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PRACTICAL AQUAPONICS TRAINING

Homegrown Practical Aquaponics offers practical aquaponics training courses by aquaponics expert Martin Fick to help you achieve your aquaponic goals. We offer courses ranging from introductory aquaponics courses for beginners, courses aimed at the aspiring  “Urban Farmer”, to courses aimed at those wanting to get into large scale aquaponics food production.

We offer a world-class aquaponics training experience at very affordable rates. We have masses of experience, and unique, innovative solutions to common aquaponic problems. We have proven aquaponics systems to showcase, and the training is currently the gateway into the international closed WhatsApp support group.

Aquaponics is described as the food production technology of the future. This is certainly true because it is an extremely powerful production system which harnesses the forces of nature but it is currently poorly understood by many.

We at Homegrown Practical Aquaponics (HPA) have spent the last 8 years practically mastering the dynamics of aquaponics thoroughly in theory and in practice. We have designed and developed aquaponics systems of varying sizes that are tried and tested, and are appropriate for the conditions found in South Africa and further afield, and we have a unique, modular approach to aquaponics production that enables flexibility and maximum control of the business, and which sets us apart from other aquaponics industry players.

Our aquaponics training courses are aimed at equipping you with the necessary skills to build and maintain a healthy and productive aquaponics system. Whether you’re a DIY hobbyist or have commercial aquaponics aspirations, our aquaponics training courses are designed to aid you in your aquaponics adventure.

1 Day Fundamental Aquaponics Training

1 August, 7 November 2017

Learn what aquaponics is all about and discover how easy and affordable it is to setup and maintain your own system. Learning to grow your own great tasting, fresh, organic veggies and fish using aquaponics has never been easier.

2 Day Intermediate Aquaponics Training

24-25 Apr, 12-13 Jun, 1-2 Aug, 17-18 Oct, 28-29 Nov 2017

This 2-Day HPA Aquaponics course is specifically designed for those interested in small-scale or home use Aquaponics, or those who are interested in the industry who would like to learn how to build their own aquaponics systems and grow their enterprise to access niche markets.

Itinerary - Day 1
  • Introduction to Aquaponics
    • What is Aquaponics?
    • Why Aquaponics?
    • Why HPA?

REFRESHMENTS

  • Types of Aquaponics
    • Applications
  • System Design
    • System Types
    • Media Based Systems
      • Flood & Drain
      • Continuous Flow
      • Design Options
    • Deep Water Culture (DWC) System
    • Aeroponics and NFT

LUNCH

  • HPA Economics basics
    • Primary Drivers of Aquaponics as a business:
      • Feed Conversion Ratio
      • Implications of FCR
      • Waste management and running cost
      • Production Efficiencies in Aquaponics – Making money by spending wisely
  • Legislation in South Africa

REFRESHMENTS

  • Site Location
    • System Location and Environment
  • Components
    • Media Beds
    • Buckets
    • Towers
    • Fish Tanks
    • Grow Media
    • Pumps
    • Aeration
    • Media Bed Plumbing and Bell
    • Siphons
Itinerary - Day 2
  • Recap
  • Crop Selection, and Silent partners
    • Fish selection and care
    • Plants selection and care
    • Insect control
    • Bacteria and Worms
  • Integrating the System
    • Cycling
    • Water testing
    • pH & TDS/EC
  • Managing & maintenance of the system
  • Course Test/Exam for those requiring certification

HANDS-ON SESSIONS

  • Hands-on Activities
    • Water quality testing
      • Macronutrients & Micronutrients and adjusting pH
    • Fish Feeding and Handling
    • Planting and Harvesting
    • Plant maintenance
    • Integrated Insect control

Workshop: Practical Aquaponics System design and considerations.

Day two runs from 8:00 – 12:00

4 Day Comprehensive Aquaponics Training

23-26 May, 18-21 July, 19-22 Sept., 21-25 Nov. 2017

This 3 or 4-Day HPA Aquaponics course is specifically designed for those contemplating Commercial Aquaponics, or those who are currently involved in the industry who would like to expand or grow their enterprise and access niche markets. The objectives of the course are to enable sound decision making at Design, Production, Management, and Market stage of an aquaponics business. The course is also ideal for Lodge, Restaurant, Hotel, School, Local Community or Establishment Management where a commercial scale HPA unit is envisioned for the supply of fresh, chemical free greens and fish for use within the scope of business.

This course ends with an optional EXAM which facilitates certification. Join HPA for a fascinating immersion into the Mastery of Aquaponics. We have designed our course material with local conditions in mind that will save hours of reading, trials, research and frustrating internet searches, and provide all the skills and knowledge required to get the best out of YOUR aquaponics system! Our focus is on a continuous learning experience, and while it is not possible to learn everything about Aquaponics in 4 days, we hope to empower you with a depth of understanding that will give confidence to establish and grow your business successfully with the minimum cost. The course is an engaging, comprehensive series of lectures and practical lessons on aquaponics fundamentals that provides ample time to deal with your questions. You will learn how aquaponics works, location considerations, system design fundamentals, fish and plant selection and care as well as starting and maintaining your aquaponics system for optimal health and productivity. We desire to partner with you in your journey to success, so we value the relationship that emanates from our course interaction.

