Tag Archives: aquaponics

Episode-1271- Dr. Nate Story on Vertical Farming and Aquaponics

Dr. Storey of BrightAgroTech.com

Dr. Storey of BrightAgroTech.com

Dr. Nate Storey is the co-founder, inventor, and CEO at Bright Agrotech, an innovative vertical farming start up on the high plains of Laramie, Wyoming. Nate and the Bright Agrotech team seek to empower commercial producers and home growers alike to grow a lot more nutritious produce with less space with their ZipGrow tower technology.

Dr. Storey earned his PhD. from the University of Wyoming in Agronomy researching aquaponic production and different creative live distribution models to help farmers live better. His research was in direct response to the many barriers there are to getting into farming and living well as a commercial producer today’s world.

Not only is the cost of land and equipment going through the roof, but also new farmers face substantial costs when harvesting and packaging their produce. A cost that Dr. Storey sought to dissolve with ZipGrow products. This technology allows the farmers to outsource the ha rvesting and packaging their crops to the consumers in turn giving the customer the freshest produce possible.

Join Us Today for a Discussion on Growing More in Less Space Including…

  • What’s wrong with the current food system
  • Why should we be growing some/most of our own food
  • What exactly is aquaponics
  • Why grow food vertically
  • Are there any inexpensive ways to get into aquaponics
  • What fish work best in aquaponics systems
  • How small should as system be before it is too small
  • What is zip grow and why is it cool
  • How can packaging be eliminated from the food system
  • Where can you learn more about aquaponic systems

Resources for today’s show…

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Episode-1076- Mark Kirkwood with Follow Up on Air Wells, Aquaponics and More

Construction Begins on a New Hybrid Earthship

Construction Begins on a New Hybrid Earthship

Mark Kirkwood is the cofounder of Biotecture Training and a self proclaimed life long survivalist. He teaches aquaponics, earthship construction, sustainable living and survival through community development.

He is 36 years old and his past careers have included working as a banker, health insurance professional, pest control specialist and as a construction worker.

Mark is currently married with 3 children. He and his business partner have invested a year and a half and several tens of thousands of dollars to build a foundation for people to come and learn how to live free of “the systems of man”.

Mark joins us today for a brief follow up to his first interview.  Today we discuss that trials of building alternative housing, avoiding POAs and HOAs like the plague, air wells, trombes and aquaponics systems using in ground ponds.

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Episode-1028- Technologies, Products and Ideas for a Transitional Society

For Acorns to be a Food, First a Market Must be Created

For Acorns to be a Food, First a Market Must be Created

There are a lot of things wrong with modern business, finance, agriculture and manufacturing.  Many of us understand the current system is far from sustainable but we also know for now it is all we have.  Today I will discuss some business and product ideas that are just bouncing around in my head.

Some of these are honestly very easy to do, others may require a lot more work then I imagine but most of them do have a potential to change things for the better long term.

Like most ideas though, they are pretty much worthless unless someone make them happen.  Some of what you will hear today isn’t new at all, in fact some if it is how we can take old ideas and actually make them work.

Join Us Today As We Discuss…

  • First you have to understand how a market is “created”
  • Second you must understand human nature is to be lazy
  • Third you must understand that people naturally resist change
  • Ideas for Transitional Products and Businesses
    • Stop taking about acorns and make them edible in mass quantity
    • Develop small scale affordable hullers and presses
    • Make methane biogas but do so for others on their own sites
    • Develop a pond based back yard aquaponics system
    • Cheap modular (snap together) aquaponics systems
    • Building electric motorcycles
    • Building battery back up systems

Resources for today’s show…

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Episode-992- Tawnya Sawyer on Aquaponics at the Individual, Community and Commercial Level

Tawyna Sawyer of Colorado Aquaponics

Today we are joined by Tawnya Sawyer of Colorado Aquaponics. Tawnya is a Colorado native who grew up in the mountains raising plants and animals for food.

Tawnya is passionate about changing both the quality of the food available and the demands placed on natural resources for food production.

Colorado Aquaponics grows local food, designs and builds aquaponics systems, provides project management services and delivers educational programs. They do so by growing fish and produce together in a sustainable food production system, without agrochemicals, while reducing natural resource consumption, conserving water and producing zero waste.  In doing so Colorado Aquaponics provides food and education to individuals, families and communities who want to take charge of their own sustainable food production.

