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

Started Jun 23, 2014 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

Started Jun 22, 2014 0 Replies

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, 2014. 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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Dr. George B. Brooks, Jr. commented on David Schwinghamer's group Arizona Aquaponics
"I thought you might enjoy the quick vid made by my wife and master gardener Angela.  "
yesterday
Richard replied to Dr. George B. Brooks, Jr.'s discussion Class in how to convert a 10 ft backyard swimming pool to aquaponics in the group Arizona Aquaponics
"Looking forward to it! Please keep us posted on the details."
Apr 23
Dr. George B. Brooks, Jr. replied to Dr. George B. Brooks, Jr.'s discussion Class in how to convert a 10 ft backyard swimming pool to aquaponics in the group Arizona Aquaponics
"Yes. It will be late next month (May 2016). Just a note, since the idea was introduced in December 2015, a number of units have been built by students that are now beginning to produce actual food. ;-). So far so good.  "
Apr 21
Liz & Dan replied to Dr. George B. Brooks, Jr.'s discussion Class in how to convert a 10 ft backyard swimming pool to aquaponics in the group Arizona Aquaponics
"Dr Brooks said the next class will probably be next month... I'm sure he'll post more info when it's settled."
Apr 20
Richard replied to Dr. George B. Brooks, Jr.'s discussion Class in how to convert a 10 ft backyard swimming pool to aquaponics in the group Arizona Aquaponics
"This looks great, is it too late to sign up? What time and where is the class?"
Apr 20
Liz & Dan replied to Dr. George B. Brooks, Jr.'s discussion Class in how to convert a 10 ft backyard swimming pool to aquaponics in the group Arizona Aquaponics
"Ooh - I'll go write you in on the calendar now!  :)  How do I sign up for it?  I had 5 teenagers visiting over Easter - last week wouldn't have worked out!"
Apr 4
Dr. George B. Brooks, Jr. replied to Dr. George B. Brooks, Jr.'s discussion Class in how to convert a 10 ft backyard swimming pool to aquaponics in the group Arizona Aquaponics
"Greetings. Just did it last week. However, there will be another scheduled for April. Likely on the 23rd. Dr.B"
Apr 4
Liz & Dan replied to Dr. George B. Brooks, Jr.'s discussion Class in how to convert a 10 ft backyard swimming pool to aquaponics in the group Arizona Aquaponics
"Any chance you would be willing to do this class again?  I would love to attend, but life got in the way back in Dec!"
Apr 4
Dr. George B. Brooks, Jr. replied to Jeff S's discussion Can I eat My Tilapia in the group Tilapia Growers
"Probably best not take the risk. Just IMHO. :-)"
Mar 16
Dr. George B. Brooks, Jr. replied to Jeff S's discussion Can I eat My Tilapia in the group Tilapia Growers
"How long had they been dead when you found them?"
Mar 16
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Feb 4
Dr. George B. Brooks, Jr. commented on David Schwinghamer's group Arizona Aquaponics
"Mark Bogart at http://valleyaquaponics.net teaches classes so does http://www.endlessfoodsystems.com. In Tucson you have the Tucson Aquaponics Project http://tucsonap.org. Aquaponics is now part of the required curriculum for the…"
Jan 28
Dr. George B. Brooks, Jr. commented on David Schwinghamer's group Arizona Aquaponics
"From a couple of years ago. Our big community tilapia salad bowl.  "
Jan 23
Dr. George B. Brooks, Jr. replied to Dr. George B. Brooks, Jr.'s discussion The New Arizona Game and Fish Rules and Regulations on Tilapia in Aquaponics and Aquaculture 2016 in the group Arizona Aquaponics
"Don Cole you wrote: "You dont need the disease free certification but they want to know you have them."  Basically yes."
Jan 5
Don Cole replied to Dr. George B. Brooks, Jr.'s discussion The New Arizona Game and Fish Rules and Regulations on Tilapia in Aquaponics and Aquaculture 2016 in the group Arizona Aquaponics
"I read the below exerpt as meaning if you had your fish prior to Dec. 5th 2015 then you still need to get the permit. You dont need the disease free certification but they want to know you have them.  II. Individuals with the relevant Tilapia…"
Jan 5
Dr. George B. Brooks, Jr. replied to Dr. George B. Brooks, Jr.'s discussion The New Arizona Game and Fish Rules and Regulations on Tilapia in Aquaponics and Aquaculture 2016 in the group Arizona Aquaponics
"Keep them questions coming. I will answer them as best I can. Dr. Fitzsimmons (U of Az aquaculture extension specialist) and I are seeking a meeting with G & F to discuss your concerns. Your questions below have been added to my list.  1.…"
Jan 5

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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 9:30am on August 6, 2015, Idris Busari said…

Starting my own aquaponics project would be amazing. I think it will be great to encourage such seemingly radical and yet sustainable means of food production in America and to teach such techniques to other people around the world. That is why I am actively looking for information on ways to set up and manage the various stages of an Aquaponic life cycle (small medium and large scale). I am also open to formal training in or around Indiana or the Midwest.
What have you been working on? Do you know of an aquaponics initiative that works with people of the tropics or sub-Saharan Africa? Please tell me more about your plans? Thank you very much.
Idris Busari
http://idrisbusari.webs.com

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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