KSU / Frankfort, KY
Transportation: 30 minutes from Bluegrass Airport (Lexington; LEX) Airport; 75 minutes from Greater Cincinnati – Northern Kentucky Int’l Airport (CVG); 90 minutes from Cincinnati, OH. 60 minute drive from Louisville airport (SDF)
Venue: Hotel / Conference Center near Kentucky State University. KSU research farm http://organic.kysu.edu/Facilities.shtml. Venue could be offered at no cost and approximately 15 minute drive from hotels in Frankfort – possibly could work out a hotel shuttle or KSU has 3-4, 12 passenger vans that could be used for transport. It has a capacity of 600 people, has plenty of parking, and room for vendors.
Tours / Collaborations:
Kentucky State University (Frankfort, KY): indoor aquaponics research systems, saltwater aquaponics research, a 30’ x 70’ greenhouse, a 10,000sq foot recirculating aquaculture research building.
FoodChain (Lexington KY): a not-for-profit sustainable aquaponics demonstration and teaching facility; located about 35 minutes east of Frankfort, 75 minutes from Cincinnati; located in the same building as a restaurant and brewery.
Aqua-Fresh Farms (Mt. Washington KY): a commercial aquaponics facility about 50 minutes west of Frankfort, 90 minutes from Cincinnati, and 90 minutes from Lexington (not confirmed)
Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy, STEM Teaching and Research Greenhouse (NE Cincinnati): indoor STEM teaching and research greenhouse, with both aquaponics and hydroponics; 2 hours from Lexington / Frankfort area.
Setting: Frankfort, KY is a small, quaint town that has 3 bourbon distilleries close by (Buffalo Trace, Woodford Reserve, Four Roses), wineries, and Keenland race track (Lexington) within a 30 minute drive. September: daytime highs in the 80’s early in the month, and low to mid 70’s later in the month. There is also a potential of receiving support from the Frankfort tourism department.
Transportation: Tulsa is accessible via several major thoroughfares (interstate/turnpike), as well as by air at Tulsa International Airport. Carriers serving Tulsa include: American, Delta, United, Southwest, Frontier, and Allegiant. 15-minute drive from Tulsa Airport, 2-hour drive from Oklahoma City Airport. Uber/Lyft/Taxi available everywhere. Most hotels provide free shuttle service. Bike Share and Lime scooters are available throughout the city center. Bus servive is available throughout the area.
Lodging: Over 100 hotels in or near the downtown area with room nights less than $100/night.
Venue: Four venue options are available.
Traditional Hotel with Conference Space – 60 hotels in the immediate area have sufficient room and conference space
Convention Center – Tulsa has a 300,000sf downtown conference and convention center which host events of all sizes
Casino – Three full-service casinos with conference space provide a cost effective hosting option.
Area Colleges – Two area colleges have expressed interest in hosting the event
Native Oklahoma Aquaponics Harvest – owned and operated by Richard Tyler, NOAH was created when it was apparent hungry families were living without fresh food. The 10,000 sqf complex was constructed to address the need for quality food in an area which is dominantly Native American. It features an 8000 sqf greenhouse and is 1700 sqf store, which provides the ability to grow and provide pounds of lettuce, spinach, kale, grains, tomatoes and fish to those who need it. In addition to directly providing food, discharge water is given to other local farms for their food crops and hay.
Sooner State Wellness – a short drive from Tulsa, is the 12,000 sqf state-of-the-art facility owned by Sooner State Wellness. With the dedication to providing high quality, organically grown, medical cannabis, the facility uses “room in room” technology, monitored climate and moisture control, and high end LED lights. With dedicated space for germination, initial grow, and grow out, the facility also has a nursery dedicated to cloning.
Eastern Oklahoma State College – EOSC has a 3000 sqf commercial greenhouse used for horticulture classes, community plant sales, industrial hemp, and food production.
New Leaf – New Leaf is a facility for adults with special needs, and provides assistance in lifw skill acquisition, including aquaponic farming.
Educational Partners – Several colleges, K-12 schools and FFA programs in the area have aquaponic programs.
Setting: Tulsa, OK is the second largest city in Oklahoma, with a population over 400,000. Aquaponics is growing in popularity and practice in the Central U.S. with an upswing of individual, commercial, and institutional practitioners. In June 2018, Oklahoma approved medical marijuana with no caps on the number of commercial or individual growers, further inciting the need and interest for aquaponics as a sustainable growing method. At this opportune time, there is a growing audience and interest within the state and in nearby states such as Missouri and Texas.
Oklahoma is one of the cheapest states to visit due to affordable lodging and food prices associated with its national ranking as the third cheapest state in which to live. Temperatures are typically mild in October and November, with November 1 averaging 57 degrees.
Things to do in the Tulsa area: Three major casinos; The Gathering Place, a 100-acre riverfront park with recreation activities; breweries; an architecture tour; the Philbrook Museum; and the Oklahoma Aquarium.