We educate on innovative farming techniques as well as woodland medicinals. There was a period that doctors and medical schools had botanical gardens that were used as a pharmacy.
Woodland medicinals are a big part of this but now with deforestation, plants like ginseng and goldenseal, to name a few, are becoming endangered. Deforestation is the permanent destruction of forests to make the land available for other uses. According to the United Nations' Food and Agriculture Organization an estimated 18 million acres (7.3 million hectares) of forest, which is roughly the size of the country of Panama, are lost each year.
Agroforestry - Woody perennials that are deliberately integrated with crops and/or animals on the same land management. Providing a dynamic, ecologically based, natural resource management system that, through the integration of trees in farm and range-land, diversifies and sustains smallholder production for increased social, economic and environmental benefits.
Aquaponics have been around since the days of the Aztecs so that in itself is not a new technology.
The list of benefits is plentiful including the fact that it uses 90% less water than its soil based counterpart.
Water itself is a finite resource—even though about 70 percent of the Earth's surface is covered by water, less than one percent is available for human use. Forty out of 50 state water managers expect water shortages under average conditions in some portion of their states over the next decade. .
So, what if we could conserve this natural resource. What if your food never used pesticides or fertilizers….What if your fish never lived in anything but naturally purified water….
The positives are obvious but what if we could raise it to the next level. Deforestation is mentioned previously but what if we could grow plants like ginseng and gota kola in an aquaponics system. Common aquaponics systems grow leaf vegetables and the mainstay of tilapia. We are attempting to find new and old ways of growing popular ginseng, goldenseal and gota kola.Doing this we can achieve a system giving people a botanical pharmacy, fresh garden and a supply of fresh fish all without chemicals or contamination of any kind while preserving our most important natural resource.
The definition of Hydroponic is "water working", or the Greek words Hydro meaning Water and Ponos meaning labor.
Hydroponics is the process of creating a system that can recirculate water while supplying the plants roots with nutrients that are supported by an inert medium, such as perlite or gravel.
While hydroponics has had its issues using chemical nutrients and Styrofoam, our systems are built with a big difference.
No Styrofoam is used in any of our systems, instead we use high grade HDPE, which is food safe.
Instead of non organic chemicals we use all natural Norwegian Seaweed, Iron Chelate and Azomite (volcanic ash) for our organic nutrients.
Introduction to Aquaculture, or the farming and husbandry of aquatic organisms. The course will include types of fish, including discussions of the various types of culture systems used (ponds, raceways, recirculating systems, etc.), water quality management, nutrition and feeds, diseases, genetics and breeding, harvesting and transport, economics and business, sustainability, and regulatory issues. Culture techniques for species of commercial importance are incorporated into the course, including channel catfish, tilapia and trout.
This course is a comprehensive introduction to aquaponics, the combination of fish production in recirculating aquaculture. Major topics include techniques for fish culture in recirculating systems, water quality management, nutrition and feeds, diseases, genetics and breeding, harvesting and transport, economics and business, sustainability, and regulatory issues. This includes selection of growth media, plant species selection and production, maintenance of plant nutrient solutions, and plant disease and pest management.
Advanced Aquaponics II
This course is an advanced course for building and designing of your aquaponic systems. The course will include considerable information on the design and construction of aquaponic systems, with emphasis on the use of locally available and low-cost construction materials knowledge about subjects such as aquaculture facilities design. The course is designed to follow our continuing education course called “Introduction on Aquaculture” but is open to anybody with a good introductory background in aquaculture. It may also be taken simultaneously with “Introduction to Aquaculture”.
* One on one learning course designed specifically for the type of system you are wanting to build. This is a "hands on" course and you must be comfortable with the uses of power tools.
Class sizes are limited and book up fast so reserve your spot today!