Join Tawnya and I Today as we discuss…

  • Exactly what is aquaponics and what makes is so productive
  • What has been happening in the aquaponics world over the last year
  • How aquaponics fits the lifestyle of the prepper and homesteader
  • How you can take aquaponics to the community level
  • How aquaponics solves many current problems in the food system
  • Marketing the “local” and “natural” components of food
  • What we can and can’t grow effectively with aquaponics
  • Where green houses fit in and unique challenges for the industry
  • Is there a future in indoor aquaponics, if so how would it work
  • How you can learn more and get started with aquaponics

Additional Resources for Today’s Show

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Episode-789- A Progress Report from the Spirko Homestead

Jack in overlooking his homestead 2009 - What was a dream is now a lifestyle.

It’s Thanksgiving Week!  Woot!  Thanksgiving is probably my favorite holiday.  Hang with my son, eat myself into a turkey coma with zero guilt, watch football, enjoy some scotch, watch football and snooze in front of a fire.  Thanksgiving is a “man holiday”, if such a thing exists at all.

Since this is such a great week, I wanted to keep things light and exciting so I figured it was a great time for a progress report on the Spirko Homestead instead of something heavy like a feedback show which always seems to have a lot of the economic mess in it.  So tune in today and I am just going to shoot from the hip and tell you whats going on and where we are going next.

Join me today as I discuss…

  • How one 25′ swale ditch changed how I see my property
  • How to build and use an A-Frame level
  • What is going on with Hugelkultur Project #2
  • Digging a ditch near trees, a sawzall is your friend
  • How to get your wife on board with major landscape changes
  • Keeping still ponds clean with reed beds and cattails
  • How a pond that doesn’t hold water can still fill up
  • Thoughts on Aquaponics, yea I think I am gonna do it
  • Frogs, pigeons, ducks and squirrel it is whats for dinner
  • Plans for the next Spirko dog, hoping it is a long time in our future
  • How Permaculture and survivalism are really the same
  • An awesome new DVD from Geoff Lawton

Additional Resources for Today’s Show

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Episode-759- Listener Calls for 10-10-11

Since Friday was an interview show while I was away in Salt Lake City for the Self Reliance Expo we are going to make up for missing last weeks listener calls show today.

Today we have great calls on subjects such as building community, the Federal Reserve, permaculture, gardening, the electrical grid, fermented foods, fitness, entertainment and more.

Tune in to hear me answer your questions such as…

  • Some first hand information on building community paying off
  • Will the current political climate influence the Fed’s policies
  • How to evaluate a permaculture site
  • Feed your family from the back yard and your family thinks somethings wrong
  • A thread to our electrical grid you have probably never heard of
  • More on the value of fermented foods
  • What are my thoughts on diet and fitness
  • Is “high mileage” oil worth the premium
  • Building a cache of entertainment
  • Translating backpacking skills to prepping skills
  • Shrimp or crayfish for aquaponics

Additional Resources for Today’s Show

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Episode-720- An Interview with Jason Fields of The Urban Farming Guys

The Urban Farming Guys Explain Aquaponics

Today Jason Fields joins us from The Urban Farming Guys.  Jason is part of a group of about 20 families who have purposefully uprooted from out of their comfortable suburban homes.  They then relocated to one of the worst neighborhoods in Kansas City with the goal of transforming it.

Each family has purchased a home within a 5 block radius of each other and put down in order to change lives and improve a community.  Every family maintains a personal garden and actively works together on numerous community projects, such as green houses, a developing community center, raising chickens and more.

Join us today as we discuss…

  • How 20 families dropped a crime rate just by showing up
  • Linking up with neighborhood associations and watches
  • Getting rid of drug dealers the easy way
  • How community gardens are instilling a sense of pride
  • Making your own methane with a bio digester
  • Storing your bio gas to use for cooking and heating
  • Getting items to create biogas from for free
  • Growing over 1000 tilapia in an area the size of a small room
  • The sacrifices associated with this type of project and the rewards

Resources for Today’s Show

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Episode-647- 12 Methods of Individual Food Production

Today I think we need to really begin to think about individual food production.  I 100% meant what I said yesterday about fearing future food shortages and as a result skyrocketing food prices.  America was once a “nation of farmers”, yet I think that statement gets misunderstood.

