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Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC) fish farmers raking in koi profits

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Japanese koi fish. — Illustrative Image danviet.vn.

Farmers in Binh Chanh District, HCM City, are farming ornamental Japanese koi fish and Japanese carp following an incentive programme launched by the city recently.

Viet Nam News
Jan 9, 2016

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The programme, which was implemented by the city’s agricultural extension centre, encourages local farmers to raise the two breeds of fish. It has helped three farming households in choosing fish breeds, food and farming techniques.

Due to its suitable water and soil quality, Binh Chanh District is being developed into a specialised resource area for farming these two ornamental fish species.

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January 12, 2016   Comments Off on Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC) fish farmers raking in koi profits

The World’s First Aquaponics Documentary Film planned

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Aquaponics Documentary Indiegogo from Karney Hatch on Vimeo.

The film will explore the history of Aquaponics in Mexico (the chinampas originated by the aztecs) and Asia (traditional combinations of fish and plants grown together).

Karney Hatch, director of “Plant This Movie”, and Maribou Latour, host and creator of the Visonary Aquaponics podcast, are teaming up to make a documentary about aquaponics around the world!

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January 10, 2016   Comments Off on The World’s First Aquaponics Documentary Film planned

Disabled Marine pursues new goal of aquaponics farming in Florida

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Marine veteran Brooklyn Mickell checks new plants on Dec. 11 at Soul Crop in East Lake Weir, Fla. (Photo: Alan Youngblood/Star-Banner via AP)

“It allows me to just be free and not worry about anything else that’s going on outside in the world,” Mickell said. “This doesn’t feel like work to me. It feels like a hobby that has become a career. It’s really refreshing.

By Richard Anguiano, Ocala (Fla.) Star-Banner via the Associated Press
Dec 20, 2015

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Mickell said he first became intrigued with aquaponics in 2012, while he was serving in the Marine Corps and taking courses online to earn a bachelor’s degree from Thomas Edison State College. He said he actually first heard about the method from his wife, Dania Davy, 33, an attorney licensed to practice in North Carolina, who had a fellowship working with farmers on a variety of issues.

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January 4, 2016   Comments Off on Disabled Marine pursues new goal of aquaponics farming in Florida

This Californian Urban Farm Is A Glimpse Into The Future Of Agriculture

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Tilapia and goldfish live in these tubs.

Experimenting with aquaponics and low-water plants, Growing Experience is an example of how future farmers can hack together a better, more local food system.

By Nicole Laporte
The Fast Company
Dec 18, 2015

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The Growing Experience, which is run by the Housing Authority of the County of Los Angeles, is a CSA, or community supported agriculture program. The farm, which has been in operation since 2009, operates on 7 acres. More than half is a community garden. The rest is taken up by Ng’s work, a farm that grows collard greens, kale, tomatoes, pumpkins, along with a 300-tree orchard and an open-air chicken coop that produces eggs. Through a weekly subscription service it supplies boxes of fresh fruit and vegetables to locals as well as to low-income residents—who receive the food at a subsidized cost—who live across the street in a sprawling housing development.

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December 27, 2015   Comments Off on This Californian Urban Farm Is A Glimpse Into The Future Of Agriculture

Steve McLeod Swapped Dirt For Fish at his Urban Farm

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Farmer Steve McLeod tends to his tomatoes inside his aquaponic greenhouse shipping container.

I did not always know I would be a farmer. I chose the agricultural life because of health, climate change, urban, and city living.

By Maggie Roth
Food Tank
Nov 20, 2015

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I grow Controlled Environment Aquaponics (CEA) at my farm in the urban city of Cary, NC.

Sustainable farming practices are important to me because of climate change, cardboard tasting, pesticide, and antibiotic doused food.

My favorite thing about being a farmer is wearing sweats all day while experiencing a slice of the web of life.

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November 27, 2015   Comments Off on Steve McLeod Swapped Dirt For Fish at his Urban Farm

Geoff Wilson’s ‘CitiesAlive’ – First Issue

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Murray Hallum’s simple aquaponics units using fibreglass tanks made at Maclay North, south of Brisbane, Queensland. Murray has been a remarkable pioneer of home-based and small commercial units that are well-meeting a need for sub-tropical equipment.

A regular online newsletter devoted to best urban food production using developing technologies.

By Geoff Wilson
Contact: wilson.geoff@optusnet.com.au
Vol. 1 No. 1.
November, 2015.
As an agribusiness journalist and communicator for the last 58 career years it has been my observation that sound, urban-based growing of food and greenery has big advantages for humans. G. Wilson
(Must see. Mike)

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Innovative urban algae farming for food – only some eight major species of an estimated world total of 73,000 algal species are currently harvested commercially for human foods. Yet the growing of algae foods and feeds on clean agribusiness wastes and clean carbon dioxide wastes is relatively easy technology that has enormous implications for existing agribusiness companies operating in urban locations. Two important products are algal omega-3 oils and and high quality algal proteins.

