Workshop:

Building Aquaponic Systems

with Saro van Cleynenbreugel

28 Nov 2021

Aquaponics is a sustainable food production system that combines the cultivation of vegetables and fish. It is one of the best ways to produce food in the city, because it hardly takes up any space. It is also a water efficient method of produce. As the fish excrement feeds the plants, and the plants clean the water for the fish, not a drop of water is wasted. In this workshop, you will learn how to build a miniponics system, a miniature, home-edition of the bigger aquaponics towers.

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Aquaponic system - Saro explaining how aquaponics works at a workshop. Here is a quick explanation: Aquaponics is a sustainable food production system that combines the cultivation of vegetables and fish. It is one of the best ways to produce food in the city, because it hardly takes up any space. The fish excrement feeds the plants, and the plants clean the water for the fish. In this way, not a drop is wasted. In this workshop participants learn how to build a miniponics system, a miniature, home-edition of the… Caroline Aravicius, Saro van Cleynenbreugel

What you will do

The workshop will start with a thorough introduction to aquaponics, while having a tour of the Dijkspark and the Aquaponics Garden. After the introduction, the group will start building an aquaponics farm together. After the workshop, you will know how to build an aquaponics system at home, how the ecosystem works, some of the basics of biology, some plumbing and a bit of carpentry.

What is aquaponics?

The 'Aquaponic Gardening Community' describes aquaponics as "the cultivation of fish and plants together in a constructed, recirculating ecosystem utilizing natural bacterial cycles to convert fish waste to plant nutrients. This is an environmentally friendly, natural food-growing method that harnesses the best attributes of aquaculture and hydroponics, without the need to discard any water or filtrate or add chemical fertilizer." The Mediamatic Aquaponics team is currently building an urban oasis based on this eco-friendly system, which you can come and visit during our open tours.

Tickets

Full price €95 | Discount €70
We give a discount to students, artists and Stadspas holders. If this applies to you we might ask to see your kvk nr/portfolio or student card for this option.

Information

28th of November, 12:00-16:30
We maintain a minimum of 6 participants.
Please note that, unless everyone speaks Dutch, this workshop will be held in English.
For questions please e-mail workshop@mediamatic.nl.

We are taking corona safety into account at our workshops.
Read our small print here.

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Participants starting on their top growbed - Caroline Aravicius, Saro van Cleynenbreugel

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Participant building the aquaponic system - Caroline Aravicius, Saro van Cleynenbreugel

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Participants starting on their top growbed - Caroline Aravicius, Saro van Cleynenbreugel

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Participants at the aquaponic system - Caroline Aravicius, Saro van Cleynenbreugel

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Participants at the aquaponic workshop - Caroline Aravicius, Saro van Cleynenbreugel

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Elise holding the start of a new miniponics system - During the Building Aquaponics Systems workshop

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Participants at the aquaponic workshop - Caroline Aravicius, Saro van Cleynenbreugel

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Participant using tools at the aquaponic workshop - Caroline Aravicius, Saro van Cleynenbreugel

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Tools at the aquaponic workshop - Caroline Aravicius, Saro van Cleynenbreugel

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Building Miniponics system as a team - During the Building Aquaponics Systems workshop

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Participant using tools at the aquaponic workshop - Caroline Aravicius, Saro van Cleynenbreugel

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Plants from the aquaponic system - Caroline Aravicius, Saro van Cleynenbreugel

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Participant at aquaponic workshop - Caroline Aravicius, Saro van Cleynenbreugel

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Participant admiring their finished aquaponic system - Caroline Aravicius, Saro van Cleynenbreugel

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Participant admiring the finished aquaponic system - Caroline Aravicius, Saro van Cleynenbreugel

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Max enjoys hands-on and practical projects - Participant at Building Aquaponic Systems workshop He was intrigued to join this workshop because he saw his friend experiment with aquaponics. This team leader of designers and frontend developers, is also very interested in sustainable ways to grow your own food. Max is interested in how to build aquaponics inside on a small scale and cultivate a small surface efficiently. There are many things that don’t grow outside, and this is a good solution for that.  Max joined the workshop with his friend as they have the same interest in learning how… Caroline Aravicius, Saro van Cleynenbreugel

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Oscar is looking for great ways to grow veggies and herbs on a small surface - Participant at Building Aquaponic Systems workshop Professionally, Oscar designs websites and applications, but in his spare time, he likes to experiment with hydroponics systems! During the process of building hydroponics, Oscar came across aquaponics and thought it would be awesome to know more about that as well. So, he found himself in this workshop. This is an enjoyable hobby for Oscar as he doesn’t have access to a big garden and aquaponics is a great way to grow veggies and herbs on a small surface. He likes the combination between… Caroline Aravicius, Saro van Cleynenbreugel

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Anna incorporating nature in urban areas - Participant at Building Aquaponic Systems workshop As a Biology major, Anna has a natural interest in the aquaponic system. She joined this workshop to learn more about the possibility of including more nature in urban areas since it's a complex thing to implement and bring to life. 🌱💧🛠 Anna enjoyed the combination of information on how the system works and the practical aspects of building that the workshop provided. "Building it yourself, so you see it in real life, I think that's really cool and you don't have that often”, Anna says.  Photo… Caroline Aravicius, Saro van Cleynenbreugel

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Guy loves to grow his own food - Participant at Building Aquaponic Systems workshop Guy is a restaurant owner in Amsterdam. He has multifaceted hobbies and this workshop touched upon everything he likes; tinkering with things, plumbing, growing things, electricity, animals, and food. “I just love learning new things,'' Guy shares.  Photo credits: Caroline Aravicius  Caroline Aravicius, Saro van Cleynenbreugel