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Backyard Aquaponics Workshop

Does growing water-wise organic herbs, leafy greens and vegetables at your back door sound good to you? How about growing fresh fish while you’re at it?

No chemicals, no fuss, just fresh fish, herbs and vegetables.

Credit: Milkwood

Sydney: April 18th - 19th, 2015 ( 9:00 am - 5:00 pm )

Does growing water-wise organic herbs, leafy greens and vegetables at your back door sound good to you? How about growing fresh fish while you’re at it?

Join Milkwood for a practical aquaponics workshop on how to build your own aquaponics system and produce organic, water-wise vegetables and fresh fish in your own backyard.

This 2-day intensive workshop is designed to de-mystify home aquaponics systems, and give you the knowledge and confidence you need to build a range of DIY backyard aquaponics setups.

We know there’s no ‘one way’ to do aquaponics, so in this wokrshop we ensure you get a good grasp on all the options out there for home aquaponics systems. Then you can build your own with confidence.

No chemicals, no fuss, just fresh fish, herbs and vegetables.

With 10% of the water usage and five times the growth rate of a conventional vegetable garden, an aquaponics setup can see fingerling fish grown to plate size in under 12 months.

This workshop covers the basics of:

The theory and history of Aquaponics
Nutrient cycling in different types of aquaponics systems
Integrating aquaponics with a permaculture approach for low-energy, high yeild systems
Different types of setups, grow beds, pumps and equipment
Integrating an aquaponics system efficiently and aesthetically into your backyard
Then we’ll move into the nitty-gritty of adaptable, modular, upgradable, DIY, media based aquaponics systems:
Design and hands-on construction of different aquaponics systems
Which kinds of pumps your can use, and how they’re different
The pros and cons of different fish food strategies (including Black Soldier Fly production, water weeds, worms and so on)
Selecting the best fish species for your backyard system
Selecting the best plants for your backyard system
How to approach the design of your system, to ensure success
And finally we’ll look at system maintainence and troubleshooting:
Understanding ‘system cycling’
Understanding basic water testing methods, including pH, and interpreting their results
Fish disease prevention strategies for a super healthy system
Natural strategies for nutrient management of your leafy green and veggie crops

You will leave with a competent beginners level knowledge of aquaponics, and with the confidence to build and maintain your own abundant aquaponics system, for many harvests to come.

You will also leave with solid student resources to enable you to get cracking with building your own aquaponics setup.

For More Information Visit: http://www.milkwood.net/course/backyard-aquaponics/