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Kicking Into High Gear For The New Year!

Happy 2015 everyone!

We are happy to announce our spring session of the Aquaponics Basics Course (ABC’s) for February 28, 2015

Learn the basics of growing the absolute best, safest and healthiest produce using fish!

Alberta Aquaponics is putting on an Aquaponics Basics Course (ABC’s) with a build component February 28, 2015.

The build component will work for small and large scale systems and will give you a full understanding of scaling for each.

If you have ever wanted to get into aquaponics or wanted to expand you knowledge, this is going to be the course to take. You will end up with a solid core knowledge of the base principals so that you can confidently put together and maintain long term an aquaponic garden.

This is a one day course with a lot to offer, and timing is set to give you a jump start on the knowledge you need for a spring build to take advantage of an awesome growing summer!


The trouble with carrots.

Sean Morrish Blog

Sean Morrish Blog

So i decided to try some carrots in my AP system not too long ago. This complex system of relearning how to grow each plant in this new medium, can sometimes be long and super annoying!

I’m going to take it in my stride, look at it as the learning curve that it was and develop a different way.

That different way, does not involve rock wool. Starting carrots in rock wool may seem like a good idea, and they did sat well, just like the other plants. However, root vegetables are always a challenge in an AP system. Potatoes are nay on impossible!

Carrots work. Rock wool and carrots… Its my belief, and feel free to disagree, but based on my experiences, the rock wool retains too much moisture for too long. The carrots start out great! Grow tall luxurious green leaves, and even set. After that, things start to go wrong. All of my carrots, bar two, have had there problems and died.
Some looked great via the greens, but as soon as you looked deeper, the root vegetable itself had completely rotted out and was just a gooey mess. Others, the greens slowly died off, the plant continued to sprout more greens, but seemed unable to keep them alive. Then mould at the roots became visible.

I’m not going to give up though! I’m sure they’re a vegetable i can master!
The last one to give out on me showed signs of mould, so i pulled it, sliced off the mould and had a delicious little carrot about an inch and a half diameter and two inches long. This convinces me that carrots are possible. For my next attempt, i’m going to sow directly into the media. Maybe use some tissue paper so stop the seeds from sinking to far down in the ebb and flow of water.

Another problem i noticed and should mention with the rock wool, the carrot grow through the rock wool, as you would expect, however the rock wool itself get stuck in the skin of the carrot and forces you too skin it. Not a major problem, but one i choose to avoid.

May the flow of fish poop, be forever in your favour!
Hahaha. (Yes,i think i’m way funnier that I may actually be.)

Peace good people.


Want to talk about the fish in the room?

Sean Morrish Blog

Sean Morrish Blog

Thought I’d check in as I haven’t written in some time.

A lot has been going on. I had a small malfunction and lost my largest fish. They knocked out my aeration and he suffocated. I managed to save the rest. I harvested my first tilapia, haven’t eaten him yet, but I will!

Had a large fruit fly infestation, it’s slowly coming under control, but man is it a pain in the rear end.
I also have a couple side projects on the go as well, if I can ever find a free minute to get them done!

Anyway that’s the quick catchup for now. I’ll get back to you all really soon!!


Alberta Fisheries Regulation Stakeholder Consultation

The ESRD is looking for change up the laws of the land in regards to licensing and restrictions. They have a survey up that I have just been given the green light in making public for everyone to take part in.

As a person who is a part of Alberta Aquaponics, I believe that we all have a vested interest in the outcome of the upcoming legislation changes, and I urge you to take the survey and make your opinions known.

The survey is  anonymous unless you wish to disclose information in your replies. and is running until January 15, 2015.

The survey can be found here: Alberta Fisheries Regulation Stakeholder Consultation Survey


Calgary Area Event!

Hillhurst, Sunnyside Community Centre is doing another one of their fantastic events that you need to go to!!

There is a Farmers Market before the event for you to shop at, a bunch of folks selling awesome local food, incredible and amazing people to meet and an event to go to as well!

Donna and I try very hard not to miss these events! There is always something to learn and see there.

