[permaculture] Aquaponics + Biogas + Green Business = Food & EnergyIndependence

Darren Doherty darren at permaculture.biz
Mon May 2 14:32:02 EDT 2011


G'day,

This seems like a very interesting course: well done for putting it
on...would love to go myself but will be otherwise occupied at the time.

I'm assuming that it wouldn't be the case that the aquaponics systems
promoted would not be using mined, soil-less media. People like George Chan
have developed larger scale earthen systems along the ZERI model whilst the
ebullient Will Allen of Growing Power has also developed systems use of
composts (of local food wastes) and coconut fibre (which is obviously not
sourced in Milwaukee), the latter which could be replaced by a host of other
media sourced and processed locally. I have not visited Will's facility (s)
and base my understandings on discussions I've had with students who have
been involved with his project and the various media out there on his work.

On this topic I subscribe to the view of Peter Kropotkin (1888-9),

"....While science devotes its chief attention to industrial pursuits, a
limited number of lovers and a legion of workers whose very names will
remain unknown to posterity have created of late a quite new agriculture, as
superior to the old 3 field system of our ancestors. Science seldom guided
them, and sometimes misguided - as was the case with Liebig's theories,
developed to the extreme by his followers, who induced us to treat plants as
glass recipients of chemical drugs, and who forgot that the only science
capable of dealing with life and growth is physiology, not chemistry..."

In 2010 I had the opportunity of designing the pilot for an integrated
aquaponics system as part of a localised BioChar & Energy (SynGas & Heated
Water) production complex which focussed around my own belief's that plants
that in nature grow in non-riparian soils are best grown in garden soils not
in media that treats plants as Kropotkin so eloquently described. Therefore
this system (which was never built: the clients lost their funding!) was
intended to grow vegies in a model similar to Will Allen's, where many of
the plants are irrigated using drip or spray irrigation whilst natural
riparian plants are grown in saturated media.

So bravo for putting this on and I look forward to hearing reports on the
outcomes of it especially around these matters.

All the best,

Darren Doherty




>
> Dear Friend,
>
> Living Mandala and NorCal Aquaponics are excited for their second
> training on cutting-edge solutions for food and energy independence
> amidst shifting climates and environment stress.
>
> COMMERCIAL AQUAPONICS TRAINING: WITH APPLIED PERMACULTURE DESIGN
> PLUS BIOGAS
> May 21-22, 2011
> Ukiah, California
>
> Aquaponics combines Aquaculture with Hydroponics creating one of the
> most sustainable and productive food systems on the planet.
>
> This training is one of a few Commercial Aquaponics Courses available.
>
> What makes this training especially unique as it will also include
> business coaching as well as permaculture practices focused on closing
> loops & creating an even more sustainable, dynamic, & regenerative
> system.
>
> And this time we are adding the additional component of Biogas!
>
> At a time of global climate change, depletion of resources, pollution
> of water, huge losses of top soil worldwide, and other threats to the
> future of our food supply, there has never been a more important time
> to learn about Aquaponics & Biogas.
>
> The green market potential for Aquaponics & Biogas are huge and
> growing fast! Get in on the solutionary action early by attending this
> course.
>
> We are offering special discounts to this unique training to the
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>
> More info below.
>
> -The Living Mandala Team
>
>
> COMMERCIAL AQUAPONICS TRAINING: WITH APPLIED PERMACULTURE DESIGN:
> LAUNCHING THRIVING GREEN CAREERS
>
> May 21-22, 2011
>
> Ukiah, California
>
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>
>
>
> Aquaponics Facts
> Aquaponics uses up to 90% less water than conventional farming does
> Aquaponics is energy efficient: It requires up to 1/3 of the energy
> other farming systems use.
> Aquaponics can have up to 8 to 10 times more vegetable production in
> the same amount of time and area than conventional gardens or farms.
> Labor can be reduced as much as 40%, while useful byproducts are
> created that can be used to farm other crops, trees, soil, water, and
> energy.
> A permaculture inspired system produces all of the systems needs
> (water, energy, fish feed, heat, etc.) on-site
> Products of the system include: solar electricity, heat, fish, prawns,
> vegetables, aquatic plants, algae, snails, worms, fertilizer, even
> methane gas.
>
> Course Description
>
> Aquaponics is one of the most sustainable and productive farming
> systems in the world. It combines Aquaculture and Hydroponics to
> create a truly self-sufficient closed loop system that uses only a
> fraction of the water, labor, energy, etc. that other methods use.
> Combining Permaculture Design with Aquaponics creates an even more
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>
>
> Permaculture & Aquaponics
>
> Permaculture and Aquaponics focuses truly sustainable closed-loop
> systems are created that provide all the needs for the system with in
> the system itself. Max Meyer's focus is on aquapionics systems that
> that produce virtually all of the system's needs (water, energy, fish,
> feed, heat, gas, etc.) onsite! Products of the Meyers systems include;
> Solar electricity, Solar heated air, Solar heated water, fish, prawns,
> vegetables, fruit, aquatic plants, algae, minnows, snails, worms, dry
> and liquid fertilizers, even methane gas!
>
>
> Biogas Digester Workshop
>
> Biogas is a naturally produced fuel, capable of powering stoves,
> lights, refrigerators, and anything that natural gas or propane can
> power.
>
> In this workshop you will get complete information about how to
> understand, successfully make and properly use biogas (Day 1), as well
> as how to make simple, effective, low-cost digesters. You will learn a
> good deal about the tools and techniques required to build fairly
> large as well as smaller digesters (Day 2). Everyone who attends the
> first day of class will get a copy of The Complete Biogas Handbook
> (which offers a much-praised view of everything concerning biogas).
> Those who attend the second day will get a CD with a heap of wonderful
> information, including more than 2 megabytes of information about how
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>
> The first twenty who attend both days will leave with their own small
> Biogas Digester!
>
>
>
> Instructors:
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> Max Meyers, David William House, Chris Byrne, and Special Guests
>
>
> Tuition: Special Discounts for Affiliates & Permaculture Design Course
> Grads
>
> Regular tuition for the Commercial Aquaponics Course course is $1250.
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