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Friday, March 25, 2011

SOME PEOPLE I KNOW THINK THAT I'M CRAZY

But seriously I don't know of anything that has more potential to easily and relatively inexpensively provide food for people in need. Aquaponics can do it and at the same time, not damage soils, our planet or our bodies. Aquaponics does not use anywhere near the water, compared to any other cropping procedure that I know of. It is safe, easy to learn and it works. This blog is total positive proof with over 3,700 visitors interested in, building or already taking advantage of the ongoing benefits that are available through Aquaponics.

It's not hard to work out if Aquaponics is right for you, your family, your community. The facts are already in and the votes are being counted daily as new people are deciding to make Aquaponics their preferred way or helping to provide food for their family, community or just for their own personal needs.

Every week I use Twitter to help promote this blog and in the process, I list the reasons why Aquaponics is good for you and good for the planet. The reason is simply because we can't deny facts. Let's look at them.
NO Chemicals,
NO Pesticides,
NO Soil erosion,
NO Soil diseases,
NO Genetic Modification
NO Artificial fertilizers
Comparatively little water,
The most environmentally friendly, sustainable food production system in our world today,

 In addition, Aquaponics changes the playing field - Waist-high aquaponic gardening cuts down the risk of injury and makes gardening far more easily accessible to people with difficulties.

Ok, Rant completed....work/play time:

A new way to cultivate in Lenoir City
With aquaponics, entrepreneur to raise fish and vegetables
On five acres in Lenoir City, Joel Townsend plans to build a greenhouse facility that will grow lettuce and herbs from water enriched with nutrients from fish.

Through his company, Greater Growth LLC, Townsend is embracing a concept called[MORE]

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Final Design: The Aquaponics Tipper
    The tipper is an improvement on current bell siphon systems. The tipper helps deliver reliability, robustness, and independence from flow-rate for success. By having two intermittent flows, the flow rate into the reservoir is decoupled from the flow rate out of the reservoir. This solves the failure modes that the bell siphon can encounter under high or low flow rate in. The bell siphon fails in high and low flow rates because of the...[more]
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Join Aquaponic Gardening
At 8:32pm on March 16, 2011, Sylvia Bernstein said…
Welcome Niles North, Thanks for joining the Aquaponic Gardening community!  I hope you find it a fun place to explore aquaponics.  There is a real blend of experienced and new aquapons in this community, so please don’t hesitate to get in there and start asking questions.  Everyone is quite happy to help out new members – no question is too basic.

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Aquaponics and rabbits   
About two more weeks till I can dig the footings for the shed that will house my Florida White Rabbits. I recently purchased two 55 gallon steel drums for a rocket mass heater under the shed and noticed the guy selling them had food grade 250 gallon tanks. This got me thinking of adding an aquaponics system in the shed with the rabbits. Heating would be a concern, but I think could [more]

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Mason area volunteers help in ‘neediest areas of Nigeria’
“We have quite a diverse group of creative, intelligent and courageous hopefuls who are setting out to inspire– and most definitely, perspire– in the some of the neediest areas of Nigeria.”

The trip is organized by Self-Sustaining Enterprises of Mason.  Eleven Mason area business professionals are making the journey, from March 16 – 26, to help local Nigerians construct an aquaponics fish pond, set up a 500-700-gallon cinderblock fish factory and develop other microenterprise initiatives.[MORE]
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DIY Aquaponics

The great thing about this sort of farming is that you will not have to bend to take care of the plants. Placing the fish tank and the netting pots at the waist level will make all activities you need to do in order to take care of the plants and fish undemanding as a children's game. You can say so long to digging, bending and stretching to reach as larger surface, and crawling on your knees to take the weeds out of the ground. You shall have everything you need at your arms’ reach.
The aquaponic plan is right for any age as well as for people with any kind of activity. It requires little time and it gives very good outcomes. On condition that you take respectable care of your fish, your vegetation should grow bigger and bigger, will develop normally and towards the end you will harvest the greatest veggies you have ever tasted![MORE]

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Nigerian mission trip focus: Microenterprises
MASON - Eleven businessmen from the greater Cincinnati area headed to Jos, Nigeria this week on a 10-day mission trip. But unlike other mission trips, this group's focus is a bit different: Microenterprises.

The group hopes to use their business skills to train people to do jobs that could serve as careers, which could have a huge impact on a villager's life. "If we can provide $150 to someone who starts a chicken coop, that enterprise will help someone," he said.

The group however, has much bigger ideas than chicken coops. One member of the group, David West, invested $1000 last September on a technique that could revolutionize farming in the area called aquaponics.

"If we do it right, we could produce 600 to 700 pounds of lettuce a week," project manager Brad Rogers said. "It's feasible to have one on a farm anywhere - the U.S. model is basically a four-by-eight frame [MORE]

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A Classroom aquaponics set up
A set of videos and photographs showing:
a small set-up in my classroom.
3 of my students washing off the hydroton that was donated by our local Cooperative Extension Horticulture Agent!
The drain off of our bell siphon, which is working like a charm!
A quick view of our growing bed and some sacrificial seedlings!  These came from some old seed packets we found so we are not really out anything if it doesn't work!


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West Chester resident part of group to help impoverished Nigerians
Posted by rrichardson March 17th, 2011, 9:52 am Post a Comment

MasonBuzz.com reports on a coalition of area volunteers who traveled to Jos, Nigeria yesterday as part of a faith-based marketplace ministry.

The group of 11 travelers includes West Chester resident Jeff Greer, a senior pastor at Grace Chapel in Mason.

During their six-day trip, the group will help local Nigerians construct an aquaponics fish pond and set up a 500-700-gallon cinderblock fish factory, eventually capable of producing up to 300 fish a month and 80 heads of organic lettuce every 40 days.

Group members will also help train women workers who own...[more]
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Tomato Plants Are Like People

Understanding the needs of tomato plants, that is, what they like and dislike is a great advantage because happy plants are fruitful plants.
When It’s too Sunny and Hot
One of the big issues when growing our own tomatoes is that we are told that tomato plants like full sun. So, as soon as we get a blue sky and a full sunny day, our first thought is to put ou...[more]
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Recipe Box: A Sandwich Recipe in the Making
In this issue's Recipe Box, cook up corned beef or meatloaf and bake a loaf of beer bread.
While a Reuben sandwich traditionally contains sauerkraut and corned beef, take the sandwich in a different direction by substituting coleslaw.[more]
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How Many Zucchini Plants to Plant
by Lisa Richards
If you are like me, you are thinking about what to grow in your vegetable garden this year. Maybe you’ve already ordered all of your seeds, or like me, are doing it in batches. We’ve got most of it ordered, some already received, but still have some decisions to make for the rest.

The subject of zucchini came up the other day. How many plants...
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Heirloom Tomatoes: Are They Really Heirloom?
by Lawrence Davis-Hollander
Let’s be clear. I love heirloom tomatoes.
 I may raise the hackles of some heirloom seed purveyors by telling you that there is a great deal of misrepresentation out there in the heirloom tomato world. Much of it is not on purpose.

 Not every variety called an heirloom tomato is an heirloom tomato. Many varieties featured in seed catalogs are actually new intentional creations or chance hybridizations that have...

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O.K. Now that we;ve let the cat out of the bag abput that one - I'm outa' here...
See you soon
Take Care
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