3/23/09

Learn Urban Fish Farming at Upcoming Workshop

IISG aquaculture marketing specialist is bringing fish farming to the city with his upcoming Urban Aquaculture/Aquaponics Workshop.

“I received a number of calls from people in Chicago wanting to raise fish in their garages so that inspired me to develop this workshop” said Kwamena Quagrainie, who has been working at Purdue University since 2005. “Although many of these calls came from hobbyists, the focus of the workshop will be on business ventures.”

The workshop is free to all participants and is directed towards agriculture teachers and people looking to raise fish in a metropolitan area. Speakers include Quagrainie, fish farmer Myles Harston, and a representative from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources.

The workshop will be held on Saturday, April 18, at the Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences, located at 111th St. and Pulaski Rd. Check in and late registration begins at 8:00 a.m. Talks will run from 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. with an hour for lunch, which is provided. Please pre-register by April 13 by calling 217-333-6444 or e-mailing klomax@illinois.edu.

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