Introduction to Aquaponics
Friday, October 25, 2013 from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM (EDT)
Winter Haven, FL
A one day course that will cover the topics most important to being successful in aquaponics including aquaponic methods and applications, aquatic livestock and plant choices along with an overview of water quality, growing techniques, system requirements, fish health and feeds, plant care and selection, system startup basics and business considerations. This course will include 3 hours of classroom instruction by leading experts in their field, followed by a self-drive field trip to an innovative aquaponics installation and teaching facility. Lunch will be provided.
You’ll learn the basics of sustainably raising fish, herbs and vegetables together, using fewer resources than traditional farming, and the added benefit of producing food without the use of pesticides, herbicides or chemical fertilizers, all year ‘round! This is your chance to learn about aquaponic food production and how you can grow fresh fish and herbs/vegetables for your family or in a profitable business venture.
Aquaponics is the fastest growing segment of aquaculture. It is a sustainable food production system that combines conventional aquaculture, the raising aquatic animals such as food fish or aquarium fish, with hydroponics – the cultivating plants in water in one eco- environment. In aquaculture, effluents accumulate in the water, increasing toxicity for the fish. This water is led to a hydroponic system where the by-products from the aquaculture are broken down by nitrogen-fixing bacteria, then filtered out by the plants as nutrients, after which the cleaned water is recirculated back to the animals.
Description A one-day training seminar designed to teach the basics of raising fish and aquaponic plants in a naturally balanced, integrated culture system. Participants will learn about the basic needs of food and/or aquarium fish and how they should be cared for and raised. Participants will also learn how to use the wastewater from the fish to raise pesticide-free, nutritious healthy vegetables without soil. A self-drive (approximately 40 miles) field trip to MorningStar Farms in Dade City – an innovative aquaponics installation and teaching facility- will allow participants to see firsthand a working aquaponics facility.
Perfect for middle and secondary school or vocational students and teachers of science, ecology, and agriculture, gardening clubs, FFA clubs, and individuals interested in learning an innovative way to produce a constant supply of fish and herbs and/or vegetables using a simple, naturally balanced, ecologically sound system. No prior knowledge of aquaponics is required or assumed.
Phil Reasons, Executive Director, MorningStar Fishermen
Dr. Bill Falls, Instructor/Consultant, MorningStar Fishermen
Dr. Roy Yanong, VMD, UF IFAS Tropical Aquaculture Lab
Dr. Richard Tyson, UF IFAS Orange County Extension Director
Serina Rocco, Environmental Supervisor, FDACS Division of Aquaculture
When & Where
Florida Aquaculture Association
The Florida Aquaculture Association is a non-profit trade association representing Florida's diverse aquaculture inustry. Contact info: FAA, PO Box 1519, Winter Haven, FL 33882 PH: 863-293-5710 FX: 863-299-5154 EM: email@example.com