Paul Nickerson

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Press Cake Purge Valve

In Aquaponics on November 29, 2012 at 3:48 pm

This is a short clip on the operation and effectiveness of the recently installed purge valve on the aquaponic system at Messiah College. The valve is used to drain excess press cake waste from the supply manifold to reduce the amount of clogging problems we initially had in the system. The valve is working great!

Post-Harvest Update: Messiah College Aquaponics

In Aquaponics, Gardening, Propagation on November 26, 2012 at 4:23 pm

This is a quick overview of the system after we harvested the Thai Basil. The plants have begun growing new shoots and leaves. Cuttings that were placed in the rafted sump tank have rooted and will be ready to put in the gutter system. The cilantro is also doing great!

PolyFace Farm: Reposted Video from USAToday

In Alternative Agriculture, Gardening on November 13, 2012 at 10:22 pm

I don’t typically like to post content that isn’t mine, but I am giving a presentation on sustainable agriculture and thought that this operation is absolutely incredible. Joel Salatin’s attitude about farming is very contagious and his methods are inspired. I highly recommend checking this out. Hopefully I will have the chance to visit the next time I am in VA.

Drying Thai Basil

In Aquaponics, Gardening, Propagation on November 8, 2012 at 1:00 am

We recently harvested the Thai Basil from the system and are working on drying it in order to use it in the future. The flowers and leaves were spread out on large pieces of cardboard in front of the wood-stove. Hope-fully this method won’t take too long!

Harvesting Thai Basil: Messiah College Aquaponics

In Aquaponics, Gardening, Propagation on November 7, 2012 at 5:26 pm

So today we finally got around to harvesting the Thai basil from the gutter system. The plants had become very large and produced a very large crop. We harvested not only the leaves, but also the flowers. The stems will most likely be used for the production of Basil Jelly. We are planning to dry most of the crop for storage and future use; you can only use so much Thai Basil at once. The bases of each plant remain in the system and will sprout new branches and leaves shortly. Check it out!

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