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  1. Thanks Gary. We really hate to give up the hatchery, but I have been burning the candle at both ends for many years, and it's time to simplify things. My biggest concern is finding someone who will run it well and enjoy it and benefit from it as much as we have. This will also eventually free up some time for me to dedicate a lot more attention to some other AP and iAVS projects I've been wanting to do for a very long time, and allow me to spend a lot more time on the forum.
  2. White Brook Tilapia Farm is for Sale! After a decade of successful business, we have decided it is time to work towards simplifying a bit, and to begin the process of looking for a new steward for White Brook Tilapia Farm. Don’t worry, we intend to continue normal operations until we find a suitable person or entity to take over, so orders will not be impacted in any way, and the phones will still be answered by a helpful friendly voice when you need us. Bottom line is we’re here for you, and that commitment is not changing. We have thoroughly enjoyed this venture, and boy has the time flown by. It has been an enormous blessing having the opportunity to meet so many fantastic people, and the friendships we have made through our involvement in the aquaculture and aquaponics communities will last a lifetime. It’s just time for us to start winding down some of our commitments, so we can focus more specifically on others - including family, friends, other business and farm commitments, and maybe a little more leisure time (we’ll see about that last one). Assets included in the sale: 1. All related branding, the tilapiasource.com domain name, logos and e-commerce website. Optionally, we have several additional tilapia and aquaculture domain names available as well. 2. Our entire inventory of tilapia breeders. This includes all 5 strains that we manage and sell. In total, probably about 230 breeders. 3. About 100 aquariums consisting of 40 gallon breeders, 55 gallon standards and 75 gallon standards all drilled with bulkhead fittings for centralized filtration. Also numerous smaller nursery tanks and holding tanks. 4. Hatchery equipment – McDonald style hatching jars, UV sterilizers, pumps, filters, etc. 5. Established retail customer base – Existing clientele and sales. 6. Established drop ship customer base – We drop ship fish for some other companies as well. 7. Vendor and supplier lists – We’ve already done the legwork of finding reliable low cost suppliers for shipping supplies, heavily discounted shipping rates, etc. 8. Training on how to properly handle, prepare and package live fish for transport. 9. Disease free inspection certificate (required for legal shipping of live tilapia in the US). 10. Non-competition agreement – We will no longer breed tilapia fingerlings to sell once the sale of the business assets are finalized and paid for. Please contact us at corp@tilapiasource.com regarding asking price, or to request further details. Best Wishes, Kellen Weissenbach Founder
  3. I'll start this one off. We are currently harvesting: - About 4 pounds of cherry tomatoes a day. - 1/2 ton of potatoes, finished in the ground, started in our AP system. - Plentiful amounts of various peppers. - Huge amounts of Kale from our media based system, more than we can eat so much of it goes to the goats and chickens. - Lettuce in huge amounts, but it is now in the bolt stage, so it's pretty pungent... most of it goes to the goats and chickens. So how about you? Bonus points for pictures.
  4. We do a lot of stuff besides just aquaponics and aquaculture at the farm. One of those things we do is maintain a herd of about 20-30 goats (primarily meat goat breeds). Our two purebred AKGA registered Kiko herd sires for Fall breeding season will be JAW GUSTO (white) and MKG 38-15 ZEUS (black). Gusto is about 4 years old and tips the scales at nearly 300 pounds. Zeus is a little over 2 years old now and about 230 pounds, and will probably end up at about 300 as well, once fully grown. They're in full rut and ready to go right now, but they still have to wait about a month until the ladies are ready for them. Can't wait to see the kids they produce. They should be some really good ones! We'll have a lot of them too since most of our does twin every year. We could have up to about 30-40 kids in the spring. Always fun!
  5. Terrific as always Cecil. Beautiful work man!
  6. We had a power failure.
  7. Goats are pretty funny, and provide a lot of entertainment. They are also fantastic at cleaning up weeds and overgrown brush. They aren't entirely maintenance free though. Deworming when needed, hoof trimming, etc. The lowest maintenance are typically Spanish goats, Myotonic goats and Kiko goats. If you're going to keep a couple of males, it's best to get wethers (fixed goats). Intact males stink pretty badly, especially during Fall rut. For wethers, I think Bokis (50% Boer, 50% Kiko) are also fantastic.
