Environmentally Compatable Aquaculture Industry

Aquaculture International, Inc., is a non-profit organization dedicated to the economically sound, environmentally compatible growth of the aquaculture industry through education and consultation. The organization is involved in the establishment on several practical and innovative demonstration facilities which are economically feasible and can be replicated by farmers, missionaries and other interested individuals.

The founder and president is Charles W. Johnson who has been involved in aquaculture education and extension since 1971.

The Board of Directors are:

Tom Slagle, Secretary, Dillsboro, NC – Family Counselor at Broyhill Children’s Home. He is especially gifted in the rehabilitation of disadvantaged persons.

Robert C. Carpenter, Franklin, NC – NC Senator for 16 years and founding president of the Southern Appalachian Trout Growers Association.

Clayton Davis, Maggie Valley, NC – Retired from the NC Cooperative Extension Service and NC Department of Agriculture. Developer and initial manager of the WNC Farmer’s Market.

Dr. Jerry West, Cullowhee,NC – Professor Emeritus of Biology, Western Carolina University. Founder and initial director of the WCU Mountain Aquaculture Center.

Aquaponics – A Promising Agricultural Alternative

What is aquaponics?

Aquaponics is the combining of aquaculture and hydroponics for mutual benefit. Through normal metabolic processes, the fish in the system excrete nutrient-rich waste into the water on which the plants flourish. As the plants utilize the nutrients, they purify the water for recirculation back to the fish.

Interest in aquaponics is increasing globally in response to more emphasis in resource management, sustainability, waste management and wholesome food supply production. It offers an attractive alternative to farmers who want to diversify. Existing resources can be utilized, such as abandoned farm buildings or greenhouses to house the fish and plants. Old fuel tanks or grain bins can be converted into fish production tanks. Water sources can include wells, springs, lakes and abandoned rock or sand quarries. Even captured rainwater can be a water source. A small scale pilot project can be set up inexpensively as a learning tool before expanding into a commercial operation.

The beauty of aquaponic systems is that they work with the natural balance. This allows the opportunity to produce and sell to the fastest growing segment of the food market in the US – organic. Organic products sell for a premium price because consumers are increasingly demanding foods which have not been exposed to toxic chemicals or pesticides. According to trends, demand for organically produced food products is expected to be greater than the overall supply.

Barrel Aquaponics Workshop

If you want to get started producing a constant supply of fish, vegetables and other plants in an efficient, inexpensive small-scale system, plan to attend this practical two day workshop. Each attendee will learn to construct and manage a variety of highly productive aquaponics systems from barrels and buckets. Dates and information will be posted when scheduled.

BARREL AQUAPONICS WORKSHOP

Aquaculture International will be conducting this practical workshop to be held at Camp Living Water near Bryson City, N.C., March 10 & 11, 2008. Instruction will focus on small-scale aquaponics, which is the combining of aquaculture and hydroponics for mutual benefit. Included in presentations will be barrel system construction, selecting fish and plants to produce, management practices, maintaining water quality, system balance, day-by-day operation, producing your own feed and considerations for expansion in various environments.

Each attendee will learn to construct a variety of highly productive, small-scale system from barrels and buckets, capable of producing fish and a large variety of vegetables, greens & herbs. This will serve as an innovative educational facility for students, an effective “helps ministry” outreach or a pilot learning facility before expanding to a larger operation.

This pre-conference workshop will lay a good foundation for getting the maximum benefit from attending the Aquaponics Conference. Note the discount for attending both.

WHO SHOULD ATTEND?

Vocational Agriculture or Science Teachers, Farmers, Interested Individuals, Missionaries and Others who are interested in using as an outreach ministry.

LODGING

The meeting facility and host lodging is at Camp Living Water, 1510 West Deep Creek Road, Bryson City, N.C. It adjoins the beautiful Great Smoky Mountains National Park. All rooms are $30/night single, $44/night double, including a big breakfast and payable upon arrival. Shared kitchen facilities are available at no extra charge. To reserve a room, call: 828-488-6012 or email dclw@dnet.net . For more information, go to: www.camplivingwater.com

Aquaponics Conference

This three day conference will focus on the construction and management of various successful, innovative and low-cost, integrated aquaponics operations. Aquaponics is the combining of aquaculture & hydroponics for mutual benefit. Dates and information will be posted when scheduled.

