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Visionary Aquaponics with Maribou Latour

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Visionary Aquaponics is a podcast created for you, the Aquaponics Entrepreneur, the Aquapreneur, and those who want to take their Aquaponics to the next level. This show delivers 3 episodes a week for you Aquapreneurs who want to learn more about the business side of Aquaponics. Each episode brings you a different Aquaponics expert with advice on various topics from backyard to commercial Aquaponics, passive solar design, integrated aquaculture, renewable energy, biochar, horticulture, fish breeding, organic hydroponics, farm design, systems thinking, the failures and successes of Aquaponics businesses, earth-sheltered greenhouses, and permaculture-integrated Aquaponics. We end each show with inspiration for future research and development, and the #1 tip for the Aquaponics entrepreneur.

Latest Episodes

56: Natural Pest Sprays and Dual Root Zone Aquaponics with Reid Larson of PolyGuarden

Today's guest is Reid Larson, founder and chief science officer of PolyGuarden, a company offering full-spectrum protection for both residential and commercial aquaponics with the mission of global implementation of aquaponics. Listen in as Reid talks about the products and services they're offering including eco-friendly pest sprays, proactive vs. reactive pest sprays, and Solution 3 plant supplements for root development. Reid further discusses neem extractions and dual root zone aquaponics where you get to plant on soil on top of the aquaponics media. Find out about certain products to stay away from, the use of macro and micronutrients, the need for water changes, and dealing with problems of readily available nutrients. PolyGuarden has opened up consulting, designing, and monitoring systems. Reid further discusses the Google trends and the power of collaboration. More topics will be

57 min2015 DEC 17
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56: Natural Pest Sprays and Dual Root Zone Aquaponics with Reid Larson of PolyGuarden

55: From Becoming Food Aware to Commercial Aquaponics with Steve Carrell of Ponderosa Aqua Farm in Indiana

In this episode, Steve Carrell, co-owner of Ponderosa Aqua Farm shares with us highly valuable information on setting up a commercial aquaponics system. Steve owns a construction company while his wife, Missy, is a long-time gardener. A dynamic duo, together they formed the Ponderosa Aqua Farm based in Spencer, Indiana. It was at that time when they started to question what's in their own food that sprung out their decision of living off of only what they ate. Transitioning from an in-home basement system to a commercial system, they went to Florida to attend the course at Green Acre Aquaponics. While many commercial aquaponics growers recommend to start small, Steve takes the opposite direction believing that you have to have a certain scale in order to sell enough produce in order to be profitable. Listen in to what he has to say. He also discusses things like underestimating the cost

58 min2015 DEC 15
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55: From Becoming Food Aware to Commercial Aquaponics with Steve Carrell of Ponderosa Aqua Farm in Indiana

54: Bringing Aquaponics to the Classroom with Michael Kosko of Al Raby School for Community and Environment

Today’s episode features an inspiring guest, Michael Kosko, a Science teacher at Al Raby School for Community and Environment in Chicago, Illinois. I got him on the show after being inspired by the article he was featured on, From Aquaponics to Robots: McCarthey Dressman Education Foundation disperses over 149,000 for school enrichment in the US and Sudan. Michael has been teaching in Chicago public schools for nine years now. He currently focuses on teaching environmental science to freshmen and exploring it together for the past years. Receiving the McCarthey Dressman grant gives them the opportunity to expand the program and support their Career in Technical Education programs, specifically culinary arts, emulating a lab-to-table model where students grow their own food sustainably, learn how to prepare it, and eventually selling it in partnership with their Business Career in Technic

49 min2015 DEC 12
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54: Bringing Aquaponics to the Classroom with Michael Kosko of Al Raby School for Community and Environment

53: Bringing Aquaponics to New Zealand Schools~ Diana Fitzsimmons & Amanda Jones from Wairakei Primary School, New Zealand

This is a fun episode as we chat with Diana Fitzsimmons and Amanda Jones from Wairakei Primary School in New Zealand, along with two of their students, Myles and Rose. Listen in as they talk about how they got into doing aquaponics, dealing with fish death, experimenting systems, getting ideas from Murray Hallam, and building an in-line system composed of media beds and clay beds. They also touch on more related topics such as insulating tanks, solar water heating, and water testing using test tubes. Check out how they dealt with nitrite spikes and staying away from fish death. Our guests today share about the teaching system in New Zealand, specifically focusing on aquaponics and how it addresses global issues where they intend to fit the aquaponic system setup into New Zealand's curriculum considering that aquaponics is a very new topic in the country so they hope to expand the knowled

