Dr. George B. Brooks, Jr.
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Arizona College Accredited Full Semester Aquaponics Course Official

Started Jun 23 0 Replies

With the name change from Aquaculture to Aquaponics, what is likely the first college accredited full semester in classroom/lab aquaponics course in the western United States is now official at Mesa…Continue

Aquaculture America 2015 Announcement

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Aquaculture America 2015, the US meeting of the World Aquaculture Society. Aquaponics is the fastest growing session and second largest last year in Seattle. Hope to see you there!!…Continue

Full semester aquaponics course at Mesa Community College Mesa Az Fall 2014

Started this discussion. Last reply by Dr. George B. Brooks, Jr. May 19. 1 Reply

It's official, Aquaponics is on the books! The course number is AGS166 and the title is Aquaculture until June 24th when the name will be officially changed to Aquaponics. It's offered Mon and Wed…Continue

Online magazine article on Az Aquaponics

Started Dec 31, 2013 0 Replies

Recently the online magazine SeedStock was kind enough to write an article on an aspect of our company. Enjoy.Link to article: http://bit.ly/1ajkPchContinue

 

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TEDx Phoenix Az 8/28/2014

Spreading the word 8/28/2914 TEDx in Phoenix Az.
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TEDx Phoenix August 28th 2014

Just spreading the word.
Friday
Dr. George B. Brooks, Jr. commented on David Schwinghamer's group Arizona Aquaponics
"Just an FYI We have confirmed the next meeting of The Aquaculture Association. August 28th 2014 @The Palo Verde Room @4341 E Broadway RdPhoenix, AZ 85040@ 6:00 pm"
Thursday
Dr. George B. Brooks, Jr. commented on David Schwinghamer's group Arizona Aquaponics
"Just an FYI. AGS 166 Aquaponics at Mesa Community College will be taught again in Spring 2015."
Aug 23
Dr. George B. Brooks, Jr. replied to Bob Campbell's discussion Can aquaponic, bioponic, and hydroponic become dangerous ? in the group Arizona Aquaponics
"Greetings. Folks don't talk about it much till now (at last) but traditional agriculture is one of the largest or largest source of greenhouse gas and pollution. For example due to years of poor agricultural practices, much of the groundwater…"
Aug 7
Jim Fisk replied to Dr. George B. Brooks, Jr.'s discussion Just a question. Why do you do aquaponics? in the group Arizona Aquaponics
"In our case our AP greenhouse is like a little piece of heaven. In the Summer it is the one garden that does NOT need constant weeding. It is also safe from environmental hazards such as chemtrails, among others. It is always ready to provide a…"
Aug 3
Liz & Dan replied to Dr. George B. Brooks, Jr.'s discussion Just a question. Why do you do aquaponics? in the group Arizona Aquaponics
"I love to try new things, grew up fishing and I love gardening, so the concept of aquaponics was to intriguing to dismiss.  I really want to do a bigger system outside, but haven't figured out how to find the space... so am content at the…"
Aug 2
Juanita Colucci replied to Dr. George B. Brooks, Jr.'s discussion Just a question. Why do you do aquaponics? in the group Arizona Aquaponics
"Personally, we are turning to aquaponics out of desperation.  My answer may not count because I am just in start-up mode and not yet actually growing aquaponically. Big AG is forcing us into it.  GMO proliferation of the food chain and…"
Aug 1
Bob Campbell replied to Dr. George B. Brooks, Jr.'s discussion Just a question. Why do you do aquaponics? in the group Arizona Aquaponics
"Because I believed it was the best way to grow food, but the wild claims of 4 times the yield proved to be a lie. I have been there and done that. I might even return completely to soil based gardening because it does not rely on pumps and…"
Aug 1
Scott Bloom replied to Dr. George B. Brooks, Jr.'s discussion Just a question. Why do you do aquaponics? in the group Arizona Aquaponics
"I am a very DIY person and so is my family, I like the aspect of being self reliant.  I learned & raised parrots for 20 years and created a business around them.  I learned and started raising miniature horses since 1999.…"
Aug 1
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Just a question. Why do you do aquaponics?

