Have you ever wanted to grow learn how to grow your own fish to eat and produce delicious water efficient vegetables at the same time? Aquaponics is one the most water efficient forms of agriculture known. This workshop will provide a broad overview of both the theory and practice of designing productive backyard style aquaponics systems which you can create in your own garden at home as well as a tour and technical overview of the various aquaponics research projects at CERES. The course covers: fish and plant species selection, fish feeding, plant nutrient requirements, basic water quality testing and the history of aquaponics and its relevance today in regards to water scarcity and food localisation.

CERES members and concession holders are entitled to a 10% discount. Enter "ceresmember" under the promotion and gift code area.

*Please note that the CERES member or concession discount does not apply to "Bring-A-Friend" tickets which are already discounted

Trainer Bio:

Robert Kershaw has been practicing aquaponics for over six years and his garden has won the Darebin Awards for Sustainability. His lifelong interest in aquariums and keeping exotic fish led him to exploring aquaponics. He built his first aquaponics system from scratch using recycled bathtubs, and then invested in a purpose-built setup. The success of his integrated garden and aquaponics systems - and his down-to-earth practical approach - have attracted great interest from those eager to give it a go, to active aquaponics practitioners who want to share ideas in this new and evolving space.Robbie and his garden were featured in Jamie Durie’s book Edible Garden Design where he and his family were described as “the very model of environmental awareness”. His efforts have also been reported on radio (3AW, 774 ABC) and sustainability magazines (Sanctuary and Good Organic Gardner) and newspapers (The Age, Sydney Morning Herald). The Age article described fresh fish poo as his secret weapon to success. Robert has also worked as a board member of the charity Cultivating Community for over 7 years.

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Class Schedule

This workshop runs from 10:00AM to 3:00PM

What you will learn
  • Discover the theory and practice of designing productive backyard style aquaponics systems
  • Fish and plant species selection, fish feeding, plant nutrient requirements and basic water quality testing
  • Grow your own fish to eat and produce delicious water efficient vegetables at the same time

What to bring
  • Notepad
  • Writing materials
What to wear

Casual, comfortable clothing



Vendor sincce 2013

CERES - Centre for Education and Research in Environmental Strategies, is an award winning, not-for-profit, sustainability centre located on 4.5 hectares on the Merri Creek in East Brunswick, Melbourne.

It is also a thriving community, an urban farm, Australia’s largest deliverer of environmental education, an event and conference venue and a place rich with social and cultural diversity. CERES is recognised as an international leader in community and environmental practice.

Built on a decommissioned rubbish tip that was once a bluestone quarry, today CERES is a vibrant eco-oasis. 350,000 people visit CERES each year. Many more engage with us through our Sustainable Schools program which takes sustainable education into schools across the state.

CERES’ green technology displays, buildings, education and training programs and social enterprises (CERES’ Organic Market, Café, Permaculture Nursery and Fair Food organics delivery) demonstrate food security, sustainable agriculture, energy efficiencies, renewables and water conservation in action.

CERES is a model for a future with sustainability, innovation and connectedness at its heart.

Come, be welcome, you never know what you will find on our rambling paths.

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06 June 2017 • Introduction to Backyard Aquaponics

Great introduction.


24 May 2016 • Introduction to Backyard Aquaponics

was good class. Robert knew his stuff and gave good advice about what fish etc to use .lesson was clearly set out.