Putting Up Shoots

Sep 21 – 23, 2018 • Hartford, CT


Friday Breakfast & Registration

Friday, September 21 – 07:00AM to 08:00AM

Friday Aquaponic Tours

Friday, September 21 – 08:00AM to 12:00PM

Bigelow Brook Farm and Uconn Spring Valley Student Farm Tour


Friday Panel Lunch Discussion: Growing Global

Friday, September 21 – 12:00PM to 01:00PM

Arvind Venkat,

Carlos Leon,

Murray Hallam

AP Research, Applied Skills & Food Safety Working Group

Friday, September 21 – 01:00PM to 01:50PM

AP Research, Applied Skills & Food Safety Working Group


AP Research, Applied Skills & Food Safety Working Group

Friday, September 21 – 01:00PM to 01:50PM

AP Research, Applied Skills & Food Safety Working Group


Aquaponics and You

Friday, September 21 – 01:00PM to 01:50PM

Pavel Sfera

As an active charity worker, my travels have given me insights on how to improve the lives of the less fortunate and disadvantaged. The concerns of basic needs still arise for communities all over the world. I have engaged and lectured individuals, groups and other decision makers with resources the ideas of sustainability and a focus on aquaponics. I have spoken personally to the former President of the United Nations in creating a specific department specializing in aquaponics. I’ve sent letters to FEMA and have spoken with many of the NGOs with whom I’ve volunteered with in creating such systems to engage those communities into sustainability and healthier food choices.

My wishes are to have those involved involved in both commercial and who take aquaponics seriously, become more actively engaged in working with NGOs or starting their own to eliminate global hunger.


Aquaponics: A Dynamic Model for Inclusion of STEM Concepts into Middle & High School Science Classrooms

Friday, September 21 – 01:00PM to 01:50PM

Kevin Savage

Aquaponics, a bridge between the sustainable agriculture methods of aquaculture and hydroponics, provides a model for teaching STEM concepts in middle and high school classrooms, while also meeting the Next Generation Science Standards. This presentation will begin with an introduction into the design, construction and operation of various system types, and the STEM principles in each step. This discussion will contrast using an Engineering Design Model vs. Scientific method approach to classroom aquaponics. The second portion will detail how aquaponics may be used in curriculum integration to meet specific items of the Next Generation Science Standards for Middle and High School Physical and Life Sciences, using examples from Biology and Chemistry.


Ask an Expert: Ken Armstrong

Friday, September 21 – 01:00PM to 01:50PM

Ken Armstrong

Decoupled Aquaponics – An Alternative Approach for Commercial Production

Friday, September 21 – 01:00PM to 01:50PM

Hendrick Monsees

Aquaponics is a promising approach for a sustainable intensification of food production and the number of commercial systems is increasing in Europe, the US and worldwide. Nevertheless, balancing nutrient concentrations and establishing optimal growth conditions for fish and plants is challenging, especially with demanding crops (e.g. tomatoes). In classical aquaponic systems hydroponic units are integrated in the water cycle of an aquaculture system. This can result in suboptimal growth conditions (e.g. pH). Decoupled aquaponic systems were developed to address these obstacles by separating the two production cycles. Aquaculture and hydroponic units are connected via a one-way valve and water is only transferred from the aquaculture unit to hydroponic units on demand, but not back. Thereby an individual management of both production units and the maintenance of optimal growth conditions in decoupled aquaponics are enabled, resulting in comparable yields compared to conventional production systems.


Demonstration of a Small-scale Decoupled Aquaponic System Utilizing a Floating Bead Bioclarifier and Airlift Technology

Friday, September 21 – 01:00PM to 01:50PM

Paul Begue

At the AST greenhouse research facility (New Orleans, LA), a small-scale decoupled aquaponic systems was constructed and evaluated. The aquaponics system was de-coupled where a fish culture loop consisted of a single round 1 m3 polytank (~250 gal), a self-backwashing bio-clarifier, and a 0.12 m3 (34 gal) mineralizing tank. The plant culture loop consisted of a second 0.12 m3 (34 gal) sump tank, and 2 hydroponic raft culture raceways, each at 3 m2 (32 ft2). An economic analysis of fish and plant production in addition to water quality and feed conversion variables for the current status of the system will be presented.


Growth and Water Use in Aquaponics Culture of African Catfish, Tilapia and Selected Vegetable Crops at Varying Stocking Densities and Water Exchange Regimes in Nigeria

Friday, September 21 – 01:00PM to 01:50PM

Ayoola Akinwole

Reduced environmental pollution and water consumption has endeared aquaponics to small-holders in urban cities of Nigeria as a food production system that could serve their needs. Experiments spanning two years were conducted to empirically evaluate fish growth, crop performance and water utilization in aquaponics culture of fish and crops of commercial importance in Nigeria.


