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Home Scale Aquaponics Introductory Workshop (Summer 2014)

Shaun Mavronicolas

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UPDATE June 21st: July 5th workshop is now full. If you'd like to attend a future workshop please contact the organizer (link on the right).

Keen on the idea of aquaponics and want to gain the knowledge to run your own setup at home? This casual workshop will introduce you to the basic principals of aquaponics and what it takes to build and run your own simple system. It will take place at Shaun and Vita's home in North Vancouver.

In the first part of the workshop we'll explore a small system you can build yourself while explaining what each part does and why you need them. Q&A will take place as we work though the system. In the last 45 minutes of the 3hr workshop we'll tour a home scale hybrid system which resides in a solarium. We'll look at different ways to grow food as well as what you need to consider if you want to put emphasis on the plant side, the fish side or both.

Topics covered will include:
- The nitrogen cycle
- Cycling a system without fish
- Fish selection
- Seeding and plant selection and where to put what
- Laying out a system
- Plumbing
- Lighting and where to use it for maximum return
- Bell siphons, timers and other approaches
- Filtration and Bio-filters
- System maintenance - water testing, pH management, nutrient supplements
- Worm tea brewing and fish solids mineralization
- Bioponics, what is it and what are its benefits

There are dozens of ways to approach growing food with Aquaponics. Shaun will share his experience from the outset of his system to where it has evolved to and why, and where it will be going to in future. A PDF will be provided after the workshop, choc-full of useful web resources and local suppliers of things you need to get going with your own system.

The final part of the workshop will include a tour of Shaun and Vita's compact food growing backyard which includes raised beds, extensive vertical growing, composting, worm farms and rabbits. You'll get to see how the Aquaponics system provides much of the fertilizer for the soil garden along with the rabbit poop and compost.

Note: A minimum of 6 people are required for each workshop slot.

Have questions about Home Scale Aquaponics Introductory Workshop (Summer 2014)? Contact Shaun Mavronicolas


Backyard Aquaponics Greenhouse
1333 East 8 Street
North Vancouver, BC V7J 1J9

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Shaun Mavronicolas

Shaun and his wife Vita have been growing food in their backyard for a little over 3 years. About 4 years ago they stumbled across GMOs... this sparked a major lifestyle shift and path to becoming more self sufficient and resilient while being as environmentally conscious as possible. In this time they have completely transformed their back yard into a food producing garden, with both an Aquaponics greenhouse and a raised bed garden. Their backyard also includes a composting area, several worm farms and more.

Despite not knowing much or having ever grown anything initially, they are now happy to be growing a good portion of their food. They are firm believers in buying local ethically raised meat, as well as other space intensive vegetables for which they don't have the room to grow, from local urban/rural farmers.

The visit to the local grocery store has been forver changed!

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