Aquaponics Workshop Description 2017

The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee School of Freshwater Sciences is at the Heart of Urban Aquaculture and Aquaponics

Learn about growing your food yourself, using aquaponic and recirculating system technology. This 3 day workshop is designed to educate, enlighten, and inform practitioners, whether novices or experts, science educators and Ag. educators about the critical aspects of aquaponics and aquaculture including fin-fish husbandry, plant husbandry, water chemistry, system design, technology and construction, nutrition, aquatic microbiology, and fish and vegetable processing and marketing.

The local production of food provides the ultimate state of freshness and avoids the shipment of food from distant regions of the world where production practices and the unregulated use of pesticides and chemical additives for preservation and storage are of concern. State-of-the-art aquaponics promotes the use of integrated, fish and vegetable/plant food production systems that utilize green technology, water reuse, low effluent discharge, and energy and freshwater conservation.

With the support of funding from NOAA’s National Sea Grant and the Wisconsin Sea Grant program, the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee School of Freshwater Sciences has worked intensively with Milwaukee-based Growing Power since 2007 to enhance fish and vegetable production through urban aquaponics. The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee School of Freshwater Sciences is in a unique position to teach the theory and practical applications of aquaculture and aquaponics. Recent articles in the Wall Street Journal, The Economist, and Forbes Magazine have recognized the research the Great Lakes Aquaculture Center (GLAC) is doing with yellow perch aquaculture.

The 3 day workshop (Friday through Sunday) is offered monthly from February through June 2017. The workshop starts on Friday at the UWM School of Freshwater Sciences and provides the fundamental principles of aquaponic system design and construction, water chemistry, aquatic microbiology, finfish husbandry, fish nutrition, and plant biology and horticulture methods necessary for starting an aquaponics business. All of the instructors for this workshop series are professionals and leaders in their field of expertise. All presenters have extensive experience not only in the biological, chemical and physical aspects of aquaculture and aquaponics including animal husbandry, water quality and system design, but also in the investment, costs, and product marketing of aquaponics and aquaculture. The Friday workshop sessions will also include a tour of the Great Lakes Aquaculture Center – a 15,000 square foot state-of-the-art aquaculture research facility housing yellow perch, lake sturgeon, rainbow trout, lake whitefish, etc.

Saturday and Sunday provides workshop participants with an intensive hands-on experience focused exclusively on aquaponic training at Growing Power’s urban farm. Topics include system design, construction, and operation of both natural and hybridized aquaponic systems, water chemistry, fish and plant husbandry, and harvesting methods.

The workshop sessions on Saturday and Sunday are offered at Growing Power, the last functional farm within the Milwaukee city limits. Two days of intensive, hands-on training, offers the opportunity to learn, plan, develop, operate, and sustain community food projects. Workshop participants leave the workshop with improved skills that they can take back into their communities and pass on to others. These workshops are for both rural and urban projects.

Registration information for the monthly Growing Power Aquaponics Workshops can be found on Growing Power’s website (

The Friday workshop series will be held from 8:30 am until 4 pm on Fridays at the School of Freshwater Sciences which is located at 600 E. Greenfield Avenue in Milwaukee.

Saturday (8:30 am – 5:00 pm) and Sunday (9:00 am – 3:00 pm) will be held at Growing Power’s Urban Farm which is located at 5500 W. Silver Spring Drive in Milwaukee.

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