Aquaponic Gardening: Growing fish and vegetables together

Sylvia Bernstein - The Aquaponic Source and New Society Publishers
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Workshop Description

Aquaponics is a revolutionary combination of the best of aquaculture and hydroponics—and an amazingly fun and easy way to raise fish together with organic vegetables, greens, herbs and fruits. Aquaponic systems are much more productive and use up to 90 percent less water than conventional gardens. Other advantages include no weeds, fewer pests, and no watering, fertilizing, bending, digging or heavy lifting!

Starting with an overview of this emerging global movement, author Sylvia Bernstein will discuss:

  • System options and alternatives, designing systems and selecting components
  • The living elements: fish, plants, bacteria and worms
  • Putting it all together: starting and maintaining a healthy system
Anyone interested in taking the next step toward self-sufficiency will be fascinated by this entertaining, practical, accessible gardening method.

Speaker Bio

Sylvia Bernstein is the president and founder of The Aquaponic Source, the leading United States-based company focused entirely on the home aquaponic gardener, and the author of Aquaponic Gardening: A Step-by-Step Guide to Growing Fish and Vegetables Together. She also runs the Aquaponic Gardening Community, the world’s largest online community site dedicated to aquaponics, and is a co-founder and former vice chairman of the Aquaponics Association. She teaches and speaks extensively about aquaponics and its exciting potential.

In her recent past life, Bernstein was the vice president of marketing and product development for AeroGrow International, the makers of the AeroGarden. She was one of the company’s original founders and was instrumental in developing the plant growth technology.

Bernstein has a degree in agricultural economics from the University of California, Davis and an MBA from the University of Chicago. She lives in Boulder, Colo., with her husband, Alan.

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