Tag-Archive for ◊ Aquaculture ◊

• Monday, February 06th, 2012

Aquaponic gardeningHere is an exciting new book that I plan on reading. An aquaculture system is  a great compliment to a biodome, greenhouse or back yard garden.

Source: Amazon.com

Aquaponics is a revolutionary system for growing plants by fertilizing them with the waste water from fish in a sustainable closed system. A combination of aquaculture and hydroponics, aquaponic gardening is an amazingly productive way to grow organic vegetables, greens, herbs, and fruits, while providing the added benefits of fresh fish as a safe, healthy source of protein. On a larger scale, it is a key solution to mitigating food insecurity, climate change, groundwater pollution, and the impacts of overfishing on our oceans.

Aquaponic Gardening is the definitive do-it-yourself home manual, focused on giving you all the tools you need to create your own aquaponic system and enjoy healthy, safe, fresh, and delicious food all year round. Starting with an overview of the theory, benefits, and potential of aquaponics, the book goes on to explain:

  • System location considerations and hardware components
  • The living elements–fish, plants, bacteria, and worms
  • Putting it all together–starting and maintaining a healthy system
• Sunday, September 11th, 2011

This is the solution to reducing crime and “terrorism” throughout the world. May freedom reign for all.

Source: The Urban Farming Guys

• Thursday, February 17th, 2011

ShelfponicsShelfponics is a combination of vertical farming and hydroponics. The idea comes from the GardenPool project in Arizona, but Shelfponics does not need a warm climate. Trays and racks could be set-up anywhere inside where sunlight reaches.

Source: GardenPool Blog

So I was looking at an unused corner of the Garden Pool when I had an idea: vertical growing. It was a small area with about 78″ of vertical height, perfect for vertical growing. We generally used the corner to store unused buckets, aquariums, or small starter plants in soil.

The next task was to find a simple solution for vertical growing. What was found was a bookshelf that was used to store tools and miscellaneous GP stuff. I took down the bookshelf and installed a simple plywood shelf elsewhere to take its place. While examining the bookshelf I noticed that the shelves could be snapped-in upside down. This would make a perfect tray Ebb & Flow system. Over the next 9 months we would experiment with and perfect what we have coined shelfponics.

Research credit: Joshua Layton

• Tuesday, January 06th, 2009

Sounds like a great evening! January 20th, 7-9PM at the Masion Verte Coop (5785 Sherbrooke West in N.D.G.)

From Maison Verte:

BOOK LAUNCH: Toolbox for Sustainable City Living: A do-it-ourselves Guide by Scott Kellogg and Stacy Pettigrew (South End Press, 2008).

Join author Scott Kellogg in a discussion on urban ecological survival skills. Explore the cross-section of permaculture and social activism including the design of tools and techniques used to secure people’s access to life’s basic necessities: food, water security, shelter, waste management and energy production.

These systems are simple, affordable and are built from salvaged, waste and recycled materials.

They include:

  • Soil building and asphalt removal
  • Bioremediation (cleaning contaminated soils using plants, fungi and biological processes)
  • Rainwater harvesting
  • Aquaculture (ponds, plants, fish and algae)
  • Passive solar and bicycle windmills
  • Biogas and veggie oil biofuels
  • Natural construction methods (straw bale, clay woodchip)
  • Do-It-Yourself air purification


Scott Kellogg is a co-founder of the Rhizome Collective (Austin, Texas), and the director of its sustainability program. A teacher, activist, ecological designer and father, he divides his time between Texas, and the Albany Free School Community in Albany, New York. Scott is currently earning a Masters in Environmental Science from Johns Hopkins University.