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George "Joe" Pate is many things, but among them, he is a scientist, researcher, student, teacher, and farmer. Joe is passionate about producing healthy foods that are grown in a sustainable and regenerative manner. He maintains a firm stance that all humans should have access to truly nutritious food that is safe from chemical contamination. Since 2014, Joe has dedicated his life to learning and researching ways to increase the sustainability of agriculture systems and the accessibility of information to people around the world. He hopes that by sharing information, creating opensource material, and collaborating with others that we can work together to create a truly self-sustaining and resilient agricultural system that will also improve the eco-system. Joe is a Kentucky State University Alum and has a B.S in Agriculture, Food and Environment, and Certificate Degree in Aquaculture and Aquatic Sciences. Joe is currently finishing my M.S in Aquaculture and Aquatic Sciences from Kentucky State University. Joe has 9 published abstracts and 11 professional presentations and has additional experience in biodiesel production, edible landscape management, ornamental landscaping, and soil production.

How To Determine Feeding Rate in An Aquaponic System

How to Determine Feeding Rate in Aquaponic Systems


Hello! Welcome

If you have found your way here, then you are probably asking yourself the same questions that many ask when they begin planning their aquaponic system, “How much do I feed?”, “How many fish do I need?” “How often do I feed?”. […]

How To Determine Feeding Rate in An Aquaponic System2020-05-26T22:38:35-06:00

Salt Addition Calculator

Overview of Salt in use Aquaponics


Salinity is used to expresses the total salts in a substance; the salinity of water can be measured using a handheld Seawater refractometer or a digital salinity meter. Salinity tolerances vary among aquatic species, though even most freshwater fish prefer some salinity. Salt in the water helps regulate osmatic […]

Salt Addition Calculator2019-08-06T12:49:32-06:00

Grow Media Calculator

How to choose the proper growing media


Welcome, today we will go over how to select the correct grow media for your aquaponic system. Grow media comes in several shapes and sizes made with various materials with numerous different properties; often several types are blended. The final product must provide four characteristics to ensure proper […]

Grow Media Calculator2019-06-14T08:38:33-06:00

Iron Additions Calculator

Brief Overview of Iron in Aquaponics


Iron (Fe) is an essential element for plant development which is typically limiting in aquaponic systems.

Iron requirements and toxicities of fish vary by species though in general, these levels are much higher than what we require in aquaponics. Iron may be added to feed in various forms to meet […]

Iron Additions Calculator2019-08-06T21:48:27-06:00