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Small Scale Home Aquaponics VICTORIA, BC

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Aug 2, 2016 - Aug 26, 2016


Fernwood Community Centre

happy chard aquaponics

Date: May 2 2014 – 18:30 – May 3 2014 – 17:00


Javan here with Permaculture BC, I have a few questions for you:

Does it take a lot of ATTENTION or a lot of MONEY to run a successful home scale aquaponics system?

Where does one start with a PASSION for LOCAL VEGETABLES and FISH but perhaps NOT A LOT OF SPACE?

What are the KEY PRINCIPLES and components to make a SUCCESSFUL AQUAPONICS SYSTEM?

Until I spoke with Jodi Peters and Jeff Radke I didn’t know the answers however, these three questions and much more will be discussed and offered at this day and half workshop all on home scale aquaponics systems.

Over the course of the workshop Jodi Peters and Jeff Radke will:

  • -describe all the key elements/functions of any aquaponics system
  • -discuss the different material options for supporting these functions
  • -present 5 aquaponics systems they have experience with
  • -and create a template for a community to work with to guide themselves through the process of building their own system.

Here’s what Jodi has to say about learning how to grow fish and vegetables together:

“I firmly believe that the best outcomes with any aquaponics system are when the people who are going to use/maintain and benefit from the system are the ones that plan it and build it. That way, they are making the key decisions about each component, knowing what their capacities are and their goals, rather than translating goals/capacities to an outside consultant, like myself, and receiving, in return, all the planning done. These systems require a great deal of ongoing troubleshooting – no matter how simple – and if the people that planned and built the system are the ones maintaining it – this is WAY easier – and they will be way more empowered by the whole process. It’s the idea that you don’t really own a technology if you don’t know how to fix it when broken. And if you actually built it, you will way better at fixing it!”

This is empowerment through community planning, organizing and installation. Building food systems and people systems at the same time.


Friday May 2 2014, 630 – 8:30 pm

Saturday May 3 2014, 9:30 am – 4:30 pm


Fernwood Community Centre

1240 Gladstone Avenue,

Victoria, BC V8T 1G6

Free parking is available on both sides of the street in front of the community centre. There is also free parking on Pembroke St on the side next to William Stevenson Park. There are a couple parking lots on Gladstone Avenue that are connected to Victoria High School. These may be free in the evening and could also be used.


Early Early Bird (gets twice as many worms!)

$110 + GST February 1 – February 28, 2014

Early Bird (really does get the worm…)

$130 + GST March 1 – March 31, 2014

Regular Cost

$150 + GST April 1 – May 2, 2014

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If you have to cancel there is a non-refundable $65 + GST fee for this workshop.

Click here to learn more about our refund policy.

Class Schedule


Introduction: Easing into the Waters

Evening – Basic Principles, Case Studies of 5 Different Systems, Do’s and Don’ts, Best online resources you don’t want to miss, Where the best quality information can be found to learn more


Making the System Happen: Planning, Designing

Morning – Defining goals. Identifying key people, Mapping community resources, Time Management for Sourcing Material, Installation, Site Review, System Start Up,

Making the System Run: Implementation and Maintenance

Afternoon – Drafting Plans – What’s Needed, Material Lists – What don’t you Need, Action Timelines – What is essential to do and when?, Ensuring a Complete and Functioning System with Happy Plants and Happy Fish


After the workshop with Jodi and Jeff is completed, Jesse of Victoria Aquaponics is giving a guided tour of the aquapnoics system he’s been developing at Mason Street Farm.

This course may be for you if:

  • – you’ve been looking at aquaponics for awhile and were hesitate to begin without experienced education
  • – you see the problems with contaminated fish and want to produce a local, healthy source of fish protein
  • – you taste the difference in locally sourced, organic food
  • – you’re ready to try designing a system and making aquaponics happen on your own or with your community

With all of the interest in aquaponics in recent months it’s exciting to get started experimenting with small systems, but mistakes can be costly, join not one but two instructors for a workshop that is packed with what to and what not to do from two people who’ve been where you’re headed before.

We hope to see you in class.

Be Fruitful and Mulch Apply,

Javan “Fish and Kale” Bernakevitch

Click here to register.