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Friendly Aquaponics
Special Newsletter

Special Edition Newsletter Number 7
November 11th,  2011
Images from our farmily aquaponics farm
Aloha Friend,

We have some important announcements to make that didn't fit in our regular weekly newsletter, so we are sending out this one just to talk about them.

Announcement #1: Our affiliates David Lindemann and Sahib Punjabi in Florida have both announced their first scheduled aquaponics training dates: Sahib Punjabi's is on December 10-11, 2011, and David's is on January 21st, 2012. You can contact them directly about these trainings: Sahib can be reached at 
909-575-8334, or by emailing him, and David can be reached at 321-604-6684, or by emailing him. We recommend them both highly.

Announcement #2: We finally had time to post Franz Schreier's Solar Greenhouse slideshow on our website, you can either go to the Solar Greenhouse page and click on the slideshow link on the bottom, or view the slideshow directly from this link. This slideshow has the complete presentation Franz made when he introduced the Aquaponic Solar Greenhouse to the world at the Florida Aquaponic Association conference in September 2011.

We are also offering 50% "early bird" discounts for
the FIRST Aquaponic Solar Greenhouse Training based on Franz's technology in February 2012, as well as discounts on our regular Aquaponics Technology Training, and our Commercial Aquaponics Training. These discounts will last until December 15th, 2011, and if you have any questions about the discount or about these courses, please email us directly.

Announcement #3: We're selling about 1,000 pounds of tilapia at $3/lb (if you pick up 20 pounds or more), so call us at 775-7745 if you want some. You can also haul these fish live and use them to stock your aquaponics system; we rent out our hauling tank for $50 a day if you don't have one (it holds 300 pounds per trip). We held onto our extra fish for the longest time because we thought we needed them to stock additional aquaponics systems, but Susanne came up with a new seeding and sprouting protocol this last year that doubled our production out of the same systems, so now we have extra fish!


Announcement #4: We're developing Friendly Aquaponics commercial knowledge in a new direction: our CSA (Community-Supported Agriculture, what a mouthful!).


The CSA is a new business model for us; after selling a huge amount of the same thing to Costco for nearly two years, selling a huge variety of produce directly off the farm is a big change. But it is a welcome change for several reasons:


One, we teach commercial aquaponics to empower others to change their careers and lives in a sustainable direction. After teaching for three years, we've seen that many of our students do not have the capital or other resources to come into aquaponics at the $250-500,000 level of investment that is required to build a farm that can ship even ONE product to Costco.


Two, it's easier and more secure for the consumer: with the uncertainty about the safety of food from producers in foreign countries, there's a tremendous demand for locally-grown produce because people WANT to buy from someone they know and trust. And it's much better for the farmer as well; the food has lower transportation costs and the farmer gets closer to "store retail" dollar for it, so he's paid more for his efforts. It's a win-win for both!


What we're doing now is within reach of a wider range of our students than our previous Costco business model; you can get started in a CSA model of commercial aquaponics for as little as a $5-6,000 investment in materials if you provide your own construction labor to build your system.


We also feel much more secure with a mix of from fifteen to twenty-five different vegetable varieties in our 5,500 square feet of systems (if you remember from these newsletters, we also had a lettuce blight hit us back in April of 2011 and wipe out our entire crop). Not only is the farm more stable because we're no longer monocropping, but we're learning in-depth information about how to grow all these varieties, including data on yields, special planting and harvesting methods, and much more, all of which we'll be able to pass on to our students in future trainings.


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Plants growing in the Aquaponic Solar Greenhouse

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ETFE PAR film formed into a heat exchanger used inside the solar greenhouse. It heats or cools the greenhouse AND converts green light into usable red and blue light for the plants



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This is one of the PV panels in the Solar Greenhouse; they make electricity, shade the plants when needed, and act as heat exchangers to remove excess heat from the greenhouse in hot conditions and add warmth to the greenhouse in cold conditions.


Special Offer! Sign up for our February 16th-17th Aquaponic Solar Greenhouse Training before December 15th, and receive a 50% discount, plus we will email you our Micro System package so you can begin studying aquaponics! ($99.95 value)

More Information on Hawaii Aquaponic Solar Greenhouse Training

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PV panels in the Aquaponic Solar Greenhouse provide electricity and shading  as well!


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Plants growing in the Aquaponic Solar Greenhouse, with PV panels shading and making electricity at the same time!




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