Everything you need to know to build and maintain your own aquaponics system at home.

Join us for a day of building Upcycled Aquaponics, as we convert pallets & drums into beautiful high-producing urban gardens! We'll run through the principles of aquaponics, how to safely upcycle wood for outdoor use, and how to maintain a system. There's a free option for the course if you just want to attend and participate without taking the system home at the end of the day. We've happily prepare the collect and prepare the wood if you don't have the equipment to restore wood!

This workshop is a collaboration between BioFoundry, Sydney's first open access molecular biology lab and Biohack Space, ThreeFarm and Makers Place. The workshop is part of an initiative to get Makers and Hobbiest sharing their passions with their communities!

What is Aquaponics?

Aquaponics is a food production system that combines hydroponics and aquaculture. By replicating how nutrients are recycled in the environment, plants grow in a substrate which is being cycled with water from a fish tank. Not only do the plants grow several times quicker, but the fish waste is being taken up by the plants in a closed loop system.

Aquaponics is an extremely sustainable way of producing large amount of plants. Because the plant roots are bathed in nutiernts and water with little energy needed for root growth, plants grow several times faster than standard soil growth. Unlike normal hydroponics, the nurtients coming from fish waste reduce the need to use expensive and environmentally unsustainable fertilisers.

Course Information

Saturday, March 28, 2015 from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM (AEDT)
Location: Makers Place. Shop 39,23 Norton Street, Leichardt, NSW, 2040

9am - 12:30:
- Introduction to Aquaponics
- Understanding Aquaponics
- Water Quality
- Designing a System
- Bacteria in Aquaponics
- Plants in Aquaponics
- Fish in Aquaponics

12:30 - 1:00:
- Lunch provided for paid ticket holders (provided by Lentil as Anything)

1:00 - 5:00:
- Practical Build Sessions


Contact us here with any questions or see here for more information.

This is a child-friendly event.