Join Charlie Bacon of Ecolicious and Nick Ritar from Milkwood for a practical aquaponics workshop on how to build your own aquaponics system and produce organic, water-wise vegetables and fresh fish in your own backyard.
With 10% of the water usage and five times the growth rate of a conventional vegetable garden, an aquaponics setup can see fingerling fish grown to plate size in under 12 months. No chemicals, no fuss, just fresh fish, herbs and vegetables.
One of the great things about aquaponics is that it is scalable. It works at balcony size, and also at farm scale. And once you get the hang of it, you can take your aquaponics system to whatever size you choose. The theory and techniques are the same.
Organic vegetables can be grown highly efficiently while filtering nutrient rich pond water which contains a variety of aquatic life. Fish, yabbies, mussels etc grown in the closed system of aquaponics provide a renewable food source and are a fascinating and educational experience to watch grow.
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This workshop focuses on simple, effective aquaponics systems that anyone can make and maintain, out of mostly recycled materials and for a very reasonable price. Our teachers will lead you through the why and into the how of aquaponics, and by the end of this weekend you'll be ready to have a crack at it yourself!
This workshop will include comprehensive overviews of a broad range of aquaponics setups. We will also take you through a hands-on exploration of the backyard-scale bathtub aquaponics system we've installed in the community garden at the venue.
You will leave this workshop with a draft design for your own aquaponics system suited to your site. You will also have a competent working understanding of the components, techniques, steps and fish and plant species that you will need to build your own aquaponics setup at home, no matter which sort of system you chose to build!
Charles Bacon runs ecolicious® - a sydney business that tailors the best aspects of permaculture, aquaponics, organic food production together into amazing, abundant systems that actually look good! Charles also works as a consultant at all levels of input for those who wish to build their own aquaponics systems.
He has over 8 years experience in creating aquaponics systems for folks across the sydney basin at the full gamut of sizes, budgets and space limitations. Ecolicious website.
Nick Ritar is a permaculture designer, consultant and educator who works extensively across a wide range of bioregions, farms, watersheds and city environments.
He is recognized nationally as a leading advocate on how permaculture principles can contribute to food security through good design and regenerative farming and living. Nick's full profile.
Book your place below with your credit card for this workshop, or contact us if you'd prefer to pay by phone, cheque or direct deposit.
Extensive classroom and post-workshop notes are included in your course fee at no extra charge, to help get you started and keep you inspired when implementing what you learn at this workshop.
Your course fee includes course notes and tea + coffee + organic fruit during the day. For lunches, we usually put in a joint order to a great little organic cafe around the corner, LoveGrub - or feel free to bring your own.
Our Sydney course venue is Alexandria Park Community Centre, set in the grounds of Alexandria Community School, on the corner of Park Road and Power Avenue. This amazing place has multiple thriving community gardens, school gardens, a bush tucker garden and outdoor classroom learning areas. Venue MAP.
Getting there by Train: The venue is 15 minutes walk from Redfern Station. Take the Gibbons St exit and continue south. Gibbons St will become Wyndham St, and soon you will reach Alexandria Park on your right. Cut through the park to the corner of Park Rd and Power Avenue, and there you are. Cityrail website.
Getting there by Bus: The 370 and 355 bus routes run along McEvoy St, one block from the venue. Sydney Buses website.
Parking: There is ample street parking around the school.
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