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Eastern to offer Aquaponics certificate course Feb. 17 Featured

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WILBURTON, OK (Jan. 29, 2018) – Eastern Oklahoma State College will host a one-day aquaponics certificate class on Saturday, Feb. 17 in Wilburton. The class is 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and will be presented by EOSC faculty in conjunction with Symbiotic Aquaponic, a nationally-recognized company.


Aquaponic agriculture is an innovative method of growing all-natural produce and fish using a re-circulating water system. Using this approach, water from the fish habitat provides the necessary nutrients for growing a variety of plants and crops including tomatoes, leafy greens, strawberries, herbs and flowers. As the plants develop, they act as a filter purifying the water for the fish.


Several aspects of aquaponic agriculture, including reduced water usage and increased crop yields, have resulted in a growing interest throughout the region indicates Kaben Smallwood, Symbiotic Aquaponic CEO and co-owner and EOSC Business Administration professor.


“Aquaponics is especially valuable in places like Oklahoma where drought and water shortage are constant concerns,” Smallwood said. “Our patent-pending aquaponic systems use approximately 5 percent the amount of water in traditional agriculture and can be operated by the hobbyist home-gardener or professional farmers in a commercial setting.”


The class will provide an introduction to aquaponics with system designs, scientific principals in action and a suggested selection of plant and fish species to be covered. Course participants will engage in classroom-style discussions while gaining hands-on experience in one of Eastern’s recently completed greenhouses. For lunch, participants will sample produce grown in Eastern’s own aquaponic system.


The class will cost $75 through Feb. 8 and $99 through Feb. 13. Late registration will cost $125 with T-shirts available on a first come, first served basis. Special rates are available for groups of four or more. More information is available at, including registration and online payment.


Please contact for all other inquiries.


David Deaton

Digital Editor at Oklahoma Welcome

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