  8. We finally had time this Spring to finish fencing a couple of smaller pastures on the farm, so we recently added 6 goats, with more to come. Five of them are does/doelings. One is a whether. Four of them are young Boer doelings. Two are Myotonics (fainters)... one a 2 year old doe and one a 2 year old whether that came for "free" (in other words we had to take him) with the myotonic doe. We will be acquiring several purebred New Zealand Kiko does/doelings and a purebred Kiko buck soon. The Kiko buck will be the herd sire. This will primarily be a small meat goat operation, and we'll also be providing some commercial and registered purebred breeders. I've done primarily dairy goats in the past, and I'll probably add a dairy doe or two eventually, but not right now. It's been a long time since I've kept goats. I have to say, it's been a lot of fun already. I missed watching the ridiculousness that only goats are capable of demonstrating. Just finished some hoof trimming, CDT vaccinations for everyone, and did a few dewormings. Everyone appears to be acclimating well to their new digs. I'll try to add some pictures in the next few days.
  9. @Old Prospector - Totally agree. We have a pretty strong market here for goat meat, which is helpful. You can make a bit more selling from the farm, but sale barn prices have been strong and rising for the last several years here as well. I'm going to try to market the best bucklings as replacement breeder bucks to try and get a few extra dollars, and probably whether a couple and grow out to a bit larger size to put in the freezer. Any remaining will be sold for meat. Our long term plan is to continue to breed our herd up to "purebred" kikos, and sell registered breeders. We'll always have lots of culls to deal with though, so we'll be in the meat business still too.
  10. Nice! We have had 6 kids (3 sets of twins) so far from our does. Unfortunately, 5 out of 6 are bucklings. I was hoping for a good crop of doelings this year to add to the herd. I have 3 more does left to kid, and they should be birthing within the next 3-5 days hopefully. There better be a lot of girls this next round!
  11. Nice! Though, I'm hoping you don't have to bottle feed. We are considering adding some hair sheep this year for meat. I like katahdins alot, so that's the breed we'll probably go with here, but Spælsau sheep look like really hardy animals too.
  12. A set of twin bucklings were born today. 50% Kiko and 50% Boer mix.
  13. Our primary kidding season is here! Some of the does could begin dropping kids as soon as this weekend. Going to be a fun 3 or so weeks coming up!
  14. I'm not involved, but I believe they are using tilapia from my hatchery (sold through Allied Aqua) and Chris at Allied has sold some equipment/supplies to them. HOK is a major global engineering and architecture firm. They are especially well known for the huge sports stadiums they design. Polsinelli is a very large law firm with huge corporate clients. Barkley ad agency is a major advertising and marketing firm with loads of big corp clients. Assuming these companies are legitimate partners and not just loosely affiliated and being used for name dropping, the project has some impressive backing. It'll be interesting.
  15. KC urban aquaponics project hooks business support Mar 27, 2017, 7:41am CDT A Kansas City project to raise fish and vegetables in an urban food desert is netting support from area businesses. Nile Valley Aquaponics celebrated its grand opening on Friday. The project, at 29th Street and Wabash Avenue in Kansas City, is designed as a self-sustaining system in which tilapia are raised in tanks, with waste in the water used to fertilize vegetables. Products would be sold locally and the project would add jobs in the inner city. At the grand opening, Tony McGrail, an HOK project architect, unveiled a million-dollar expansion that would add buildings and double Nile Valley's harvest to 120,000 pounds a year, according to The Kansas City Star. A fundraising campaign is underway. Project leader Dre Taylor said he's also receiving assistance from the Barkley advertising agency and law firm Polsinelli PC. Taylor told the Star it was "the best team money can't buy, because I don't have any money." Read More: http://www.bizjournals.com/kansascity/news/2017/03/27/kc-urban-aquaponics-project-hooks-business-support.html?ana=e_ae_set3&s=article_du&ed=2017-03-27&u=o3GE9ZvKZYvGto9w%2FGM%2Bh9TzxLD&t=1490645805&j=77761151
  16. Great to hear from you Dave!
  17. 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: http://loganbanner.com/news/10934/aquaponics-project-gets-funding
  18. "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.
  19. 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.
  20. Hi @ande - Sorry you're having upload difficulties. Can you explain the problem you are having to me? Thanks!
  21. 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!
  22. Hello Everyone, I have setup a new section on the website, currently called "Downloads" in the main menu (Direct link is http://aquaponicsnation.com/forums/files/). 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.