Building on last fall’s Introduction to Aquaponics Workshop, on June 21 from 1-4 p.m. Texas A&M AgriLife Extension in Nueces and San Patricio Counties will offer a second aquaponics class, Aquaponics 206: Building the System. Anybody interested in starting their first aquaponics project can attend this workshop and learn about and construct an aquaponics system.

The workshop will be held at the Texas A&M Research and Extension Center, 10345 State Hwy 44, Corpus Christi. A participation fee of $30, which includes a chance to win an assembled backyard aquaponics system, will be charged at the door, according to Jason Ott, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service agent for agriculture and natural resources in Nueces County.

Aquaponics is a closed system method of growing plants in a symbiotic relationship with fish. The fish waste feeds the plants, and the plants clean the water that returns to the fish. This full-day workshop will help participants gain insight into how to design and manage their own backyard aquaponics system, as well as learn about the marketing strategies, business planning and economics of a larger, commercial system.

Peter Woods, an AgriLife Extension fisheries specialist, will lead us through several topics of interest, including system design and terminology. Peter will then lead the participants through the step-by- step construction of a backyard aquaponics system. One lucky participant will be able to take this assembled aquaponics system home via a drawing at the conclusion of the class. In addition to Mr. Woods’s expertise in fish management, Peter brings firsthand knowledge of managing an aquaponics system to the program. Peter and his family have been actively engaged in managing their own aquaponics gardening system for several years and market much of their own produce at local gardener markets.

Seating is limited to the first 30 participants who RSVP before June 20 to the AgriLife Extension office for Nueces County, 710 E. Main in Robstown. Call 361-767- 5223 to RSVP or for more information.

Individuals with disabilities, who require an auxiliary aid, service or accommodation in order to participate in any of the mentioned activities, are encouraged to contact the County Extension Office eight days before all programs for assistance. Extension programs serve people of all ages regardless of socioeconomic level, race, color, sex, religion, disability or national origin.