What is Aquaponics?
With the growing demand for organic food production, more and more people are looking at sustainable models that will produce a high yield without necessarily having to farm a large acreage. One of the most popular methods is called aquaponics. Aquaponics is the cultivation of fish and plants together in a constructed, re-circulating ecosystem utilizing natural bacterial cycles to convert fish wastes to plant nutrients. What does aquaponics gardening entail and how exactly does it work?

What is Aquaponics?

The Aquaponics Cycle

Listen To The Aquaponics Expert, Sylvia Bernstein

Tune in to this segment of The Organic View Radio Show, as host, June Stoyer is joined by special guest Sylvia Bernstein, President and Founder of The Aquaponic Source, IncTo listen to the interview, click here.

Sylvia Bernstein

Sylvia Bernstein will be featured on The Organic View Radio Show

Bio: Sylvia Bernstein is the President and Founder of The Aquaponic Source and the author of “Aquaponic Gardening: A Step by Step Guide to Growing Fish and Vegetables Together”.


She also runs the Aquaponic Gardening Community, the largest online community site dedicated to aquaponic gardening in North America, and is the U.S. Chapter Chairman of the Aquaponics Association. She teaches and speaks extensively about aquaponics and its exciting potential.

Sylvia was the VP of Marketing and Product Development for AeroGrow International, the makers of the AeroGarden. She was one of the company’s original founders and was instrumental in developing the plant growth technology. Sylvia has a degree in Agricultural Economics from the University of California, Davis and an MBA from the University of Chicago. She currently lives in Boulder, Colorado with her husband, Alan, and their son (their daughter is attending college at the University of Washington). They have a large, thriving aquaponic setup in their backyard greenhouse in Boulder powered by tilapia, goldfish, and other creatures-that-swim.

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10 Responses to Sylvia Bernstein: Feeding The World With Aquaponics

  1. Tom Cooley says:

    Very much looking forward to this, Sylvia and June!

  2. This sounds like a really great topic. I look forward to listening in and hearing what Sylvia has to share. This should be another great show.

  3. (e)CLAU says:

    good luck:)

  4. Liz says:

    Sounds like an interesting topic.

  5. Gaye Crispin says:

    Great show .. learned a lot! Thanks June :)

  6. Nicolas Liu says:

    Sorry, missed this one live. I’ll try to listen the recording.

  7. I think any kind of organic farming, fish or otherwise is essential to this world. I am sure this method will increase the nutrients found in the food and also help clean and purify our water supply. We need more people out there spreading Aquaphonics. Thanks for your dedication to a healthier life.

  8. We had a gorgeous pond in the front yard of the home I grew up in. Sure wish my parents had known about aquaponics back then! Had they known, they might not have torn it out and put in roses :(

  9. A really interesting concept. I didn’t realise fish and plants could work in such harmony.

  10. Aquaponics is the way to grow.

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