2015 Farm to Table Conference

Farm to Table Conference, Pittsburgh PA

March 27-28, 2015 at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center

Pittsburgh Aquaponics will demonstrate an Aquponics system at the Farm to Table Conference March 27-28 (this Friday and Saturday) at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center.

The demonstration will be located and powered by the nice folks at Zero Fossil where the water pump and lights will get 100% of its energy from sustainable, green sources.

So, if you have not made plans already, come down this Friday or Saturday to learn more about Aquaponics. And come meet other farmers, food producers, non-profits, retailers, green energy companies, wineries, dairies, apiaries, chefs, wellness professionals and people who care about food.

You can see a list of exhibitors online.  There are speakers and cooking demonstrations both days. The schedule is on this website.

The food vendors will also have items available to purchase – bring reusable bags and prepare to shop for the best in local Pittsburgh food.

Bonus: Kids under 12 get in free!

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February Open House

Please join us on Saturday, February 21st from 2-4 PM at our facility in the south side: 401 Bingham Street, Pittsburgh. Plenty of street parking available.

dwarf tobacco plantWe are available to discuss Aquaponics system design, what types of fish to use, what types of plants to grow.

And, we are happy to answer any questions you may have about Aquaponics for the home or office.

Plus, we will be selling blue nile tilapia fingerlings for your systems. Kids get a free goldfish, so bring the whole family!

We are currently growing:

  • Genovese Basil
  • Thai (purple) Basil
  • Parsley
  • Dwarf tobacco
  • Microgreens
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Open House, Saturday, Sept. 6th

Please come to our open house on Saturday, September 6th from 2-4PM in our new south side facility in the basement of 401 Bingham St., Pittsburgh PA.

We have built an indoor Aquaponic system that is filled with plants and fish:

basil and lettue

Basil and lettuce growing in deep water raft system

We’re growing organically:

  • Kale
  • Basil
  • Lettuce
  • Tomatoes
  • Wheat grass
  • Mustard Greens
  • Blue Nile Tilapia

Please come with your questions and curiosity. We’re eager to show and teach you about Aquaponics.

If you brings kids, get a free goldfish to take home!

Books, aquaponics parts and starter aquaponcics systems will be available for purchase.

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Help Build Aquaponics Systems in Thailand!

SEED International is offering a volunteer tourism trip from January 3rd-16th, 2015 to northern Thailand. Help build Aquaponics systems for a small village and experience Thai culture and cuisine at the same time. Ten people will work as a team to build a deep-water culture system for an elementary school to provide fresh vegetables and fish for the children and teachers.Thai Children

Stay in tree top bungalows in Wiang Pa Pao and help build another Aquaponics system for the volunteers that stay there throughout the year.

Tree Top Bungalows

There’s no need to have previous experience in building Aquaponics systems. SEED International will help guide you through the whole journey. Plus you will get a chance of a lifetime to ride elephants, visit healing hot springs, and take a riverboat tour. If you’re a university student, you can earn credits toward your degree and gain valuable experience in international development, engineering, math, science, and language.

For more details go to www.seedint.com or contact Colleen Beck at colleencbeck@gmail.com.

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Review of our Open House

This was a nice post from one of the visitors to our April Open House:

When I first started my aquaponics project I really would have liked a strong support network of locals who shared the interest (aquapioneers?). It’s two years later now and there looks to be the beginnings of such a network forming. One of the groups, Pittsburgh Aquaponics, had an open house this weekend and I was able to get in and see what their facility was like…

The main attraction, though, was their 400-gallon system. There are many components, so I’ve labeled and numbered the parts and pieces for explanation below. Feel free to click the pic for a better view.

PA Tour_main system

(1) The backbone of the system: a 400-gallon fish pond. They’ve opted for a light and moveable plastic model as opposed to a literal brick-and-mortar tub. I was told that 400 gallons of water can support 20-30 fish, so I could probably do at least a dozen in my 200ish gallon pond. Right now, though, the tilapia are still growing, so the system is supported by just a few goldfish until the tilapia grow up.

Full article…

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