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Moving Forward to New Adventures in Aquaponics

As many of you have certainly noticed, Green Phoenix Farms has been relatively quiet in the Aquaponic industry for a while. This has been due to the fact that almost exactly two years ago (July 2015), Adam Cohen was invited to continue the development of the Controlled Environment Agriculture (formerly Greenhouse Management and Operations) program at Santa Fe Community College in Santa Fe, New Mexico, which was founded by Eric Highfield two years earlier in 2013. Over the past two…

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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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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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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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Green Phoenix Farms CSA Registration is now LIVE

We are so excited to announce the launch of the Green Phoenix Farms Aquaponic CSA, and we want you to be a part of it! This will be a weekly Share from produce harvested in our new 2,000 sq.ft. Aquaponic System located at our farm (Burleson/Mansfield area).  This share will provide you with fresh Aquaponic produce every week during the Harvest Season (12-weeks), and we will have 4 seasons per year. A share will consist of 6 – 10 different varieties of…

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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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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 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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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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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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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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And the seedlings are planted on…

     About three weeks ago, we posted an update to show how things were proceeding in our new Aquaponic Discovery Center in Fort Worth, TX. In our post “Planting Day“, we showed a slideshow of pictures of us planting nearly 500 seedlings into the system. That was a great day! The sun was shining, the weather was  clear and crisp, and the water was flowing great.       Unfortunately about eight days later, we had ANOTHER cold snap blow in (I…

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Planting Day!

So today was a great day for us at Green Phoenix Farms. We were able to plant out our first 500+ seedlings into the system in Fort Worth, TX at the Aquaponic Discovery Center at Feed By Grace. The major construction was completed in January 2014, but an unforeseen delay in the power line installation delayed operation until the early part of this week. However, we are happy to say that we currently have a wide variety of leafy greens…

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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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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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  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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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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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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Aquaponic Training Workshops Available

So did you know that we are now offering Aquaponic Trainings at our new workshop in Garland, TX? So far we have had 60+ people attend our trainings and the best part — we are indoors, with heat and a/c, catered lunches, hard-copy manuals for every class and best of all a 100% Money Back Guarantee! If you think that our training was not worth the money you paid, we will refund it in full. Why don’t you check out…

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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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“Sunrose” System Growth Update (April 30)

OK, so I guess that I need to significantly work on my follow through when it comes to pictures and system growth updates. I know that April is a busy month for everyone, but I have to say — this was VERY busy for us. We installed three systems in three weeks, participated in five different shows, and numerous other things. Anyway, enough prattling on about my issues. Just like last time, I am sure that y’all  want to to…

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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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First salad of 2012!

So after the torrential rains and the 23 tornadoes (yes Virginie, TWENTY-THREE tornadoes – see article below) that hit the DFW metroplex on April 3rd — we went out to our aquaponic system to find…. That all the plants were actually still there and doing fine. Yeah sure the beets had fallen over a bit and one of the cucumbers had been blown off the trellis, but all in all – there was no real damage. In light of this…

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Introduction to Aquaponics Training Class

Introduction to Aquaponics Training Class: When:     Saturday,  April 7th    10am – 12pm Monday,     April 9th    6pm – 8pm Where:   “Sunrose” system in Farmers Branch Cost:      $30 per person (Classes are limited to 8 people) To register — please send an RSVP email to greenphoenix (@) greenphoenixfarms.com to confirm your space. The location address will be emailed with your confirmation. Information Covered:  This 2-hour class is designed to give a general introduction to Aquaponics and will cover a number of topics.…

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“Sunrose” System Growth Update (March 30th)

OK, so once again I am a few days late in uploading the pictures of this system… I don’t know why it takes me so long to get around to uploading them from my camera… Fine – new resolution. I WILL download my pictures from the camera every day I take them…. Anyway, enough bemoaning of my techno-problems. Y’all  want to to see how things are progressing in the system, right? Well here you go. [portfolio_slideshow id=572] As you can…

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Green Phoenix on BlogTalkRadio Today!

Many things have been happening lately, and today is just one example of that. Adam Cohen from Green Phoenix Farms has been invited as a featured guest of the Aquaponics Survival Community on BlogTalkRadio. This interview was originally aired on Saturday March 31st at 10:30am Central time. Audio File of Interview (30min): Interview with Adam from Green Phoenix Farms by Victoria Kelley Sat, March 31, 2012 10:30AM Adam’s background is marine biology and marine fisheries, which he studied at Texas…

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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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“Sunrose” System Growth Update (March 26th)

Time for another growth update to the current happenings in the “Sunrose” system! Our newly remodeled system is working like a champ and we have not had a single problem with the revised auto-siphons and the new drain line. Even though there is a surplus of nutrients in the system from the Tilapia we raised last year, we decided to add  some small feeder goldfish into the IBC tank about 4 days ago. Mainly we just wanted to have something…

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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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Growth Update for Farmers Branch backyard system – “Sunrose”

Today was a VERY good day! After working on a few different projects and meeting some very good contacts for expanding our business, I was already in a great mood…. But, something happened when I went to view our newly-returned to operation backyard system in Farmers Branch, TX. [For those just tuning in, this system was built as a hands-on workshop in June of 2011. We shut it down in December 2011 due to cold temps and the transfer of…

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Southlake Green Fest on March 24th

Green Fest is Southlake’s point of connection to learn about the many ways to be better stewards of the earth’s resources. The event will feature various ways residents can invest in a sustainable future, improve daily living and save money by Going Green!     Green Phoenix Farms would like to invite everyone to come out to Southlake Town Square from 10am to 4pm on Saturday March 24th. We are proud to be exhibitors at the annual Green Fest in Southlake. Please…

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The Good Food Revolution

I don’t know about you, but I have had several life events in the past few years that have made me reconsider what I felt was important and the direction that I was heading in. While all were important, the single greatest catalyst for change in my life has been the birth of my son. It was this event, that more than any other, that guided my decision to become a farmer. But where did this decision come from? I…

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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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