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Our Resource File

Our Resource File Where we keep bits and pieces that are relevant to this project but are not part of the manual. Sand Garden Academy (SGA) Outline, draft 2.0 (first gasp) Preface : How this introductory course will proceed,  strongly…

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A Recently Discovered 22-Year Old iAVs.

In 2017, a member of one of my Facebook groups unearthed a substantial article about an iAVs system that had been established in 1998. While that was a surprise, it was nothing compared to the discovery that the system that was the subject of the article was still operating – 22 years after its establishment.…
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Growing Your iAVs

Aspiring iAVs operators are often confused about how to approach their first build. We always recommend that newcomers to the method start with something small…a fish tank of 500 to 1000 litres and a sand biofilter/grow bed of 1000 –…

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Why Does iAVs Use Sand?

The use of sand for use in water filtration pre-dates recorded history. Sand was ‘understood’ to be a highly effective means of purifying water by the Babylonians, ancient Africans, Chinese, Egyptians, Israelis, Native Americans etc … albeit that they did…

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Why iAVs lapsed into Obscurity.

Steve Diver’s ATTRA aquaponics document was one of the very few general information sources pertaining to aquaponics – leading up to its renaissance in the mid-2000’s. My recent re-reading of this document revealed some interesting insights including: My initial impression of…

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The Scientific Method

One of our motivations in developing this site, is to have Aquaponics become a scientific discipline – subject to valid inquiry and elucidation – via the scientific method. The goal of Science is to know as many true things – and as…

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Why iAVs ?

There are many reasons for choosing iAVs as a food production strategy.   Broadly speaking, iAVs is simpler to build and easier to use.  It also requires few resources and has less of an impact on the environment. More food…

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A Tale of Two Visions

The following ‘tale’ is of two contrasting ‘visions’: one full of hope, aspiration, and confidence; the other a categorical absence of same.  Although what follows is allegorical in character, this story should neither be construed as a fairy-tale nor in…

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