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  1. Great to hear from you Dave!
  2. Aquaponics project gets funding WILLIAMSON, W.Va. – Christmas came early for one organization in Mingo County. At 11 a.m. Thursday morning, U.S. Representative Evan Jenkins (R-W.Va.) held a special press conference at the Mingo County Redevelopment Authority in Williamson on the Aquaponics on AML project funding which was announced this past Wednesday. He was joined by Mingo County Redevelopment Authority (MCRA) Executive Director Leasha Johnson, Refresh Appalachia President Ben Gilmer, Coalfield Development Corporation Chief Executive Officer Brandon Dennison, Dr. Christopher “Dino” Beckett, Mingo County Commissioner Diann Hannah, Kermit Mayor Charles Sparks, Mingo County Grant Writer Leigh Ann Ray, Delegate Justin Marcum, Senator Mark Maynard and several other invited guests. “The Mingo County Redevelopment Authority and Refresh Appalachia are extremely grateful for the opportunity to develop such an innovative project that will promote long term sustainable agricultural initiatives. Without the support of Congressman Jenkins and the West Virginia DEP’s Abandoned Mine Lands Division, this project would have been nothing more than a dream, but through their leadership and support, we’re better positioned to diversify our rural economy and to create employment opportunities in coal impacted communities,” said Leasha Johnson, Executive Director of the MCRA. Read more:
  3. "The project will receive nearly $3.6 million in federal funding to build an aquaponics farm in Kermit, allowing them to grow sustainable, commercial quantities of fish and vegetables. The project’s goal is to grow sustainable food while employing displaced workers. It is a collaboration among the Mingo County Redevelopment Authority, Coalfield Development Corporation and Refresh Appalachia." WOW! That's a lot of taxpayer money.
  4. How would you do it? Where might you do it? What techniques would you employ? No wrong answers here. Just a chance to share our own ideas.
  5. Hi @ande - Sorry you're having upload difficulties. Can you explain the problem you are having to me? Thanks!
  6. We've had a lot of new picture albums added to the Gallery here lately. Many times these go relatively unnoticed, as we all tend to focus just on the forum discussions, so I thought I'd mention @markor58's album for you guys to take a look at. Good stuff. Check it out here: Any member albums you guys find interesting? If so, please feel free to share them!
  7. Hello Everyone, I have setup a new section on the website, currently called "Downloads" in the main menu (Direct link is While it is still a bit of a work in progress, we intend for this to be a place where we can upload files (primarily pdf files) to share with the community. It will basically serve as our own digital library for reference materials and other tools and utilities. I imagine we will probably be changing the name of the section to something a bit more descriptive than just "downloads" eventually. Over the next several weeks, the Mod Team will be adding many, many files. We invite you to do the same if you have something in particular you think would be of value to the community. All registered users can submit files, and they will become visible once approved by a Moderator. Please be sure you are authorized to share any material, based on its copyright or other related permissions, prior to uploading. If you have any questions about the new downloads section, please feel free to post them here. We're happy to help. Thanks and enjoy!
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    Fish Increase Greenhouse Profits An aquaculture study in North Carolina shows that fish and vegetables can be good companion crops. By Doug Sanders and Mark McMurtry February 1988
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    Aquaculture in Greenhouses: Fish and Vegetables Grow Together by Dr. Mark R. McMurtry This article was featured in NCSU Research Perspectives 7:3
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    IAVS Folio Reprints from Inside Dr. Mark R. McMurtry's Research Greenhouse by Dr. Mark R. McMurtry This document includes numerous photos of the inside of Dr. McMurtry's research greenhouse, the growbeds, plants, fish and more. Some production data concerning both plants and fish is also included, as well as some growth rate data pertaining to the tilapia.
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    Food Value, Water Use Efficiency, and Economic Productivity of an Integrated Aquaculture-Olericulture System as Influenced by Tank to Biofilter Ratio M.R. McMurtry, D.C. Sanders, B.C. Haning, and P.C. St. Amand Includes the original text as well as supporting data tables. (2 documents)
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    Sand Culture of Vegetables Using Recirculated Aquaculture Effluents M.R. McMurtry, P.V. Nelson, D.C. Sanders, L. Hodges Department of Horticulture Science North Carolina State University This appeared in Applied Agricultural Research Vol. 5, No. 4, pp. 280-284
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    Yield of Tomato Irrigated with Recirculating Aquaculture Water M.R. McMurtry, D.C. Sanders, R.P. Patterson, A. Nash Featured in Journal of Production Agriculture, Vol. 6, no. 3, 1993
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    Yield of Tomato Irrigated with Recirculating Aquaculture Water M.R. McMurtry, D.C. Sanders, R.P. Patterson, A. Nash Featured in Journal of Production Agriculture, Vol. 6, no. 3, 1993
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    Water Quality Maintenance and Mineral Assimilation by Plants Influence Growth of Hybrid Tilapia in Culture with Vegetable CropsM.R. McMurtry, R.G. Hodson and D.C. Sanders University of North Carolina Sea Grant College Program and Department of Horticultural Science, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC 27695 This is a multi-file document. Please download all associated files for proper cross referencing. Main Document: J. WAS 94 Text_alpha Cit.pdf Supporting data, tables and figures: J. WAS 94 Tables.pdf J. WAS 94 Table 3 final.pdf J. WAS 94 Figures.pdf
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    A handy little reference chart for sizing your plumbing in a new or existing system.