Further advancement of urban hydroponics and urban aquaponics – the former being now well advanced in rural areas, but easily adaptable for urban sites close to fresh food markets, while the latter is currently transforming from mostly a scientific hobby into a commercial reality for urban and peri-urban sites.

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November 8, 2015   Comments Off on Geoff Wilson’s ‘CitiesAlive’ – First Issue

Future farming: hi-tech project growing hydroponic herbs and fish unveiled near Sydney

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Green Camel uses computer controlled planting and one staff to lay young herb seedlings on conveyer belts,
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“We use all that water to grow the fish, then every single drop used to grow the fish is used to grow the crops.”

By Sarina Locke
ABC Rural
Nov 1, 2015

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Levi Nuppnen said the greenhouse on the south-west fringe of Sydney could produce 15,000 kilograms of barramundi and 130,000 kilograms of leafy greens a year on just 5,000 square metres of land.

“Every drop of water is accountable, every single joule of sunlight as well,” he said.

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November 7, 2015   Comments Off on Future farming: hi-tech project growing hydroponic herbs and fish unveiled near Sydney

$915,000 grant from the USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA),for Aquaponics Production Centre in Virginia

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Virginia State University used a NIFA grant to purchase facilities where they teach aquaponics and urban farming. The operation allows them to both raise fish and grow vegetables in a symbiotic environment. (iStock image)

While bringing food to people who have limited access is important, teaching them to how grow their even more so, said Duron Chavis, VSU indoor urban farm director.

By Carlos J. Harris and Scott Elliott, National Institute of Food and Agriculture
USDA
October 26, 2015

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Like many other cities in America, Petersburg has found its way onto USDA’s list of food deserts – meaning that residents have limited access to fresh, healthy, and affordable food.

Virginia State University has found a way to fill the void with a hands-on program that teaches students how to successfully sustain urban farming operations and helps put affordable nutritious food on the tables of community residents.

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October 28, 2015   Comments Off on $915,000 grant from the USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA),for Aquaponics Production Centre in Virginia

FoodChain in Lexington, Kentucky, provides education and hands-on training for indoor sustainable food production and processing

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Rebecca Self of FoodChain, an urban agriculture nonprofit, posed with greens being grown along with tilapia fish in an aquaponics system. The greens and fish are sold to restaurants. By Tom Eblen.

Since September 2013, FoodChain has been producing about 30 pounds of greens and a dozen tilapia each week.

By Tom Eblan
Kentucky.com
September 20, 2015

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The fish and most of the greens are bought by Smithtown Seafood. Blue Moon Farm distributes excess greens to other restaurants.

The aquaponics system works like this: waste grain from the brewery is fed to the fish, whose waste water provides the nutrients for lettuce and other greens to be grown under energy-efficient indoor lighting.

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September 26, 2015   Comments Off on FoodChain in Lexington, Kentucky, provides education and hands-on training for indoor sustainable food production and processing

Vancouver’s famous Aquarium wants to mix conservation with commercial aquaculture

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A black rockfish swims by inside tank at Vancouver Aquarium. The aquarium’s proposal to produce them commercially has met with some controversy. Photograph by: Mark van Manen, Vancouver Sun

Proposal would produce sustainable rockfish and wolf eels for seafood market

By Larry Pynn
Vancouver Sun
September 4, 2015

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As evidence of the money potentially at stake, T & T Supermarket in Vancouver’s Chinatown this week had live rockfish for sale $21.99 a pound, and live “rice field eel” (a species not threatened) for $20.99 — both well above live lobster at $15.99.

The aquarium has been breeding fish for about 45 years but has been more aggressively pursuing commercial aquaculture since the arrival of Shannon Balfry as director of aquatic animal breeding program about three years ago. “We have the ability to do it so why wouldn’t we do it?” says the PhD graduate from the University of B.C. “Nobody else is going to take that ball and run with it. We can do the ground work.”

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September 5, 2015   Comments Off on Vancouver’s famous Aquarium wants to mix conservation with commercial aquaculture

University of Liverpool educates young people in futuristic farming with VydroFarm and FishPlant

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Farm Urban’s Dr Paul Myers with the University of Liverpool’s new VydroFarm.

This system can transform small, underused urban spaces into the farms of the future.