51 min2015 DEC 1
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53: Bringing Aquaponics to New Zealand Schools~ Diana Fitzsimmons & Amanda Jones from Wairakei Primary School, New Zealand

52: A Smokeless Burn-Creating Biochar with TLUD Stoves w/ Spencer Curry of FRESH Farm Aquaponics

This episode couldn't get any hotter as we welcome back Spencer Curry of FRESH Farm Aquaponics on the show. Listen in as he discusses TLUD stoves and all about the smokeless, double burn which is simply genius! TLUD stands for Top-Lit Updraft Stove. Today's show is primarily on biochar, why TLUD stoves rock, and how to make one. We’re talking about TLUD stoves made out of paint cans, the concept of pyrolysis, the role of an oxygenless chamber, and creating biochar with tons of surface area for microbial habitat (whether you use biochar for aquaponics or soil). We also talk about how biochar works to adsorb nutrients and how that differs from absorption. Listen in as Spencer comprehensively describes how a TLUD stove works, as well as some techniques to make it work properly. Other things included in the interview are rocket stoves vs. rocket mass heaters, liquid heat, chimneys, cinder bl

65 min2015 NOV 26
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52: A Smokeless Burn-Creating Biochar with TLUD Stoves w/ Spencer Curry of FRESH Farm Aquaponics

51: Fostering a Sustainable Food & Aquaponics Movement in Egypt w/ Faris Farrag of Bustan Aquaponics

In today's episode, we welcome Faris Farrag of Bustan Aquaponics who is stirring up an aquaponics movement in Egypt. A former banker turned aquapreneur, Faris is pioneering a movement in aquaponics while hoping to see a rising movement in the rest of the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. His interest in aquaculture and food has led him to enroll at Dr. James Rakocy's course in the University of the Virgin Islands which further inspired him to stay in Egypt and break ground on the farm that he currently has today. Listen in as Faris talks about the different produce they're growing in the system, how the market has responded to their aquaponic system, and keeping up with the momentum. Faris also brings into our discussion the ins and outs of organic certifications as well as reclaiming the language by putting the responsibility on producers using chemical products. We delve into

67 min2015 NOV 19
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51: Fostering a Sustainable Food & Aquaponics Movement in Egypt w/ Faris Farrag of Bustan Aquaponics

50: Urban Aquaponics in Brooklyn, NY, with Yemi Amu of Oko Farms

Celebrating Episode 50!!! Creating a flourishing green space amidst busy Brooklyn, New York is just what Yemi Amu, co-founder of Oko Farms has successfully created. Established in 2012, Oko Farms is a commercial aquaponics and educational company. Its current biggest project is called the Moore Street Farm in Bushwick, a 2,500 sq.ft. farm where they raise a variety of fish such as channel catfish, tilapia, and goldfish as well as herbs like basil, shiso, mint, cilantro, and more and where they sell mostly to neighborhood restaurants. Education-wise, they have built solid partnerships with the Department of Education through a program that connects public school children to farms around the city as well as a partnership with a nonprofit housing developer, Northeast Brooklyn Housing Development Corporation. Listen in as Yemi talks about her training with Morning Star Fishermen. Yemi illust

49 min2015 NOV 6
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50: Urban Aquaponics in Brooklyn, NY, with Yemi Amu of Oko Farms

49: How Vertical Farming & Live Sales Can Transform the World of Food Distribution & Reduce Waste w/ Dr. Nate Storey from Bright Agrotech

This is Part 2 of the interview with Dr. Nate Storey of Bright Agrotech, makers of the ZipGrow Towers. In this episode, Nate talks about the big impediments to newbie verticalfarmers and why Upstart Farmers was conceived. He also talks about the UpStart University, a learning-based community that offers video courses to self-driven students as well as the Jumpstart Farmers Program, which offers entry-level mentorship. Nate briefly discusses the different courses they offer at the UpStart University including organic certification, lighting courses, business planning, and marketing. Listen in to know more about farm planning & financing, grants, Kiva loans, and how much would you exactly need to get started. Learn about the importance of understanding your market and how to go through the planning process. Nate explains why ZipGrow towers are an answer to issues concerning live sales, rob

