Learning Track: Aquaponics Research & Food Safety

One of our four learning tracks at the September Putting Up Shoots conference is Aquaponics Research & Food Safety.

Aquaponics is a practice that dates back thousands of years, but we’ve barely begun to harness its full potential. The Conference will bring together the top aquaponics researchers from all over the world to discuss the latest developments and identify the next areas of progress.

The Conference will feature interactive sessions to make the latest science accessible and practical to growers of all sizes.

And importantly: aquaponics will not make it far unless we can comply with the latest food safety regulations. The Conference will provide a venue so that we can develop the common standards we need to grow, and a unified message to food safety regulators. Save your spot: https://aaasociation.wpengine.com/2018-conference/

Post-Doctoral Fellowships in Aquaculture/Aquaponics in Brazil

July 16, 2018

The Aquaculture Center of The Sao Paulo State University, Caunesp (Jaboticabal, SP, Brazil) offers TWO Post-Doctoral fellowships funded by FAPESP. The selected candidates should have completed their Ph.D. less than seven years before the application deadline, should not hold any employment/job relationship as the fellowship requires full time dedication to the research project. Both candidates will conduct research and related activities on AQUAPONICS systems through the development of the project “CITYFOOD – Smart integrated multitrophic city food production systems – a water and energy saving approach for global urbanization” (Belmont Forum 11205864 and FAPESP 2017/50431 -9).

Applications should be forwarded to the project coordinator Prof. Dr. Maria Celia Portella 

(portella@caunesp.unesp.br and aquaponic.sugi.br@outlook.com) and must contain the following:

-An updated Curriculum Vitae (CV Lattes for Brazilians)

-A copy of the Ph.D. thesis (.pdf)

-A motivation letter with a clear indication of the position of interest (please, see below)

-Two letters of recommendation

-English proficiency is highly desirable, given the multi-institutional and international character of the project, involving institutions and researchers from Germany, Norway, Netherlands, Sweden, the United States and Brazil.

The application deadline is August 15, 2018. Please, contact the project coordinator if you have any questions or wish to receive further details of the project.

Position 1: Ph.D. on Animal Sciences, Agriculture, Aquaculture or Biology. Candidates should have experience on installation and management of aquaponics systems, hydroponics or recirculation aquaculture systems (RAS). The successful candidate will be responsible for the installation and maintenance of the Living Lab at Caunesp for aquaponics production as well as conducting experiments in the Living Lab.

Position 2: Ph.D. on Social Sciences, Economics or Aquaculture. Candidates should have experience on socio-economic assessments applied to aquaculture. The successful candidate will develop activities related to the economic and social aspects of the project, including: economic analysis of the project and the Brazilian aquaponic production, evaluation of the social impacts of the project, supporting the aquaponic productions carried out in the Living Lab, and the dissemination of technology generated.

Both fellows will receive a FAPESP Post-Doctoral Fellowship stipend in the amount of (R$ 7,174.80 per month (~ U$ 1,910), plus a research contingency fund equivalent to 15% of the annual value of the fellowship stipend, which should be spent in items directly related to the research project. More information about the FAPESP Postdoctoral Fellowship is available at www.fapesp.br/en/5427.



Aquaponics Conference is at The Hilton

We’re so excited to host the 2018 “Putting Up Shoots” Aquaponics Association Conference at the Hilton Hartford in Hartford, CT!

This gorgeous venue will host all of our sessions, breakout groups, happy hours, and guests from near and far, making it easy to see every speaker and network all weekend long!

Stay at the Hilton and experience spacious, comfortable guest rooms with beautiful views of the city, innovative bistro dining, a gym and indoor pool, and so much more!

Located in the heart of Hartford, CT. Just steps away from many things to do in the evening after a fun day at the conference.

We have set up a block of rooms at a special rate at The Hilton Hartford.

Book your room today !

Speaker Spotlight: Spencer Curry

Bridging Vision Into Reality: How To Apply Both To Your Aquaponics Venture, The Right Way


Putting Up Shoots Conference Commercial Aquaponics Speaker Presentation
September 21-23, 2018  —  Hartford, CT

Spencer Curry  CEO and co-founder of Trifecta Ecosystems.

Trifecta Ecosystems is Connecticut’s leader in aquaponics technology in the controlled environment agriculture industry. With extensive experience in aquaponics, Spencer and his team are working to cultivate the City that Feeds Itself™ in Meriden, CT and beyond by revealing hidden incentives for communities to grow their own food while raising awareness about sustainable farming. Under his leadership, Trifecta has secured $2 million in funding from the Regional Water Authority of New Haven, has built out a 3,500 sq. ft. indoor urban farm, is working with clients in the education, I/DD, and community development spaces, and has won a number of prestigious awards. Outside of the farm, you can find Spencer hiking (probably with his dog Gabe), listening to audiobooks, and sending weird memes on Instagram.


Presentation Overview:

There’s a little secret about the commercial aquaponics industry that you may not know – it doesn’t really exist yet. However, there are many markets and consumer groups that you may have never thought of that need aquaponics right here, right now. Dive into the future of aquaponics with Spencer Curry, CEO and co-founder of Connecticut’s own Trifecta Ecosystems, and discover the difference between vision and reality, and how both can be used to benefit each other when growing in the commercial aquaponics industry.

We’ll explore the mission behind the City that Feeds Itself™ and take an in-depth look into sectors that are spending on aquaponics right now – helping you to make a solid plan for your business while staying true to your vision. Don’t miss out on this session that will force you to think outside the farm!

