Aquaponics Association Annual Conference | Tuscon, AZ

The Third Annual Aquaponics Association in Tucson, AZ was an absolute blast and an extremely worthwhile event. It all started with Friday’s tours that were nothing less than outstanding. The farm at Manzo Elementary showed what the power of one can do even in a system like Arizona’s school board. The Univ of AZ showed the aquaponics research being done by their students. Casey’s homestead was a great example of what can be accomplished on a backyard level from not only aquaponics, but also rabbits and chickens. Local Roots showed how much you can grow in a small footprint using IBCs, including corn. Saturday and Sunday brought were tons of workshops and presentations ranging from backyard to community gardens to aquaponics in the schools to commercial applications. Max Myers brought his innovative permaculture designs in a vibrant presentation and Joel Salatin brought his humor about farming in today’s big Ag environment.  A big congrats to Gina Caveliero, Chris Schup, and Casey Townsend and their team for pulling off a spectacular event!

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Tim & Astrid with Joel Salatin after his presentation on Sunday. Joel Salatin is the “father of pastured poultry” and author of numerous books, including Folks, This Ain’t Normal: A Farmer’s Advice for Happier Hens, Healthier People, and a Better World,Everything I Want To Do Is Illegal: War Stories from the Local Food Front and Pastured Poultry Profit$.

Joel, Astrid, Tim (L to R)

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Tim at University of Arizona