Herring Gut Learning Center will host a two-day workshop on hobby scale aquaponics Saturday, July 16 and Sunday, July 17 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Aquaponics is the cultivation of plants and aquatic animals in a re-circulating environment. A combination of aquaculture and hydroponics, aquaponics pairs fish and plants in one integrated system. Fish waste provides a food source for the growing plants and the plants provide a natural filter for the water the fish live in. This creates a sustainable ecosystem where both plants and fish can thrive. A small aquaponics system utilizing a ten-gallon fish tank can produce up to eight heads of lettuce in just four to six weeks.

The workshop is for anyone who would like to learn more about aquaponics and for those interested in setting up a small system for personal use. Hands-on activities will take place in the Herring Gut tilapia hatchery, greenhouse and classroom. Topics will include: an overview and history of aquaponics, system components and design, water quality, fish and plants, systems management, and daily operations.

Optional housing at Herring Gut’s historic farm house is available for the evenings of July 15, 16 and 17. Breakfast, a bag lunch each day and course materials are included. For more information and to register: herringgut.org, info@herringgut.org or call 372-8677.