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Discounts offered for weekend aquaponics classes

Demonstration Aquaponcs systems grow fish and plants outside the Green Phoenix Farms headquarters in Mansfield, Texas.
Demonstration Aquaponcs systems grow fish and plants outside the Green Phoenix Farms headquarters in Mansfield, Texas.
Adrienne Cohen

Three of the most popular Aquaponics classes offered by Green Phoenix Farms are available at a reduced rate this coming weekend in celebration of the firm's recent move to new office/seminar/workshop space in Mansfield, Texas. On Saturday, May 24, the basic full-day introductory class and system-building workshop is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Two sessions on Sunday will focus on Aquaponic Plants and Animals in the morning, and on Vertical Aquaponics Systems in the afternoon.

The Aquaponics Learning Weekend has been a popular feature of Green Phoenix's classroom lineup in previous months, and provides a thorough overview and introduction to the possibilities available for local enthusiasts. All classes will be held at the Green Phoenix Farms location at 2214 FM1187, #9-104, Mansfield, Texas, 76063.

Green Phoenix Farms is a premier Aquaponics firm in the North Texas area, with an emphasis on education and systems design. Founder and President Adam Cohen is a graduate of Texas A&M University with degrees in Marine Biology and Marine Fisheries. He is a leading voice in the national community of Aquaponics experts, serving as vice president of the national Aquaponics Association. He is also a popular presenter and speaker at local and regional gatherings of growers and gardeners.

Cohen recently completed an intensive two-day educational seminar for educators in Santa Fe, NM, and is featured on the program of an Aquaponics Seminar in Bryan, Texas, this Friday, May 23, sponsored by Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service. Aquaponics is a closed loop method of growing fish and plants for mutual benefit. Although its history extends across centuries, it has only recently attracted attention as a viable alternative to traditional agricultural methods, spurred by concerns over supplying sufficient local food for the world's growing populations and the need for sustainable, efficient growing methods. The all-natural method can be adapted for backyard systems as well as major commercial production, and uses minimal levels of power and water.

Because of the symbiotic relationship between fish and the plants, no additives, fertilizers or chemicals are necessary. Growth is completely natural, with growth rates typically surpassing that of traditional soil gardens. According to Cohen, the systems can be adapted easily for the North Texas climate, and there are species of fish and numerous plants that will thrive in most seasons in the Metroplex area. He notes that "shade cloth" can be an important consideration for any garden during the heat of the summer.

Saturday's AP101 class includes a morning classroom session on the basics of aquaponic gardening, and an introduction to all the terms and concepts including descriptions of simple backyard systems designed for at-home gardeners. Following a complementary lunch on site, class participants move to the adjacent workshop and participate in a hands-on building session that results in a "ready-to-grow" 2-barrel system. The full day class is offered at $90 per person, and includes a complete class manual and DIY instructions for building the system. The special 15% discount will be offered only for the May 24 class, for those who enroll here before Friday. The class is limited to 20 participants.

The 15% special offer is also good for the two classes on Sunday, May 25. Enroll here. Note that there is an incentive for attending both sessions on Sunday; also, couples who enroll at the same time receive a discounted enrollment. The special bonus is in addition to these incentives, and you must enter the promotional coupon code: aquaponics.

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