Saying things have been busy for the last while is more than an understatement. So much is going on and moving I can hardly keep up.
We have a bunch of things to announce and get people involved in, here are some of the upcoming events.
On the Saturday March 15th, Calgary Seedy Saturday is taking place! I am happy to say that ASAS and Alberta Aquaponics will be at the event. This is an absolute must to come and be a part of!
Admission Fee: $2.00 per person.
This family event will have displays by:
- local seed savers,
- prairie seed companies,
- native plant collectors,
- conservation groups,
- community gardeners,
- organic growers; as well as,
- a seed exchange table,
- presenters, and
- a kids corner!
Calgary Seedy Saturday is part of the worldwide Seedy Saturday/Sunday events that celebrate open-pollinated seeds. In Calgary, the event is coordinated with the support of the Community Garden Resource Network.
Calgary Seedy Saturday is keeping the skill of growing from seed to seed alive in Calgary. As large commercial seed companies consolidate and only offer more hybrids and patented varieties, We are increasingly losing the regionally adapted collections that have developed in our unique prairie climate.
Calgary Seedy Saturday helps maintain this irreplaceable genetic diversity by offering non-hybridized, non-GMO varieties of seeds. You and your family can discover the superior taste of heirloom vegetables, learn to save seeds and share them with your neighbours. As you grow them season after season these seeds will adapt and grow that much healthier!
Another meeting of the crazy people doing crazy stuff in the back yard! Hope to see you at the face to face meet up!
Sunday March 16, is our Face to Face Meet Up!
Keep in mind we are at a new location, and the new location is rocking cool! Come on in and check it out for yourself and get involved in some great conversation on Aquaponics, a presentation and lets not forget our door prize give away!
The next big event we have on the go is going to be on March 21 at the SAIT tech Faire!
Alberta Aquaponics will be at the SAIT 2nd Annual Spring Tech Faire with demonstration aquaponic gardens and lots of information!
Come join us at the event!
Stop by and say “Hi”!
The second annual Spring Tech Faire, presented by the Reg Erhardt Library at SAIT will showcase student, alumni, and community activities in the areas of technology, science, invention, and collaboration.
The public is invited to explore fun, interactive, and educational events in an environment which celebrates creative Calgarians!
Now for an announcement that I am very excited about.
For the last while people have been trying to get me to put on an aquaponic course with a build component involved. I am happy to say that I am about to do just that!
Alberta Aquaponics is putting on an aquaponics course with a build component April 12, 2014 at SAIT. This 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!
The course will cover:
What is Aquaponics
A Brief History of Aquaponics
Types of Aquaponics
The Grow bed
Aquaculture Laws in Alberta
– Basic Safety
– The Stand
Tips and Tricks
And so much more!
Throughout this course we will be doing a build of an aquaponic system. This course will give you the knowledge to assemble all of the parts required for practical application of the build and the ability to make it scaleable and workable system for a 45 gallon aquarium build through to a full IBC tote application.
You will receive a binder with the course slides and area for notes, A copy of the Aquaponic monitor sheets (Water, Fish, Plants, Lighting, Electrical) as well as full build parts lists for putting everything together. Lunch will also be provided.
But that is not all!
How would you like to go on a road trip to see something very cool that is aquaponic related?
I am proud to announce a team up of Alberta Aquaponics with the Lethbridge College and the Aquaculture Centre of Excellence!
Along with the purchase of this course you will also be eligible to join us on a tour of the Lethbridge College Aquaculture Centre of Excellence on May 3, 2014. We will have a 56 passenger coach picking us up in Calgary and taking us all to Lethbridge where we will get a tour of the facility.
Run by R. Charlie Shultz, the ACE is a world class aquculture and aquaponic facility, and something that should not be missed out on seeing. More than just a course, this is truly a life event.
Charlie Shultz, Aquaponics Researcher at Lethbridge College.
He spent about 14 years at the University of the Virgin Islands in St. Croix working under aquaponic Guru, Dr. James Rakocy. He has worked with Alberta Ag employees for over a decade, including Dr. Nick Savidov and his evolution of the UVI design for Alberta conditions. He spent a couple years before moving to Lethbridge getting a grad degree from Kentucky State University where he studied lighting options for indoor aquaponic systems.
We will be getting a tour by Charlie Shultz himself walking us through everything that the ACE has to offer!
But that is still not all!!
Charlie Shultz will also be presenting a lecture at the ACE location after the tour.
Showing the full range of a home based aquaponic garden that you can build yourself to a multi-million dollar facility for education and commercial endeavors, this course will offer you the most well rounded educational experience you could hope for!
This course and trip is sure to sell out fast, so sign up today and get ready for a life changing event!
Not interested in the course but want to go see the Aquaculture Centre of Excellence?
No problem. We have your back!
Come sign up for the extra seats on the bus and join us in our trip to Lethbridge where you will get a tour of the ACE facility by Charlie Shultz and be able to attend his lecture on May 3, 2014!
Road trips are always a bunch of fun, and what better way to meet other people interested in aquaponics in your community than to go on a trip with them and share an experience together!
Make sure you bring your camera for this event!
I am sorry I don’t have the video update for this week. Things have just been too crazy busy to make one happen. I will attempt to gather up some video of the upcoming venues and post up one for next week with an update on what is going on here!