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What we'll do
Aquaponics, the integration of aquaculture and hydroponics has become incredibly popular because it provides the opportunity for sustainable, localized, small-scale production of both fish and vegetables. Aquaponics utilizes the nutrient-rich water from aquaculture production of fish as a source of organic nutrients for growing plants and vegetables. There are numerous examples of home and classroom systems and designs and photos are readily available on websites and U-tube. Most are small-scale, home systems based on simple, inexpensive, i.e. cheap materials found at either the local hardware or big-box stores or the neighborhood-recycling center.
This half-day workshop goes through the design of several successful aquaponics systems for the home or school environment. From the perspective of a limited budget, design details and options are presented for all the system components. The first part of the morning session will cover the basics of aquaponics with an emphasis on small scale home and school systems. Design and construction details for several currently built and operating school systems will be presented, that are being used in school educational programs in Tucson, AZ,
In addition, several back-yard systems, previously constructed by the Tucson Aquaponics Project, will be reviewed.
During the second part, the group will travel (just a short distance) over to the University of Arizonas Controlled Environmental Aquaponics Research Lab, where we will assemble a system designed for apartments and patios. This hands on program will look at the simple plumbing, equipment and tools that can be purchased at the big-box home stores and local aquaponics stores. We will also take the opportunity to tour the research lab and several of the small scale systems used for demonstration and research.
What to bring
How to find us:In the main building with the large classroom.
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