From our organizers:
Aquaponics is a closed-loop approach to sustainable agriculture in which fish, microbes, and plants form a mutually beneficial ecosystem. In this extensive 2-part class, you’ll gain a detailed overview from Yemi Amu, Founder of Oko Farms – NYC’s only outdoor aquaponics farm & education center. As each class focuses on a different element of aquaponics, you can sign up for both (via this page) or just one (follow the links to individual classes below).
Class 1 (Sat, Feb 2): Science & Biology
Learn the science behind aquaponics – the key to getting started.
- What considerations need to be taken into account to ensure a healthy operation?
- How does each living organism survive and add value to the larger ecosystem?
- How is balance achieved?
You’ll learn all this and more, from the comforts of AgTech X – New York’s only co-working lab dedicated to sustainable food & agriculture.
Class 2 (Sat, Feb 9): Best Practices & DIY Build
Start the day with an overview of best practices for managing an aquaponics operation. Then dive in by constructing two different DIY aquaponic systems. You’ll learn how to build these recirculating units out of simple materials under the guidance of Yemi Amu and her team at Oko Farms. Finally, you’ll leave with a full materials list and the confidence to get your own home system up and running.
About the Instructor
Yemi Amu is the co-founder of Oko Farms and the Farm Manager at the Moore Street Farm. She directs all of Oko Farms’ programs including education, design/build projects and community related activities. She has facilitated the creation and maintenance of 20 edible spaces (in NYC) at schools and community organizations including a rooftop farm in Crown Heights and a 1/4 acre farm at the Weeksville Heritage Center that included poultry and bees.