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Aquaponics Immersion Course

July 19, 2014 @ 8:00 am - July 20, 2014 @ 3:00 pm

| $295

in beautiful Longmont, Colorado

Boulder Colorado


Grow your own organic fish and vegetables year round with
No weeding, No watering, No fertilizing, No back breaking labor

Do you have the Aquaponic bug, want to jump right in, but don’t know where to start? This is the course for you. Come to our facility in Longmont CO for a full Aquaponic Immersion weekend. During this course you will learn the what, the how and the why of aquaponics, plus participate in extensive hands-on sessions to build your understanding and skills.

I’ve watched dozens of videos on how to put together an aquaponics system, and it never “clicked” until now. Being here, watching a system go together in front of my eyes, made all the difference in the world. I can absolutely go home and do this now. I can’t wait! The Aquaponics Immersion Course is the best thing I could have possibly done to get my system launched and launched right.

Karen Linamen
Author/Speaker at KarenLinamen.com
In these sessions you will learn how to build your own three-bed aquaponic system – using either IBC totes or specially made grow beds. We aim to minimize the time in class and maximize the time spent with demonstrating and learning through doing. You will walk away with new knowledge, practice and understanding, an aquaponics T-shirt as well as our comprehensive course materials and ongoing support.
  • Learn EVERYTHING you need to know to set up, start up, and successfully grow an Aquaponic Garden in your home (inside or out)
  • Only $350 for 14 hours of expert instruction!
  • Couples are $50 off! (You will be asked to share course materials.)
  • Small class size
  • Actually build an aquaponics system during this class
  • Taught by experts in home, media-based aquaponic gardening
  • Thinking about buying a system? You will receive a 15% off coupon on full systems and plumbing kits for attending this course!

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Workshop Agenda

Day 1 – Systems (“hardware”) focus

  • Morning – classroom with Sylvia Bernstein
    • 8:00 – 8:30 Group Introductions
    • 8:30 – 1:00
      • Introduction to Aquaponics
        • What is it, how is it applied, differences and benefits to traditional methods
        • System types, introduction to various aquaponic techniques
        • Media system design options
        • Locating your system, environment, climate
      • Hardware
        • Grow beds
        • Fish tanks
        • Sump tanks
        • Grow media
        • Pumps
        • Aeration
        • Plumbing grow beds – timers
        • Plumbing grow beds – bell siphons
        • Grow lights
        • Hybrid system design
        • Backup Systems design and integration
    • 1:00 – 2:00 – Lunch (included)
  • Afternoon – hands on with Robbie the Plumber and Matt the AquaEngineer
    • 2:00 – 4:00 Hands on training in all aspects of system design and assembly including
      • Hands-On Build Sessions
      • Preparing the fish tank, sump and grow beds
      • Leveling and system layout
      • Plumbing and pump installation
      • Media, water and leak checking
  • 5:00 – Class dinner at Oskar Blues Brewery (optional, not included in the course price)

Day 2 – Living elements (“software”) focus

  • Morning – classroom with Sylvia Bernstein
    • 8:00 – 8:30 Questions and Review
    • 8:30 – 12:30 Aquaponic Gardening Living Elements
      • Software
        • Fish. Species selection, feeding and care
        • Plants selection, starting and care
        • Bacteria and worms
        • Basics of Insect and pest management
        • Plant nutrients and supplementation
        • Fish harvesting and processing
      • Integration
        • Cycling
        • Water testing
        • pH
        • System maintenance
    • 12:30 – 1:30 – Lunch (included)
  • Afternoon – hands on with Sylvia and Joanne the Plant Lady
    • 1:30 – 3:00 – Hands on training in all aspects of starting (cycling), planting and maintaining your aquaponics garden, including
      • Water testing – how to do it and what to look for
      • Planting – seed starting, taking cuttings and using plants from a nursery
      • Plant nutrient deficiency identification and treatment
      • Insect control – identifying and eliminating pests
      • Fish Harvesting and preparation
      • Maintenance – what to do, and how often to do it


  • Airport – Denver International (DIA)
  • Hotel – We are partnered with the Best Western Plus Plaza Hotel at 1900 Ken Pratt Blvd., Longmont, CO 80501. They are offering course registrants discounted rates (dependent upon occupancy levels) which include a free hot breakfast. Call 800-843-8240 to make reservations and mention The Aquaponic Source to receive the discounted rate.
  • Transportation – If you don’t have a car and are flying in we recommend taking Super Shuttle to and from the airport. We will arrange transportation from the hotel to our Learning Center, so there is no need to rent a car.


The closest campsites to our location are:

Other campsites can be found at Recreation.gov. Be sure to call the campsite in advance to make reservations, and check up on the latest conditions.

Cancellation Policy

  • Up to 30 days prior to the first day of the workshop – complete refund
  • 30 days to 1 week prior to the first day of the workshop – 50% refund
  • Less than one week prior to the first day of the workshop – no refund

(We reserve the right to cancel any class with less than 4 participants scheduled 48 hours before the scheduled start time. If your class is cancelled we will issue a full refund, or schedule you in another class. No children please.)


July 19, 2014 @ 8:00 am
July 20, 2014 @ 3:00 pm
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Aquaponic Source Headquarters
1860 Lefthand Circle, Suite E
Longmont, CO 80501 United States
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(303) 720-6604