Aquaponic Basics Workshop

Get inspired to grow your own food by building your own aquaponic system




Who is this Class For?

The Basics Workshop is geared toward people who are new to aquaponics and might want to build their own aquaponic system but don't know where to begin

You can spend endless hours watching YouTube videos to piece together your aquaponics system...

And discover many flaws in your system that don't lead to the kind of results you expected.

Perhaps you are the one who wants to give up and assume aquaponics isn't for you.

Instead, invest in proper education in this full day of high-quality, focused education from aquaponic farmers and experts, JD and Tawnya Sawyer.

You will be equipped for food growing success and you certainly won't regret it. 

What You Will Learn

We will provide in-depth coverage of the system components and activities necessary to start building an aquaponics system, successfully cycle it and optimize growing

  • Benefits of Aquaponics 
  • Growbed styles, media, pumps, aerators, plumbing fittings and other components 
  • Different system designs: flood and drain, deep water culture, and vertical systems 
  • System Design Ratios 
  • Fish selection, health, cohabitation
  • Plant species options, crop planning
  • System cycling, bacteria and the nitrification cycle 
  • Planning your location 


The course will be held at the GrowHaus in beautiful Denver, Colorado

2019 Course Dates

March 3

April 14

June 9

Flourish Farm at the GrowHaus

4751 York St | Denver, CO 

Participants will tour Flourish Farm, a 3,200 sf aquaponics farm, and see one of the longest running and highly productive urban aquaponic community farms in the United States! 


Denver Attractions

Make it a mini Colorado vacation, there is so much to see and do!

  1. Stroll through Downtown - Denver’s downtown blends both a Wild West and urban chic vibe. Hit up the 16th Street Mall to browse decades-old bookshops like Tattered Cover and buy cowboy apparel at Rockmount Ranch Wear.
  2. Hike around Red Rocks These gorgeous red rocks jutting from the earth have been graced by thousands of musicians from the Beatles to The Grateful Dead to Depeche Mode. You name it,  they've been there or desperately want to.
  3. Browse the Denver Botanic Gardens - Whether you’re a nature lover or just like to escape the concrete jungle without leaving city limits, the Gardens are a must-visit.
  4. Indulge your inner foodie at The Source - A 26,000-square-foot, 19th-century warehouse on Brighton Boulevard which was converted to a brand-new marketplace in 2013. The Source features a handful of local brewers, bakers, butchers, specialty grocers and craftsmen all under one roof, and is well on its way to becoming the city’s hottest destination for foodies.
  5. Gear up for a game at Coors Field - Watch the Colorado Rockies hit home runs at Coors Field—the park with the highest elevation in Major League Baseball.

Directions, Travel, Parking and Other Class Information

Parking - Sunday mornings are generally quiet at the GrowHaus. Students can park in the main parking lot on 47th and York St. There is an overflow parking lot on the south side of 47th st where it intersects with Claude Ct. Please walk north up Claude Ct and there is a pedestrian entrance to the GrowHaus along the east side of the building. Please always be aware and respectful of the residents, their driveways and all other city parking restrictions. 
Lunch - We encourage you to bring your own lunch rather than trying to go out for lunch. It is a "food desert" and finding lunch can be difficult and time consuming. We will eat together as a group, have students introduce themselves and continue to have open discussion about aquaponics.
Travel and Lodging - The GrowHaus is only 20 minutes from Denver International Airport and right off of I-70 at the York st or Brighton Blvd exits. 
Hotel suggestions:
La Quinta Inn Denver Central 
2.1 miles from the GrowHaus
Address: 3500 Park Ave West,
Denver, CO 
Phone: 1-303-458-1222
Rates starting at $75/night

Denver Stapleton - North
3.9 miles from GeoTech
Address: 4040 Quebec St Denver
Phone: 303-321-6666
Rates starting at $109/night

Quality Inn Denver Central
2.6 miles from the Geotech
Address: 200 West 48th Ave Denver, CO 80216
Phone: 1-303-296-4000
Rates starting at $95/night 

Cancellation Policy - Cancellations will receive a full refund up to two weeks before class. Less than two weeks before class the refund will be 50%. Less than 48 hours before class there are no refunds.  We reserve the right to cancel class if enrollments are low. If you are flying in, please consider purchasing a refundable ticket.


"What you are living is a beautiful vision I have had for about 2 years. Loved this experience, you are living the dream."

"This workshop was wonderful!"

"Tawnya and JD are excellent teachers - the whole day was wonderful."