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Aquaponic Gardening: A Step-by-Step Guide to Raising Vegetables and Fish Together Paperback – October 1, 2011
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I have always wanted to put my money where my mouth is and figure out how to do sustainable aquaculture in the context of my home garden. Finally I’ve got the book to help me do it. --Paul Greenberg - Best Selling Author, Four Fish: The Future of the Last Wild Food
This is a delightful book to read! ... I’ve been involved with hydroponics and aquaculture for 30 years and still learned from reading this very thorough how-to book. --Henry A. Robitaille, PhD - Former General Manager, The Land Exhibit, Epcot Center
Learning how to garden through the creation of a completely balanced ecosystem is now clearly understandable, even to inexperienced gardeners. -- Michael C. Metallo, President and CEO, National Gardening Association
Sylvia Bernstein has provided the "aquapons of the world" with a clear, impassioned, and elegant "Bible" to spread the good news about aquaponics. --James J. Godsil, co-founder Sweet Water Organics Sweet Water Foundation
Aquaponic Gardening is an excellent primer for anyone considering home-scale aquaculture. Whatever your location or methods, the information should prove invaluable. Fish are within reach! --Peter Bane, Publisher of Permaculture Activist magazine
Now the thousands of people who are discovering aquaponics every day have a resource for moving from the dream to the step-by-step reality of raising fish and food in their homes, yards, and even businesses. --John Thompson Sr. VP Sales and Marketing (and Basement and Backyard Aquaponist) AeroGrow International, Inc.
This book is a vital resource for urban homesteaders. --Sundari Kraft, author of "The Complete Idiot's Guide to Urban Homesteading"
The science is so well explained, it is easily understood. I am ready to start. I love this book! --Jeff Lowenfels, Author, "Teaming With Microbes"
" Aquaponic Gardening is an excellent primer for anyone considering home-scale aquaculture. Whatever your location or methods, the information should prove invaluable. Fish are within reach."
― Peter Bane, publisher, Permaculture Activist and author, The Permaculture Handbook
"This is a comprehensive handbook on how to grow real food, so meticulously documented, that failure is not an option."
― Jeff Edwards, president, Progressive Gardening Trade Association
"I have always wanted to figure out how to do sustainable aquaculture in the context of my home garden. Finally I've got the book to help me do it."
― Paul Greenberg, author, Four Fish: The Future of the Last Wild Food
"This is a delightful book to read! I've been involved with hydroponics and aquaculture for 30 years and still learned from reading this very thorough how-to book."
― Henry A. Robitaille, PhD, former general manager, The Land Exhibit, Epcot Center
"Learning how to garden through the creation of a completely balanced ecosystem is now clearly understandable, even to inexperienced gardeners."
― Michael C. Metallo, President and CEO, National Gardening Association
"Sylvia Bernstein has provided the "aquapons of the world" with a clear, impassioned, and elegant "Bible" to spread the good news about aquaponics."
― James J. Godsil, cofounder, Sweet Water Organics, Sweet Water Foundation
"Now the thousands of people who are discovering aquaponics every day have a resource for moving from the dream to the step-by-step reality of raising fish and food in their homes, yards, and even businesses."
― John Thompson, AeroGrow International, Inc.
"This book is a vital resource for urban homesteaders."
― Sundari Kraft, author, The Complete Idiot's Guide to Urban Homesteading
"The science is so well explained, it is easily understood. I am ready to start. I love this book."
― Jeff Lowenfels, author, Teaming With Microbes
"I believe that home-scale aquaponics will become as common as the backyard chicken coop as we move toward a regenerative future that has made food security a priority."
― Marco Chung- Shu Lam, Permaculture teacher, Environmental Studies Adjunct Faculty, Naropa University
"The book we've all been waiting for.... a truly comprehensive guide to all things aquaponic."
― Charlie Price, founder, Aquaponics UK
"Sylvia masterfully lays out the art of giving balance to an ecosystem of flora and fauna."
― Britta Riley, founder, Windowfarms.com
"For those of you who want to grow fish I definitely recommend this book as a simplified method of constructing and operating an aquaponic garden."
― Dr. Howard M. Resh, author, Hydroponic Food Production
"If you want to garden aquaponically, this is the one source that will guide you from start to finish while also taking you on a wonderful trip through Sylvia's own personal aquaponic journey."
― Gina Cavaliero, managing director, Green Acre Organics / Aquaponics Enterprises, Inc.
"Every time I enter Sylvia's aquaponic greenhouse, a powerful sense of inspired well-being envelops me almost instantly, and after reading Aquaponic Gardening , I understand why."
