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Aquaponic Gardening (PDF)
A Step-by-Step Guide to Raising Vegetables and Fish Together
Aquaponics is a revolutionary system for growing plants by fertilizing them with the waste water from fish in a sustainable closed system. A combination of the best of aquaculture and hydroponics, aquaponic gardening is an amazinglyproductive way to grow organic vegetables, greens, herbs and fruits, while providing the added benefits of fresh fish as a safe, healthy source of protein. On a larger scale, it is a key solution to mitigating food insecurity, climate change, groundwater pollution and the impacts of overfishing on our oceans.
Aquaponic Gardening is the definitive do-it-yourself home manual, focused on giving you all the tools you need to create your own aquaponic system and enjoy healthy, safe, fresh and delicious food all year round. Starting with an overview of the theory, benefits and potential of aquaponics, the book goes on to explain:
- System location considerations and hardware components
- The living elements-fish, plants, bacteria, and worms
- Putting it all together-starting and maintaining a healthy system.
Aquaponics systems are completely organic. They are four to six times more productive and use 90 percent less water than conventional gardens. Other advantages include no weeds, fewer pests, and no watering, fertilizing, bending, digging, or heavy lifting – in fact, there really is no down side! Anyone interested in taking the next step towards self-sufficiency will be fascinated by this practical, accessible and well-illustrated guide.
Sylvia Bernstein is the president and founder of The Aquaponic Source. An internationally recognized expert on aquaponic gardening, Sylvia speaks, writes and blogs extensively about this revolutionary technique. (www.theaquaponicsource.com)
"Aquaponic Gardening is an excellent primer for anyone considering home-scale aquaculture. Whatever your location or methods, the information should prove invaluable. Fish are within reach."
Peter Bane, publisher, Permaculture Activist and author, The Permaculture Handbook
"This is a comprehensive handbook on how to grow real food, so meticulously documented, that failure is not an option."
Jeff Edwards, president, Progressive Gardening Trade Association
"I have always wanted to figure out how to do sustainable aquaculture in the context of my home garden. Finally I've got the book to help me do it."
Paul Greenberg, author, Four Fish: The Future of the Last Wild Food
"This is a delightful book to read! I've been involved with hydroponics and aquaculture for 30 years and still learned from reading this very thorough how-to book."
Henry A. Robitaille, PhD, former general manager, The Land Exhibit, Epcot Center
"Learning how to garden through the creation of a completely balanced ecosystem is now clearly understandable, even to inexperienced gardeners."
Michael C. Metallo, President and CEO, National Gardening Association
"Sylvia Bernstein has provided the "aquapons of the world" with a clear, impassioned, and elegant "Bible" to spread the good news about aquaponics."
James J. Godsil, cofounder, Sweet Water Organics, Sweet Water Foundation
"Now the thousands of people who are discovering aquaponics every day have a resource for moving from the dream to the step-by-step reality of raising fish and food in their homes, yards, and even businesses."
John Thompson, AeroGrow International, Inc.
"This book is a vital resource for urban homesteaders."
Sundari Kraft, author, The Complete Idiot's Guide to Urban Homesteading
"The science is so well explained, it is easily understood. I am ready to start. I love this book."
Jeff Lowenfels, author, Teaming With Microbes
"I believe that home-scale aquaponics will become as common as the backyard chicken coop as we move toward a regenerative future that has made food security a priority."
Marco Chung- Shu Lam, Permaculture teacher, Environmental Studies Adjunct Faculty, Naropa University
"The book we've all been waiting for.... a truly comprehensive guide to all things aquaponic."
Charlie Price, founder, Aquaponics UK
"Sylvia masterfully lays out the art of giving balance to an ecosystem of flora and fauna."
Britta Riley, founder, Windowfarms.com
"For those of you who want to grow fish I definitely recommend this book as a simplified method of constructing and operating an aquaponic garden."
Dr. Howard M. Resh, author, Hydroponic Food Production
"If you want to garden aquaponically, this is the one source that will guide you from start to finish while also taking you on a wonderful trip through Sylvia's own personal aquaponic journey."
Gina Cavaliero, managing director, Green Acre Organics / Aquaponics Enterprises, Inc.
"Every time I enter Sylvia's aquaponic greenhouse, a powerful sense of inspired well-being envelops me almost instantly, and after reading Aquaponic Gardening, I understand why."
Dr. Virginia F. Gurley MD, MPH, founder, Auraviva
"This book is easy to read and is packed with information that will be very useful to the beginner and advanced aquaponics practitioner alike."
Murray Hallam, founder, Practical Aquaponics
"When it comes to the emerging field of aquaponics, Sylvia Bernstein is one of those inspired innovators you need to pay close attention to."
Thomas Frey, DaVinci Institute
"A practical, easy-to-follow guide that takes the mystery out of aquaponics. Now everyone can grow their own food even if they do not have a green thumb."
Ann Forsthoefel, former executive director, Portland Farmers Market
"It might take a little bit of time for the general public to catch up with us and other "early adopters," but when they do (and they will) this book is going to be the top book recommended to them by all who really know what they're talking about."
Jesse Hull and Molly Stanek, Imagine Aquaponics
"My wish is that Sylvia's revolutionary "how to" aquaponic wisdom becomes an adopted approach to food cultivation."
Matt McMullen, director, Facilities Management and Sustainability, University Corporation for Atmospheric Research
"Sylvia Bernstein's passion for aquaponics, and personal stake in the subject make this book an essential read for anyone interested in the concept of sustainably produced food."
Marijke Peters, producer, Earth Beat, Radio Netherlands Worldwide