In our nation of farmer, yes, there were many true farmers in the way we generally think of the word.  Families who farmed more than 100 acres and literally earned their living from their land.  Yet at the same time countless men were tradesman and professionals as a primary source of income but still maintained a “farm” from a few to a few dozen acres.

These farms fed their families and raised additional income by selling surplus.  They also preserved much of the harvest to deal with winter shortages and other hard times.  Somewhere along the way the time clock and next promotion began to bury the small farms in the new reality of suburbia.  Yet even in the initial stages of suburbia the spirit lived on for a while.   Today we must continue to rekindle our roots as producers of food.

Join me today as we discuss…

  • What became of our “nation of farmers”
  • Methods of individual food production
    1. Conventional gardening
    2. Guerrilla gardening
    3. Foraging
    4. Hunting
    5. Fishing
    6. Trapping
    7. Plant and forget
    8. Small Livestock
    9. Permaculture
    10. Aquaponics
    11. Container Gardening
    12. Food preservation

Additional Resources for Today’s Show

Remember to comment, chime in and tell us your thoughts, this podcast is one man’s opinion, not a lecture or sermon. Also please enter our listener appreciation contest and help spread the word about our show. Also remember you can call in your questions and comments to 866-65-THINK and you might hear yourself on the air.

Episode-622- Tawnya Sawyer on Aquaponics

Tawyna Sawyer of Colorado Aquaponics

Today we are joined by Tawnya Sawyer of Colorado Aquaponics.  Tawnya is a Colorado native who grew up in the mountains raising plants and animals for food.

Tawnya is passionate about changing both the quality of the food available and the demands placed on natural resources for food production.

Colorado Aquaponics grows local food, designs and builds aquaponics systems, provides project management services and delivers educational programs.  They provide services to individuals, families and communities who want to take charge of their own sustainable food production.

Join Tawnya and I Today as we discuss…

  • How aquaponics differs from aquaculture and hydroponics
  • How aquaponics moves you closer to a “closed loop system”
  • Species of fish to consider for your aquaponics system
  • Timer based vs flush and drain systems
  • The need for back up systems to prevent fish loss
  • The advantages of fish as a protein source over small mammals
  • Using aquaponics for backyard and hobby producers
  • Heating options for fish that require it such as tilapia
  • Acquiring fish from a hatchery vs. breeding your own
  • Self provided food options such as duckweed, worms and black solider larva

Additional Resources for Today’s Show

Remember to comment, chime in and tell us your thoughts, this podcast is one man’s opinion, not a lecture or sermon. Also please enter our listener appreciation contest and help spread the word about our show. Also remember you can call in your questions and comments to 866-65-THINK and you might hear yourself on the air.

Episode-527- Call In Friday 10-8-10

So it is FRIDAY and time for another round of your calls and questions.  Remember you can call in your question to 866-65-THINK (866-658-4465) and leave a message up to two minutes in length and you will likely hear your question on the air.  Currently we are working on questions about two weeks in the rear though so it can take a few weeks for your question to be responded to on a Friday show.

Join me today as we discuss…

  • The good and bad of using a small swimming pool for aquaponics
  • Spending vs. saving in regard to inflation
  • A revisit on my past 401k advice with some good additional points
  • Dealing with medical emergencies at a BOL during a bug out
  • The skinny on the new 1099 requirements beginning in 2011
  • Dogs during a disaster, your dogs and the dogs of others as well
  • The concrete monolithic dome as a housing option
  • The key differences between ground nut and sun chokes
  • The 22LR vs. the 17HMR – the winner is based on the circumstance
  • Plantings for the north side of your house
  • Stocking a small pond

Additional Resources for Today’s Show

Remember to comment, chime in and tell us your thoughts, this podcast is one man’s opinion, not a lecture or sermon. Also please enter our listener appreciation contest and help spread the word about our show. Also remember you can call in your questions and comments to 866-65-THINK and you might hear yourself on the air.