When I was planning how to launch our new business early last winter I wanted to be sure to include video. I love this new era of watching video for its content rather than its glitz that YouTube has brought us. I’ve had a ton of fun producing my own aquaponics video diary of the progress of my greenhouse over this past winter. It feels like I’m sharing a casual ongoing conversation with a silent friend – kind of like writing this blog for all of you.
One of my video goals was to capture one of the two 3 hour classes I was signed up to teach this past winter. Both sold out – no doubt helped by the publicity generated by the NY Times article featuring me and a few others and an article in the local paper here so they were going to have a nice energy level. Plus, I believe there is a real dearth of clear information about home based aquaponics in this country. There are some good workshops on a commercial level, but commercial-focused instruction doesn’t always translate well to home systems.
The Denver Botanic Gardens agreed to let me tape the class I taught there, so I hired a videographer and crossed my fingers. We figured that if the tape wasn’t very good, we could put parts of it out on YouTube (kind of like the old Life Cereal commercials with Mikie “hey, give it to YouTube. He’ll stream anything”). To my delight, however, it turned out pretty darn good. Ego aside (really!) it is 3 hours and 20 minutes of very solid information about home based aquaponics with an engaged room full of people. While it has none of the flair of Murray Hallam’s aquaponics videos it feels like you are in the class learning right along with us. So, we decided to professionally package it, call it Aquaponics Explained and offer it for sale for $29.95 (the class cost between $75 and $100) with the hope that it will help to fill some of the gap in home aquaponic education.
As an introductory offer we are paying the shipping until our first batch runs out. Please check it out and let me know what you think!