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Friendly Aquaponics Newsletter
Number 128
July 9th,  2013
Images from our farmily aquaponics farm
Aloha Friend,

In today's "Nugget", we continue our series with Part 3 about Wayne Hall, an aquaponic producer in the Bahamas; and his experience getting a commercial aquaponics operation started there. If you'd like to refresh your memory, you can read Part One and Part Two of this series to start.

Our "In The Farmily" column today is about a new member of our Farmily, by Susanne.

Aquaponics Nugget #128, Part 3: Wayne Hall; Profile Of An Aquaponics Producer

By the time my training with Friendly Aquaponics was complete I had all but two of the licenses, permits and registrations, the last hurdle being the aquaculture permit and the fish farming registration, of course a pre-requisite to these was the necessary training.

I then proceeded to apply for the aquaculture permit, which should have only taken 2 weeks to obtain, however it took way longer than expected, and finally on the 7th of December I had to write a letter to my parliamentarian representative requesting his assistance, which I put in his hand personally on the 8th of December. It just so happened that he was also the Prime Minister of the Bahamas.

The aquaculture permit was approved on the 11th of December and issued on the 14th, this was the final piece which allowed the cultivation of Tilapia, Malaysian Prawns and Australian Red Claw.

Christmas of 2011 was bittersweet, as I had finally gotten everything in order to proceed, however it took over a year to get everything in place using the majority of my own funds in the process, and my initial financial backers could wait no longer and invested in another project.

On the road of life we occasionally hit a pothole in the road and get a blowout, forcing us to stop and make adjustments.

Phase 1 – Initial Testing

In the new year (2012) I began construction of the first aquaponics system, a 256 sq ft system. This was built on the specifications provided by Friendly Aquaponics and initially I used fresh water ornamental fish (mollies, platys, swordtails, guppies, goldfish and koi) to for the “engine”.

This first system was to be used to test and determine exactly what would grow well in my environment and also provided me with a way to get my “feet wet” in aquaponics.

Wayne Hall's first system troughs filled with water, ready for fish and plants.

If I had not done this myself I would never have believed how productive an aquaponics system can be, suffice it to say that I was able to grow successfully over 170 varieties of plants, which included leafy greens (a variety of lettuce, mustard greens, Asian greens and other like types), broccoli, cauliflower, peas, beans, okra, tomatoes, green peppers, hot peppers, watermelon, cantaloupe, a variety of other squash types, corn, pineapple, culinary and medicinal herbs and flowers (both edible and ornamental).

Wayne Hall's aquaponic produce.

I even planted papaya and bananas which I eventually had to take out and plant in the ground because they grew so fast and so big that it overwhelmed everything. I continued watering these with aquaponics water and they produced very large and extremely delicious fruit. The papaya plants produced fruit with an average weight of 8lbs each.

Wayne Hall's aquaponic papaya plants.

Phase 1 - Final Testing

In the summer of 2012 I received a small entrepreneurial grant from the government. This additional funding allowed me to expand the aquaponic grow space to a total of 768 sq ft along with a 128 sq ft seedling table. The increased grow space would allow me to quantify exactly how many pounds it could produce.

In this configuration I was able to achieve a total of 10,292 growing units (net pots) as follows:

Seedling Table (128 sq ft)

4,180 units (32 per sq ft)

Nursery Troughs (256 sq ft)

4,064 units (15 per sq ft)

Grow out Troughs (512 sq ft)

2,048 units(4 per sq ft)

Using a 6 week harvest cycle this would produce 1,024 units per week and would take 10 weeks to reach full capacity.

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hoto of Wayne Hall's farm location on the island of Abaco, in the Bahamas, from Google maps).


(Part 4 of Wayne Hall's story next week; thanks for listening!)

For smaller home backyard and apartment systems, please read on:

Purchase Construction Plans and Operating Info for 4 Different Sizes of Table Top Aquaponics Systems $49.95

Our TableTop System package includes easy-to-understand building instructions and operating information for 4 different sizes of small aquaponic systems based on our years of experience. Anyone can build a system out of plastic barrels or IBC totes, but operating one successfully without good and easily-understood information can be frustrating. You simply use the "Daily Operations Checklist" in the manual and follow the step-by-step instructions on your way to success. We also cover how to make aquaponics systems out of weird things like old refrigerators and door frames; this makes aquaponics much more economical to get started in, and fun too!

We spent hundreds of thousands of dollars, hundreds of hours, and built our first commercial aquaponics systems with FAR less information than this manual contains. We included all the information learned from that experience in this manual so you don't need to make any of the same mistakes we did.

Learn about our TableTop Systems!


Friendly 2013 Training Schedule:

One-Day Benefit Trainings are all finished. Please Email us if you're interested in having us give a training in your area to benefit your non-profit organization.

5-Day Commercial Trainings:

These trainings are $1,495 for five days of the most comprehensive and profitable Commercial Aquaponics and energy efficient Solar Greenhouse technology on the planet. We've finished our schedule for summer 2013, and will be announcing our winter training schedule soon. If you can't wait to learn about profitable commercial aquaponics, check out our Personal Intensive trainings in Hawaii.

(Below) Randy and Katie's Chinese-style Aquaponic Solar Greenhouse in Tennessee in the February snow, 2013. 70 degrees inside and you had to take your coat off when working with the vegetables!

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(Below) Randy and Tim showing attendees at the training how easy it is to use a DO (dissolved oxygen) meter to measure oxygen levels in the vegetable troughs.


(Below) Tim drinking water from one of Randy and Katie's aquaponics systems. "I've been doing this for six years; it's the reason I absolutely know the food from these systems is safe and healthy" (Tim).


If you're located near Tennessee, Randy and Katie give regular free farm tours of their aquaponics systems and greenhouses to introduce the public to the benefits of aquaponics and energy-efficient greenhouse growing. Call Randy and Katie at 256-679-9488 or email Randy to find out when the next farm tour is scheduled.

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Our Farmily with our product in a "Big Box" store; the first time ever that a little mom and pop (Aquaponics!) farm took an account away from a multimillion dollar agribusiness. You'll see more of this, because you as consumers will demand it!

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Free Farm Tours
Aquaponics tour at the Friendly farm!

We hold a free workshop on our farm the FIRST Saturday of every month at 10:00,  focused on growing food with aquaponics and permaculture.  Click here for information. See you there!

If you are a school, a non-profit organization, an organization working with the poor, Native Hawaiians, or ex-inmates, or if you are a church, we will hold a free farm tour for you anytime. You DO need to email us first to schedule, or we might be out on errands!


Thousands of inch-long "fifty-cent" baby tilapia from our "backyard" hatchery


What they turn into about a year later: a beautiful 2-pound white tilapia grown in the fish tanks of our aquaponics systems

Micro System Classes in Texas!

Join Ben and Alicia Godfrey at Sand Creek Farm in Cameron, Texas for the first Texas Micro System trainings! Call Ben or Alicia directly at 254-697-2927, or email them to sign up for this course. You can visit their website here to see a list of all the other cool classes they offer! This live, one-day training uses our $100 Micro System DIY manual as coursebook, and is a real deal!

We Meet A New Farmily Member: