It’s one thing to dabble with growing in your backyard, garage, or spare room, and chances are if you’ve done your homework, your aquaponics garden is highly productive. Perhaps productive enough you’ve got surplus that has been easy to sell. The next step in this scenario is toying with the idea of turning your hobby into a career, after all, gardening is fun and rewarding, so what a colossal way to earn a living!

The problem is that you’ve got a huge learning curve ahead of you. It’s a totally different world when you step out of your part time gardener shoes and into those of a full time farmer for profit. You’ve got some challenges ahead that you need to know how to address before they arise – not in the midst of a crisis. You’ll have a developed customer list, and probably commercial buyers like chefs and discerning grocers all depending on your reliability to deliver goods on schedule. Your aquaponics venture is now part of the chain of supply, and if you can’t fill the orders due to system difficulties… you could lose business. It’s hard enough to develop these connections in today’s overly competitive marketplace. The last thing you want to do is leave your customers with an empty bag. It’s not profitable for either of you.

For anyone interested in launching a commercial aquaponics business, even if you live outside the UK, you’ll want to attend the first course on your goal this summer. Doing so puts you in touch with the wisdom and knowledge of Dr. Wilson Lennard whose Aquaponic Solutions in Australia is world renown for highly successful cutting edge production methods. A scientist who entered aquaponic growing 14 years ago and perfected all aspects of maintaining optimum conditions for both fish and veg in his system known as Symbioponics, which has proven to be totally sustainable. Dr. Lennard has developed an aquaponic method that overcomes the common issues that reduce productivity, and compromise profitability on a business level.

He’s not the only keynote instructor at the UK’s first commercial aquaponics course. It’s a team effort with MacAlister Elliot and Partners who are seasoned sustainable fishery and aquaculture consultants. They work with fish farmers around the world.

As luck would have it, attending the course also puts you on location for the annual British Aquaponic Association meeting too. The BAQUA Aquaponic Conference takes place the day after the intensive learning course, allowing you to increase your knowledge, and meet all kinds of people in the industry without traveling elsewhere.

2-Day Intensive Course

The Commercial Aquaponic System Design & Business Workshop event will take place at Bicton EaRTH in Budleigh, Devon on 26-27 August, 2015. A Wednesday and Thursday event sure to supply you with what you need to launch armed with the knowledge you need to be a successful, and sustainable commercial grower. The BAQUA conference is on Friday from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm.

This is not just another basic session on how to build a system. There’s a lot more you need to know if you’re going to succeed, and this aquaponics workshop promises to offer just what you need to become financially sustainable.

[alert type=white ]”Many aquaponics based courses concentrate on the basic principles of the systems and provide no real insight to detailed design. This workshop is designed to teach people the engineering and management knowledge and skills required to design and construct their own commercial aquaponics system and provide the business knowledge and understanding that is required to make aquaponics a commercial reality.

Students will be provided with a set of design tools and mathematical models to correctly size all of the components in a modern, fully recirculating commercial aquaponic system.” – Dr. Wilson Lennard[/alert]

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Tammy Clayton

Tammy Clayton

Contributing Writer at Garden Culture Magazine
Tammy has been immersed in the world of plants and growing since her first job as an assistant weeder at the tender age of 8. Heavily influenced by a former life as a landscape designer and nursery owner, she swears good looking plants follow her home.
Tammy Clayton