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What is happening in other places

Started Feb 2, 2012 0 Replies

http://ning.it/y7PSoz  neat article I found on aquaculture hubContinue

Roof top garden in Hawaii

Started this discussion. Last reply by Raychel A Watkins Feb 11, 2012. 3 Replies

This is not aquaponics (yet) but it does signal that peop[le are thinking.http://www.gokakaako.com/2012/01/farmroof/Continue

Spreading the word

Started Oct 23, 2011 0 Replies

http://www.aquaculturehub.org/Go to the forums on this web site and see what Glen Martinez and Natalie are doing to spread the word around the pacific. …Continue

Recording everything you do

Started this discussion. Last reply by Rob Torcellini Sep 23, 2011. 5 Replies

I didn't know where to put this so I decided it was basic and usefull.  I hope you think it is.  When I first started my systems in Dec of 09 I was to busy to record anything.  That was my excuse…Continue

 

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Raychel A Watkins joined R.K. Castillo's group
Feb 9
George commented on Raychel A Watkins's blog post WHAT DOES SUSTAINABILITY MEAN TO YOU?
"It's an interesting subject for sure.  I love the concept of permaculture, many things working together, as written about by Raychel.   AP sustainable?  It's debateable.  What do you do when the power…"
May 7, 2013
Raychel A Watkins posted a blog post

WHAT DOES SUSTAINABILITY MEAN TO YOU?

As my Montonegra winter renter always says "different question".  He is 92.  Here is my different question, What does sustainability mean to you and what are you doing to bring it to fruition ?  This morning while collecting soursop fruit under the tree I had an epiphany ( a moment of sudden revelation or insight).  "Sustainability is happening at my farm."I am raising chickens both for the meat and for eggs.  This sustains me but I must somehow sustain the chickens.  I am raising water…See More
May 1, 2013
Raychel A Watkins replied to Sylvia Bernstein's discussion 10,000th Member Contest!!
"May 5 5:18pm"
Apr 30, 2013
Raychel A Watkins commented on Chris Smith's group Raft/Deep Water Culture Growers
"Mahalo Chris.  Like others I used a mixture of vermiculite, coir, and some organic potting mix with the cinders.  You have given me hope again because the other stuff just washes away in the water.  Do you have a seeding table or do…"
Apr 9, 2013
Raychel A Watkins commented on Chris Smith's group Raft/Deep Water Culture Growers
"Hey Chris  Do you use only lava rock in your net pots or do you add something like coir."
Apr 9, 2013
Steve Winchell commented on Raychel A Watkins's blog post What I am doing preparing for "When The Lights GO Out"
"Oh forgot to mention look into silver carp they gain weight fast and people are figuring out ways too cook them supposed to taste like salmon. Cheers"
Mar 10, 2013
Steve Winchell commented on Raychel A Watkins's blog post What I am doing preparing for "When The Lights GO Out"
"Pretty Kool man I just moved to the country with my wife and kids were gonna do some preparing our selves just hope it doesn't get that bad."
Mar 10, 2013
Jim Fisk commented on Raychel A Watkins's blog post What I am doing preparing for "When The Lights GO Out"
"Raychel, I had to tell you a quick story that will make you laugh. Some years ago we purchase about 400' of chain link fence for 25.00. (I know) Well while we were there picking up the fence we noticed it had run right down to the beach. So we…"
Feb 25, 2013
Jim Fisk commented on Raychel A Watkins's blog post What I am doing preparing for "When The Lights GO Out"
"Hi Raychel, Thank you for sharing these great pics of your farm. I should do the same. The absolute first thing any homestead should have are the chickens. (well maybe just behind the farm dogs that protect the chickens) They are the most satisfying…"
Feb 25, 2013
Raychel A Watkins posted a blog post

What I am doing preparing for "When The Lights GO Out"