Vendor Spotlight: Stalite Environmental

Stalite specializes in engineered growing media blends and will be making a presence at this years conference as one of our vendors.

STALITE is the world’s leading manufacturer of expanded slate lightweight aggregate. STALITE Environmental uses the best lightweight aggregate in the world which they blend with other quality natural products to create custom mixes that meet the highest standards for each application.

Take a look at the specifications for our Aquaponics Blends: Stalite 3-4 Side Aquaponic _7-10-2018 (1)


Stalite Lightweight Expanded Slate Aggregate Media
-Manufactured in North Carolina
-Strongest Lightweight Aggregate Available
-50% Additional Surface Area 
-Sterile, Inert
-Available in Several Gradations
-They can ship material anywhere
Check out Stalite at our 2018 Putting Up Shoots Conference. 

Senate Farm Bill Includes Provisions for Aquaponics and Hydroponics

Read what the Senate’s Farm Bill includes for Aquaponics, click here: Senate Farm Bill Fact Sheet

The U.S. Senate on July 5 passed a draft of the 2018 Farm Bill that includes provisions specifically relating to aquaponics, hydroponics, and other sustainable growing methods. (Maybe our 200+ signature sign-on letter had an effect!)

The Senate’s draft is an improvement over the House draft, which did not even mention aquaponics. But Congress must still do more to support local, efficient agriculture.

The House and Senate must now reconcile their two versions and vote on a final version in the upcoming weeks. We need to make sure that, at a minimum, the Senate’s aquaponics provisions are included in the final draft.

The Farm Bill is intended to provide an adequate national supply of food and nutrition. It is passed once every five years. Both the House and Senate version of the 2018 Farm Bill allocate over $400 billion in spending.

In February, the Aquaponics Association sent over 200 signatures to Congress. We asked Congress to ensure that crop insurance, crop subsidy, research, conservation, and all other Farm Bill programs apply equally to aquaponics as to traditional soil growing.

We need to make sure Congress supports sustainable agriculture. Click here to join the 2018 Aquaponics Farm Bill Coalition. Next week we’ll send another letter to Congress reminding them of the importance of aquaponics to the future of food production.


Grocer Boasts of Local Aquaponic Salmon

Festival Foods, a Wisconsin grocer, recently boasted that it’s the first retailer to sell Superior Fresh‘s Atlantic Salmon:

“Superior Fresh is an industry leading aquaponics facility specializing in leafy greens. Their facility, which is situated on a 720 acre native restoration property in the Coulee Region of Wisconsin, is now producing Atlantic Salmon for our Meat & Seafood Department.”

Festival Foods also stocks Superior Fresh’s leafy greens.

“We’re thrilled to be the first retailer to sell this incredible product! Fish at Superior Fresh are raised indoors in a recirculating aquaculture system, a method of aquaculture that is the best for the environment and gives growers complete control to create the perfect growing conditions. All Superior Fresh production water is irrigated and does not get discharged to surface waters of the state.

“Six reasons you need to try this delicious fish:

1. They’re grown right here in Wisconsin!

2. They are grown without any antibiotics or pesticides ever. No contaminants or pollutants like you’ll find in the ocean.

3. They’re high in Omega-3 fatty acids.

4. Superior Fresh received the Highest Sustainability Ranking of “Best Choice” by the Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch.

5. The fish are fed an organic diet.

6. Amazing flavor!”


STEM Speaker Spotlight: Kevin Savage, PhD

The Use of an Engineering Design Process Model to Teach STEM Principles Using Aquaponics

Putting Up Shoots Conference STEM Speaker Presentation
September 21-23, 2018  —  Hartford, CT

Currently a high school AP Environmental Science and Sustainable Agriculture (Aquaponics / Hydroponics) instructor at Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Kevin Savage has a PhD in Quaternary Geology, and 14 years of experience in the environmental and construction engineering fields. This is his 14th year teaching high school, and his eighth year using aquaponics as a dynamic model for classroom instruction and student research.

Some of his past student research focused on flow dynamics in deep-water culture grow beds in aquaponic systems, and the use of air bubble curtains and thermal stratification to direct flow of nutrient-rich water in a grow bed. Current student research is focused on plant production rate differences in coupled and decoupled aquaponics grow beds, and microbiome differences in root masses of plants grown in coupled and decoupled grow beds.

Don’t miss out on the opportunity to interact with someone that has been involved in STEM education using aquaponics. Sign up today for this year’s Putting Up Shoots Conference 

Take a look at some of the other Speakers we will be having at the conference this year. 

9th-Grade STEM Presentation: One Step Closer to Mars with Aquaponics

Click here to watch the full video: One Step Closer to Mars with Aquaponics.

Last year at the Putting Down Roots conference, 9th-graders from Meadow Park Middle School presented their NASA-sponsored aquaponics research to a crowd of the world’s top aquaponics experts. Their presentation displayed aquaponics potential for STEM education.

STEM Aquaponics is one of the four learning tracks this September 21-23 in Hartford, CT at the Putting Up Shoots conference. STEM educators from across the country will share their stories of how they integrated aquaponics into their STEM programs. Also checkout our STEM & Community Putting Up Shoots discount rate.



STEM Education & Community Aquaponics Discount

The Putting Up Shoots conference needs to be accessible for STEM Education and Community aquaponics growers if it’s going to live up to its name. Growers of all shapes and sizes need to be part of the conversation: how do we break down barriers and grow more of our food with aquaponics?

That’s why the Aquaponics Association is implementing the Putting Up Shoots STEM Education & Community Aquaponics Discount, click the link for more details and application information.