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Introduction to Aquaponics and Crop Swap

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You can breed fish in your backyard for dinner
Have you ever wondered about hydroponics, aquaponics, or aquaculture? Or what about the idea of fresh fish for dinner that you've reared in your own backyard?

Well wonder no more because this free introduction to Aquaponics session will explain how you can do this at home.

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An aquaponics set up that you could have at home. Image credit to Gareth Bontorno

Gareth Bontorno, who has always had a fascination in marine sciences and aquaculture is going to explain how you can set up something like this at home. He is passionate about encouraging more people to have a go at this hobby, because it allows them to sustainably produce some of their own food and it's fun!

Gareth's interest and enjoyment of this hobby has led him on to study at Latrobe University specialising in commercial aquaculture. He is inspired by the integration of aquaponics into commercial aquaculture, which is the area that he's most interested in. Sustainably adding to the field of aquaculture is what he aspires to do in his career.

But what Gareth loves most about aquaponics is that it is easy enough for most people with any level of interest to get involved. You don't need a degree to get set up with this. Simply put, an aquaponics system means that you can cultivate fish in your garden, your garage, or anywhere you like really. The fish feed the plants with their waste and then the plants in return can feed the fish. And with a little know-how, you can set this up for a very low cost.

This is totally something that I'd like to be able to do

If you are intrigued by this, and want to learn how you too can set up an aquaponics system at home, then come along to this introductory talk on Saturday 22nd July at Tables Community Garden. You'll be able to learn some of the methods used to set up an aquaponics system and also how you can do it using old aquarium pumps, filters and other reused materials, which makes the aquaponics setup cheaper and more doable than you think.

To find out a little more about hydroponics, aquaponics, or aquaculture, you can check out Gareth's facebook page Aquaculture Australia.

This aquaponics talk is being held for the Tables Community Garden, who is a community group who aim to source everything as locally as possible.

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Find your way through the community garden. Image credit to Tables Community Garden

Their aim is to build community through the sharing of resources, information and community outreach. They like to eat together using as much of their own yummy organic produce that they can, which is a wonderful community building activity. You can find out more about upcoming events and activities at Tables Community Garden.

Any produce that they don't use is shared with the local church, neighbours and friends at swap a monthly crop swap. This is held on the 4th Saturday of the month, which coincides with this talk on aquaculture. More details here

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The joy of sharing at a crop swap. Image credit: Tables Community Garden

So if you come along to the talk and have any excess harvest from your veggie garden, preserves, plants, seeds or anything of the like, you're welcome to bring them along and join in the swap as well.

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The wonderful abundance from a crop swap, credit to Yeukai Mawire who enjoys the crop swap

Or you could bring some morning tea to share or a gold coin donation to cover the costs for coffee, tea and herbal beverages that are provided. It would be appreciated.

Details are
Address: 78 Cuthbert Street, Heathmont
Time: 10-11:30
Cost : Free
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Why? To learn about aquaponics
When: Saturday 22nd July 10-11:30
Where: Tables Community Garden
Cost: FREE
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