A while  back I read a blog on this site called "What I Learned After The Storm".  These words still ring in my mind "learn to grow 50 things people do not know are edible".  I have repeated this often to people and to people who tour the farm.  They have deep meaning to me.  Permaculture says "a weed is just a plant in the wrong place.  I have learned to grow many things people do  not know are edible.  I am not doing it to keep people from crashing my gates but to share with everyone what…See More
Feb 24, 2013
Raychel A Watkins replied to Kevin Darr's discussion 55 Gallon blue drums
"Try a commercial bakery.  They have a lot of their ingredients in them,  They may be white but definitely food grade.  Here in Hawaii we get them from the bakery for &15.00"
Feb 11, 2013
Isaac commented on Raychel A Watkins's video
Jan 19, 2013
Raychel A Watkins replied to Sylvia Bernstein's discussion How do you feel about the impending approval of AquaAdvantage Salmon?
"Let us take Gmo corn.  TYhe gene for BT toxin was "shot" into the DNA of corn.  If you don't know what I mean about shot read up on how genes are put into DNA.  The science is not very exact.  Read the report put…"
Dec 24, 2012
Raychel A Watkins replied to M reed B's discussion aquaponic asparagus
"asparagus is a forever plant.  It would remain in your system always and take up room.  It takes asparagus about 2 years to mature to be able to start to harvest.  You could dedicate a bed to it alone.  i am doing this with…"
Dec 13, 2012

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Vlad Jovanovic commented on Raychel A Watkins's blog post WHY I AM SO VERY THANKFUL FOR AQUAPONICS AND LIFE IN GENERAL
"Raychel you've been (and continue being) an inspiration to many. Keep up the good work you are doing, and keep enjoying the heck out of life while doing it"
Nov 25, 2012

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How did you find us?
surfing aquaponic sites
Are you an aquaponic gardener already?
yes
If so, what type of system? (pick all that apply)
I have only being working at it for 4 months. I love to experiment to see what works best. My fish are very healthy, my water is good. My plants need iron I think. Does anyone know what type of iron is safe for the fish?
Please tell us something else about yourself.
I have lived in Hawaii off and on for over 42 years. The land is the love of my life. I really started going green about 10 years ago. I work in the medical field to support my fish habit.
I grew up on a 280 acre farm in Iowa and swore I would never be a farmer. I joined the Navy at 18 and beat feet out of Iowa. I ended up being stationed in heaven (Hawaii). I have left only once and will never do that again. Funny thing is I have become a farmer. I had only been doing aquaponics for a few months when I joined this site. Now it has been over a year. I now have 13 tanks all between 180 gals and 300 gal. I will have 17 when in a few weeks. I have a Masters in Biology and love doing experiments. My passion has transfered from parasites to Fish and vegetables. I just added some gravel beds to my farm. I had all troughs with rafts. I am now taking advantage of the WWOOFer program and getting wonderful help for my project. I love sharing aquaponics with everyone. I really love giving them some food off my beds.

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WHAT DOES SUSTAINABILITY MEAN TO YOU?

Posted on April 30, 2013 at 4:05pm 2 Comments

As my Montonegra winter renter always says "different question".  He is 92.  Here is my different question, What does sustainability mean to you and what are you doing to bring it to fruition ?  This morning while collecting soursop fruit under the tree I had an epiphany ( a moment of sudden revelation or insight).  "Sustainability is happening at my farm."

I am raising chickens both for the meat and for eggs.  This sustains me but I must somehow sustain the chickens.  I am raising…

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What I am doing preparing for "When The Lights GO Out"

Posted on February 24, 2013 at 2:50pm 4 Comments

A while  back I read a blog on this site called "What I Learned After The Storm".  These words still ring in my mind "learn to grow 50 things people do not know are edible".  I have repeated this often to people and to people who tour the farm.  They have deep meaning to me.  Permaculture says "a weed is just a plant in the wrong place.  I have learned to grow many things people do  not know are edible.  I am not doing it to keep people from crashing my gates but to share with everyone what…

