Oko Farms

Workshops

Jul
13
11:00 AM11:00

Introduction to Aquaponics

Learn the fascinating science, history, and sustainability traits of aquaponics - a unique agricultural method - in this 3-part class

Aquaponics is a closed-loop approach to sustainable agriculture in which fish, microbes, and plants form a mutually beneficial ecosystem. In this extensive 3-part class, you'll gain a detailed overview from Yemi Amu, Founder of Oko Farms - NYC's largest outdoor aquaponics farm & education center.

As each class focuses on a different element of aquaponics, you can sign up for all three or just one by clicking the link below.

Part 1

This class is a recommended starting place for beginners. We will examine the science behind aquaponics, diving into questions such as:

  • What considerations need to be taken into account to ensure a healthy operation?

  • How does each living organism survive and add value to the larger ecosystem?

  • How does the nutrient cycle work?

  • How is balance achieved?

You'll learn all this and more, from the comforts of Agritecture HQ - a hub for urban agriculture entrepreneurship. Coffee/tea will be served.

$65

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Jul
17
6:30 PM18:30

Aquaponics Design + Build

Part 2

Learn how to build your own simple, at-home aquaponic system with hands-on instruction.

Start the evening with an overview of standard practices for setting up your aquaponics operation. Then dive in by constructing two different DIY aquaponic systems. You'll learn how to build these recirculating units out of simple materials under the guidance of Yemi Amu and her team at Oko Farms.

Finally, you'll leave with a full materials list and the confidence to get your own home system up and running.

You'll learn all this and more, from the comforts of Agritecture HQ - a hub for urban agriculture entrepreneurship. Coffee/tea will be served.

$65

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Jul
20
11:00 AM11:00

Aquaponics Management + Best Practices

Part 3

So, you now understand the science and construction of an aquaponics system. In our final class, you'll learn best practices for making decisions about your operation and troubleshooting.

  • What types of fish make sense to raise based on your environment?

  • How do you attract the bacteria needed to break down your fish waste?

  • How can you react to specific situations such as sick fish or low pH without negatively impacting the whole system?

Finally, we'll head to Oko Farms for a hands-on tour led by founder Yemi Amu, where you'll get to observe this unique outdoor aquaponics facility up-close.

$65

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May
5
11:00 AM11:00

Aquaponics Management + Best Practices

In our final class of this 3-part series, you’ll learn best practices for making decisions about your operation as well as troubleshooting issues that may arise.

  • What types of fish make sense to raise based on your environment?

  • How do you attract and maintain the bacteria needed to break down your fish waste?

  • What plants can be grown in an aquaponics system?

You’ll get answers to all this and much more.

$65

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May
1
6:00 PM18:00

Aquaponics DIY Design + Build

The second of a 3-part series and collaboration with AgTech X. Learn the basics of aquaponics design for both small scale and large scale systems. Then dive in by constructing two different DIY aquaponic systems. You'll learn how to build these recirculating units out of simple materials under the guidance of Yemi Amu and her team at Oko Farms. Finally, you'll leave with a full materials list and the confidence to get your own home system up and running.

$65

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Apr
28
11:00 AM11:00

Introduction to Aquaponics

Our first in a 3-part series and collaboration with AgTech X, this class will examine the science behind aquaponics.

  • What considerations need to be taken into account to ensure a healthy operation?

  • How does each living organism survive and add value to the larger ecosystem?

  • How does the nutrient cycle work?

  • How is balance achieved?

You'll learn all this and more, from the comforts of AgTech X - New York's only co-working lab dedicated to sustainable food & agriculture (coffee included!)

$65

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Feb
9
11:00 AM11:00

Aquaponics DIY Design + Build

The second of a 2-part series and collaboration with AgTech X. Start the day with an overview of best practices for managing an aquaponics operation. Then dive in by constructing two different DIY aquaponic systems. You'll learn how to build these recirculating units out of simple materials under the guidance of Yemi Amu and her team at Oko Farms. Finally, you'll leave with a full materials list and the confidence to get your own home system up and running.

$65

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Feb
2
11:00 AM11:00

Introduction to Aquaponics

Our first in a 2-part series and collaboration with AgTech X, this class will examine the science behind aquaponics.

  • What considerations need to be taken into account to ensure a healthy operation?

  • How does each living organism survive and add value to the larger ecosystem?

  • How does the nutrient cycle work?

  • How is balance achieved?

You'll learn all this and more, from the comforts of AgTech X - New York's only co-working lab dedicated to sustainable food & agriculture (coffee included!)

$65

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Dec
18
6:00 PM18:00

Wellness for the Holidays: DIY Herbal Seasoning Blend and Tea Mix

Stimulate your senses and creativity with herbs for the holiday season.

For thousands of years culinary herbs have been used to both flavor food and as medicinal teas. In this fun, improv style class we'll make various herbal mixes and tea blends using herbs grown on our farm. Participants will learn about the various proven health benefits of these herbs and experiment with various ways to to use the herbs - soups, seasoning blends, herb butters, medicinal teas etc. Create you own personal blends for yourself or as holiday gifts.

The workshop will be facilitated by Yemi Amu, founder of Oko Farms and Culinary/Nutrition Educator.

Hosted by the Seeds to Soil event series at Prime Produce. 

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Nov
10
11:00 AM11:00

Aquaponics Management + Best Practices

In our final class of this 3-part series, you’ll learn best practices for making decisions about your operation as well as troubleshooting issues that may arise.

  • What types of fish make sense to raise based on your environment?

  • How do you attract and maintain the bacteria needed to break down your fish waste?

  • What plants can be grown in an aquaponics system?

You’ll get answers to all this and much more.

$65

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Nov
4
11:00 AM11:00

Aquaponics DIY Design + Build

The second of a 3-part series and collaboration with AgTech X. Start the day with a DIY aquaponics build at AgTech X, where you’ll learn how to construct and break down your own home system. Then take a hands-on tour of Oko Farms, where you’ll get to observe up-close this unique outdoor aquaponics facility. Finally, you’ll leave with a full materials list and the confidence to get your own home system up and running.

[Rain date will be 11/10 after Class 3]

$65

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Aug
25
3:00 PM15:00

Farm-to-Table Food Preservation Workshop

We love sharing our farm produce! 

Participants will be guided by Michael Mangieri, a professional chef and former apprentice at Oko Farms. You'll get to create your own jars of freshly-pickled vegetables, sourced directly from Oko Farms and AgTech X. You'll also enjoy other pre-fermented food & drink. Finally, you'll hear from the founders of both organizations as to how their work fits in with the broader sustainable food movement in New York.

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Jul
21
11:00 AM11:00

Intro to Aquaponics at AgTech X

Join us this summer for a special collaboration with AgTech X! We are excited to offer our  Intro to Aquaponics class with a special, personalized mini-biosphere build. Learn how to grow vegetables and freshwater fish in a recirculating eco-system at this beautiful indoor space in Bushwick, Brooklyn. This workshop will be led by our farm manager who has a near decade experience as both a farmer and educator. 

In this 2 hour course participants will learn:

  • history of fish cultivation 
  • basic science of aquaponics
  • plant propagation in a soil-less medium
  • fish selection and management
  • design options with a focus on simplicity, economic viability, and environmental sustainability
  • aquaponics best practices

Participants will also build a mini aquatic biosphere that they can take home with them. 

This workshop is ideal for gardeners, teachers, home enthusiasts, architects, developers, and the curious interested in learning alternative farming methods and reducing their environmental footprint. Participants will leave this unique class with the knowledge required to start and maintain their own aquaponics gardens.  

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