Where: Hillhurst Sunny Side Community Centre 1320 5 Ave NW – Calgary
Wednesday, Dec. 3 @7pm (after the Farmers’ Market)
What: Know Your Farmer -an opportunity to meet, mingle and discuss food systems with local urban and rural farmers

Cost: $10 or pay what you can at the door

Registration: http://hillhurstsunnyside.org/event-registration/?ee=16

Workshop description:
Join us for an evening of meeting the farmers that grow the food we eat. There will be an opportunity to hear from farmers, both urban and rural, on what they do and why they do it followed by discussions on bridging the gap between urban and rural farming and how they are both important in building a strong and sustainable local food system.
Special guests will include: Dennis Scanland (YYC Growers), Dana Penrice and Ted Chastko (C&E Meats), Blake and Ang Hall (Prairie Gold Meats), Mike Kozlowski and Jennie Greven (Steel Pony Farm), John Mills (Eagle Creek Farms), Daniel Chappell (Country Thyme) and Graham Waugh (Salad Spinners).


Alberta Aquaponics Yard Tour

news flashWe have just completed our latest Basic Aquaponic Course and are offering a yard tour for the folks who have taken the course.

I am going to open this tour up for those who are interested in joining in. We are however, going to ask for a donation for those who did not attend the last course to go toward the new greenhouse build.

We are opening this up for 40 people, so this is bound to fill up fast. More information and tickets can be found here!


Not Trying To Be Cheesy, But Will You Buy Lunch?

As many of you know we have a LOT of projects that we want to see happen at Alberta Aquaponics. Everything from buying software (to help with the education side), to fixing equipment (like our video cameras which has put a damper on us getting the video updates going the way we want), to doing an upgrade of the greenhouse (to make it bigger and more efficient so we can do more and get more people in it for instruction), adding more wicking beds to the community garden in the front yard, to adding to our solar array (to get us off grid and put in a batter backup), through to getting land to turn into a fully educational farm. The reality is that with our limited budget, we have not been able to accomplish as much as we would like to.

We are going to try and change things up a bit with a kickstarter!.

We know that funding projects is expensive and a lot of folks can’t afford that (including us), so we are looking for your help to buy us lunch.

Specifically, a Grilled Cheese Sandwich that could change the world!!

As a cost savings, we are going to make the Grilled Cheese Sandwich ourselves. This means that the money you donate will be used to buy us lunch, but gives us some change to work with on making our other projects happen.  The more people donate, the better our Sandwich will be. The better our Grilled Cheese Sandwich, the more change we will have and the more we can get accomplished!

Please help us in making an awesome Grilled Cheese Sandwich!

Our project goal is $50.00. If we are backed for this project, we will cook up a Grilled Cheese Sandwich (we hope), sit back, relax, and eat it. The Grilled Cheese Sandwich will consist of the cheapest bread we can find, processed cheese and margarine (extra money will go toward small projects to enhance Alberta Aquaponics).  This project will be considered a job well done, payment in full for our hard work and our bellies will be full.

If we receive the backing of $500.00, we will send someone out from our group to the nearest fast food joint to abscond with Ketchup Packets to improve the Grilled Cheese Sandwich.  We will also start our educational efforts, and produce a describer video on the making of a Grilled Cheese Sandwich!  This video link will be an added bonus and thank you, given to all of the people who support and donate.  The Grilled Cheese Sandwich video will describe the best (and possibly worst) ways of making a Grilled Cheese Sandwich.  This is truly something everyone should know, as a personal life skill!  (Don’t thank us, we are all about improving you life skills!)

If we receive the backing of $1,000.00, we will replace out the margarine with real Butter for that rich goodness and flavour that only Butter can provide, to improve the Grilled Cheese Sandwich.  We will also produce a full HD version of the making of the Grilled Cheese Sandwich and post it onto the internet so that everyone can partake in the cheesy gourmet greatness!

If we receive the backing of $2,500.00, in celebration of bringing home the bread, we will take the time to bake our own gourmet Bread, using a state-of-the-art 10-year-old bread maker that we already have. We have no instructions for the unit and have no recipe to go by, but we will use it anyway (we will have bagged bread on standby in the event it all goes bad)!

If we receive backing of $5,000.00, we will bypass the budget level processed cheese for Gruyere cheese, truly the finest of grilled cheese cheeses, and proving to everyone that this is not just a cheesy marketing system.

If we receive backing for $10,000.00, we will cheer on bringing in the bacon by adding Bacon to the Sandwich!  Come on now, it’s Bacon, how can you say no to making this happen?  We may bypass on sending someone out for the Ketchup Packets  at this point, (because with bacon, who needs ketchup?) but we promise to do everything else.