― Dr. Virginia F. Gurley MD, MPH, founder, Auraviva
"This book is easy to read and is packed with information that will be very useful to the beginner and advanced aquaponics practitioner alike."
― Murray Hallam, founder, Practical Aquaponics
"When it comes to the emerging field of aquaponics, Sylvia Bernstein is one of those inspired innovators you need to pay close attention to."
― Thomas Frey, DaVinci Institute
"A practical, easy-to-follow guide that takes the mystery out of aquaponics. Now everyone can grow their own food even if they do not have a green thumb."
― Ann Forsthoefel, former executive director, Portland Farmers Market
"It might take a little bit of time for the general public to catch up with us and other "early adopters," but when they do (and they will) this book is going to be the top book recommended to them by all who really know what they're talking about."
― Jesse Hull and Molly Stanek, Imagine Aquaponics
"My wish is that Sylvia's revolutionary "how to" aquaponic wisdom becomes an adopted approach to food cultivation."
― Matt McMullen, director, Facilities Management and Sustainability, University Corporation for Atmospheric Research
"Sylvia Bernstein's passion for aquaponics, and personal stake in the subject make this book an essential read for anyone interested in the concept of sustainably produced food."
― Marijke Peters, producer, Earth Beat, Radio Netherlands Worldwide
- Item Weight : 1.22 pounds
- ISBN-13 : 978-0865717015
- Paperback : 257 pages
- ISBN-10 : 086571701X
- Publisher : New Society Publishers; Original Edition (October 1, 2011)
- Product Dimensions : 7.25 x 0.58 x 9 inches
- Reading level : 16 and up
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #44,577 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Issue 1: This book is subtitled as a “Step-by-Step Guide” but actually delves into principles rather than being exclusively a guide. If you’re looking for true step-by-step guides, you can find them on YouTube (including very good videos produced by the author) along with many websites. This book might not be for those who already know and understand the principles of aquaponics. For the impatient novice, I’d strongly suggest reading Aquaponic Gardening first so that you know why you’re doing things listed in those step-by-step guides.
Issue 2: This information is available for free on the web. True, but the author collected, organized, and summarized it in a way that most people (myself included) would benefit from. I found I appreciated having a conceptual framework from the book before diving into the resources on the web. That said, if you’d rather spend the money on equipment, you can learn the principles yourself by reading and watching, along with trial and error.
Issue 3: Ms. Bernstein doesn’t know everything and sometimes oversimplified. Also true, but that’s a fair critique of every author. As a Ph.D. aquaculturist and former science editor for Water Gardening Magazine, I understood the rationale for most simplifications and found few real errors. Undoubtedly, a number of sharp people (many listed in the three pages of acknowledgements) contributed to making the book as good as it is.
In summary, if any of the three issues discussed resonate with you, skip this purchase or use the library. But, after doing the latter, I am glad I bought it.
One thing I would suggest is don’t be a slave to exactly she suggests using. For example she suggests using 6 inch PVC to make a media guard, but my big box hardware stores don’t carry 6 inch PVC. Instead, I used 4 inch PVC for the media guard and scaled everything else down on the autosiphon to fit inside it and it works like a dream. The important thing is to understand how things work and what needs to happen, and that is where this book really does the job.
My Norwegian seaweed extract will arrive today and that will start my cycling so I can add my fish in a couple of weeks.
Buy this book if you want to know about aquaponics. It is amazing!!!
If you are currently growing hydroponically, this may be an improvement to what you are currently doing...but if you're accustomed to 4-season growing and hoping to get fish protein from the system in a cost-efficient, ecologically sound way... this is not it!
The energy consumption and total impact on the environment is actually completely overlooked in this book. There is no estimate of the cost of the electricity used to run the pumps, lights, etc, anywhere to be found. There is no cost-analysis done.
If you're looking for a new (expensive) hobby, this could be fun... if you think you're going to be able to feed your family inexpensively...please keep looking.
Turns out, if you're really into aquaponics the author is more than happy to recommend over-priced courses in aquaponics. These courses I can only assume include what the book should have been. Oddly enough, the author herself sells some of these courses on her website. Making this whole book all that much more disappointing.
I would say the book could use a re-write but I believe the author's purpose was to be intentionally cutesy and barely informative. So my final conclusion of this book puts it in-between a weak diy instructional manual and an infomercial. Pathetic.
Top reviews from other countries
unlike many other books of this genre, this one is full of detail rather than high level theory