Commercial Aquaponic Solar Greenhouse Trainings
After holding these trainings in Hawaii since 2008, we’ve trained just about everyone here! And while Hawaii is a wonderful place to take this training, we’ve partnered with several Mainland affiliates to offer these trainings several times a year at mainland locations that are a lot more convenient and affordable for you to attend. Simply pull down the “Training” menu at the top of the page to see current mainland trainings being offered.
If you or your project just can’t wait, we offer two and three-day Personal Intensive Trainings in Hawaii, which focus on your project and its challenges. We are also happy to come to your location for these trainings, but it will probably be more affordable if you come to Hawaii, and more to your benefit, as we have an operating aquaponic farm and greenhouse to teach you with here.
These trainings are designed for people who want to make money feeding other people (but as we say “Don’t quit your day job just yet!”). These commercial aquaponics systems grow a lot of food in a small space with high-energy efficiency, but our trainings will not magically turn you into a businessperson. Please make sure you get training on running a business from local sources.
Description of the Commercial Aquaponic Solar Greenhouse Training:
1. We begin with the three-day Aquaponics Technology training: it’s everything we know about the techniques and methods of growing with aquaponics. Each day will have its own hands-on segments. In addition, you will spend the second half of Day Three building 12-square-foot TableTop Systems from scratch (under our expert eyes, of course). More details of the Aquaponics Technology course here.
2. You can take one of these 12-square-foot TableTop systems home, assemble it there, and begin growing with aquaponics immediately, even in the middle of winter! The cost of the kit is only $550; much smaller “kits” from others start at $1,295 and go up from there, not including shipping. This is a complete kit, with fish tank, water and air pumps, airstones and airstone tubing, growing troughs, prepainted rafts, pots, potting mixture, seeds, bacterial inoculant, and mini water test kit; all you provide is the water and the seeds! These systems can be used either outdoors, or indoors with simple and inexpensive lighting arrangements (which we will describe and demonstrate during the training). They can also be moved from indoors to outdoors easily during good weather.
3. The one-day Aquaponic Solar Greenhouse course is everything we know about energy-efficient greenhouses, and includes information and complete CAD plans showing how to build a Chinese-style aquaponic solar greenhouse; along with more information on how to convert existing greenhouses to be as energy-efficient as possible. Of course, if this is overkill for your climate, we also show you how to purchase and erect a good used greenhouse for ten cents on the dollar!More details of the Aquaponic Solar Greenhouse course here.
4. The one-day Commercial Aquaponics Training is everything we know about the various ways of making money with aquaponics, from CSA’s to Costco, from wholesale to retail, from selling simple produce to producing value-added products, including Food Safety Certification and Organic Certification.More details of the Commercial Aquaponics course here.
Your Personal Trainers for the Commercial Aquaponic and Solar Greenhouse Trainings:
Susanne Friend, the owner of the company (with degrees in biology and chemistry) is your personal trainer for questions and issues regarding organic certification, plant and fish diseases, sales and marketing, value-added processing, fish hatchery and nursery design and operation, water and aeration questions, and water quality questions.
Tim Mann (technical staff) has been doing architectural and civil engineering design and drafting since 1990, and was an authorized AutoCAD dealer for 7 years during that period. Tim handles comprehensive system design and site-specific aquaponics questions as well as technical issues having to do with tank, piping, aeration, pumping, and electrical design. Tim also supplies civil, structural, electrical, and mechanical engineering services through the consultants he works with, at very reasonable package prices for those projects needing code-compliant plans and certifications for their local building departments.
Taking either the group Commercial or the Personal Intensive training is the first step in becoming a Friendly Aquaponics Affiliate (click here for more details on our Affiliate Program)
Aquaponics Consulting Services
If we’ve done our job with whichever of our offerings you purchase (the group training, the personal intensive, or the Do-It-Myself package), you shouldn’t need to pay for any consulting from anyone. That said, we are always available to help you be successful with aquaponics. One place consulting services could be particularly valuable is in a large start-up operation where sophisticated systems planning and site design needs to be done to ensure success while dealing with multiple variables. You can always email us; although usually swamped, we do our best to answer all questions from our clients.
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