Eastern to offer Aquaponics certificate course Feb. 17


WILBURTON, OK (Jan. 30, 2018) – Eastern Oklahoma State College will host a one-day aquaponics certificate class on Saturday, Feb. 17 in Wilburton. The class is 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and will be presented by EOSC faculty in conjunction with Symbiotic Aquaponic, a nationally-recognized company.

Aquaponic agriculture is an innovative method of growing all-natural produce and fish using a re-circulating water system. Using this approach, water from the fish habitat provides the necessary nutrients for growing a variety of plants and crops including tomatoes, leafy greens, strawberries, herbs and flowers. As the plants develop, they act as a filter purifying the water for the fish.

Several aspects of aquaponic agriculture, including reduced water usage and increased crop yields, have resulted in a growing interest throughout the region indicates Kaben Smallwood, Symbiotic Aquaponic CEO and co-owner and EOSC Business Administration professor.

“Aquaponics is especially valuable in places like Oklahoma where drought and water shortage are constant concerns,” Smallwood said. “Our patent-pending aquaponic systems use approximately 5 percent the amount of water in traditional agriculture and can be operated by the hobbyist home-gardener or professional farmers in a commercial setting.”

The class will provide an introduction to aquaponics with system designs, scientific principals in action and a suggested selection of plant and fish species to be covered. Course participants will engage in classroom-style discussions while gaining hands-on experience in one of Eastern’s recently completed greenhouses. For lunch, participants will sample produce grown in Eastern’s own aquaponic system.

The class will cost $75 through Feb. 8 and $99 through Feb. 13. Late registration will cost $125 with T-shirts available on a first come, first served basis. Special rates are available for groups of four or more. More information is available at symbioticaquaponic.com, including registration and online payment. Please contact kaben@symbioticaquaponic.com for all other inquiries.

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