in September! Our large project in East Texas is moving right along and this week we are getting liner into the beds and next week we will set fish tanks and begin running plumbing. Stay tuned over the next few weeks…

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Eating Well – Feeling Better

By Lia Jonsson Navigating the landscape of modern nutrition can feel like walking through a mine field. It’s almost impossible to make it through a day without encountering a nutrition study or food-related story. Hunger, obesity, contamination, crop damage, higher prices, processing and genetic modifications are all hot topics today. Food can cause allergies, disease and medical conditions – or cure them – depending upon which studies you read. Sometimes what was good advice a generation ago has been reversed…

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Growth Update – Week 9 on our Demo Systems

Well, things are just trucking along these days. We are almost so busy that we don’t have time to harvest our systems. This week has been jam-packed with a little bit of work out-of-town on our giant project in East Texas (more info on that to come soon), and then we have been talking to people left and right about both our upcoming Two-Day Small Scale Aquaponic Seminar and about custom designed aquaponic systems. We even had 15 people come…

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Growth Update – Week 8 for the Demo Systems

Well, this is an exciting day! After a few days more than 8 weeks of growth, we have what I will consider our first “Real” harvest from the Crossover System that is operating as a demo in front of our shop in Mansfield, TX. We planted three demonstration systems back in May to show visitors what they could reasonably expect to get out of a home or “Backyard-scale” system. We have to say, the response to these “integrated gardening systems”…

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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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Project Update: Aquaponic Discovery Center at Feed By Grace in Fort Worth, TX

     This project is the first in a unique level of partnership for community groups and urban farming programs. This project, which is a joint operation between the Fort Worth, TX ministry Feed By Grace and the Dallas-based Aquaponics education/design firm Green Phoenix Farms, is located at a garden site that sits almost under the freeways in a part of town that has not witnessed successful farming for a long time. Green Phoenix Farms has used an existing greenhouse as…

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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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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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