47 min2015 OCT 22
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49: How Vertical Farming & Live Sales Can Transform the World of Food Distribution & Reduce Waste w/ Dr. Nate Storey from Bright Agrotech

48: Food Sovereignty, Social Entrepreneurship, & Building a Growasis Permaculture Farm with Adam Brock of GrowHaus

Adam Brock is the co-founder of GrowHaus, a unique nonprofit based in Denver, Colorado. GrowHaus is a half-acre space encompassing different aspects of the food system under one roof including food production, food distribution, and food education, with a focus on revitalizing their local community through rebuilding food sovereignty. Tune in to this episode as Adam takes us through the four-year process of building this unique community by connecting with the neighborhood as well as the different classes they have developed over time-- including Seed to Seed summer program for teens, micro business training, service learning, and even permaculture classes to the general public. Adam walks us through the GrowHaus business model - its structure, the mission, and the funding of nonprofits. He gives us a brighter perspective on social entrepreneurship that combines non-profits & for-profits

45 min2015 OCT 21
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48: Food Sovereignty, Social Entrepreneurship, & Building a Growasis Permaculture Farm with Adam Brock of GrowHaus

47: More on Science-based Systems & Commercial Aquaponics with Rebecca Nelson of Nelson and Pade

This is part 2 of the interview with Rebecca Nelson, co-founder of Nelson and Pade based in Wisconsin. Nelson and Pade is currently working with the University of Wisconsin at the Aquaponics Innovation Center funded through an economic development grant to build a center for research. Along with Dr. Chris Hartleb of the University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point (UWSP), they have developed a university level aquaponics course which is now running on its fifth year. Listen in as Rebecca shares more about growing tilapia and walleye fish in their commercial systems as well as leafy crops, tomatoes, peppers, cabbage, beets, cucumbers, and more! They grow tropical fruit trees too like bananas, limes, pomegranates, papaya. Discover the challenges in designing aquaponic systems and growing an aquaponic business - combating misinformation and building your business upon validated research. Rebecca

49 min2015 OCT 17
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47: More on Science-based Systems & Commercial Aquaponics with Rebecca Nelson of Nelson and Pade

Latest Episodes

56: Natural Pest Sprays and Dual Root Zone Aquaponics with Reid Larson of PolyGuarden

Today's guest is Reid Larson, founder and chief science officer of PolyGuarden, a company offering full-spectrum protection for both residential and commercial aquaponics with the mission of global implementation of aquaponics. Listen in as Reid talks about the products and services they're offering including eco-friendly pest sprays, proactive vs. reactive pest sprays, and Solution 3 plant supplements for root development. Reid further discusses neem extractions and dual root zone aquaponics where you get to plant on soil on top of the aquaponics media. Find out about certain products to stay away from, the use of macro and micronutrients, the need for water changes, and dealing with problems of readily available nutrients. PolyGuarden has opened up consulting, designing, and monitoring systems. Reid further discusses the Google trends and the power of collaboration. More topics will be

57 min2015 DEC 17
Comments
56: Natural Pest Sprays and Dual Root Zone Aquaponics with Reid Larson of PolyGuarden

55: From Becoming Food Aware to Commercial Aquaponics with Steve Carrell of Ponderosa Aqua Farm in Indiana

In this episode, Steve Carrell, co-owner of Ponderosa Aqua Farm shares with us highly valuable information on setting up a commercial aquaponics system. Steve owns a construction company while his wife, Missy, is a long-time gardener. A dynamic duo, together they formed the Ponderosa Aqua Farm based in Spencer, Indiana. It was at that time when they started to question what's in their own food that sprung out their decision of living off of only what they ate. Transitioning from an in-home basement system to a commercial system, they went to Florida to attend the course at Green Acre Aquaponics. While many commercial aquaponics growers recommend to start small, Steve takes the opposite direction believing that you have to have a certain scale in order to sell enough produce in order to be profitable. Listen in to what he has to say. He also discusses things like underestimating the cost

