Learn to grow fish and plants together
Special to The Monitor
KAUFMAN–Kaufman County Master Gardeners present their Spring Seminar “Aquaponics: Growing Fish and Plants Together” at 9 a.m. Saturday Feb. 28, at Grace Fellowship Church in Oak Grove.
Aquaponics is a soil-free, herbicide-free, pesticide-free method for producing naturally-grown, healthy, fresh vegetables and fish locally.
While aquaponics is not really new, it is enjoying a resurgence of interest. Both commercial growers and home gardeners are attracted to aquaponics because it requires less space, only 5 percent water and up to 70 percent less energy than conventional gardens.
In addition, yields are higher and growing time is shorter.
Bay City Texas AgriLife Extension Center Extension Fisheries Program Specialist Peter Woods will discuss the difference between aqua- and hydroponics, the basic concepts of aquaponics, suitable plants and fish, and examples of some commercial operations.
Green Phoenix Farms in Mansfield Adam Cohen will discuss aquaponic systems suitable for the backyard gardener.
Grace Fellowship Church is located at 7650 FM 1388 in Oak Grove.
For more information, contact Sharon Burden at (972) 932-9069 or firstname.lastname@example.org.