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WEI’s aquaponic certificate training class is an eight month hands-on course that runs from October through May, meeting every second Sunday of the month. This is the 2nd of 3 possible intro classes to choose from. This class which will follow an annual aquaponic cycle, from fingerlings to mature yellow perch, beginning with a basic introduction to aquaponics and aquaculture.

Aquaponics is the art and science for the cultivation of fish and plants together in a constructed, re-circulating closed loop  eco-system utilizing natural bacterial cycles to convert fish wastes to plant nutrients.  WEI’s aquaponic certificate training is a eight month hands-on course which will follow an annual aquaponic cycle, from fingerlings to mature yellow perch. The class will begin with a basics in aquaponics and aquaculture.  Each month we will explore a new topic of study as it relates to aquaponics. The topics will range from aquaponic water chemistry and fish ecology, design and equipment for aquaponic tubs, fish and plant health, planting techniques for growing aquaponic vegetables, system maintenance and equilibrium, equipment resources, lighting/energy efficiency, spawning and fish ribbons,  harvesting and market planning, and regulations for aquaponic farming in Minnesota. Graduates with a full certificate will be able to apply for job positions in the growing aquaponic industry or pursue further training and degrees in the field of aquaculture or join in world-wide aquaponic protein and nutrient production organizations working  nutrition impoverished communities.

Certification, Credit Status and Description:

WEI will offer an Aquaponic Farming  Certificate for students who comprehend the material in all eight classes, participate in hands-on learning experiences, and successfully complete take home questions related to readings and class notes.  The Certificate is optional for all registered students, but especially available to students looking for jobs and careers in the aquaculture industry.  Credit status may be open to adult education credits transferable to selected institutions of higher education

Intro to Aquaponics Time and Location:  Intro to Aquaponics will be held at Gandhi Mahal, 3009 27th Ave S, South Minneapolis, Oct 14 or Oct 21 (map) or Oct 23 at Peterson’s Mill, 38964 Branch Ave, North Branch, MN (map).

Date, Time and Location of Regular Classes: Classes will happen on the second Sunday of every month from November – May, from  1:30 pm to 4:00 pm. All of these regular classes will be held at Amador Hill Farm, 15715 River Road, North Branch.(map). Gandhi Mahal will serve as a back-up location should weather prevent access to Amador Hill Farm (you will be given 24 hours notice, via email, of any location changes). 

Course Schedule:

Intro Course Fee $35

All of the remaining  classes will meet at WEI’s Amador Hill Farm 1:30-4:00

•November 11, 2018: System Design and Components/Starting your Home Aquaponic System 1:30-4:00

•December 9, 2018: Fish Husbandry and Plant Care 1:30-4:00

•January 13, 2019: Water chemistry 1:30-4:00

•February 10, 2019: Marketing and Rules and Regulations 1:30-4:00

•March 10, 2019: Bio Filtration 1:30-4:00

• April 14, 2019: Off Season Production and Vertical Integration 1:30-4:00

• May 12, 2019: Shutting Down the System/Overview of Annual production 1:30-4:00


Registration Fee:
Full Package (all 8 classes)  $250  includes introductory class      
Half Package (choose any 4 of the 8 classes)  $175 included introductory class

Eligible for Friends of WEI discount: 10%

Students attending 7 of the 8 classes will receive a 
WEI Certificate in Aquaponic Farming  

OBJECTIVES of the Certificate Class: 

(1) Basic knowledge of Yellow Perch fish science

(2) AQ Fish and Greens Systems management

(3) System Design and Chemistry for AQ Farming

(4) Marketing and Regulations

(5) Experiential: Hands-on management of a four-season AQ systems

(6) Building a Home Aquaponic system