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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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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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There’s much more than corn in the Heartland!

By Adrienne Cohen First stop: Anton’s in Kansas City A destination visit to an unusual eatery was the primary reason for an overnight stop in Kansas City the beginning of October in conjunction with a trip to Iowa for the Eating Words Conference. Sponsored by the Edible Institute, the workshop for food writers was planned by the same group that publishes “Edible” Magazines in nearly 100 cities, including Dallas-Worth. Their editorial focus is on sustainability and healthy food, and the…

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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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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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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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Eating Well, Feeling Better

By Lia Jonsson The French actor-playwright Moliere is said to have said, “I live on good soup, not on fine words.” In that spirit I’m writing about soup – good soup – made with readily available, simple, hearty, nutritious components; great soups do not need fine ingredients. Soup can be made quickly of whatever is available; it is forgiving, and often the best results come from substitution and improvisation. Soup can be an entire meal, or it can start a…

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Eating Well — Feeling Better

By Lia Jonsson Part of the art of eating well, to my mind, is found in ease of preparation. If one doesn’t have to think much or work hard, eating well simply becomes habit. I’m the first to admit that when planning and preparing meals becomes a chore, I’d rather order take out or settle for cereal and milk or a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. Occasionally, that can be a treat! But, good food is always a treat, and…

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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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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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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 (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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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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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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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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Custom Aquaponic System Tour

Hello all, we have been working around the clock with a variety of different projects, but we just got this short video back from our friends at Karmakaze Productions and wanted to share it with you as quickly as we could. This video is a tour through a large residential system that Green Phoenix Farms recently designed and built in Austin, Texas. This system will hopefully prove to people that it is possible to have an aquaponic system that is…

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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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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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