If we receive backing of $20,000.00, we will honestly be out of the red and showing it in style by adding in a hot bowl of Tomato Soup to go along with the Sandwich! Nothing says Grilled Cheese Sandwich like a combo platter with Tomato Soup. I bet you are craving it now. (I know I am.)

So, what’s in it for you – our sponsors?

First of all, all sponsors will receive our heartfelt thanks!  We can’t be cheesy without you :)  Your name will be added to our ‘Donors’ Wall’ on the Alberta Aquaponics website.

As well as our thanks, all sponsors of $10.00 or more will receive a limited edition Alberta Aquaponics Grilled Cheese Sandwich That Saved The World Bumper Sticker.

For everyone who donates $25.00 or more, we will send not only the Bumper Sticker, but also a limited edition Alberta Aquaponics Grilled Cheese Sandwich That Saved The World T-shirt. (We just need you to send us your size for the T-shirt if applicable and your address for the delivery.)

What’s in it for Alberta Aquaponics (besides a free lunch)?

We at Alberta Aquaponics have a job list a mile long, ranging from equipment repair, to creating a community garden space, to rebuilding a greenhouse (which we use as a teaching facility, as well as grow space for our community ventures), to adding solar power (also used in teaching).  Hey, we even have the lofty hope to buy land and set up a full-scale training facility / farm.  We could then raise goats, and make our own cheese for the Grilled Cheese Sandwich.  The farm would be developed into an agricultural education center in Alberta. It would offer courses and training on sustainable living and sustainable agriculture, as well as provide a location to share and develop ideas and techniques to further advance agriculture.

If we can establish the farm, we will make the Grilled Cheese Sandwich at the conclusion of the Kickstarter, as well as throw a Grilled Cheese Sandwich Party at the agricultural education farm (once established) for all who wish to attend.  We will even ensure that the Grilled Cheese Sandwich Party becomes a yearly event, where we will celebrate the backers of the project and even create a memorial to them and the Grilled Cheese Sandwich!

Please help us create a Grilled Cheese Sandwich that will change the world!

Prove that a little bread can go a long way!
(Sorry, that was cheesy…)

Thank you in advance for buying us lunch!



Fast Reminders In A Busy Week

I am sorry things have been a little slow on the website updating side for the last few weeks. I can assure you that will change shortly.

Just as a couple of reminders:


Another meeting of the crazy people doing crazy stuff in the back yard! Hope to see you at the face to face meet up!

This Sunday is the Face to Face Meetup.

Come join us for some face to face time, conversation, idea exchange and general geekery in our Monthly Face to Face Meetup!

Word has it that we will be joined by a newly formed aquaponics club from the University of Calgary, so come out and meet some new folks as we find out what they are planning at the U of C.

As always we will have a great time, lots of laughs and someone will be taking home the door prize!

Don’t be shy, come join in the fun!

This is the last week to get in on our last aquaponics course for the year.

The Aquaponics Course is on Sunday, October 26, 2014. There are still a few seats left for the course, but the time is running short.

You can find details of the course in our events calendar, and you can sign up below.


Happy Thanksgiving!


We at Alberta Aquaponics have again been very fortunate in our success and the amount of produce we have grown in our little greenhouse and newly added wicking beds and are happy that we have been able to share the produce, lessons learned, smiles and laughs with friends, family and community.

We are thankful for our families and friends who have been there in some of our best times as well as in some of our most trying times. We are honored to have you in our lives and grateful for every moment we can share with you. Thank you for your support and love!

We are grateful for the new friends we have made and relationships we have forged over the year. From the newly found friends in our community and city to the new relationships we have established world wide, this has been an amazing year in global community building!

We are thankful for the opportunities that have been afforded us, the cooperation of other like minded businesses, interest and assistance we have received, the lessons we have learned and guidance and support we have been offered.

Thank you all for being a part of our journey, sharing our successes and failures along the way, joining us at the Face to Face Meet Ups, establishing community, attending our courses and events and listening to my bad jokes.

I wish that everyone could have a garden so they could feel as thankful as we are and know the true meaning behind Thanksgiving.

From everyone at Alberta Aquaponics, have a safe and wonderful Thanksgiving and thank you for being a part of our journey!


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