58 min2015 DEC 15
Comments
55: From Becoming Food Aware to Commercial Aquaponics with Steve Carrell of Ponderosa Aqua Farm in Indiana

54: Bringing Aquaponics to the Classroom with Michael Kosko of Al Raby School for Community and Environment

Today’s episode features an inspiring guest, Michael Kosko, a Science teacher at Al Raby School for Community and Environment in Chicago, Illinois. I got him on the show after being inspired by the article he was featured on, From Aquaponics to Robots: McCarthey Dressman Education Foundation disperses over 149,000 for school enrichment in the US and Sudan. Michael has been teaching in Chicago public schools for nine years now. He currently focuses on teaching environmental science to freshmen and exploring it together for the past years. Receiving the McCarthey Dressman grant gives them the opportunity to expand the program and support their Career in Technical Education programs, specifically culinary arts, emulating a lab-to-table model where students grow their own food sustainably, learn how to prepare it, and eventually selling it in partnership with their Business Career in Technic

49 min2015 DEC 12
Comments
54: Bringing Aquaponics to the Classroom with Michael Kosko of Al Raby School for Community and Environment

53: Bringing Aquaponics to New Zealand Schools~ Diana Fitzsimmons & Amanda Jones from Wairakei Primary School, New Zealand

This is a fun episode as we chat with Diana Fitzsimmons and Amanda Jones from Wairakei Primary School in New Zealand, along with two of their students, Myles and Rose. Listen in as they talk about how they got into doing aquaponics, dealing with fish death, experimenting systems, getting ideas from Murray Hallam, and building an in-line system composed of media beds and clay beds. They also touch on more related topics such as insulating tanks, solar water heating, and water testing using test tubes. Check out how they dealt with nitrite spikes and staying away from fish death. Our guests today share about the teaching system in New Zealand, specifically focusing on aquaponics and how it addresses global issues where they intend to fit the aquaponic system setup into New Zealand's curriculum considering that aquaponics is a very new topic in the country so they hope to expand the knowled

51 min2015 DEC 1
Comments
53: Bringing Aquaponics to New Zealand Schools~ Diana Fitzsimmons & Amanda Jones from Wairakei Primary School, New Zealand

52: A Smokeless Burn-Creating Biochar with TLUD Stoves w/ Spencer Curry of FRESH Farm Aquaponics

This episode couldn't get any hotter as we welcome back Spencer Curry of FRESH Farm Aquaponics on the show. Listen in as he discusses TLUD stoves and all about the smokeless, double burn which is simply genius! TLUD stands for Top-Lit Updraft Stove. Today's show is primarily on biochar, why TLUD stoves rock, and how to make one. We’re talking about TLUD stoves made out of paint cans, the concept of pyrolysis, the role of an oxygenless chamber, and creating biochar with tons of surface area for microbial habitat (whether you use biochar for aquaponics or soil). We also talk about how biochar works to adsorb nutrients and how that differs from absorption. Listen in as Spencer comprehensively describes how a TLUD stove works, as well as some techniques to make it work properly. Other things included in the interview are rocket stoves vs. rocket mass heaters, liquid heat, chimneys, cinder bl

65 min2015 NOV 26
Comments
52: A Smokeless Burn-Creating Biochar with TLUD Stoves w/ Spencer Curry of FRESH Farm Aquaponics

51: Fostering a Sustainable Food & Aquaponics Movement in Egypt w/ Faris Farrag of Bustan Aquaponics

In today's episode, we welcome Faris Farrag of Bustan Aquaponics who is stirring up an aquaponics movement in Egypt. A former banker turned aquapreneur, Faris is pioneering a movement in aquaponics while hoping to see a rising movement in the rest of the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. His interest in aquaculture and food has led him to enroll at Dr. James Rakocy's course in the University of the Virgin Islands which further inspired him to stay in Egypt and break ground on the farm that he currently has today. Listen in as Faris talks about the different produce they're growing in the system, how the market has responded to their aquaponic system, and keeping up with the momentum. Faris also brings into our discussion the ins and outs of organic certifications as well as reclaiming the language by putting the responsibility on producers using chemical products. We delve into

