Ryan's Aquaponic Trailer

Putting Down Roots Journal #5

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A highlight of the Putting Down Roots conference was Ryan Crist's aquaponic trailer in the vendor showroom.

This trailer holds a fully functional aquaponic system complete with pumps, fans, sensors, and controllers for automation. It has minimal power needs due to a battery bank and renewable energy sources.

Ryan built the aquaponic trailer with a "Best Prototype" grant for a system able to grow plants in arid climates.

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Growing Community in Oklahoma

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By Andres Kwart

Kaben Smallwood gave a heart-felt speech at the Putting Down Roots conference that left me (and those around me) with feelings of awe and inspiration. His views on community, education, and sustainability are extremely positive and necessary in modern day American society. 

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Putting Down Aquaponic Roots Into the Food System

Putting Down Roots Journal #3

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By Brandon Youst
Bootstrap Farmer

The highlight of the Putting Down Roots conference, in my mind, was a panel led by Lyf Gildersleeve of Flying Fish Company and Andre Uribe, Executive Chef at Bon Appetit and Willamette University.  They shared these tips to help commercial aquaponic growers:

  • Make logistics easy for the chefs and your customers in all ways that you can. Simple payment systems, simple packaging, bunching for easy processing, and if appropriate- washed and clean produce.
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Commercial Thoughts from the Bootstrap Farmer

Putting Down Roots Journal #2

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By Brandon Youst
Bootstrap Farmer

My visit to the 2017 Putting Down Roots Aquaponics Association Conference in Portland Oregon has me thinking about a few things... 

Many of us on the 'outside' of the aquaponics industry have been wondering when (or if) this method of growing is ever going to hit the mainstream consumer market in a big way. 

I had more basic questions I still didn't have fully answered - 'Was aquaponics currently viable on a small to medium scale?  Is the idea of the mom and pop aquaponics shop realistic?'  

Not just that, but I wanted to find PROFITABLE aquaponic businesses running for several years WITHOUT relying on farm tours for income.   And by no means is this a shot at those that do tours & education, but, in order to be replicable & scalable to thousands of new farm entrepreneurs, it needs to PROVE it can work without tours/education in SOME locations first.  

Over time, we (as in 'the market') will find the models that work in comparable local economies. Only then can we rinse and repeat these systems in the way all franchises do.  Once a model can be proven with relative success, wider access to business loans for an aquaponic farm will become available, then boom- the industry takes off.

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Aquaponics at the Mississauga Food Bank

Putting Down Roots Journal #1

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By Andres Kwart

Christopher Hatch and Colin Cotton gave a fantastic presentation at the Putting Down Roots conference on behalf of the Mississauga Food Bank. Located in Canada, Mississauga has a very diverse population that prioritizes fresh, healthy food over heavily processed rubbish. 

 

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Send an Organic Message to Congress

Send a message to your representatives that you support the NOSB’s decision to uphold aquaponics’ and hydroponics’ Organic eligibility

Click here for a Sample letter to Congress expressing support for the NOSB's Organic decision

Copy and paste to send them a message

 

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Putting Down Roots Photos

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We had a great time in Portland, OR last week at the Putting Down Roots Conference. Here's a large group photo of everyone at the conference, and a photo of the presenters below.

Over 170 guests attended the full three-day conference, and over 50 more attended with single day passes. Over 10 countries were represented.

Stay tuned for content highlights from the conference, as well as an announcement for where we'll be in Fall 2018!

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NOSB Gives Organic Aquaponics the GREEN Light!

The National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) voted 8 to 7 last week to reject proposals that would have banned aquaponics and hydroponics from organic eligibility. The Board did vote to ban aeroponics.

The Aquaponics Association applauds the NOSB’s decision. Aquaponics embodies exactly what consumers expect in their organic produce:

  1. No synthetic pesticides or chemicals;
  2. Resource-efficient and planet-friendly; and
  3. A thriving, diverse microbial root ecosystem.
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Aquaponic Soil Food Web

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Ahead of the NOSB's vote on aquaponics' organic eligibility next week, remember that aquaponic systems have the same quantity and diversity of microorganisms as soil.

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Putting Down Roots Full Schedule

The aquaponics association has released the full Putting Down Roots schedule for the coming conference.

Click here for schedule: 2017 Putting Down Roots Schedule

PORTLAND, Oregon-- The Aquaponics Association will kick off Putting Downs Roots - the 2017 national aquaponics conference - on Friday, November 3 at the Red Lion Hotel Conference Center at Jantzen Beach.

The conference will feature three days of aquaponics tours, presentations, discussions, and hands-on demonstrations by the world's foremost aquaponics experts. 

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