Aprovecho Sustainability Institute

Winter 2017 Community Education

There are going to be some very cool Winter 2017 Community Education courses coming, starting January 15th! Stay tuned for updates. Register at Aprovecho.net/registration   FELTING FOR THE FUTURE Sunday, Jan. 15th, 1-5pm HERBAL MEDICINE: TINCTURE MAKING Sunday, Jan. 22nd, … Continue reading

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Read our 2016/2017 Annual Newsletter – The Busy-ness Edition

It’s up! Our annual News from Aprovecho is on its way to our friends and family. This year, we’re sending it out this year via email, and we’re making it available online, as well! View it HERE.

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Harvest Party Fundraiser November 13th!

Come eat, laugh, and dance at Aprovecho’s annual fall fundraising event to support the addition of a commercial kitchen to our campus!! It will be held at our campus on November 13th from 4pm-9pm. Tickets here and more information here.

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Read our “News from Aprovecho 2015” Publication!

Every year since our founding in 1981, we’ve published our News from Aprovecho publication to share the programs, stories, and goings-on on campus and by people in our community. This year we’re putting it online! You can view or download … Continue reading

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A Tale of Two Forests

by Abel Kloster, Director of the Permaculture Design Program at Aprovecho and Co-Director of Resilience Permaculture, LLC. To restore the land one must live and work in a place.  The place will welcome whomever approaches it with respect and attention.  … Continue reading

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Growing to love growing tilapia

The fish grew to love me as the hand that feeds them. Every time i walked by the tank they would start churning at the surface, and at feeding times they devoured all of the food that i gave them. At that stage they were getting a fingerling food (from our project partners at Jim’s Online Fish Shop) at 4% of their body weight per day. That worked out to approximately 1/4 cup food, three times / day. Continue reading

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It’s Alive (and green)!

The acclimation of both the main tanks and the fry tanks is going well. We added approx 5 lbs of fresh chicken manure to the main tanks (in a mesh bag) which brought the ammonia and phosphate levels up from … Continue reading

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Fish Fry (that’s a baby fish, not a taco filling… yet)

The fish are due to arrive in 3 weeks. 1500 baby tilapia fry. They will weigh approx 1/2 gram each and be about 1 inch long. The biggest challenge to raising Tilapia in the Pacific Northwest will be maintaining warm … Continue reading

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Aquaponics: Part II

Aquaculture system plan view

The recirculating aquaculture system (RAS) at Aprovecho was designed mainly to raise as many tilapia as possible while keeping external inputs to a minimum. Some RAS systems balance hydroponic vegetable production with fish production (Aquaponics). Some of those systems can … Continue reading

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Aquaponics: Part I


Try to think about the last time you were strolling through a grocery store and you began to feel that slight chill that creeps out from the refrigerated meat and seafood cases and into your bones as you peruse the … Continue reading

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