Eastern Field Day event to focus on aquaponics, horticulture and gardening


Eastern students Kathy White (left) and Shelly Joiner work in the Aquaponics beds in the college’s greenhouse.
WILBURTON, OK (Feb. 27, 2014) – Eastern Oklahoma State College will host a free workshop on Saturday, March 15 that focuses on aquaponics and current topics in horticulture and gardening.

The Aquaponics/Horticulture Field Day begins at 10 a.m. in the Eastern Greenhouse located on the south side of Highway 270, next to the Goddard Livestock Show Arena. The event, which is open to the public, is presented by the Eastern Agriculture Division. Lunch will be provided.

Aquaponics is a new farming technology which combines the century-old method of hydroponics with aquaculture in a closed-in water system. It is a sustainable agriculture technique in which fish and plants grow together in the same environment. The recirculating water system produces all-natural plants without the use of soil and eliminates the need for additives, fertilizers and other chemicals.

EOSC professor Dr. Kaben Smallwood and his brother, Shelby Smallwood, co-owners of Symbiotic Aquaponic, LLC, will present a session on the science of aquaponics and system designs. Horticulture instructor Penny Raspotnik and her students will discuss their experience with Eastern’s aquaponics system. Finally, Dr. Jim Shrefler, OSU Extension area horticulture specialist, will discuss current topics and issues in horticulture and home gardening.

There is no charge for the event, however registration is encouraged. To register or for additional information, contact Rhonda Price at rprice@eosc.edu or 918-465-1724.

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