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This agenda is an indication of what will happen on each day, some of the activities may occur on a different day but the overall content of the course will be unchanged.
The following is a guide to the course, what topics we’ll cover together and an indication of what you’ll learn as a result. Whilst structured, we have built into the course a series of flexible classes and plenty of time in the aquaponics greenhouse, giving you the information and skills you will need to start your own aquaponics project.
Getting to know the basics and fish
The course will start by taking you through the basics of aquaponics, it’s history, current status of the industry and the types of system. It will also give you an overview of fish biology and which species you can grown in aquaponics. You will have a full tour of the Humble By Nature Aquaponics Solar Greenhouse (ASG) and delve deeper into fish husbandry and biology including feeding and a dissection practical to give you an insight into what goes on inside a fish.
Aquaponic Planting and Maintaining Aquaponics Systems
Get to grips with plant biology and water quality in aquaponics. Spend time in the greenhouse, planting and harvesting the grow beds and learning all you need to know about maintaining the system including a water quality lab session and an overview of good record keeping.
Troubleshooting is an essential part of running an aquaponics system: ensuring you know how to spot when somethings wrong and how to respond. This includes: fish health; welfare and diseases; plant pests and diseases; integrated pest/disease management techniques.
Closed Loop Aquaponics
Find out how to closie the loop of aquaponic production with composting practicals, have a go at making your own fish feeds and learn how this can be done on a semi-commercial basis.
At this point in the course you should feel comfortable with the biology of aquaponics systems and have the knowledge to successfully operate a system yourself.
Commercial aquaponics systems and technology
The final two days will concentrate on the semi-commercial/ commercial side of aquaponics including system design, technology, business planning, marketing and the economics. By the end of this period you should have the knowledge required to go about starting your own aquaponics business. You will cover the technical aspects of aquaponics: discussing controlled environment aquaponics, monitoring programs and integrating renewable energy technologies to lower input costs.
Getting down to business
The final part of the course will focus on the economics of aquaponics business planning and marketing of produce. You will also learn about all of the relevant legislation and regulations involved in, and licences required for, running an aquaponics business. This session will include an intensive session focussed on discussing your individual projects and ideas.
This five-day course takes place from Monday 17th to Friday 21st July.
Monday's session will run from 10am - 5pm, Tuesday to Friday will run from 9.30am - 5pm. On Tuesday there will also be a dinner and social evening.
You will have a mixture of time spent in the classroom with lectures and practical sessions as well as looking at our aquaponics system on the farm.
The course price includes: tea, coffee and a light bite every morning; lunch and afternoon tea every day; and an evening meal on Tuesday. It does not include accommodation, breakfast or evening meals, except for Tuesday night. You can either stay on the farm or our accommodation nearby page lists places you can stay locally.