The innovators at Green Acre Aquaponics are joined by Sylvia Bernstein of The Aquaponic Source and JD Sawyer of Colorado Aquaponics and Flourish Farms for this comprehensive, hands-on approach to aquaponic farming.
Join us in Denver in late October / early November at Green Acre's Western training center! We know that not everyone has the luxury of living in sunny, warm Florida and that most folks have to deal with varying degrees of cold weather so we have partnered up with JD Sawyer of Colorado Aquaponics and Flourish Farms for our cold weather Green Acre Aquaponic Farming Complete Course training location. It will be the same comprehensive course we offer at our Florida farm with more emphasis on colder climates. JD not only owns and manages Flourish Farms, but also consults and teaches aquaponics with Colorado Aquaponics and the GrowHaus. We are very excited to be bringing even more commercial farming experience to our team.
Learn the methods, understand the science, discover the business, and become part of the movement that will relocalize sustainable food production. This is not an academic class taught by professors or consultants, but rather a hands-on practical class designed to teach you everything you need to know to run your own successful aquaponic farm.
"Of all the courses I have EVER taken, and there have been many, this course is by far the most exceptional!" - Steve Golin
We taught this course in April, 2012 and it was tremendously successful. How do we know?
"Congratulations! Great curriculum in scope and detail. Wonderful camaraderie developed. Honest, transparent I feel like I can come back and ask more. The willingness to share the very intimate business details with the class is refreshing and incredibly valuable. Provided written materials ensure we have a reference to keep and use over time. Well done!"
The Green Acre family farm is the model that this team will teach students to replicate. A successful Aquaponics Farm since 2010, Green Acres does this for a living every day. Recognizing the value of integrating media bed growing into raft (DWC) technology, their hybrid aquaponics design optimizes nutrient density by allowing the additional metabolization of valuable solids typically removed from DWC systems. Why remove the most valuable element in an aquaponic system when it can be utilized to produce better and more abundant growth? This growth translates into one thing, more sellable product, elevating your bottom line.
"Wow! I wasn't expecting so much detail on the construction and financial aspects. Loved the empowerment afforded by the hybrid system build."
Elevating your bottom line, now that’s a concept any business person can appreciate. Enter Sylvia Bernstein. An integral part in any family farm is the business aspect. Ordinary people can do it, but they also need to have the tools and skills to manage the business and market their product. Sylvia, is the former VP of Marketing for AeroGrow International with a Masters in Business from the top business school in the U.S., and the author of the best selling* book, "Aquaponic Gardening."
(* #1 on Amazon.com's Best Selling Gardening and Horticulture books)
We have designed this course to be a logical progression that builds on itself over the four days. You will be handed a complete manual during class registration that includes all the presentations, plus even more detailed descriptions, drawings, and finaincial data. Morning sessions will be held classroom style in a very comfortable classroom location. Each morning session will start with an aquaponically focused set of lessons, followed by a set of business lessons. Then we break for lunch, which will be provided from a local, organic cafe. Afternoon sessions will be at Flourish Farms, a fully operational aquaponics farm based on the design principles of the Green Acres methodology. These sessions will be broken out into smaller groups so that all students get front row, hands on time with their instructors. Each group will rotate through all segments.
"Highly informative. Good balance between the farm business and the actual farm operation. Very helpful in learning how to assemble a small system."
"Great group of teachers - lots of info. You guys are living what you're preaching. This is the real deal! And you work so well together!!! And... LOTS OF FUN! Great curriculum. I love that you guys are so into sharing your info and presenting your experience to keep us from making the same mistakes. From there we will all " just take off!" and keep sharing - "tribe."
Green Acre Aquaponics is one of the first commercial aquaponic farms in Florida. At Green Acre, Gina manages farm operations, their Green Acre Harvest For You! produce club and also their aquaponic training program, where entrepreneurs are taught how to replicate the Green Acre model and operate the hybridized aquaponic family farm. Gina serves as the inaugural Chairman for the Aquaponics Association and is dedicated to the mission of advancing aquaponics for her fellow members and industry. Before becoming an aquaponic farmer, Gina was the co-owner and managing director of a multi-million dollar producing construction contracting firm. Gina received her Bachelor of Science from the University of Florida in Anthropology with a minor in Education.
Aquaponic Gardening: A Step by Step Guide to Growing Fish and Vegetables Together" . Before aquaponics, she was the VP of Marketing and Product Development at AeroGrow International, where she was one of the founding team members. Sylvia has an MBA from the University of Chicago and a B.S. in Agricultural and Managerial Economics from the University of California at Davis.
(note: each Session is independent. Session 2 is identical to Session 1)
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Because we strongly believe that the personal experience of actually being in the class and interacting with the systems, the instructors and fellow participants is critical to the eventual success of the participants, this class will not be available on video tape and video taping of these sessions is prohibited.