Several months ago, Imagine Aquaponics was contracted to create a 3D plumbing design for a project by Green Phoenix Farms in Texas. Believe it or not, this is a “personal system” for a client of Green Phoenix!
The first two images are screen shots from the 3D CAD file Imagine AP created.
As you can see in the other two images, our friend and colleague Adam Cohen has done a spectacular job implementing it, and it’s been amazing watching it all come to life.
Jesse Hull gave two presentations at the 2014 MREA Fair on Aquaponics. The first was on building educational AP systems, and the second was on advanced techniques & commercial production. Packed tent both times.
We love the MREA Fair!
Molly & I, and teachers/students from Hawley Environmental School will be on Wisconsin Public Radio’s Lake Effect with Susan Bence tomorrow (6/11/14) for the closing segment (approximately 10:45 am) – 89.7 FM
Susan Bence will be covering the AP system Imagine Aquaponics is installing in Hawley’s rooftop greenhouse through the Aquaponics Association’s Microgrant program, and additional grants through AT&T and the National Education Association Foundation.
We love the things Victory Garden Initiative does for our city of Milwaukee. Every year, Jesse volunteers his time and experience to help VGI -especially the Raised Bed Garden Blitz.
From VGI’s website: “The Great Milwaukee Victory Garden Blitz provides hundreds of affordable raised garden beds for residents in Greater Milwaukee, while simultaneously bringing together hundreds of volunteers for an inspiring day of community-building. ”
Jesse has been working with VGI through four years of the Blitz campaigns, helping to build thousands of gardens for folks. Because of donations made to VGI, the cost of installing the bed(s) in your yard can be set on a sliding scale based on your income.
Jesse with VGI Operations Manager, Jazz Glastra
Jesse with Ryan Dale of The Energy Exchange and Kata Young, Assistant Researcher at Cornell University
We were very excited to be a part of the garden build at our local Clement Ave School, organized by our neighbor Tammy Koz. We have learned that gardening offers direct experiential learning in several disciplines, including the natural and social sciences, math, engineering, and nutrition.
*See our other school effort at our Hawley Environmental School post.
Pictured below are the flower beds we built in front of the school. Additional beds were built for food plants behind the school, right by Tippecanoe Park where we helped plant dozens of trees just a few months ago.
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Our neighborhood parks are so important. Parks can support the stabilization of the neighborhoods in which we live, and provide a landmark element and a point of pride for citizens.
This summer Jesse was able to work with colleagues Tammy Koz and Kristen Kakatch in planting over 30 trees purchased from the Victory Garden Initiative. These include apple, cherry, and service berry trees, along with hazelnut bushes. Jesse received a Certificate of Appreciation for his efforts from County Supervisor, Jason Haas.
Jesse with County Supervisor Jason Haas
Wisconsin Public Radio’s Glen Moberg interviewed Jesse and Molly last night as part of a program featuring aquaponics and the Energy Fair.
The other guests included Dr. Christopher Hartleb of UW-Stevens Point and our friend Pierre Beauchamp, a talented young aquaponic farmer who is using his high school greenhouse to grow food for the cafeteria aquaponically.
You can listen online or download an MP3 at this link.