Growers interested in starting up or refining an aquaponics system will get a unique chance to participate in a hands-on workshop in February in Overton, TX. On February 27, Dr. Joe Masabni, a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service Vegetable Specialist, will host a workshop on aquaponics system construction and maintenance at the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center at 1710 N. Farm-to-Market Road 3053, Overton, TX. The workshop will start at 8:30 a.m. and end by 4:30 p.m.
Registration for the workshop is $100, which includes a discounted registration for one future educational program and educational materials. The workshop is limited to 15 registrants.
“Participants must be prepared to get their hands dirty,” says Masabni. “This is not a sit-down and just watch event.”
During the workshop, participants will help assemble and set up a fully functional aquaponics system at one of the greenhouses at the Overton center, Masabni says. He will be assisted by Clint Kripki of Emerald Aquaponics in Katy, TX.
“This should be a rewarding opportunity for participants to get hands-on practice on all aspects of construction and maintenance of a system with all the necessary components for a successful operation and production, whether on a commercial scale or for personal use in the backyard,” Masabni says. “Handouts will be available on practical aspects, such as what type of fish and sources, what type of foam pads and sources for them, and what type of analytical equipment that is best to use to measure pH, nutrient concentration, nitrate levels, and more.”
The workshop is part of a series that Masabni is planning for 2016.