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UHMC to offer unique aquaponics training for home and enterprise.

January 9, 2014
Maui Weekly

Learn how you can grow your protein and your veggies, too. Farmers and gardeners all over Maui are investing in systems that enable them to raise edible fish, and at the same time, vibrant vegetables. Either for personal consumption or for sale, these aquaponics systems feature fish that live on plants, that live on fish waste--the perfect symbiotic cycle.

In a time when ocean species may be suffering from over-fishing and contamination, freshwater, homegrown fish may provide an more viable and healthy source of protein, as well as a small-scale business opportunity. And on the vegetable-raising side, the fish provide homegrown fertilizer, freeing growers from costly imports.

The University of Hawai'i Maui College (UHMC) is offering an in-depth training in how to build and maintain a small-scale aquaponics system. The basics of water quality, system components, fish and plant species choices and the various types of systems will be covered.

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UHMC to offer unique aquaponics training for home and enterprise.

The training runs on four Saturday mornings, 9 a.m. to noon, from Feb. 1 to 22.

Instructor Bob Howerton is an aquaculture specialist with expertise in integrated agriculture-aquaculture systems, aquaponics and aquascience at UH.

To register for this agricultural opportunity, call EdVenture at 984-3231, or register online at (click on "Career Trainings").

Tuition assistance is available for most sole proprietors, businesses, employees and unemployed workers.

For more information, email



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