Let us know your interest without obligation and we will inform you as and when courses will be run, as these courses are dependent upon the level of interest shown. For more info contact: URBANAG
Small Commercial Aquaponics - 5 day Intensive
LEARN ALL YOU NEED TO START YOUR OWN AQUAPONICS BUSINESS. Venue: C.A.S.T in Kingsley Cheshire WA6 Start date: t.b.a in September2019
This is a highly intensive intermediate to advanced level practical course with some very long and full days so ideally you should have completed the "AQUAPONICS Introduction Weekend", but if not extra support can be arranged to ensure you have the basics covered early on in the course. You will have a mixture of time spent in the classroom with interactive lectures and practical sessions on our small teaching AP system, as well as hands-on opportunities on the build of our new commercial scale cold water Aquaponics system at the C.A.S.T farm. Built into the course are series of flexible classes where we can also critique (pro/con analysis) many of the other successful larger scale AP sys in operation around the world, that will allow you to get the specific information you need to equip you to start your own project at a commercial scale.
Out of class support – IT communications to answer any questions, enquiries etc. learners may have leading up to, during and the post course period. Support materials – Pre supplied notes and access to our Urbanag library.
Business Start-Up Option: For organisations this five day course will be working in groups, that can then be followed up with regular individualised business start-up coaching sessions over the following months to get you enterprise started.
Price = £650 for organisations or £475 for individuals. (we usually have a few concession places for low and unwaged)
Note price does not include overnight accommodation or evening meals. The course price does includes snack and light refreshments (tea and coffee) during the day. On-site camping options are available on request.
Course booking via : t.b.a. For more info contact: URBANAG
C.A.S.T - Community Aquaponics Smallholding & Training Facility The Hatch Roddy Lane, Kingsley FRODSHAM, CheshireWA6 8HG United Kingdom
So why Aquaponics ?
Aquaponics is the combination of aquaculture (the fastest growing sector of agriculture) and hydroponics (soil-less pant culture).
Aquaponics can be done anywhere, meeting the growing demand for fresh, local vegetables and fish in our cities and urban areas.
Crops are grown with less water and less labour, and are free from pesticides, herbicides, and chemical fertilizers.
Aquaponics is sustainable and can be profitable so its is the farming of the future TODAY.
We have built each of these courses as a series of modules that will allow you to get the specific information and hands on experience that will equip you to start your own project.
A dozen key modules that Urbanag's Aquaponics courses can cover :
Advantages and Disadvantages of Aquaponics
What is Aquaponics its History and Relevance Today
Science of Animal and Plant Growth
Biofilters and the Nitrogen Cycle
Water Quality and Chemistry for Maintenance, Monitoring and Adjustment
Aquaponics System Design Options
Equipment: Hobby and Commercial Sized
Design of Family Sized Low Cost Aquaponics System
Doing a Cost Benefit Analysis
Practical design and build of tanks, pipework, pumps, and electrics
Setup and Managing a Commercial Aquaponics Venture
Introduction to Aquaponics Weekend - May 2019
Venue: C.A.S.T in Kingsley Cheshire WA6 Weekend Course (Sat/Sun) Start dates: Sat 25th May2018
This is our fully updated weekend 2 day course with lots of fresh up to date content and so will be a packed weekend from 09:30 on Saturday 25th through to 15:30 Sunday 26th May 2019, with possibility of evening group session allowing time for informal work and discussions as well as a communal meal on the Saturday.
You will learn the essentials of Aquaponics by:
designing a system best suited to UK needs
selecting plants to grow
learning how to care for fish
essentials of system plumbing and wiring
This is an introductory level course which should inform you well enough to construct your own home system or be a school aquaponics demonstration system for STEM learning opportunities There will be a mixture of time spent in the classroom with lectures and hands-on practical sessions as well as looking at our planned new Aquaponics system being built at the farm.
Let URBANAG at C.A.S.T help you find out more about Aquaponic growing systems and if it might be right for your backyard, garden, or farming operation.
Price = £95 (we usually have a few concession places for low and unwaged)
Low wage / no wage = £ 45.00
11-16 years (accompanied) = £ 15.00
The course price includes a midday snack and light refreshments (tea and coffee) during the day. Note it does not include overnight accommodation or evening meals.
Please contact us regarding overnight accommodation options.
This two-day weekend course will run from 09:30am to 5:00pm with the group sessions also allowing time for informal work and discussions. Learn the essentials of Aquaponics by designing a system best suited to your needs, selecting plants to grow, see how to care for fish, and do system plumbing. There will be a mixture of time spent in the classroom with lectures and practical sessions as well as looking at our aquaponics system on the farm.
Price = £95 (we usually have a few concession places for low and unwaged) The course price includes light refreshments (tea and coffee) during the day, but bringing a packed lunch advised.
Student needs recording/note taking facilities and clothing for short periods outdoors.
A 5 day Intensive Summer Course Venue: Frodsham Start dates: Summer & Autumn 2018
This five-day course will run from 10am - 5pm on Monday to Friday with the sessions allowing plenty of time for breaks for informal work and discussions. You will have a mixture of time spent in the classroom with lectures and practical sessions as well as looking at our aquaponics system on the farm. Built into the course are series of flexible classes that allow you to get the specific information you need to equip you to start your own project be it hobby or commercial. Out of class support – IT communications to answer any questions, enquiries etc. learners may have leading up to, during and the post course period. Support materials – Pre supplied notes and access to our Urbanag library automatic.
Price = £650 / £475 / £245 (we usually have a few concession places for low and unwaged) The course price includes light refreshments (tea and coffee) during the day. Note it does not include overnight accommodation or meals.
This course will be run over 5 weeks as weekly 2 hour long sessions. Venue: various. Start dates: various
The basics of Aquaponics can be made quite simple, and if practised following a few guiding principles excellent growing conditions for both fish and plants are achieved so you can grow excellent clean, nutrient dense produce and fish at home. Built into the structured course are a series of flexible classes that allow you to get the specific practical information you need to equip you to start your own aquaponics project. Support materials will be provided as hand-outs and access to the Urbanag online library.
Price = £125 (we usually have a few concession places for low and unwaged)
There are three methods by which Urbanag deliver training courses, and by offering this variety of ways we hope we can accommodate individual and group needs.
The first method and one we think perhaps the most important is by developing training programmes based on community's needs. If your group is seeking to develop a project, say for example to set up an aquaponic system at the community centre, and thinks it needs training to be able to realise the idea we can design training programmes suit. In other words you come to us with training requests which we can then provide support for. This can include should it be needed assistance in gaining the funds to do the project and training. This method has been very successful for a number of groups.
The second way is for Urbanag to get funding that allows us to lay on training programmes, usually free of charge. Again this method has led to a number of successful programmes being delivered although such funding is harder to come by today than it has been in the past. We will of course any such programmes on our website and through social media as well as through the sites of those organisations who support and promote our work.
The third way is courses which we hope will attract people who have the resources to cover there costs for attendance. Because we want to keep charges to a minimum we can only run these courses if we get a minimum number of learners. In order to gain recruits we seek to be a flexible as possible in the times, venues etc. for these courses.
Finally although not training as such we do know that groups have used our publications, a list is given elsewhere on this site, to train themselves. If you let us know what other publications you think we should consider publishing please let us know for although we cant guarantee publication we are always mindful of peoples needs and try to respond accordingly.
Previous Courses :-
Examples of our previous courses so if you are interested in something similar please contact us via email.