Aquatic Eco-Systems and Green Sky Growers Announce their First Aquaponics Workshop

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Through their Institute of Sustainable Farming, AES and GSG launch their education initiative. From November 30, 2011 – December 3, 2011, AES and GSG will offer their first Aquaponic Technology and Design Workshop in Apopka and Winter Garden, FL.

The first scheduled course will feature special guest Dr. James Rakocy, the 'Father of Aquaponics.' Dr. Rakocy will share his expertise on all aspects of aquaponics, from construction to production to marketing and economics.

Owned and operated by Aquatic Eco-Systems (AES), a company with 30+ years of aquatic systems experience, Green Sky Growers (GSG) is forming roots in the hydroponic and aquaponic industry as a one-stop solution for new design ideas, existing garden troubleshooting, education and installation assistance. By combining cutting-edge technology with conventional and innovative growing techniques, Green Sky Growers practices and promotes sustainable agriculture.

With the AES Ponics catalog, set to be released within the month, everyone from beginners to commercial growers will be able to purchase anything they need from one company, Aquatic Eco-Systems. To request your copy of the AES Ponics catalog, please call 877-347-4788 and select option 1.

In addition to offering supplies, solutions and unparalleled customer service, AES and Green Sky Growers will be conducting aquaponic and hydroponic educational courses at the Green Sky Growers and AES facilities.

The first scheduled course is with special guest Dr. James Rakocy, the "Father of Aquaponics." It will be held November 30, 2011 – December 3, 2011. During this 3 ½-day workshop, Dr. Rakocy will share his expertise on all aspects of aquaponics, from construction and production to marketing and economics. Registration is now open.

Dr. James Rakocy is the Director of the University of the Virgin Islands (UVI) Agricultural Experiment Station and a Research Professor of Aquaculture. Known as the "Father of Aquaponics," Rakocy obtained his PhD in aquaculture from Auburn University in 1980. Since 1999 the UVI Aquaculture program has offered an International Course on Aquaponics and Tilapia Aquaculture.

Green Sky Growers is proud to cater to everyone from commercial growers to homeowners looking for ways to efficiently grow plants and/or fish in their own backyard to those looking to tackle the emerging demand for urban gardening. Contact us today to find out how we can help your ideas come to life.

Topics that will be covered during this 3 ½-day workshop:
UVI Aquaponic System & UVI-Based System at Aquatic Eco-Systems

  • System design and management
  •      Aeration: Blower selection and sizing
  •      Plumbing: Pump Selection, Total Dynamic Head (TDH)
  •      Components
  •      Construction techniques
  •      Operation
  •      Electric Cost

Plant Production

  •      Seedling production
  •      Disease and insect control
  •      Nutrients

Fish Production

  •      Stocking rates
  •      Feeding, growth and survival
  •      Fish handling
  •      Harvesting and processing
  •      Water quality
  •      Brood stock management
  •      Breeding
  •      Fry sex reversal

Marketing and Economics
Aquatic Eco-Systems Hands-On Site Visit

  •      PVC work
  •      Pump setup and plumbing
  •      Plant grow tray construction

For information about educational courses offered by Green Sky Growers, please contact Brooke Taylor at 407-886-7575 ext. 195.

ABOUT GREEN SKY GROWERS & AQUATIC ECO-SYSTEMS
Owned and operated by Aquatic Eco-Systems, a company with 30+ years of aquatic industry experience, Green Sky Growers is an innovative, state-of-the-art rooftop hydroponic and aquaponic facility in Winter Garden, FL. For more information, visit GreenSkyGrowers.com or call 407-472-0521. To contact AES, visit AquaticEco.com or call 407-886-3939.

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