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About GaryD

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    I'm a micro-farmer....and the author of The Urban Aquaponics Manual
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    Microponics, woodcraft

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    Macleay Island, QLD
  1. Have you considered not using bell syphons at all? Plants grow just as well without trials have demonstrated...and they are often just an added complication.
  2. Ande, Wherever wetlands are restored...or created...the effects are very apparent, too. Gary
  3. I guess it's a fairly specialised business, too...and that may impact its sales potential. Good luck with it, anyway. Gary
  4. you would be well aware, by now, you don't want to hold your breath waiting for appreciation for your work. The trolls usually outnumber the good guys...particularly if you're talking about iAVs. I think you're an inspiration. You've certainly demonstrated the versatility of iAVs as far as the range of plant opportunities is concerned. Mark is currently OK. He doesn't have much to do with iAVs these days. He feels that it has only brought him problems so he deliberately avoids the subject. Gary
  5. Hi VKN...on the contrary, I did watch the video. You may be becoming a bit precious.
  6. Hi's the Quikcrete sand working for you?
  7. Hi...we first canvassed the US Goverment Shutdown over four years ago. Aside from the political significance of the event, it prompted this dicsussion. With the exception of Codi who, it seems, joined APHQ just to voice his anxieties about the discussion, it was a largely courteous exchange in which Americans, Australians and American-Australians (and a Norwegian) expressed views, exchanged ideas and a generally harmonious fashion. Trying doing that on Facebook! Over four years later, we're seeing another US Government Shutdown play itself out...and this thread stands out as evidence of the fact that, among people of goodwill, no subject is too sensitive to discuss. Nothwithstanding our 'no bullshit'approach to integrated food production (and the robust dialogue that it produced) we had many such discussions on this forum...something of which I'm immensely proud. The last shutdown occurred in far more political circumstances than the current one. The planet is at greater risk and we have the added threat of nuclear war. Your thoughts?
  8. Hi Kellen...any expressions of interest in the hatchery?
  9. Hi Kellen, A big step for you and Sarah. Best of luck with the sale. Gary
  10. Hello Murray, I also like the idea of combining re-purposed swimming pools with wicking beds...while also using them to grow fish. Swimming pools excite me for the amount of rainwater that they can hold as much as anything else. Gary
  11. Recently, I watched a segment on a rural affairs program where one of the reporters went through the list of things that are being marketed as 'milk' including soy, almond, hemp and rice. It seems that the thing that the thing that they all have in common (aside from the fact that they have no connection with cows) is that they invariably contain little of the source product. For example, one brand of almond milk had as little as 2.5% almonds in it.
  12. Hi, I've been a bit thin on the ground lately but, happily, it has nothing to do with my health. It's almost three years since I completed my cancer treatment and my medical specialists continue to make positive noises. I've been travelling (three weeks each to Vietnam and South Australia) and working hard to integrate all of my interests and websites. I'm still working on iAVs and waste transformation farming. Over the past ten years, I made many friends on this forum. I wish you all well...and I'd love to hear from you again. Gary
  13. You seem to be following a path that is typical for many of your countrymen. In the recent past, I've communicated with a number of Indian people who work in the UAE and who are looking to do iAVs back in India. Good luck with your endeavours.
  14. Hi Kellen, Wow!....300lbs is a lot of goat meat on the hoof. When I think of meat goat breeds, the Boer usually comes to mind. How does the Kiko compare with the Boer?
  15. Sorry, Nsidibe...I've been busy elsewhere for the past months so I missed your post. During a recent trip to Vietnam, I supervised the build of a small IBC Sandponics system and that gave me firsthand experience of the difficulties associated with sourcing materials and equipment in some places. The availability of suitable sand has also been flagged as an issue by increasing numbers of people so I've created a sand test rig in an endeavour to determine if sand is suitable without the need to know its fractionation range. Gary