By Nikki Lee
Press Office
HydroGarden
Aug 5, 2015

As part of an exciting ‘Aquaponics in Schools’ initiative, school children in Liverpool are being educated about the issues behind sustainable global food production and food security, through a series of engagement projects sponsored by Farm Urban, The University of Liverpool and Coventry-based hydroponics specialists HydroGarden.

The University and Farm Urban, selected two of HydroGarden’s innovations for the future of farming to display. The first, a new vertical farming system, VydroFarm, was part of its exhibition stand at three of Liverpool’s biggest cultural and educational events in July, namely the ‘Eat the Atlantic’ Food Festival (4th – 5th July) on Liverpool’s waterfront, Big Bang North West science fair (8th July) for 11-18 year olds and Alder Hey Week (6th – 12th July). This last event was aimed at involving staff, patients and the local community in the exciting build up to the children’s hospital’s move to its brand new facility – ‘Alder Hey in the Park’.

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August 15, 2015   Comments Off on University of Liverpool educates young people in futuristic farming with VydroFarm and FishPlant

African town and city fish farmers have converted their swimming pools and backyards into small-scale fish farming ponds

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The figure for fish farmers is even higher in Malawi, where some 30,000 people are active in fish farming-related activities

By Jeffrey Moyo
IPS
Aug 5, 2015

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Hillary Thompson, aged 62, throws some grains of left-over rice from his last meal, mixed with some beer dregs from his sorghum brew, into a swimming pool that he has converted into a fish pond.

“For over a decade, fish farming has become a hobby that has earned me a fortune,” Thompson, who lives in Milton Park, a low density area in the Zimbabwean capital, Harare, told IPS. In fact, he has been able to acquire a number of properties which he now rents out.

Thompson is just one of many here who have struck gold through fish farming.

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August 15, 2015   Comments Off on African town and city fish farmers have converted their swimming pools and backyards into small-scale fish farming ponds

Smart Floating Farms (SFF) for city food production

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City Farming /Urban agriculture is great, but with the tremendous influx of world population to urban areas would it be enough to ensure the amount of food in cities? Why not take advantage of the water space close to cities to transform them into a productive tissue?

Forward Thinking Architecture
Author: Javier F. Ponce, Principal
© Copyright 2015

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The SFF is a Smart Offshore Floating Farming system situated off the coast on an open sea. The SFF is configured as a modular-expandable Multi-Layer Floating Farming system which combines Solar energy, Hydroponics-green growing and Aquaculture (Fish) . City Farming /Urban agriculture is great, but with the tremendous influx of world population to urban areas would it be enough to ensure the amount of food in cities? Why not take advantage of the water space close to cities to transform them into a productive tissue? ( water which makes up about 71% of the Earth’s surface, while the other 29% consists of continents and islands) Does an offshore Smart floating farm makes sense? We truly believe so, since many of the densest areas/cities are located close to big bodies of water and because nowadays many nations are heavily dependent on imports and international markets for their food (causing vulnerability).

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June 10, 2015   Comments Off on Smart Floating Farms (SFF) for city food production

Florida: Downtown St. Petersburg’s waterfront wastewater treatment plant might become an urban fish farm.

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City Development Administrator Alan DeLisle confirmed a private aquaculture company has approached the city with a proposal to use the plant’s large tanks and other infrastructure to grow commercially viable seafood.

By Steve Nichols
FOX 13
May 27

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Dr. Bill Hogarth, director of the Florida Institute of Oceanography, told FOX 13 News he has participated in conference calls with the unidentified aquaculture company. Hogarth said from what he has learned, he thinks the company “…has a great background, they’ve got a lot of expertise and experience in this type of aquaculture, they’ve got contracts for everything that they grow.”

Hogarth envisions partnerships with USF’s College of Marine Science, a planned marine science education center, and research into more efficient fish farming.

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June 6, 2015   Comments Off on Florida: Downtown St. Petersburg’s waterfront wastewater treatment plant might become an urban fish farm.

London Home to UK’s First Commercial Urban Aquaponics Farm

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annprHRH Princess Anne visits GrowUp Urban Farms.

After receiving planning permission, a London warehouse will soon become home to the UK’s first commercial aquaponic farm, creating sustainable a pioneering new model for sustainable, ethical food production in cities.

The Fish Site
17 April 2015

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The revolutionary farm will use aquaculture and hydroponic technology to produce more than 20,000kg of sustainable salads and herbs (enough for 200,000 salad bags) and 4,000kg of fish each year, with first harvests predicted for September.

GrowUp Urban Farms has been given the green light to start building the farming system after receiving planning permission from the London Borough of Newham this week.

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April 25, 2015   Comments Off on London Home to UK’s First Commercial Urban Aquaponics Farm