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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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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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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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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. We 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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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. Stay in tree top bungalows in Wiang Pa Pao and help build another Aquaponics system for the volunteers that stay there throughout the year. There’s no need to have previous experience in building Aquaponics systems. SEED International will

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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

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Aquaponics Open House III

Summer is over! Time to figure out how to continue gardening through the Fall, Winter and Spring. How do you do that? With Aquaponics, of course! Like the last Aquaponics Open House, we will have presentations explaining in greater detail permaculture principles, Aquaponics and growing MicroGreens for fun and profit. When: Sunday, September 29th, 3-6 PM Where: 401 Bingham St., 2nd Floor, Pittsburgh, PA 15203 (South side) Parking: On street

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Happy as a Clam with Aquaponics

Tom Bryan, at first glance, would not appear to be a likely Aquaponic gardener. Tom’s family has been in the rock, gravel and cement business for over 130 years. His great, great grandfather, Frank Bryan, founded Frank Bryan, Inc., a gravel and concrete business on the historic South Side in 1883. Their primary business is in dredging the rivers of Western Pa for the raw rocks and materials found on the bottoms of rivers and using it for construction material, mostly concrete. Today, Frank Bryan is the largest concrete manufacturer in the tri-state region. So, how did Tom Bryan

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