Aquaponics is growing so rapidly I don't think I have a good handle on the reason so I thought I would ask the question. See More
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Microbiology

Study of microscopic organisms, biochemistry research,  and the use of microscopes in gardening.See More
Jul 20
Dr. George B. Brooks, Jr. commented on David Schwinghamer's group Arizona Aquaponics
"P.S. Yes they are cannibalistic and often need shelter such as stacked 3-4 inch PVC tubes for best results."
Jul 19
Dr. George B. Brooks, Jr. commented on David Schwinghamer's group Arizona Aquaponics
"Greetings all.  Their environmental requirements are much the same as for tilapia but they are not at all cold tolerant. 70F is about the minimum. They don't like copper in the water and since their shells are made largely of an organic…"
Jul 19
Dr. George B. Brooks, Jr. commented on David Schwinghamer's group Arizona Aquaponics
"Trying something new today (7/16/2014). Using new ideas and new growing conditions let’s see how fast these things really grow (Macrobrachium rosenbergii). We will see them again on which ever comes first, October 16th 2014 or 70 degree F…"
Jul 19
Dr. George B. Brooks, Jr. commented on David Schwinghamer's group Arizona Aquaponics
"Making progress. Last night's meeting of the Arizona Aquaculture Association 7/14/2014) "
Jul 15

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How did you find us?
a friend
Are you an aquaponic gardener already?
Yes
If so, what type of system? (pick all that apply)
raft, vertical, combination
How old is your system?
2 yrs or more
What type of fish do you grow with? (select all that apply)
Tilapia, Other
How big is your fish tank?
System 1: 1,200 gal. System 2: 1,200 gal System 3: 1,656
Please tell us something else about yourself.
Environmental/Aquaculture Scientist. Former Aquaculture extension specialist for state of Arizona. Aquaponics innovator & trainer. Sustainability specialist. General nice guy;-)

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At 9:22am on January 14, 2014, Averan said…
Do you know what happened to the thread you started about aquaponics starting to get real? I wanted to read the comments but it seems to have been deleted??
At 1:32pm on July 18, 2013, Randy Mann said…

Hi Dr. Brooks.  I just noticed we never did set a time!  I was just talking to Peter Condon, the Program Director for Urban Horticulture at MCC, and your name came up.  I asked if they offered any AP courses and he said he had a call placed to you to see about setting something up.  I told him he had the right man for the job!  I just enrolled in the program and hope you two can work something out for an AP class. As far as Valley View, I would still love to bring my girls by to see your garden. Are tours still available?

Randy

At 11:23am on August 19, 2012, Robert Rowe said…

@ Dr. George B. Brooks, Jr. - Outstanding article!  Thank you. I am now thinking that this approach would deplete the nutrients needed by the grow beds. 

At 9:06am on June 4, 2012, Dr. George B. Brooks, Jr. said…
Did we set up a time?
At 8:43am on May 30, 2012, Randy Mann said…

Hi Dr. Brooks!  I am interested in seeing the raft system you set up at Valley View.  Is it available for public viewing?  If so, when and where?  I am the garden club sponsor at my elementary school and I am always looking for new garden ideas to implement at our school. Would it be possible to bring my girls to see the system as well.  Thanks for your time.

Randy

At 10:35am on November 25, 2011, Sylvia Bernstein said…

Welcome George,

 

Thanks for joining the Aquaponic Gardening community!  I hope you find it a fun place to explore aquaponics.  There is a real blend of experienced and new aquapons in this community, so please don’t hesitate to get in there and start asking questions.  Everyone is quite happy to help out new members – no question is too basic.

 

A great place to start is to read the “How to Use This Site” link on the upper right corner, “Start Here” section of the Home page.  You might also find the “Aquaponic Gardening Rules of Thumb” guidelines helpful.

 

Please add a profile image, participate and check in with us every day!  We are constantly posting news about aquaponics and the good food movement.

 

Thanks again for joining us, and I look forward to getting to know you...especially since you are generally a nice guy - LOL.

 

Sylvia

 
 
 

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