The registration period is from 01/31/2018 12:00 am to 05/31/2018 12:00 am
Intro To Aquaponics - The Holistic Design Approach - Details
Dates:  04/14/2018 - 04/15/2018
Times:  9:30 am - 5:30 pm
Location:   Solar Living Center, Hopland, CA
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What if there was way to produce an abundance of organic food using up to 98% less water, while producing up to ten times more food in the same amount of area? What if you could achieve this using 1/4 the amount of energy, in a system that is totally scalable, does not require fertile soil, saves you lots of time and labor, makes you a good living and is incredibly sustainable? Well the exciting news is that such a system of growing food exists! It’s called “Aquaponics” and it is a combination of Aquaculture and Hydroponics. It is one of the most sustainable and productive farming systems in the world! At a time of global climate change, historic drought, depletion of resources, pollution of water and huge losses of top soil worldwide, there has never been a more important time to learn about Aquaponics!

Sound too good to be true? Then join us for this introduction and learn how Permaculture based Aquaponics can produce large amounts of Organic food using only a fraction of the resources, time and energy needed in other methods of farming. All this, in a system that produces virtually all it needs within itself!

Course Description

Aquaponics is one of the most sustainable and productive farming systems in the world. It combines Aquaculture and Hydroponics to create an almost self-sufficient closed loop system that uses only a fraction of the water, labor, energy, etc. that other methods use. Combining Permaculture Design with Aquaponics creates a truly closed loop system that is even more sustainable, dynamic, productive & regenerative. In this introduction you will learn about some of the most cutting edge and pioneering aquaponics systems in the world and gain a solid foundation from which to begin your own Aquaponics system, farm and/or thriving green business! This course is a great place to begin your education while gaining invaluable experience in Permaculture based Aquaponics...

Permaculture & Aquaponics

By fusing Permaculture and Aquaponics truly sustainable closed loop systems are created that provide all the needs for the system within the system itself. A Permaculture focus on aquaponics systems can produce virtually all of the system’s needs (water, energy, fish, feed, heat, gas, etc.) onsite. Additionally, all wastes produced by these system become resources and opportunities used to support, maintain and improve the Aquaponics system. Products of the systems include: harvested rainwater, solar electricity, solar heated air, solar heated water, fish, prawns, vegetables, fruit, compost, worms, insects, aquatic plants, algae, minnows, snails, dry and liquid fertilizers, even biogas!

Course Includes

This introduction to Aquaponics with Applied Permaculture includes: a detailed exploration into Aquaponics, its design, functions, adaptability, uses, variations and improvements. We will touch on many field formulas, calculations, estimates, guidelines, detailed construction plans, piping schematics, Permaculture design principal integration and so much more. This course is intended to give you an in depth introduction to truly unique integrated regenerative Aquaponics systems. In addition, all your questions relating to Aquaponics will be answered by Max Meyers of Nor Cal Aquaponics. Hope you can join us for the amazing course appropriately being held at one of California's oldest and most successful Permaculture demonstration/education sites, The Solar Living Institute!

Presented by: Nor Cal Aquaponics, www.norcalaquaponics.com and www.solarliving.org

Instructor: Max Meyers, Aquaponics Specialist,/Registered Aquaculturist/Permaculture Designer. We feel very fortunate to have Max Meyers as our core instructor for this course. With almost 20 years of experience in Permaculture, Sustainable Water systems and Aquaponics, he is an invaluable member of our team.


The Solar Living Institute is a 501 (c)(3) educational nonprofit organization offering instruction in solar training and sustainable practices.  Founded in 1998, we have been providing professional solar training and a wide array of sustainability courses for 20 years. Our courses are taught by experienced practitioners who bring years of real world knowledge to the classroom with a focus on helping students prepare for job opportunities, start businesses, and live more sustainably.

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