AQUAPONICS CONFERENCE

Are you interested in learning from experienced individuals how to produce a constant supply of fish and vegetables in a naturally balanced system as an innovative business, a school project, as an outreach in a needy neighborhood or even as a “Helps Ministry” in other countries? If so, you will want to attend the Aquaponics Conference held at Camp Living Water, Bryson City, NC, March 12 – 14, 2008. Presentations will include the in-depth examination of several highly successful and innovative aquaponics facilities. Course participants will learn the techniques of inexpensively constructing and managing these productive systems as well as integrating them to produce feed and energy from the waste. Field trips will be taken to a small-scale aquaponics facility, vertical strawberry production, a large commercial hydroponic lettuce greenhouse complex and a nearby trout farm.
Sessions will be informal, allowing plenty of time for questions and discussions. The enthusiasm among course participants and instructors will be high. If you are already involved in aquaponics, hydroponics, aquaculture or some related activities, bring a few photos on a CD to share with the class. It will be a great time of fellowship & learning – an event that you will always remember!

WHO SHOULD ATTEND?

Vocational Agriculture or Science Teachers, Farmers, Interested Individuals, Missionaries and Others who are interested in using as an outreach ministry.

LODGING

The meeting facility and host lodging is at Camp Living Water, 1510 West Deep Creek Road, Bryson City, NC. It adjoins the beautiful Great Smoky Mountains National Park. All rooms are $30/night single, $44/night double, including a big breakfast – payable upon arrival. Shared kitchen facilities are available at no extra charge. To reserve a room, call: 828-488-6012 or email: dclw@dnet.net. For more information, go to www.camplivingwater.com .

Producing Fuels from Agricultural Waste Course

Held when interest is sufficient – Bryson City, NC. Instruction will focus on the production of methane, biodiesel and ethanol from animal and plant waste, but other fuels will be covered. Profitable and practical uses of the by-products will also be included. Please contact us if you are interested in attending.

PRODUCING FUELS FROM AGRICULTURAL WASTES

Are you interested in economically converting agricultural wastes into valuable fuels and efficiently utilizing the by-products? If you do, plan to attend the Producing Fuels from Agricultural Wastes Course held at Camp Living Water, Bryson City, NC, September 27 – 30, 2005. Instruction will focus on the production of methane from animal and plant waste, but other fuels will be covered, such as ethanol and bio-diesel. Included will the construction of various types of digesters from locally available material and discarded products, day-to-day operation, utilizing the fuel for heating, running generators and other engines, the profitable use of the valuable by-products and alternative complimentary power production. This will prove to be a valuable and timely course for farmers, agriculture teachers, individuals interested in alternative energy and those who want to use as a “helps ministry” outreach. Come and enjoy the beauty of the Great Smoky Mountains and fellowship with others of like interest.

Sessions will be informal, allowing plenty of time for questions and discussions. The enthusiasm among course participants and instructors will be high. If you are already involved in the utilization of agricultural waste or alternative energy, bring a few photos on CD to share with the class. It will be a great time of fellowship & learning – an event that you will always remember!

LODGING

The meeting facility and host lodging is at Camp Living Water, 1510 West Deep Creek Road, Bryson City, NC. It adjoins the beautiful Great Smoky Mountains National Park. All rooms are $30/night single, $44/night double and and $18 for each person/night for 3 or more in a room, payable upon arrival. A hearty breakfast is included. Shared kitchen facilities are available. To reserve a room, indicate on the registration form. For more information, go to www.camplivingwater.com .

For those who want other lodging, Riverbend Lodging in Bryson City is a host facility. To make reservations, call them directly: 1-877-272-3125. Be sure to mention that you will be attending the course. For more information, go to: www.riverbendlodging.com . It is about four miles from Camp Living Water.

Sturgeon Culture Course

Many specialists agree that sturgeon culture will experience world wide growth during the years ahead. Instruction will focus on the reproduction, general production and management of the most desirable aquaculture species of sturgeon. Paddlefish production will also be covered. This four day course will be held when interest is sufficient.

Please contact us if you are interested in attending

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