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Published: 14 March 2013

In the past few weeks fish were added to the YWAM Puyallup FoodMachine. As the days are getting longer and the nutrients are increasing, the plants are beginning to grow too.

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Published: 13 February 2013

We recently completed the first one hundred by eight foot growbed at the YWAM Puyallup FoodMachine. We also got all the plumbing done between the fish tanks and growbeds. It is good to have water flowing and the system on its way to producing some food!

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Published: 10 January 2013

A group from George Fox University came and helped at the YWAM Puyallup FoodMachine this week. They helped dig trenches for plumbing, dig the hole for the sump tank (the low spot in the system), and lay sand to go underneath the growbeds.

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Published: 10 December 2012

This past Saturday a team of people came together to cover the greenhouse that was donated to YWAM Puyallup for their FoodMachine project. Thankfully the owner of a local greenhouse business came to help.

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Published: 26 November 2012

Below are pictures showing some of the progress at the Puyallup FoodMachine location.

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Published: 20 November 2012

Unfortunately, when growing plants, the need for having a plan to manage pests is a reality. Following are a few of the basic steps taken in FoodMachine systems to prevent pests as well as deal with issues should they arise.

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Published: 13 November 2012

System start-up is generally one of the most challenging times in any aquaponics system.

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Published: 25 April 2011

“A threefold challenge now faces the world: Match the rapidly changing demand for food from a larger and more affluent population to its supply; do so in ways that are environmentally and socially sustainable; and ensure that the world’s poorest people are no longer hungry. This challenge requires changes

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Location: Kona, HI and Tacoma, WA | Published: 20 January 2011

Water is the life-blood of the FoodMachine. The water facilitates the symbiotic nature of the relationship between the fish and plants. The water carries the nutrients to the plants from the fish and the water, after being cleaned by the plants, obviously provides the home for the fish. One of the keys to a successful FoodMachine is good water quality management.

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Location: Tacoma, WA | Published: 10 November 2010

We have taken some of our troughs, the 12-inch on ground growing systems we use for tomatoes and cucumbers, off line for the winter. Due to the limited light in the Pacific Northwest (our greenhouse is also in a bit of a shaded location) the growth rate slows down substantially.

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