Recently I did a video called “Ask Me Anything about Aquaponics” due to a lot of confusion, misinformation and some well, out right lies about aquaponics on our ReGen Ag Group at Facebook. In spite of the reasons for doing it, 95% of the questions came from a very positive space and I really enjoyed doing it.
It has led me to want to do a series of “ask me anything” style videos. Not all will be agriculture/permaculture based but the next one at least will be. I am doing the next one on food forest systems.
So ask away. Now just like aquaponics I do not claim to be an expert here just someone with some real world experience.
I have built a pretty amazing 3/4 forest based system on what for all intents and purposes is a slab of limestone. Been involved with several other large and small installations. That said my personal niche is really small scale stuff, 1/10th to say 2-3 acres. I am happy to take questions about larger systems, but really I hope to gear this mostly toward helping folks transform the smaller parcels most of you have to work with.
Additionally if you have earthworks questions please only those specifically tied to food forestry for now. We may do an earth works one later, but I may ask Geoff Lawton to tag team that one with me if we do it.
So below ask me anything you ever wanted to know about establishing and managing food forest systems.
Also here is the first video in the series on Aquaponics to give you a feel for how these videos go.
This is our core system with a heart of two 330 gallon recycled IBCs, running 2 ebb and flow beds, 8 soil based beds and one deep water bed.
This system could be expanded to have dozens and dozens more wicking beds. Still running on a single pump.
This system is far more an aquatic system with aquaponic elements unlike the first system. Still it shows what can be done with only one small energy input. This system could expand almost infinitely with wicking beds.
The third system is built on the timber frame pond concept we developed last year. This system is growing a ton on thing on shelves in the pond, it is also running 3 wicking beds and one ebb and flow bed.
Well it has been a week since our last property walk, I figured I would try to do one every week or two into summer so you can see the property transform. During today’s trip we talk about the ducks a bit, how we will miss them but how we also have a lot of new exciting things coming, additionally how the property was ready to be rested so it could really evolve, and how the ducks had to leave to make that happen.
We we get to the duck holding area it is a bit eerie how quiet it is, we take a moment to remember them, but the contract of the east and west property really shows it that it was indeed time for a change.
Sorry about the show being canceled today but I do have over 30 minutes of property walk though video for you guys today. We have five videos of walks on Nine Mile Farm for the first day of spring totaling about 30 minutes in length. Lots of stuff is just blowing up this year.
Note that in this video I specifically say that this is not how I normally do this. In general practice I simply take any viable cores as they become available and add them to ebb and flow beds to regrow them. To expedite this project and give some interest to the project I went out and picked up a bunch of stuff that works for this type of thing.
Also while three of these came out in three days it will likely be about a week before it is time to do another one, so enjoy these for now. Again you can follow the entire playlist at http://bit.ly/indooraqua
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So this weekend I set up my planned indoor aquaponics system. The truth is all I really needed to do was set up a 100 gallon tank and one small ebb and flow bed this year to grow tilapia fry until spring and get a jump start on growing them. However always wanting to give you more, I have turned this into an educational project.
I am using a 300 gallon rubber maid stock tank, along with rafting, a 50 gallon ebb and flow and a small wicking bed inside one of my out buildings. Setting up a lighting array and heating the water with 300 watt aquarium heaters. Each spring we will drain this tank and move all starts to our main systems. We can also starting next year over winter aquatic vegetation such as salvania or duckweed with it.
This really isn’t to show you how to do this indoors just how to set up a system and get it producing fast. Using the components in this system you literally have a roll your own kit by visiting Lowes and Tractor supply. As this project evolves I expect many aquaponics hold outs will realize how easy this is, how well it works, and will finally take the plunge. You can track the entire playlist at http://bit.ly/indooraqua and below are the first two videos.
I plan to go to the “winter time plant store” later today and film episode three soon. So what is the winter time plant store, oh you call that the grocery store and no, I am not kidding.
First up is this 20 minute property walk explaining our new plant starting system, new timber frame pond and wicking bed installs, indoor aquaponics, grow bucket system, updates on the bantam hens and more. Here are links to the items featured in this video as well
Next up is a video I made to better explain the second segment of the video above. It is best to at least watch that segment first to better understand it if you haven’t already done so.
Next up is a video of me but not on my channel. Justin Rhode brought his 50 state permaculture bus tour to Nine Mile Farm to learn about my duck operation. I have to say he did a fantastic job with this 16 minute mini documentary.
You can also get these in regular vs. wide mouth jars but I personally prefer wide mouth for most fermenting. Anyway I am very happy with this product. The pebbles do a great job keeping stuff under the brine, everything cleans up in seconds with just hot water and they just fricken work, and like the FermentEm lids they are waterless so they can’t dry out, they are about as fool proof as it gets.
For more info see the video below where I give an over view and show a few of the ferments I have going right now. And consider the Masontops Complete Mason Jar Fermentation Kit or specific components of it for your fermenting needs.
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