The course is presented on a webinar platform in three sessions and is available for booking at R1 200. (Bookings closes on 5 May 2020).
Live healthy and make money with vegetables and fish
Aquaponics has been identified by the European Union as one of the top ten technological developments in the world (Ten technologies which could change our lives). Some of the other developments are vehicles that run themselves, virtual currencies and three-dimensional printing.
You may not be able to do much to Bitcoins and autonomous vehicles, but it is possible to understand and practice aquaponics. A three day course on the principles of aquaponics, explaining how fish and vegetables can be grown in a closed, biological system will be presented in a webinar platform on 7 – 9 May 2020. Thursday 7 May and Friday 9 May the webinar wil start at 18:00 to 20:00 and on Saturday 9 May the webinar will start at 9:00 to 11:00.
The course will be presented by Colin and Annemarie Bremner from Kleinskuur Aquaponics, the largest aquaponic system in South Africa, which is currently being developed.
At the end of the course you will understand how all the different parts of an aquaponic system comes together to form a balanced ecosystem. The course will be of value to anyone who wants to set up a home system and also for farmers and investors who are interested in developing a commercial system. It is possible to make money with aquaponics and there is no need to burn your fingers!
An overview of all you need to know before you get started, will be given, including business principles and marketing. There will also be a visit on site at Kleinskuur Aquaponics to show how everything works.
No matter how big your system is, the scientific principles remain the same.
1. The biology
- Why do we eat vegetables and fish?
- What does a plant need to be healthy?
- How do fish help?
2. The substructure
- What is aquaculture?
- What is hydroponics?
- How do bacteria work?
- What is it?
- How does everything fit together?
- What should I consider before I begin?
- What should the ratio between fish and plants be?
- What is cycling up?
4. Aquaponic systems
- The home system – Hennie Steyn shows how it can be done
- Commercial systems: What is out there in the world?
- The Kleinskuur system: How does it work?
- Wicking beds
5. Systems in systems
- Water and water flow
- Air and air flow
- Bacteria: Good and bad
- Power and power needs
- Heating and cooling
- Measure and monitor
- Record keeping and production planning
6. Where do babies come from?
7. Do you want to make money?
- Finding and keeping your market
- Packaging and presenting your produce
8. Role players and legal matters
More about the presenter, Colin Bremner and Kleinskuur Aquaponics:
Kleinskuur Aquaponics is the realization of a long-time dream for Colin. He has experience in hydroponic farming and with a keen interest in healthy living, he studied the advantages of aquaponics in-depth. He is a “Boer-maak-‘n-plan”-person, finding solutions, even on shoestring budgets. He is the brain and builder of the unique Kleinskuur Aquaponics system.
Colin will forever stay the student and researcher, continuously seeking more knowledge and finding better ways and solutions.
He designed the Kleinskuur system, after attending a Master’s Course of Murray Hallam, one of the world leaders in auqaponics.
Earlier this year Colin was also asked to act as co-presenter at a course presented by Dr James Rakocy at the University of Stellenbosch. Dr Rakocy is internationally recognised as the “father of commercial aquaponics”.
After the course and many long hours of discussions and email conversations Dr Rakocy said: “I was very impressed with your knowledge and I find your Kleinskuur Aquaponic System very intriguing.”
He also described it as the cheapest commercial system in the world.
Well known fish farming expert, Leslie Ter Morshuizen has also visited the farming, commenting: “Fascinating! Wonderful to see the carefully planned simplicity.”
A high level official from the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF) said upon visiting Kleinskuur: “Nice to see a cost effective aquaponics system and innovation!”
Colin will share as much of his knowledge as possible in the time available. His philosophy is: “I want everyone who starts with aquaponics, from a small home system to a commercial enterprise, to make aquaponics work, because it is the future of food production.”
The co-presenter of the seminar, Annemarie Bremner, is the editor of the ProAgri agricultural magazine and former announcer at Radio Pretoria.
Kleinskuur are also the co-authors of a recently published book: Aquanomics: Building a Thriving Aquaponics Business. Click HERE to get your copy from Amazon.