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Aquaponic farms big on idealism, low on profits

Aquaponics and Profitability

A new generation of Aquaponic farms in Chicago hope to crack the nut of profitability. Let us know when you got it down! Source: Chicago Tribune This is from someone who worked on it three years, overtime, just nonstop from every angle trying to make it work: It wasn’t until I tried everything … completely from scratch that I realized there’s no way to make the numbers work,” Amini said of the aquaponics industry he’s left behind. “It’s all green fantasy.”“ Despite its appeal, aquaponics is not a simple way to replace fish and vegetables imported from California, Bugbee

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Summer Sale and Open House

Please come to our open house on Saturday, August 13th from 2-4 PM at our south side facility in the basement of 401 Bingham St., Pittsburgh PA. There is plenty of free street parking available. Bell Siphons and other plumbing equipment will be selling for 25% off! Come see our indoor Aquaponic system that has been running virtually maintenance-free for 3 years now! Please come with your questions and curiosity. We’re eager to show you and teach you about Aquaponics so that you can begin growing this way 365 days a year in your home, basement or garage. Bring your kids and they can take home a

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Nile Valley AP Modeled on Growing Power

Nile Valley Aquaponics, Kansas City

This interesting and ambitious project in Kansas City is modeled on the latest design of Will Allen at Growing Power in Milwaukee. When I visited and met with Will Allen in 2013, he was hardly growing anything with Aquaponics besides watercress. If this system can succeed growing black soldier fly larvae (protein to feed fish) most of the year, it could be a big success and step forward in commercial AP design. Fish feed protein is a major input for Aquaponics systems. Source: Kansas City Star

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Largest Aquaponic Farm in World Breaks Ground in S. Dakota

largest aquaponics farm in the world

Cold climate? Shrumpf… Source: Argus Leader Sioux Falls-based Global Aquaponics Inc. will break ground on its first advanced aquaponics food production system next week near Brookings. The company calls its project “the biggest and most advanced aquaponics system in the world.” The facility is being built on 8 acres and…At full production, the 40-tank system in Brookings eventually will employ about 45 people and produce 2.5 million pounds of food a year.

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The Tesla of Eco-Villages to use Aquaponics

Eco Villiage Aquaponics

Source: FastCoexist … A new type of community designed to be fully self-sufficient, growing its own food, making its own energy, and handling its own waste in a closed loop… By using the most advanced methods for growing food—a combination of aeroponics, aquaponics, permaculture, food forests, and high-yield organic farming—the neighborhood will grow many times more food than a traditional farm of the same size, with fewer resources. Aquaponics, for example, can produce 10 times as much produce on the same amount of land, with 90% less water… “We’re really looking at a global scale,” he says. “We are redefining

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April Open House

Please come to our open house on Saturday, April 23rd from 2-4 PM at our south side facility in the basement of 401 Bingham St., Pittsburgh PA. There is plenty of free street parking available. Learn about Bell Siphons and how to build your own. Or buy one of ours to start your own Aquaponics system. Come see our indoor Aquaponic system that has been running virtually maintenance-free for 3 years now! Please come with your questions and curiosity. We’re eager to show you and teach you about Aquaponics so that you can begin growing this way 365 days a year in your home,

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Industrial-Scale Ecosystems

Aquaponics in a warehouse

Here’s some evidence that Aquaponics produce tastes better than hydroponics: “Chefs tell us that the produce that we grow is literally the best produce that they’ve ever eaten.” Source: Fastcoexist “We build industrial-scale ecosystems.” So says Jason Green, CEO and co-founder of Edenworks, a Brooklyn-based urban farming startup. Unlike a typical indoor farm—a sterile environment, sometimes run by people in gloves or even by robots—Edenworks tries to build in as much life as possible. In their new warehouse, set to open in New York City this summer, fish will grow in tanks, bacteria will turn the fish waste into

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Visit the Farm Revolution

Farm to Table 2016, Pittsburgh, PA

Come down to the Pittsburgh Convention center this Friday or Saturday (March 18 and 19) and witness the Farm revolution taking place in Western Pennsylvania! We’ll be there at the Pittsburgh Farm to Table Local Food Conference spreading the love of Aquaponics. Also, there will be many other terrestrial farmers at the show to share their bounty, love and knowledge of farming. Come see Samy or Mark at the Zero Fossil alternative energy booth at the back of the auditorium. We’ll have Blue Nile Tilapia for sale.

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Aquaponics to Serve Homeless in San Diego

San Diego Aquaponics

Commercial aquaponics greenhouses are a perfect fit for social missions like this one in San Diego that deliver triple bottom line benefits to people and planet with a healthy profit. Vista ‘s Solutions Farms began growing vegetables and fish about a year ago as a way to teach job skills and raise money to help fight homelessness. Nutrient-rich water from the fish tank feeds plants, and in turn, the plants purify the water that goes back into the fish tank. It allows the farming system to use very little water once the tanks are full. The expansion will triple the

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