Aquaponics for the Urban Gardner

Aquaponics is a closed-loop nutrient recycling system. Simply put, it is a combination of traditional aquaculture (raising aquatic animals) and hydroponics (growing plants without soil). Using this method can dramatically increase the levels of production in a smaller space footprint. Even better, the produce and fish are of the absolutely highest quality. Aquaponics is a method of growing edible plants and fish in a single system that is extremely well suited for the urban environment. Additionally, aside from being totally organic and natural, it is very water efficient (using less than 10 percent of the water necessary for a comparable soil garden.)

Thursday, Sept. 12
6 to 7:30 p.m.
Location provided upon registration

Speaker: Adam Cohen, Green Phoenix Farms

Bio: Adam Cohen founded Green Phoenix Farms almost five years ago. His commitment to sustainability, natural food and healthy eating, and a concern for the future well-being of communities and the earth as a whole have guided his current efforts to research, develop and educate about Aquaponics. Cohen is committed to developing a method to grow food and aquatic animals in a simple, symbiotic system that can be scaled for “back-yard” hobby farming or established for-large scale profitable commercial production. As a long-term goal, Cohen envisions an urban agricultural model, which will supply natural fruits, vegetables, herbs and a variety of edible fish and other seafood through a totally self-contained and sustainable growing system. He holds dual bachelor’s degrees in Marine Biology and Marine Fisheries from Texas A&M University, pursued graduate work at the University of St. Thomas in Houston, and has taught secondary math and science in both private and public high schools for the past 12 years.

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For more information, call the Office of Environmental Stewardship at (972) 742-2296.