Aquaponics for a New York City apartment – Part 2 [grow bed build – pond liner]

Join me as I embark on my own personal Aquaponics odyssey. I will be building a system from scratch for my Manhattan apartment.

Aquaponics for a New York City apartment – Part 1 [grow bed build]

Join me as I embark on my own personal Aquaponics odyssey. I will be building a system from scratch for my Manhattan apartment.

Nelson & Pade Aquaponics Workshop

I attended Nelson & Pade’s Aquaponics workshop in Montello, WI from October 12th – 15th. It was a great experience with 3 solid days of non-stop Aquaponics education. After leaving I felt like I went from a basic understanding of Aquaponics to a being knowledgeable on not only Aquaponics, but several other subjects. Not being from an agricultural background, I also learned a lot about controlled environment agriculture, greenhouses, GAP, bio-security, chemistry and fish biology. It was also nice to just get some hands on with the fish, plants and equipment as well meet a fine group of diverse people from around the states.

Nelson & Pade do make very good, but somewhat pricey systems for everything from the family size to the full on commercial system capable of feeding a small town. They are far and away the market leader in supplying Aquaponics systems with well over 170,000 square feet producing fish and veggies. They don’t do the hard sell which is nice, and John and Rebecca are authentic down to earth people who know a ton about growing food.

Here are some pictures from my visit.

Attending Nelson & Pade’s 3 Day Workshop this weekend!

For anyone considering starting an income producing operation, this is a good place to get all the information on what it takes to be a commercial Aquaponics farmer. From greenhouse to bacteria – everything is covered over the 3 days. Of course they are trying to sell their systems to you as well, which as they say are science based, optimized systems. But heck, part of the fun of Aquaponics is tinkering and trying to get it right (so long as you don’t kill the fish).  So if your just building for your apartment or back yard system there are plenty of instructional on videos youtube to learn from.

Nelson & Pade’s website is which you likely have been to before.

I’ll do a more complete review once i finish the workshop.


Visiting Cabbage Hill Farm Foundation’s Aquaponics System

They are up in Mount Kisko, NY and have tours every 1st and 3rd Friday of the month

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Going to see the Aquaponics system at Cabbage Hill Farm Foundation tomorrow… will post pics if I can get them.

Aquatic Eco-Systems and Green Sky Growers Announce their First Aquaponics Workshop

Through their Institute of Sustainable Farming, AES and GSG launch their education initiative. From November 30, 2011 – December 3, 2011, AES and GSG will offer their first Aquaponic Technology and Design Workshop in Apopka and Winter Garden, FL.


Cornell University to open Aquaponic greenhouse on rooftop of NYC school
CUCE-affiliated Manhattan high school set to build cutting-edge aquaponics greenhouse
A breakdown of the public support received for the project:• City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, $800,000• Borough President Scott Stringer, $470,000

• N.Y. Sen. Tom Duane, $100,000

Total project cost is planned at $2 million, with additional support provided by Cornell.

With more than $1 million of public support now in place, the dream of creating a rooftop cutting-edge aquaponics greenhouse at one of New York’s most innovative high schools is about to become a reality.

Officials at Food and Finance High School and partners at Cornell University Cooperative Extension-New York City (CUCE-NYC) announced Aug. 5 that the school has secured a total of $1.37 million through the offices of City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer and N.Y. Sen. Tom Duane. The funding allows the high school to move toward construction of the 4,500-square-foot project at its 525 W. 50th St. facility — a rooftop green revolution that will advance the school’s science curriculum, offer students a hands-on education in state-of-the-art growing skills and help feed the community.

Work is expected to begin at the site this fall.

“This exciting roof project really puts us at the cutting edge of science technology, education and food production,” said Food and Finance Principal Roger Turgeon. “For a culinary arts school in an urban area, to be able to produce food at this scale is a major achievement.”

The aquaponics greenhouse will link the school’s advanced aquaculture and hydroponics programs under a new rooftop structure on the northwestern portion of the campus. Nutrient water from the school’s tilapia tanks will be used to help sustain the plants, while the plants provide a natural filter to clean the water for the fish. The greenhouse will get a significant amount of its power from solar, wind and hydro energy technologies — minimizing the project’s demands on the electrical grid and its carbon footprint.

The greenhouse will be used for teaching, food production and as a science hub for the New York City area, said Philson Warner, CUCE scientist and developer of the aquaponics technology to be used in the project. Food produced will be used in the school’s culinary programs and at the school’s cafeteria, and also be sold to local restaurants and donated to area homeless shelters.



“The technology is unique, and the results will be eye-opening to many. The mutually sustainable hydroponic and aquaculture systems, forming a high-functioning aquaponic system, will use minimal energy and in fact may contribute to the city’s power grid,” said Warner. “Students will have firsthand knowledge of how science is used to produce the cleanest and freshest food possible — scientific training that will really give them a leg up in getting into good colleges.”

Cornell is a lead partner with the New York City Department of Education in building Food and Finance High School into one of the jewels of the nation’s largest public education system. The school emphasizes the core academic courses, as well as taking advantage of Cornell’s knowledge and resources to create a unique program in the culinary arts and finance related to the food industry. Its 400-plus students are prepared for both college and careers in the food industry.

“Providing the opportunity for students to connect the production, preparation and consumption of food is unprecedented,” said Turgeon. “It also enables us to promote and teach sustainability and healthy eating. Today, it is not enough to teach culinary arts — students must understand food systems and be environmentally cognizant.”

If your in NYC please show us your Aquaponics system!

It would be great to see those who are pioneering Aquaponics in New York or even if your in the surrounding area.



My name is Jonathan Kadish and my goal is to advance the field of Aquaponics to be the answer to the world’s food shortages and also have a positive impact our energy problems. Humanity is on an unsustainable path of global destruction and depletion. Aquaponics can supply the world with protein from fish and nutrition from plants. Nearly half of the oil used currently is used in the growing, transporting, storing and serving food. Aquaponics eliminates much of the need for energy intensive farming and inefficient transport. For every 1 calorie of food American’s eat 10 calories of energy is expended to produce it and deliver it. A small aquaponics operation can produce thousands of pounds of organic fish and vegetables with just a couple of solar panels. With energy efficient greehouses fish and produce can be supplied year round even in northern climates.

So join me as I begin my journey into the future of food. Aquaponics may just save the planet. If your interested in joining me in having an impact in NYC leave a message here… I can’t do this alone, a lot of us will have to work very hard to have an impact.