for Schools & Communities
Aquaponics for Tohoku is our community initiative to promote aquaponics as a viable alternative farming and aquaculture method in Tohoku, as well as donating micro aquaponics systems to local schools in this area.
This PDF explains the work that we are doing and what we are trying to achieve. It also outlines the AquaponicsforSchools initiative and how you can assist with that.
Aquaponics for Tohoku
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Aragon St-Charles wrote an article that was featured in the influential online blog 'Seedstock' - a site dedicated to introducing new and emergent technology in the field of agriculture. The article highlighted some of the difficulties and challenges of agriculture in Japan today, and changing consumer attitudes.
The article goes on to show how the time could be right for aquaponics to make its entrance to Japan and how it could be made to work. Please do take a look at this article on the website, as well as the many other very interesting articles there.
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In May of this year we delivered and installed a family aquaponics unit to an apartment in Tokyo that did not have a garden. The family wanted to grow their own food, but without a garden it was impossible. They had a stone backyard however that was absolutely fine for aquaponics.
Not needing soil is a huge bonus in Japan, where many people simply don't have access to a garden - but if you have some flat space the size of a small car - then you can do aquaponics! Click through to see photos of the installation and the progress after just a few weeks - you will be amazed!
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In April of this year we delivered and installed a hand-built aquaponics system in the elementary school at Yokohama International School. The year 4 children helped us put everything together and leanrt how to take care of the system - their job will now be to teach the year 1 children how to follow on in their footsteps.
This is a 220 litre fish tank system with a 200 litre growbed, and using a simple timed flood and drain system to deliver the nutrient-rich water to the plants. Please click somewhere on this panel to read more about the system and to see more photos.
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The Aquaponic Source, and the Aquaponic Gardening Forum are two of the biggest aquaponics websites in the world, and if you look closely you will now see that Japan Aquaponics is featured on both!
Owner of these sites, Sylvia Bernstein, was recently in Japan with her son, and so naturally they wanted to find out more about aquaponics in this country.
The Aquaponic Source discusses Aquaponics in Japan
AquaponicsforTohoku - Fundraiser in Tokyo
On March 27th Japan Aquaponics held an awareness and fundraising event in central Tokyo to promote aquaponics, and to discuss how aquaponics could be used in Tohoku.
The event was attended by a variety of individuals with all different backgrounds, but a genuine interest in aquaponics. Some were from a hydroponics background who are looking to move into aquaponics, others just interested in agriculture and sustainable issues. There were many questions and some very interesting discussions about aquaponics and everyone was extremely positive about the event.
In March this year Japan Aquaponics was invited to Yokohama International School to talk about aquaponics to about 6 classes which was nearly 100 students and staff.
The elementary school children in particular were really excited about aquaponics and loved seeing the fish playing in the micro aquaponics system that we brought to the school. They quickly understood the ideas of aquaponics and how it fits in with the environment and ecosystems.
Japan Aquaponics is looking forward to working with the school as we design and build their very own aquaponics system to be placed prominently in the elementary school in April.
AquaponicsforSchools - Yokohama International School
"The Organic View" on blogtalkradio usually has approximately 1 million listeners on the internet, and on February 7th they interviewed Sylvia Bernstein, one of the most well know proponents of aquaponics globally.
During the interview Sylvia discusses projects around the world and she mentioned the work that Japan Aquaponics is doing in Tohoku to help the local communities there after last year's earthquake. Japan Aquaponics is proud to note that Sylvia was a guest speaker at our recent event:
blogtalkradio discusses Aquaponics with Sylvia Bernstein
In January, 2012 Aragon St-Charles from Japan Aquaponics was invited to speak before the Australia & New Zealand Chamber of Commerce, Agricultural Committee. The presentation was about aquaponics in general, and the AquaponicsforTohoku initiative.
We really enjoyed speaking at this event and are looking forward to working with the ANZCCJ in the future. This is the write up of that event in their recent Newsletter. Please do take a look through this article as well as the other projects that the chamber is involved with.