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Yes, we’re still growing vegetables!

Posted on 10.25.16 under Anekona, aquaponics, organic vegetables

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Small farmers are turning to aquaponics and hydroponics in droves. These have a proven record of safe and guaranteed pesticide-free production. And far from being “sterile,” studies overwhelmingly show beneficial, disease-fighting root flora– a staple of organics– in aquaponics and hydro.

Water use is 1/10 to 1/100th of growing the same food in soil. Finally, aquaponics and hydro are especially beneficial for helping to create new farmers and support the new field of urban agriculture because you don’t have to own land to use them.

In spite of these advantages, the USDA, through its National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) is considering banning aquaponics and organic hydro (hydroponics using organic nutrient sources) from organic farming certification.

Brass, Bronze, and Stone

Posted on 08.29.15 under aquaponics

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Found at the annual Feutrier Flea Market on the last day of June. Got a handful of these brass pieces for 10€

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The bronze glass mold with was made by Ken Ibaraki in the late 70s. Brass piece from the Feutrier flea market

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This pōhaku ku‘i ‘ai (stone poi pounder) was found at Anekona Farms. This is the second one found here. Unfortunately, the first one was lost, misplaced, or stolen…

There are mysterious sculptural artifacts placed in trees throughout the property.

Anekona Farms is ready to ship!

Posted on 08.13.15 under aquaponics

With manager Ron Ganga, Anekona Farms has taken a firm step forward.
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We have some great, sweet vegetables!

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The vegetables are fed by these beasts — and the nitrifying bacteria in the system.

tilapia feeding from Malcolm Wong on Vimeo.

Anekona takes it’s next step forward

Posted on 06.14.15 under aquaponics, Aquaponics No Ka Oi, Friendly Aquaponics, Larry Yonashiro, Tim Mann

While it may seem odd to have an small commerical aquaponics facility on a site devoted to a story set in a desert, that’s just the way it is. In fact, aquaponics might be one possible solution for the water shortage in the deserts of the American Southwest. It uses less than 10% of the water that traditional dirt farming requires. The water is pumped back into the fish tanks after running through the troughs growing the vegetables.

The infrastructure for Anekona Aquaponics was constructed based mostly on plans drawn by Tim Mann at Friendly Aquaponics in Honakaa, Big Island. Walter and Bryson Wildco Construction built these structures

Larry Yonashiro of Aquaponics No Ka Oi in Kahului, Maui, my mentor, also learned at Friendly, so we are part of the Friendly Tree.
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Ron Ganga is now the managing partner for Anekona and are going to take this to the next level.
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Ron has an Associates degree from Maui College and wrote his thesis on aquaponics. Exciting times!
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Meanwhile, back at the aquaponics

Posted on 04.15.15 under aquaponics

Things are settling into a nice rhythm with the pH steady in the mid-to-low 6’s with the regular addition of a bit of calcium and weekly dose of iron.

G’ma helps out a few short months after getting a quadruple bypass.

The pineapple experiment. This will take a long time to mature, much longer than the 6 week cycle for lettuce.

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