Aquaponics System Trial Run in Santa Teresa Costa Rica

Home-scale aquaponics system installation trial run video from Santa Teresa, Costa Rica at Olam Restaurant inside Nautilus Hotel. The system uses water pressure with one pump to operate. It also uses gravity fed grow tubes with a bio filter grow bed and a bell siphon.

The system is estimated to handle between 50 and 75 fish in different growth stages, and 100 small space vegetables with shorter root systems i.e., greens, and salad herbs plus tomatoes, chile and basil in the 5’x3′ grow bed that is 16 inches deep.
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Single IBC Tote Unit

  Aquaponic Systems

The Single IBC Tote System is one of the easiest systems to put together if you have the right tools available. One of the benefits to the system is that it will essentially come with a grow bed and fish tank once you cut the IBC tote.

Below is a list of items needed to build yourself a system.

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Garden Class at Little Feet Non Profit in Mal Pais

Our son started school down the street at little non profit preschool and has really been enjoying it. The school is an old house with two classes. Our son is in the younger class with around 15 kids who range between the age of 3 and 4 years old.

planting seeds

A couple of weeks ago our son’s teacher sent a notice home with the kids asking any parents to get involved if they had the time. I think a dad started teaching them futbol/soccer, and another parent is helping them stretch. My wife and I volunteered to teach a 30 minute garden class once a week on Thursday mornings. Yesterday was our first class and it was a lot of fun. We worked on the four main things you need for a seed to grow, soil, water, sun and love.
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Garden Coloring Pictures – Fun For Kids

Below are a couple of coloring pictures for kids to enjoy.

The top three most important elements for a good garden are Soil, Water & Sunlight

garden coloring picture

Farmer Ted, our mascot and the original Urban Fish Farmer

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Hacienda Okhra Project Building a Community

green house

Hacienda Okhra Project is a concept community created by Georges Lefebvre located in the tropical hills of Mal Pais on the Southern Nicola Peninsula in Costa Rica.

A little over a year ago Hacienda Okhra Project started developing natural hydroponic and organic gardens to begin providing local grown produce to the people in the surrounding communities. With a growing population of nationals and expats from all around the world the local communities had an abundance of culture –  but they lacked healthy produce, free of chemicals and insecticides.

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