The Aquaponics Association releases tentative schedule for its Putting Down Roots 2017 Conference

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Tentative Schedule

The Aquaponics Association 2017 Conference, Putting Down Roots, is about growing more of our food with aquaponics.  We will become the backbone of local food economies with efficient systems that can be placed anywhere, grow year-round, create jobs, save resources, and make us healthier.  The conference will help YOU put down roots in your community with aquaponics.

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Tentative Schedule, November 3-5:

FRIDAY 11/3/2017

Morning Rural Aquaponics Tour
“The Secret Aquaponic Build in the Forest,” is a 2K sq. ft. research and development aquaponic system that is currently being constructed. This prototype is being developed to bring commercial aquaponics to the Columbia River Gorge in Skamania County, WA. Limited tour space available.

Welcoming & Introduction Luncheon

Afternoon Sessions
Afternoon sessions run from approximately 12:30 to 6:00pm and feature separate tracks for Commercial Aquaponics, Applied Skills, Community Building, and STEM Education:

  • Local Food System Panel Discussion
    Lyf Gildersleeve, CEO, Flying Fish Company and Andre Uribe, Executive Chef at Bon Appetit at Willamette University 
  • Fighting Hunger Through Aquaponics
    Colin Cotton, AquaGrow Farms Supervisor, and Chris Hatch, Executive Director, The Mississauga Food Bank
  • Aquaponics in STEM around The World
    Phillip Thompson, Director, Seattle University Center for Environmental Justice and Sustainability
  • Not All Those Who Wander Are Lost: An Insight into Hacking the Global Food Economy
    Arvind Venkat, CEO, Waterfarmers 
  • Setting the Stage for Oregon: Sustainability Factors in Developing a Responsible Aqua Farming Program
    Jon Bonkoski, GIS Director, Ecotrust and John Moehl, Oregon Aquaculture Association 
  • The Redd on Salmon Street: Helping Build The Post-Industrial Food System
    Emma Sharer, Redd Operations Manager, Ecotrust 
  • Empowering Communities: Working with Schools, Marginalized Populations, and Other Non-Profits
    Kaben and Shelby Smallwood, Symbiotic Aquaponic 
  • Aquaponics: A Catalyst for Community Supported Innovation
    Kate Wildrick, Co-Founder / Paradigm Shifter, Ingenuity Innovation Center 
  • Probiotics and Fish Growth
    George Pate, Kentucky State University 
  • Bell Siphons; The Quest for a Reliable Auto-Siphon
    Rob Torcellini, Bigelow Brook Farms 
  • Social Media and Guerilla Marketing for Your Farm
    Nick Burton, State of the Soil 
  • One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish…Aquaponics in the Community College
    Julie Flegal-Smallwood, Grant Director/Professor of Agricultural Sustainability, Redlands Community College and Dee McKenna, Professor of Biology, Redlands Community College
  • Small Systems: Aquaponics Build and Demonstrations
    Meg Stout, Chair Emeritus, The Aquaponics Association; Author, Complete Idiot’s Guide to Aquaponic Gardening
  • Aquaponics & STEM Education National Trends: Strategic Implementation & Panel Discussion
    AquaplanetThe James Baldwin SchoolSymbiotic AquaponicSeattle UniversitySchoolGrownTeaching Institute for Excellence in STEM and more.

Networking Happy Hour

SATURDAY 11/4/2017

Morning Urban Aquaponics Tour
We’ll visit Live Local Organic, an urban aquaponic farm with 10K sq. ft. of growing space. This certified organic farm and supplies 71 individual stores and 10 retailers including Whole Foods and Safeway. Next, we’ll visit the Redd on Salmon, a food innovation center that is dedicated to supporting and growing emerging urban food producers. With over 20K sq. ft. of warehouse space, cold storage, aggregation, packaging, distribution and three commercial production kitchens, you will discover very innovative solutions and partnerships that are solving many issues around bringing food to the table (known as the “Last Mile”).

Afternoon Luncheon

Afternoon Sessions run from approximately 12:30 to 6:00pm and feature separate tracks for Commercial Aquaponics, Applied Skills, Community Building, and STEM Education:

Networking Happy Hour



Banquet Dinner
6:30 PM – 8:00 PM

Putting Down Global Roots

  • Going Viral; How Aquaponics Is Transforming the World
    Murray Hallam, CEO/ Founder, Practical Aquaponics 
  • Successful Aquaponic Systems in Rural Africa
    Phil Reasons, President, Aquasol International 
  • Further Development of Aquaponics Technology in Canada,
    Nick Savidov, Senior Research Scientist, Lethbridge College


SUNDAY 11/5/2017

Aquaponic Association Member Business Meeting

Individual Q&A Sessions

Afternoon Lunch

Closing Remarks

2:00 PM Conference Closing

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