June 01, 2013 – “Idyllwild Garden Club is hosting a talk and how-to demonstration about aquaponics, a set up of hydroponics, soil-less growing with nutrient-rich water, and aquaculture, to raise fish and use the fish waste water to nourish the plants.
The presentation is at noon Tuesday, June 4, in the back meeting room at Idyllwild Community Church, 54400 North Circle Drive. A potluck buffet lunch will be served first followed by the program at about 12:45 p.m.
The point of using aquaponics is self sustainability and water conservation. After the formal program participants will walk to a nearby demonstration working pond for some hands-on experience at setting up the system.
The presenter is Bernard Mansell, who owns Fresh Water Aquaponics in Fontana. He will be assisted by Cathy Swanson, a Riverside Master Gardener, who will talk about her backyard pond project built on a $650 budget.
Aquaponics is an organic method of raising fish, plants and vegetables using a circulating water process. Pond water recycles through raised grow beds producing many varieties of fresh vegetables — with no bending or weeding.
Mansell will talk about the best fish or marine life to raise, how to maintain the system and how to avoid mistakes.
For program information: 951-659-0550. Membership is not required to attend the program, but donations are accepted.”