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Seabury Hall Eight Grader Thomas chose aquaponics farming as his project. As part of his research, he wanted to get hands on experience at a commercial aquaponics farm to learn the process of farming. On the work day, Thomas was assisted by his Father. Before starting, they received training on Food Safety and proper hand washing technique from our resident RN, Patty. They then assisted in feeding the fish, cutting and harvesting the vegetables, inspecting the produce, washing the produce, prepped the produce for drying and packing for delivery to Whole Foods Market, and washing the floating rafts that supported the vegetables while growing in preparation for planting. Good luck on your presentation Thomas!
With instructor Vincent Domingo and Susan Miller, along with visitors Mike and Liz from Texas.
John Kohler of GrowingYourGreens.com did the work for us. He also included a lot of his ideas on organic gardening. Thank you John!...
Kalewalani chose to do a presentation on Aquaponics for a class in the Sustainable Science Management program at the University of Hawaii Maui College, and visited our site as part of her research. Before she left, she caught a large tilapia to cook for her family, as seen below.
Steven from King Kekaulike High School volunteered more community service hours for his Senior Project on Aquaponics. This coincided with one of the system air pumps going out as evidenced by lower than normal air output from the aerators in the fish tanks. So Steven had an opportunity to repair a diaphragm air pump. The 4 air pumps for the system are configured in a parallel array similar to a computer RAID (Redundant Array of Independent Disks) for high availability. When one of the air pumps shuts down, the total capacity of of system air is reduced by about 25%, allowing the system to continue to operate albiet at a reduced level. The defective pump was identified by feeling the suction at the input of the air pumps, with the defective pump having no suction. All of the air pumps are connected to the system through independent check valves to prevent air loss when a pump is removed. Also, this type of pump is used because it is quiet enough for a residential urban farm. A spare pump is kept to swap out the defective pump, and operation is resumed at 100% air capacity after the swap is made. A repair kit with parts is kept to fix the defective pump once it is out of the system. In this case, both diaphragms were broken, and Steven replaced them successfully. Good job Steven!
Our Aquaponics Intern, Morgan, has been helping with the harvests since the beginning of last summer. She also took care of our system while we were gone to Rarotonga for a week last year. She is a student at the University of Hawaii Maui College. We really appreciate her. Thanks Morgan!...