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WHY I AM SO VERY THANKFUL FOR AQUAPONICS AND LIFE IN GENERAL

Posted on November 24, 2012 at 2:41pm 1 Comment

Aloha everyone fronm the  land of paradise.  Everyone may not think it is paradise but to me it has been paradise since 1964 when my feet first toched Hawaiian soil.  I can remember almost 60 years later the very feeling I had when I stepped down from the airplane "My soul said you are home".  I left once for an extended period of time and regreted it for a lot of reasons.  One my health went to pot (deterioated) but most of all I mourned for 14 years for Hawaiil.  When I returned in 1998 my…

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Eat The Street

Posted on July 23, 2012 at 7:05pm 4 Comments

Sounds like a strange name doesn't it?  Actually it was a really big food thing combined with a sustainability event.  We were given the honor of having a booth at this event.  I t cost us $30.00 but that is because we were friends of the people who put it on.  We took 4 of our small systems and a solar generator.  We almost couldn't go because we had no source of electricity.  God at the last minute reminded me that my friend had a solar generator with a battery.  I knew she didn't like to…

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At 5:32pm on November 16, 2012, R.K. Castillo said…

Hey Raychel!  Tell me more about the Association.  I would love to get involved.  Believe me...we won't go big too fast.  We're still learning how to get our little back porch set up to work! =)

At 1:08am on August 9, 2012, Jennifer B said…

Aloha Raychel!  

Thanks again for giving me a tour of your place back in June.  I will return soon once the plants I want to give you to add to your garden sprouts!  My dad and I really enjoyed visiting your farm.  My BSFL didn't succeed.  I'll tell you about it later. 

Aloha, Jennifer

At 10:52am on July 18, 2012, Natalie Dias Cash said…

Thanks Raychel,

   I know what you mean, been doing this and that's. But I made it. Now I can do something here. TTYL

At 7:48pm on May 1, 2012, Carey Ma said…

Hi Raychel, Thank you so much for turning me onto natural farming. It's definitively changed my world for the better. Big hug and warm smooch!

I hope all is going well in your world.

Cheers

At 8:06am on January 16, 2012, moonyguy said…

Thank you very much Raychel. Just trying to learn things so any help would be much appreciated. Not much going on here on the North Shore :)

Vishnu

At 6:34pm on January 15, 2012, Larry Yonashiro said…

Hi Raychel, honored to have you join our group.  Thinking of moving to Maui?

At 12:55pm on December 29, 2011, Chris Schup said…

Hey Raych...got a call from a woman at the Comp named Ann. Her garden club is anxious to tour your place (Grace was right!). They’ll love your AP 101 presentation :) ... Got some good vid clips of you last week. Will have a final compilation soon-ish. Talk soon.

At 6:29pm on November 23, 2011, andrew namiki robert said…

Hi Raychel, 

Thanks for the tour yesterday it was a great learning experiance and gave me a lot of idead and things to work on, (my wallet is hurting already)

 

Thanks 

Andrew (London)

At 6:12am on November 7, 2011, George said…

My wife recently informed me that our elephant ear is Taro.  Any thoughts on whether this is a tasty variety?  I assume you wait until it is dormant to harvest but am not certain.  Any suggestions?

 

 

At 6:34pm on September 23, 2011, Maggie Culver said…

No, I don't Skype but I really should learn about it.  I believe you're right about assembling together. My husband said to tell you that we'd love to come visit you as soon as you tell us how we can DRIVE there since neither one one of us wants to fly!

 

I'm having trouble concentrating on anything other than getting my greenhouse set up for aquaponics. I have drawings and measurements and I"m pretty sure now how I'm setting it up.

My cow had her calf yesterday so I am training her to be milked now.  Today ended up pretty good with her standing still (AMEN!)

My hubby is home for the weekend and he just fixed me a burger....gonna go eat!   Take care!

 

 
 
 

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