Murray Hallam

Friday, September 21 – 01:00PM to 01:50PM

Murray Hallam

Session to be announced


AP Commercial Working Group

Friday, September 21 – 02:00PM to 02:50PM

AP Commercial Working Group


Aquaponics in Romania

Friday, September 21 – 02:00PM to 02:50PM

Cristan Bulbuc

The paper presents the aquaponics pilot stations that are in operation in Romania, aquaponics achievements and the aquaponics development strategy in Romania.


Arvind Venkat

Friday, September 21 – 02:00PM to 02:50PM

Arvind Venkat

Session to be announced


Ask an Expert: Ryan Chatterson

Friday, September 21 – 02:00PM to 02:50PM

Ryan Chatterson

Nutritional and Physiological Responses to High Carbohydrates in Common Carp

Friday, September 21 – 02:00PM to 02:50PM

Rabar Mahmod Rashed

The present study aims at testing the effect of high levels of local carbohydrate sources in the diet of common carp on the nutritional parameters such as growth, feed utilization, protein utilization, digestibility and feed evacuation. Physiological parameters such as hepato-somatic index, blood glucose and amylase activity were also studied. At the end of the experiments, the chemical composition of the whole body of fish was analysed and evaluate.
Young common carp (Cyprinus carpio L.) ranging in weight from 25 g to 39 g were used as experimental fish. A total of 120 fish were used during the whole experiment.


The Introduction of Aquaponics Systems in the Educational Setting in Montgomery County, Virginia.

Friday, September 21 – 02:00PM to 02:50PM

Alexa Mione

The use of aquaponics in a middle school classroom broadcasts not only the workings of aquaculture and hydroponics, but of ancillary issues such as food security, water quality, and sustainability. Interactive lesson plans incorporate environmental education into their curriculum, expanding the aquaponics system to include ecological and societal systems. These supplemental topics expose children at an early age of critical issues that their generation will eventually need to manage.

A guided discussion will contribute to the knowledge of this interactive learning resource. The focus will be on using aquaponics not only as innovative agricultural technology, but to relate to and explain the ecological systems taught in environmental science curriculums. Children will better understand the natural sciences when they are taught alongside aquaponics.


Friday Afternoon Break

Friday, September 21 – 02:50PM to 03:20PM

AP Community Working Group

Friday, September 21 – 03:20PM to 04:10PM

AP Community Working Group


Ask an Expert: Spencer Curry

Friday, September 21 – 03:20PM to 04:10PM

Spencer Curry

Development of Bio-Engineering for Commercial Aquaponics

Friday, September 21 – 03:20PM to 04:10PM

Carlos Leon

Carlos will discuss the commercial production of shrimp and algae in aquaponic systems; and the newest technologies that make this possible.


Nick Savidov, PhD

Friday, September 21 – 03:20PM to 04:10PM

Nick Savidov, PhD

Session to be announced.


The Use of Phytase in Aquaculture: Zootechnical Interests and the Possibilities of Incorporation in Aquafeed

Friday, September 21 – 03:20PM to 04:10PM

Niang Sileye

AP STEM Working Group

Friday, September 21 – 04:20PM to 05:10PM

AP STEM Working Group


Ask an Expert: Carlos Leon

Friday, September 21 – 04:20PM to 05:10PM

Carlos Leon

Coupled Versus Decoupled Aquaponic Design: Panel Discussion

Friday, September 21 – 04:20PM to 05:10PM

Arvind Venkat,

Hendrick Monsees,

Murray Hallam,

Nick Savidov, PhD,

Ryan Chatterson

GLOBALG.A.P. Made Simple

Friday, September 21 – 04:20PM to 05:10PM

Juli Ogden

Seems like an improbable task, doesn’t it? But the best food safety programs are those that fit to your farming operation, rather than the other way around. Some of the food safety requirements you are being asked to comply with are already being done, you just don’t realize it. During this session, we’ll look at how to incorporate FOOD SAFETY and ORGANIC rules in your AQUAPONIC work day. Learn how by hearing from farmer innovator and GLOBALG.A.P expert, Juli Ogden.


Opportunities and Limitations in Sustaining Community-Driven Aquaponics Operations

Friday, September 21 – 04:20PM to 05:10PM

Christopher Williams

Aquaponics is a multidisciplinary practice with a variety of participants and consumers. As such, aquaponics communities operate on varying levels of knowledge, resources and target audiences, producing a wide range of operational strategies. In community-driven projects this gap is further extended, where maintaining outreach and sustained engagement may be strained. This stems from a myriad of sources, including poor business strategies, unrealistic expectations, ideological issues, limited resources and a limited pool of participants willing to pay premiums for aquaponics products. This presentation utilizes previous research alongside a comprehensive literature review of aquaponics operations to detail where the most feasible outlets lie in mitigating obstacles within community aquaponics operations. The results of this research demonstrate that operations suffer from sustaining wide enough consumer bases to compete with mainstream distributors, despite a perceived interest in aquaponics. Suggestions for improvements are presented in product selection, educating participants and increasing community input.


Friday Networking Mixer

Friday, September 21 – 05:30PM to 06:30PM