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20 Jul 2012

Building An Aquaculture Garden at Castlemont High School

Hello, everyone. My name is Gloria "Jack" Mejia-Cuellar and I am 18 years old. I am a twin and daughter of immigrant parents from El Salvador and Mexico. I was born and raised in Oakland, Calif. I am a debater, a graphic designer, a journalist, and an advocate. I became...

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20 Jul 2012

Less labor, more results

I am Kim Mejia-Cuellar, an 18 year-old in Oakland, Calif. who had the opportunity to participate in the program Youth Greening Oakland. Under the leadership of Eric from Kijani Grows, I learned how to build an aquaponics garden. This is a garden that does not use soil. Instead, the YGO...

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12 Jul 2012

howto build a smart aquaponics garden: (100)

It's always fun as conceptual ideas coming together through computer designs start taking physical form in real life. As dreams materialize into reality. Growbed materials are laid out below: Grow bed frame coming together There is another simpson tie under the 4x4; The school gardens are coming together.  

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10 Jul 2012

howto build a smart aquaponics garden: (11)

The key design drivers are safety, functionality and beauty. The integrity of all materials is paramount. ACX plywood is recommended for the liquid liner. Cured vertical grain lumber does not warp and is so sensual. Yes, it is possible to build a place to irrigate plants using fish water for...

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06 Jul 2012

howto build a smart aquaponics garden: (10)

A materials cut list is useful. I have transitioned a lot in terms of thoughts on how to model efficient workshops and production processes. I no longer have a physical workshop. In fact I have no carpentry skills considering I work with wood a lot. My favorite tool is a...

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06 Jul 2012

howto build a smart aquaponics garden: (1)

After breaking lots of gardens (some by earthquakes) and observing the way big structures go up, the focus is on designing a strong frame that we can dress up anyway we want - similar to sky scrappers, bridges or even satellites. Wooden joints are not strong enough for the mechanical...

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04 Jul 2012

howto build a smart aquaponics garden: (0)

You need a well thought out design, especially for the things you cannot see - the bacteria. That means correctly sized aquaculture components, proper mechanical and biological filtration, and sufficiently sized hydroponic garden. To cut a long design story short, we will be using a media based reciprocating system with...

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03 Jul 2012

One School One Garden

We start our new educational program on 7/15 with a school in Oakland and Guatemala.  As promised at 100 'likes' we would  explain how to build a smart aquaponics garden. We decided a fun way to dive further into smart garden design is through an educational program. This is only...

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30 Jun 2012

Wiring An Actuator Valve

Actuator valves run on 24 volts ac (alternative current) and are used to electro-mechanically move the 3-way valve which activates the indexing valve. Generally one has to flip the power to get motion in either direction. I use single pole double throw relays and open collectors within the Smart Controller...

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30 Jun 2012

Aquaponics Process Control

Another alternative to the common siphon and float switch configurations is to use indexing valves for multiple grow beds. These have one water inlet and multiple outlets. Water from the inlet only flows through one of the outlets. Which outlet depends on an index. Indexes rotate and are changed by...

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