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Bear-Proof Compost Bin

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Photo by Michael Levenston

Bears are a part of city life in many municipalities in and around Vancouver. Our Hotline receives calls from residents about bears strolling into yards and knocking over compost bins in North Vancouver, Port Coquitlam, Whistler, Squamish and parts of Vancouver Island.

Laurie Chambers of Lund, BC, designed and built this beautiful bear-proof composter and we are lucky to have one at the Vancouver Compost Demonstration Garden.

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October 8, 2009   2 Comments

Aquaponics Projects – growing fish and vegetables

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Kenyan project. Larger image here.

Aquaponic Greenhouse Prototype for Kenya

By Faith And Sustainable Technologies

Prototype aquaponic (combination of hydroponics and aquaculture) system using 700 gallon elevated ferro-cement flood tank technology developed by Travis W. Hughey which uses no float switches, electronic timers or microprocessors to control the flood and drain parameters of the system. It is a large version of the flood tank in the “Barrel-Ponics” manual found on this site as a free download. The system uses approximately 400 gallons of water per flood cycle. There are 37 barrel half growbeds also of Travis’s design incorporated. In the shallow pond water hyacinth and water lettuce are grown for fish feed.

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October 8, 2009   10 Comments