Brooksville, Florida (PRWEB) February 21, 2012
Today’s health conscious consumers hunger for good, clean, locally grown food. On April 21 – 24, and April 26 – 29, Green Acre Organics, in partnership with The Aquaponic Source and Practical Aquaponics, will offer a comprehensive aquaponic farming course titled “Green Acre Farming – The Complete Course”. This course, taught in Brooksville, Florida, will teach entrepreneur farmers how to meet those needs through both classroom and hands-on instruction.
Aquaponics is a growing technique that combines the best of aquaculture with the best of hydroponics to grow plants and fish together in a symbiotic, highly-productive, very low-water consuming eco-system. In this course participants will learn the methods, understand the science, discover the business and become a part of the aquaponic farming movement that could be the key to re-localizing sustainable food production in the U.S. The course is designed to teach participants everything they need to know in order to run their own successful aquaponic farm.
The course will be taught by an unmatched team of aquaponics experts, anchored by Gina Cavaliero and Tonya Penick, the partnership that runs the highly successful Green Acre Organics aquaponics farm. They will be joined by Australian Murray Hallam of Practical Aquaponics who is best known for his popular aquaponics video series, and Sylvia Bernstein of The Aquaponic Source, who recently released the book “Aquaponic Gardening: A Step by Step Guide to Growing Fish and Vegetables Together.” There is an optional bonus session scheduled between the two main sessions that will cover “Sustainable Greenhouse Design and Saving and Adapting Seeds”.
The course is designed to be a logical progression that builds on itself over four days. Morning sessions will be held classroom style in a very comfortable, local community center. Each morning session will start with an aquaponically focused set of lessons, followed by a set of business lessons. Afternoon sessions are hands-on and will be at the Green Acre Organics farm. They will be broken out into smaller groups so that all students get front row, hands on time with their instructors. Each group will rotate through all of the course segments. Instructor Murray Hallam has this to say about the course, “Our approach is that Aquaponics is a balanced ecosystem.... through a family farm. Ordinary people can do it. You do not need a million dollars, or highly mechanized components to grow your own food for yourself and your community.”
This course is distinctive not only for its hands-on approach but also because it offers unique business and marketing training that will include discussions on website design, search engine optimization, and leveraging social media to enhance farm produce sales. Instructor Sylvia Bernstein has this to say about the business approach, “We provide the whole package. This is an all inclusive aquaponic course. The hands-on and the how-to coupled with business management essentials make this the only training anyone will need to start their own aquaponics farm.”
For more information about this course or to register please click here.
Managing Director, Green Acre Organics