Learn How to Grow Food Sustainably

Program Dates: June 16 - 28, 2019

man holding green tomatoes

Discover aquaponics, the intersection of recirculating aquaculture and hydroponic plant production!

In this program we will explore the biology, chemistry and engineering of greenhouse plant production techniques using the waste from fish farming. We’ll also study microbiology, plant and fish physiology, finfish production and hydroponic agriculture and greenhouse growing. But don’t worry, you’ll be getting your hands dirty and your feet wet outside the classroom, too, as you learn the foundations in aquaponic food production, including:

  • The fundamentals of recirculating aquaculture and hydroponic plant production
  • Aquaponic food production techniques for rural and urban environments
  • Crop selection and planning, integrated pest management and agroecology
Student's using a fish net

During your two weeks with us, you’ll be immersed in the world of plant and animal biology as we visit with scientists around UC Davis, the top university for agriculture in the U.S. You’ll then put what you learn to practice as you engineer and fabricate your own recirculating aquaculture system and sow your own crops. We’ll also venture off campus to see aquaponics applied in the “real world,” as we explore large multispecies fish farms and regional aquaponic facilities.