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Aquaponic Food Production Manual – DIY

Interested in getting started with Aquaponics? This is the official aquaponic food production manual released by the United Nations FAO.  It’s an amazing resource to save or print out.  All of the concerns with starting and maintaining an aquaponics system are covered in this manual.  It’s filled with relevant scientific…

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Pesticide Residue – Organic Vs Conventional Produce

Guy walking spaying pesticides

Be sure to save this post or print out the chart on the bottom if you’re interested in monitoring your exposure to pesticides in produce. Given the growing body of scientific evidence pointing to harm in pesticide use, consumers are becoming more concerned about the sources of their veggies and fruits. The…

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Radial Flow Solids Filter – Aquaponics Poop Solution

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If you have absolutely no idea what aquaponics is, or why we’re talking about poop here; check out our Aquaponics System In Costa Rica.  It’s a system that combines fish farming and growing plants without soil. Poop is the lifeblood of any aquaponics system.  The fish eat.  The fish poop.  Then,…

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6 Reasons to Grow Malabar Spinach

Red malabar vine spinach

1. It’s a Nutritious, Easy To Grow, Dual Purpose Veggie Malabar Spinach (Basella Alba) is high in Vitamin A and C as well as Iron and Calcium. It is low in calories but has a good protein/calories ratio, and plenty of soluble fiber.  It grows without much attention or care.…

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Water Hyacinth – Water Weed or Livestock Feed?

Eichhornia Crassipes (Water Hyacinth) According to the University of Florida, it’s labeled the “Worst Floating Weed“. If you’re not familiar, water hyacinth is a rapidly multiplying floating water plant.  It’s considered invasive in many countries and illegal in many US states.   In favorable conditions it can double in population every 12 days…

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Our Tropical Chicken House Design

The chickens have been the best addition to our sustainable food system yet.  We have 25 Rhode Island Reds and they produce around 20 eggs per day. They have an amazing ability to convert kitchen waste into eggs.  We feed them corn, larvae, water hyacinth and cuttings from the garden.…

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Gardening With The Terciopelo AKA Fer-de-Lance

Garden Buddies Ok….not quite buddies, but we could call them co-workers.  The Fer-de-Lance or “Terciopelo”, is one of the most dangerous snakes south of Texas.  The name means “velvet” in Spanish and is the common name used in Costa Rica.  It’s scientific name is the “Bothrops asper”. This snake is…

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