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Putting Down Roots Full Schedule

The aquaponics association has released the full Putting Down Roots schedule for the coming conference.

Click here for schedule: 2017 Putting Down Roots Schedule

PORTLAND, Oregon– The Aquaponics Association will kick off Putting Downs Roots – the 2017 national aquaponics conference – on Friday, November 3 at the Red Lion Hotel Conference Center at Jantzen Beach.

The conference will feature three days of aquaponics tours, presentations, discussions, and hands-on demonstrations by the world’s foremost aquaponics experts.

Putting Down Roots is about growing more of our food with aquaponics, the process of raising fish and plants in a synergistic recirculating system. Aquaponic growers intend to become the backbone of local food economies with efficient systems that can be placed anywhere, grow year-round, create jobs, save resources, and make us healthier.

Conference Chair Brian Filipowich stated: “In addition to hands-on applied knowledge, the conference will be a venue for growers to discuss industry issues like USDA organic eligibility, food safety, access to capital, and research needs. Putting Down Roots is about overcoming shared barriers so we can all grow more.”

Putting Down Roots will feature:

  • Over 50 aquaponics presentations across four learning tracks: Commercial Aquaponics, Community Aquaponics, Applied Aquaponic Skills, and Aquaponics in STEM Education;
  • Urban and rural aquaponics tours to commercial aquaponics projects;
  • Panel discussions and Q&A sessions with industry experts;
  • Putting Down Global Roots Banquet;
  • Aquaponics Showroom with commercial and hobbyist booths and demonstrations; and
  • Aquaponics Association members meeting and board votes.

Kate Wildrick, Conference Co-Chair and Director of the Ingenuity Innovation Center in St. Helens, Oregon stated:

“Aquaponics grows more than just food.  It is a very powerful catalyst for building community.   This year’s conference will showcase how individuals, businesses and other industries are actively participating to grow this emerging green industry and the future talent needed to sustain it.  The two-day STEM track will discuss current trends and opportunities for aquaponics in the schools.  We’ll hear from local students about how aquaponics has impacted their lives and create pathways to bring aquaponics to more schools throughout the nation.  Best of all, with our passport options, we have created affordable options for the public to learn more about aquaponics and explore what is happening locally with two tours.”




Putting Down Roots

The Aquaponics Association has announced its 2017 national conference, Putting Down Roots, to be held in Portland, Oregon November 3 – 5.

The Conference will feature the following aquaponic experts:

  • Dr. Nick Savidov, Lethbridge College
  • Murray Hallam, Practical Aquaponics
  • Jon Parr, SchoolGrown
  • Angela Tenbroeck, Center for Sustainable Agricultural Excellence & Conservation
  • Arvind Venkat, WaterFarmers

The Conference will also feature tours of local aquaponic operations including Live Local Organic, a certified organic aquaponic farm that supplies 71 individual stores and 10 retailers.

The Conference will also feature a vendor showroom to display the newest aquaponic technology.

The Putting Down Roots Conference aims to help aquaponics growers build stronger communities and become the backbone of their local food economies.

Here are listed the four main pillars of Putting Down Roots, and conference activities to achieve these goals:

  1. Developing Industry Infrastructure
    • Moderated discussions and Q&A sessions with successful aquaponic growers about the steps to success
    • Interaction with local Oregon financial, legal, and political professionals about what they need to hear from aquaponic growers
    • Discussion for the role that the Aquaponics Association should play in industry growth
  2. Discovering Opportunities
    • Presentations from economists about which aquaponic farms are the most successful, and why
    • Lessons on targeting the right market
    • Discussion with business experts about how to assess rooftops, basements, and/or vertical growing options
  3. Integrating STEM
    • Lessons on the best strategies to get aquaponics in your local STEM education programs
    • Curriculum discussions with fellow aquaponic educators
  4. Building Our Capacity
    • Learn the most up-to-date advancements in water chemistry and system design to run your system more efficiently
    • Hands-on lessons and walk-throughs to build a better system
    • A wide range of parts and supplies in our vendor showroom to view and discuss with suppliers

Kate Wildrick, Co-Founder / Paradigm Shifter of Ingenuity Innovation Center in Saint Helens, Oregon, states:

“We are very excited that the Aquaponics Association will be hosting their annual conference in Portland, OR.  Given that we serve as a community resource and voice for this emerging green industry, we are observing a lot of curiosity from groups that a few years ago had little to no interest in aquaponics being a viable food production system, let alone a powerful community builder.  There is no better time than now to bring people together from various backgrounds and industries to discover where the opportunities are and collaborate on how we can remove the barriers.  The conference is bringing some of the best experts in the world to share their knowledge and expertise. This is sure to inspire new ideas and solutions.”

Click here for the Putting Down Roots Conference Flyer

Brian Filipowich, Conference Chair: community@legacy.aquaponicsassociation.org