67 min2015 NOV 19
Comments
51: Fostering a Sustainable Food & Aquaponics Movement in Egypt w/ Faris Farrag of Bustan Aquaponics

50: Urban Aquaponics in Brooklyn, NY, with Yemi Amu of Oko Farms

Celebrating Episode 50!!! Creating a flourishing green space amidst busy Brooklyn, New York is just what Yemi Amu, co-founder of Oko Farms has successfully created. Established in 2012, Oko Farms is a commercial aquaponics and educational company. Its current biggest project is called the Moore Street Farm in Bushwick, a 2,500 sq.ft. farm where they raise a variety of fish such as channel catfish, tilapia, and goldfish as well as herbs like basil, shiso, mint, cilantro, and more and where they sell mostly to neighborhood restaurants. Education-wise, they have built solid partnerships with the Department of Education through a program that connects public school children to farms around the city as well as a partnership with a nonprofit housing developer, Northeast Brooklyn Housing Development Corporation. Listen in as Yemi talks about her training with Morning Star Fishermen. Yemi illust

49 min2015 NOV 6
Comments
50: Urban Aquaponics in Brooklyn, NY, with Yemi Amu of Oko Farms

49: How Vertical Farming & Live Sales Can Transform the World of Food Distribution & Reduce Waste w/ Dr. Nate Storey from Bright Agrotech

This is Part 2 of the interview with Dr. Nate Storey of Bright Agrotech, makers of the ZipGrow Towers. In this episode, Nate talks about the big impediments to newbie verticalfarmers and why Upstart Farmers was conceived. He also talks about the UpStart University, a learning-based community that offers video courses to self-driven students as well as the Jumpstart Farmers Program, which offers entry-level mentorship. Nate briefly discusses the different courses they offer at the UpStart University including organic certification, lighting courses, business planning, and marketing. Listen in to know more about farm planning & financing, grants, Kiva loans, and how much would you exactly need to get started. Learn about the importance of understanding your market and how to go through the planning process. Nate explains why ZipGrow towers are an answer to issues concerning live sales, rob

47 min2015 OCT 22
Comments
49: How Vertical Farming & Live Sales Can Transform the World of Food Distribution & Reduce Waste w/ Dr. Nate Storey from Bright Agrotech

48: Food Sovereignty, Social Entrepreneurship, & Building a Growasis Permaculture Farm with Adam Brock of GrowHaus

Adam Brock is the co-founder of GrowHaus, a unique nonprofit based in Denver, Colorado. GrowHaus is a half-acre space encompassing different aspects of the food system under one roof including food production, food distribution, and food education, with a focus on revitalizing their local community through rebuilding food sovereignty. Tune in to this episode as Adam takes us through the four-year process of building this unique community by connecting with the neighborhood as well as the different classes they have developed over time-- including Seed to Seed summer program for teens, micro business training, service learning, and even permaculture classes to the general public. Adam walks us through the GrowHaus business model - its structure, the mission, and the funding of nonprofits. He gives us a brighter perspective on social entrepreneurship that combines non-profits & for-profits

45 min2015 OCT 21
Comments
48: Food Sovereignty, Social Entrepreneurship, & Building a Growasis Permaculture Farm with Adam Brock of GrowHaus

47: More on Science-based Systems & Commercial Aquaponics with Rebecca Nelson of Nelson and Pade

This is part 2 of the interview with Rebecca Nelson, co-founder of Nelson and Pade based in Wisconsin. Nelson and Pade is currently working with the University of Wisconsin at the Aquaponics Innovation Center funded through an economic development grant to build a center for research. Along with Dr. Chris Hartleb of the University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point (UWSP), they have developed a university level aquaponics course which is now running on its fifth year. Listen in as Rebecca shares more about growing tilapia and walleye fish in their commercial systems as well as leafy crops, tomatoes, peppers, cabbage, beets, cucumbers, and more! They grow tropical fruit trees too like bananas, limes, pomegranates, papaya. Discover the challenges in designing aquaponic systems and growing an aquaponic business - combating misinformation and building your business upon validated research. Rebecca

49 min2015 OCT 17
Comments
47: More on Science-based Systems & Commercial Aquaponics with Rebecca Nelson of Nelson and Pade
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