June 1st Feed Hunger Now : Aquaponics Training Benefit Event Friendly Aquaponics, one of the world’s premier Aquaponics Training Organizations joined Sahib Aquaponics on June 1st 2013 to provide the very best and comprehensive Aquaponics Training for the Benefit of Feed Hunger Now, a Florida Non-Profit Corporation. This Aquaponics Training took place at Sahib’s Aquaponics Research Farm located in Winter Park, FL. All donated proceeds will go to constructing and operating an Urban Hybrid Aquaponics System for the benefit of economically disadvantaged local residents and their food needs.  Feed Hunger Now is dedicated to “feeding the villages” by teaching the disadvantaged people how to feed themselves using Aquaponics.

Here is an article that Ashley Isabell, one of our valued Interns at Sahib Aquaponics, shared with me :

Well, it has been a little over a week since our June 1st benefit, so let us take a moment to remember what we had covered!   After hearing all about the beginnings of Friendly’s Aquaponics in Hawaii, learning a little bit about the economy of our food and what had sparked the interest for our very own Sahib, the importance of being able to produce food locally (and in an urban environment no less!!!) became a little clearer.  For example, did you know that the leaders of Nestle believe that water is not a free a basic human right. .. wait, what?!

With all the horror stories we hear about threats to our food and water, it sure is nice to see one possible solution: Aquaponics.   During our June 1st event, those who attended learned why Aquaponics works better than any hydroponic or aquaculture system.  Essentially, with Aquaponics you are creating a balance of nitrogen.  Can you say bio mimicry? … If you’re currently wondering how that nitrogen cycle works, you should have came to the class 🙂

After learning why Aquaponics is so wonderful (plus a little about the biology behind it) the class learned a little about various Aquaponic systems (including the pros and cons of each) such as Deep Water Cultures, Nutrient Film Techniques, Media Beds, Vertical Systems and Shallow Water Cultures, just to name a few.  

Now that we were educated about the various systems, we took a tour of Sahib’s Aquaponic farm, located here in Winter Park, FL.  Sahib’s Aquaponic farm is a glorious display of most all of the systems blended together into a unique, hybrid Aquaponic farm.  The interdependency of the farm is a wonderful representation of the interdependency of  ecosystems on earth.  When something happens in one part of the system, the effects can be seen throughout. 

Now hold on… what’s that over there?  Well my friends, along the back lot here we have what is called the ‘zero lot’ system.  This system is truly beneficial as because it can be implemented anywhere.  If you want to see what I am referring to, please feel free to stop by the farm in Winter Park, FL.  The ‘zero lot’ system is always available for the public to see. 

Finally, our lovely friends from Friendly’s Aquaponics showed us how to set up a real life mini Aquaponic system that could if on your porch.  Yes, YOUR porch.  At the end of this exciting, learning filled day, everyone went home, saying a temporary ‘aloha’ to the world of Aquaponics.  But it’s not really the end.  For those who made a donation to FeedHungerNow.org, they received their very own copies of Friendly’s Micro System package , Table Top Systems manual  and Epoxy/Fiberglass/Plywood Tank Manual so that they may go forth and spread the benefits of Aquaponics.

We will try to make this an annual Aquaponics Training Benefit Event for Feed Hunger Now, just our way of giving back to the community. If you would like to help this cause, please visit the website feedhungernow.org and if possible make a donation – it is tax deductible.

Thank you & God bless,

Sahib

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