Milwaukee Chicago Renaissance and Aquaponics Chronicle 2012

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NSF Vertical Farming Conference?

Chaos Theory, Architecture, and Urban Planning?

Shedd Aquarium Aquaponics Partnerships?

Church Mothers?

Mapping Aquaponics Chicago Milwaukee?

San Francisco Critical Connections?

MA and Doctoral Theses: Aquaponics in the Classroom?

Chicago Housing Authority Summer Youth Program?

Illinois Chapter of National Association of Minority Architects?

Los Angeles Jewish Federation?

Chicago Cultural Plan?

Lindbloom Math & Science Academy?

Kennedy King Chinatown Day Care Center?

Chicago State Aquaponics Club and African Festival of Life?

United Nations Global Compact Cities Visit?

Chicago Public Schools STEM Leader Elizabeth Swanson?

Mayor Barrett Bloomberg Competition Wisconsin Foodie Film?

Trinity Church and Kwame Nkruma Academy Urban Village Project?

Accelerate ‘77 Forum?

Chicago State School of Social Work Outreach?

South African Exchange Project?

Professor Pratt’s USDA Funded “Geography of Food & Hunger Course?

What Say We Advance the Marriage of Agroforestry and Aquaponics

What say some conversations about the marriage of aquaponics and agroforestry. It is my deep belief that we have the resources to make a serious mark in the 21st century world economy and the healing of our planet by diffusing our “intellectual property” and inspiring the study of aquaponics, organic engineering systems, fresh water science, and integrating theory & practice, art and science, ethics and commerce.

Yesterday Dr. Gay Reinartz of the Bonobo Congo Biodiversity Initiative met with Willie Smits of Indonesia yesterday, along with Janet Ginsberg,who orchestraed the meeting, and Ann Marie Healy, after Willie gave a Ted Lecture on his breathtaking work in “agroforestry.”

The meeting was intended as a first step toward inspiring him and his EU, UN, WHO partners to integrate contextually appropriate aquaponics miniatures into his agroforestry initiative, dramatically presented in this Ted Lecture I pray you will check out:

Olomana Aquaponics on a Department of Commerce National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration(NOAA)Ship

Aquaponics headed into uncharted waters when a NOAA Ship left the port of Honolulu Wednesday, September 1, 2010, carrying an experimental portable system on deck. The research vessel Ka’imimoana will attempt to grow food, and handle some of its organic waste with the system, called an Aquaport.

The idea to use aquaponics at sea came from the ship’s Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Helen Ballantyne.

The mini aquaponics system was custom designed and built, for NOAA, by Glenn Martinez, at Olomana Gardens. What he and his team designed for the Ka’imimoana’, and her 27 member crew, includes a small system for gardening dozens of different plants, raising Tilapia, and worms, and it all fits in a 24 square foot space.

This may be the first time that aquaponics has gone aboard a ship that goes out to sea for 65, sometimes even 90 days at a time. That’s a long stretch, with nothing green in sight. The excited crew watched the system being installed. Olomana Gardens had to work feverishly, on short notice to custom design a system, build the system, and get the ship fitted out with it before she set out. Now the Aquaport is on its maiden voyage. Getting its first real ocean shake down. And there have already been things to address, such as sloshing water.

The 224 foot ship is the only National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration vessel dedicated to climate research Dr. Ballantyne along with Chief Steward Rainier Capati wanted an aquaponic garden on board, to address multiple issues, such as the environmental sustainability of the way the research itself is conducted, and boosting crew morale on long trips.

Morale can slump during a long stay at sea. If the Aquaport succeeds - on deck the crew get a visually satisfying bed of living greenery (not only to eat, but to tend), plus a hobby caring for the Tilapia.

Glenn built a four tray system pre-planted, at Olomana Gardens, with 36 assorted plants, including lettuces, tomatoes, mint, chive, hot peppers, strawberries and eggplant. Plus he sent the crew off with 12 additional packs of seeds. Also aboard is a tank stocked with 15 Tilapia, a worm farm holding 5 pounds of worms, and a worm tea factory.

If this voyage proves the Aquaport is feasible technology, next time the ship docks, they’ll get a bigger system. Right now, that small amount of worms will only eat about 2.5 pounds of waste, a fraction of the 50 pounds of organic garbage the ship’s crew currently generates per day. That would take 100 pounds of worms, Glenn said,
which he’ll give them in the next system.

Glenn Martinez thanked Tetsuzan (Benny) Ron, PhD, Aquaculture Program Coordinator at the Vice Chancelor’s Office for Research and Graduate Education, University of Hawaii for getting the Aquaport started. Benny Ron helped Olomana Gardens obtain a grant toward the development of the first Aquaport. That got the whole idea rolling about a year ago. And this is probably only one of many possible applications.
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