Itinerary - Day 1

WELCOME & REGISTRATION

  • INTRODUCTION TO AQUAPONICS – HOUSEKEEPING
    • WHAT IS AQUAPONICS? – DEFINITIONS & LAWS OF NATURE
    • WHY AQUAPONICS? – RATIONALE
    • WHYHPA? – UNIQUE FOCUS ON
    • SMALL TO MEDIUM MODULARHPA
  • DEMONSTRATION OF THE PHYSICS BEHIND AQUAPONICS – KNOW WHY
  • TYPES OF AQUAPONICS
  • SYSTEM DESIGN
    • SYSTEM TYPES
    • ABT SYSTEMS DESIGN OPTIONS
    • DEEP WATER CULTURE (DWC)
    • VERTICAL SYSTEMS AND NFT
    • COMBINATIONS
  • SITE LOCATION
    • SYSTEM LOCATION AND ENVIRONMENT

REFRESHMENTS

  • HPA PROTOTYPE DEVELOPMENT SIMPLE TO COMPLEX – PRACTICAL SESSION
    • WATER TESTING
    • MACRONUTRIENTS & MICRONUTRIENTS, ADJUSTING PH
  • APPLICATIONS OF AQUAPONICS
  • QUESTIONS

LUNCH

  • REVISIT PHYSICS, BIOLOGY & CHEMISTRY – BALANCE
  • HPA ECONOMICS
    •  PRIMARY DRIVERS OF AQUAPONICS AS A BUSINESS:
      • AQUACULTURE AND FCR
      • WASTE MANAGEMENT AND RUNNING COST
      • IMPLICATIONS OF FCR
      • PRODUCTION EFFICIENCIES IN AQUAPONICS – MAKING MONEY BY SAVING MONEY
      • WHAT DETERMINES MARKET PRICE?
    • SWOT ANALYSIS EXERCISE
  • FARM VISIT TO ALLAN WEYER
Itinerary - Day 2
  • WELCOME & RECAP
    • AQUAPONICS THE HPA WAY
    • HPA ECONOMICS
    • INSIGHTS
  • SYSTEM COMPONENTS
    • GROWBEDS
    • FISH TANKS
    • SUMPS
    • DWC RAFTS
    • BELL SIPHONS
    • MEDIA
    • PUMPS& AERATION
    • GENERAL DESIGN
      • HOUSING
      • HEATING
      • COOLING
      • BACK-UP POWER OPTIONS
  • PRACTICAL SESSION – FISH FEEDING AND HANDLING
    • DEMONSTRATION OF COMPONENT FUNCTION IN AQUAPONICS – IMPACT OF DESIGN ON COST

REFRESHMENTS

  • WATER QUALITY AND TESTING
    • PH AND NUTRIENT AVAILABILITY
    • UNDERSTANDING CARBONATES
      • BUFFERING& KH
  • DISSOLVED OXYGEN AND SPECIFIC SURFACE AREA – BIOLOGICAL SURFACE AREA
  • SELECTING CROPS
    • MARKET CONSIDERATIONS
    • CAPEX CONSIDERATIONS
    • FISH
    • PLANTS
    • GRADUAL HARVESTING
  • QUESTIONS

LUNCH

  • REVISIT PHYSICS, BIOLOGY & CHEMISTRY – BALANCE & IMPACT OF FAILURE TO CYCLE
    • PRACTICAL DEMO OF BELL SIPHON PROBLEMS
    • CREATING AN ANOXIC GROWBED – KNOCK-ON EFFECTS
  • RECORDS AND ROUTINE MAINTENANCE
    • PURPOSE, VALUE AND FORMAT
      • SEASONAL
      • MONTHLY
      • WEEKLY& DAILY
  • FARM VISIT TO WOODLANDS – HPA SYSTEM IN OPERATION
Itinerary - Day 3
  • WELCOME & RECAP
    • SYSTEM COMPONENTS & DESIGN
    • WATER QUALITY
    • INSIGHTS
  • LEGISLATION IN SOUTH AFRICA
  • REAL IPM – THE CONCEPT AND DETAILED TREATMENT OPTIONS

REFRESHMENTS

  • REAL IPM CONTINUED
    • COMPANION PLANTING
    • DEALING WITH SPECIFIC PESTS IN COMMERCIAL AQUAPONICS – BIO- PESTICIDES
    • CYCLING THE SYSTEM
      • DURATION
      • ESTABLISHING THE MICROBIAL ENGINE
      • CYCLING WITHOUT FISH
      • CYCLING WITH FISH
      • ADDING WORMS
      • CROP SELECTION, MAINTENANCE
      • SILENT PARTNERS
      • ALTERNATIVE FEED SOURCES
        • BLACK-FLY LARVAE AND CRICKETS
  • QUESTIONS & DISCUSSION SESSION ABOUT SPECIFIC DESIGN CONCERNS
  • OTHER TOPICS TO BE COVERED:
    • FISH SELECTION, GRADING, AND CARE
    • PLANTS SELECTION AND CARE
    • INSECT CONTROL
    • BACTERIA
    • WORMS CREATING PARTICLES
      • WORM FARM DESIGN
      • WORM TEA

LUNCH

  • HANDS-ON ACTIVITIES
    • PLANTING AND HARVESTING
    • PLANT MAINTENANCE
    • INSECT CONTROL
  • QUESTIONS
  • REVISIT PHYSICS, BIOLOGY & CHEMISTRY – MYSTERY NO MORE
  • FARM VISIT TO JOHN DAVIES – AQUAPONICS SYSTEM IN OPERATION
Itinerary - Day 4
  • WELCOME & RECAP
    • ROUTINE MAINTENANCE OF HPA SYSTEMS
    • ALTERNATIVE FEED SOURCES
    • PRACTICAL DEMONSTRATIONS
  • COURSE ASSESSMENT
  • COURSE EXAM
  • EXAM DISCUSSION
  • SPECIFIC CLIENT QUESTIONS, DESIGNS AND CONFIGURATION OPTIONS
  • GENERAL DISCUSSION

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