Commercial / Education

Earth Day Open House

Aquaponics open house

Please come to our open house on Saturday, April 19th from 2-4PM in our new south side facility in the basement of 401 Bingham St., Pittsburgh PA. Technically, Earth Day is April 22…but why wait? We have built an indoor Aquaponic system that is just getting ramped up to full food production capacity: a 4′ x 8′ media grow bed a 4′ x 8′ deep water culture trough with floating rafts 1 Swirl filter All connected to a 400 gallon circular fish tank and illuminated by high-efficient induction lamps. We’re growing organically: Kale Spinach Swiss Chard Tomatoes Wheat grass

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New Ken Man Brings Aquaponics to Haiti

Source: Pittsburgh Tribune-Review One goal of Give Hope Global is an aquaponics project to help make the orphanage self-sufficient. The first step is to build pools to raise tilapia. Then, the water from the fish pools in channeled into water gardens by way of a solar-power system. The water is recirculated back into the pools. Tom Roberts designed and built the sheds over the aquaponics tanks. The gardens will allow orphanage residents to grow vegetables in a series of areas 50 feet by 4 feet wide. “We built the first 12-foot-round pool in October,” Roberts says. When the operation

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Backyard Systems / Education

Door Campaign Aims to Teach Aquaponics on North Side

Pittsburgh Aquaponics has been approached to assist this project and will do so where it can. Having a location and some old greenhouse equipment is a great start. Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette The Door Campaign is weeks old and already has a board of directors, two sites for an innovative leadoff project and associations with high school and college mentors. “The idea is to get young African-American men to show the community that we can be the change,” he said. “We’re trying to expose our demographic to a different world. The door in the Door Campaign is the one that

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Education

Youngstown High School Opens Aquaponics Greenhouse

Source: Vindy.com The first crop has already been harvested from the aquaponics lab at Choffin Career and Technical Center in Youngstown. Several varieties of lettuce grown by the students were picked and sold to school personnel. “It was delicious,” said Renee English, Choffin spokeswoman. Aquaponics — the cultivation of fish and vegetation in a closed ecosystem — is a new program this year at Choffin. School officials believe it’s the first in Ohio. Antwan Anderson, 16, a sophomore at Choffin, said the students are growing beans and squash as well as the lettuce in a greenhouse on the school

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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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Aquaponics for Challenged People

I have had several discussions with advocates for the socially and physically disadvantaged about Aquaponic gardening. Battered women, traumatized soldiers, alcoholics and the autistic could all benefit from the joy of Aquaponic gardening in Pittsburgh. Here is a story from Akron, OH that illustrates the opportunity: Source: Houston Chronicle The sight of a tankful of tilapia gobbling the food he’d given them made Scott Geistweite smile. Every day, the Akron, Ohio, resident checks and feeds the fish in an aquaponics system at Bridges, a vocational center for adults with developmental disabilities. In the seven months he’s been helping to

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Education

Aquaponics Lands in Penn St.

Not all is doom and gloom in Happy Valley these days… Source: Penn St. After spending five days this spring studying aquaponics at the University of Arizona, College of Agricultural Sciences student Jessica Foster and greenhouse manager Scott DiLoreto are developing the first aquaponic system at Penn State… DiLoreto heard from a colleague about the aquaponics course — an intensive, five-day look at “controlled-environment agriculture” — offered at the University of Arizona and suggested that he and Foster attend to learn more before taking on the project. “We were there pretty much from 8 in the morning until 5

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Urban Farming with Aquaponics

If Chicago and Milwaukee can make Aquaponics work, there is no reason Pittsburgh can’t. Source: Food First The urban farming movement is gaining momentum. But for areas with limited or contaminated greenspace or a short growing season, aquaponics can be an alternative agricultural system. This new type of urban farm has popped up in underused and empty industrial spaces in a number of declining urban centers. The aquaponic system was pioneered by Will Allen at his non-profit farm Growing Power in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The vertical farming model pairs fish production with hydroponically grown vegetables. Ammonia excreted by the fish

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Commercial / Home Systems

Recirculating farming

Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Doug Oster’s May 26 article “Recycled Aquarium Water Benefits Goldfish and Seedlings” highlights home aquaponics, a soilless method of gardening that pairs hydroponics (growing plants in water) with raising fish (aquaculture). Readers should be aware that aquaponics is more than a rewarding home hobby — it’s also an innovative form of agriculture that produces fresh, healthy foods in an ecologically sound way. Aquaponics is a type of recirculating farming and is what it sounds like — a way to grow food using constantly cleaned and recycled (recirculated) water. Because these farms are closed-loop systems, they can

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