  17. North Florida aquaponics grower expands operations Traders Hill Farm LLC, a north Florida aquaponics operation, has expanded and plans to eventually supply lettuce to customers throughout the East Coast. The Hilliard, Fla.-based company began as a science project but now supplies Jacksonville, Fla., area small- to mid-sized retailers and upscale restaurants and country clubs more than 135,000 pounds of romaine lettuce, kale, basil and swiss chard a year. In late September, Traders Hill finished construction of a 40,000-square-foot greenhouse adjacent to its 10,000 -quare-foot operation. By late November, it plans to begin harvesting from the new building which is expected to quadruple production capacity and allow it to ship to a larger customer base with new produce lines, said founder Angela TenBroeck. Continued:
  18. Innovative learning through aquaponics at South Dallas high school DALLAS - It is not every day you hear about fish being used to fertilize the food you eat. At Skyline High School in Pleasant Grove, that is what some students have been learning about all semester. Their horticulture teacher, Shawn Coyle, said aquaponics, their unique way of planting, could help lead to new jobs in a changing industry. Take a school of fish, and combine it with a class of curious students. It is a combination that is planting seeds for a unique lesson, where fish are fertilizing the foods many people eat. Students in Coyle’s wildlife class are from communities across Southern Dallas. Neighborhoods, the teens say, where they never imagined 100 catfish and 70 goldfish could replace soil. “We have never thought that. When he brought it up, it was kind of crazy a thought,” senior Lauren King said. “How can we plant stuff with fish?” Continued:
  19. Canadian food bank opens first-ever aquaponics farm Growing leafy greens and fish indoors year-round is a fabulous solution to the lack of fresh food in many urban centres. Mississauga is a large suburban city on the outskirts of Toronto, Canada. Out of its 750,000 residents, an estimated 182,000 people live below the poverty line, which means that they rely on the food bank to make ends meet. Due to urban sprawl, however, it has become increasingly difficult for the Mississauga Food Bank to source fresh food for its customers. While the area was once rich in farmland, most of that has been plowed under for condo towers and shopping malls. The Food Bank came up with a creative solution — to build an aquaponics farm that can provide both fresh produce and fish to hungry residents. Assisted and trained by the University of Wisconsin’s Aquaponics program, the Mississauga Food Bank launched its farm officially this week, to much fanfare. Continued:
  20. Hi @Stanfel2, Welcome to APN. Great to have you with us! Gary Donaldson's online AP manual is a fantastic resource, as Ande mentioned. I'd also recommend checking out the FAO's Small-scale aquaponic food production manual here: It's an excellent resource also. Of course, please feel free to post any questions you might have as you do your research/reading. We're always happy to help. Again, welcome aboard!
  21. @Fordy2110 Thanks for the update! Sorry about the multiple emails by the way. That shouldn't happen again. The email queue was a bit misconfigured following the latest major update we did to the forum software. All fixed now. Thanks for sharing. I'm looking forward to more updates!
  22. Are Aquaponics a Sustainable Alternative to Conventional Agriculture Methods in New York City? According to the New York City Hunger Report, New York State and New York City hunger and food insecurity levels in 2015 were virtually the same as they were at the height of 2008’s recession. Three million people statewide and 1.4 million people citywide live in households that without reliable access to affordable, nutritious food. Activists are looking towards innovative alternatives to conventional models of agriculture, which, of course, require a great deal of land. In urban areas, where poverty is typically high and space scarce, is booming. The U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) estimates that 15 to 20 percent of the world’s food is now being produced in cities. While there are more than six hundred community gardens, thousands of backyard gardens, a growing number of school gardens, two large commercial green roofs, and more than a dozen small farms in New York City, the high price and scarcity of land, in particular, is one of the biggest issues with the development of urban agriculture. However, some innovators have discovered a growing system that can be set up in virtually any environment or rooftop, without soil—aquaponics. Continued:
  23. WHY APAC HOLDS THE LARGEST SHARE OF THE AQUACULTURE MARKET One of the fastest growing food production systems in the world, aquaculture is a blanket term for the rearing and cultivation of aquatic animals and plants. Though ponds were traditionally used for aquaculture, they have given way to raceways, recirculating systems, and net pens. The latest addition to the list is aquaponics, which involves the merging of hydroponics and aquaculture, wherein water is filtered from the aquaculture portion through to the plants in order to obtain the nutrients the plants need for growth. When seen from a global standpoint, the aquaculture market has witnessed robust growth both in terms of both volume and revenue. According to analysts at Technavio, the global aquaculture market, which stood at $160 billion in 2015, is poised to grow at a CAGR of 4% by 2020. The Asia-pacific countries (APAC) hold the largest share of the aquaculture market, with China leading the pack. Continued:
  24. Date: November 26, 2015 Source: Radboud University Summary: It could never be found until recently, in a fish tank a few floors below a university microbiology department: one single organism able to perform the complete process of nitrification. Microbiologists used to think that two distinct groups of bacteria were responsible for the stepwise oxidation of ammonia to nitrate via nitrite. This discovery has implications for climate research and wastewater treatment, say the scientists involved in the study. Continued:
  25. Hi Mark, Sadly, I have been unable to find the time needed to work on the project. I have all the supplies sitting in the shed, but that's as far as I've gotten I'm afraid. Still would love to do it though. Take Care, Kellen