Around the world, humans are rediscovering aquaponics, an ancient way of cultivating fruits, vegetables, and fish together in closed systems that recycle water and nutrients. One of these humans, Mark Crowther, lives in West Brattleboro, and has constructed “barrelponic” systems in which he has been growing cold weather crops year-round in his home, with the help of a school of minnows.
Mark Crowther would like to share what he has learned with you. During this introductory presentation, Mark will talk about the history of aquaponics, the environmental benefits, and the basics of creating a system that works. Aquaponics may be a way to greatly increase the amount of food that can be produced locally, especially during cold months.
Aquaponic systems are also being used to reduce the amount of land that needs to be used to produce food (more room for nature!) and may relieve pressure on depleted wild fish stocks, without the pollution problems caused by fish farming.
Introduction: May 15th, 7-9pm, Putney Library. FREE!
Workshop: May 19th, 1-3pm, Putney Library. $50 materials fee covers everything you need. Pre-registration for workshop required at http://beec.org/?page_id=422 or by calling BEEC at 802-257-5785