Aquaponics Classes

We offer aquaponics classes for everyone.  Whether you are a beginner, hobbyist, educator, urban farmer or commercial farmer, there's a class for you.

Ken Armstrong, founder of Ouroboros Farms, conducting an Aquaponics Farming class in our education center.

Ken Armstrong, founder of Ouroboros Farms, conducting an Aquaponics Farming class in our education center.

Our classes are taught by our team at Ouroboros Farms who are experts in the field of Aquaponics.

Click below on the class you are interested in.
You will be directed to our booking page for additional details, dates and availability.

THeres so much to do in the san francisco bay area

The iconic Golden Gate Bridge seen here from Fort Point in San Francisco is one of the many sights you can explore

The iconic Golden Gate Bridge seen here from Fort Point in San Francisco is one of the many sights you can explore

We are located on the beautiful Northern California coast in Half Moon Bay, just 40 miles south of San Francisco.  If you are travelling from outside of the area, you have easy access to the beautiful, vibrant San Francisco Bay Area.

Calendar of events at ouroboros farms

All of our classes and workshops are held onsite at Ouroboros Farms, one of the largest operating commercial aquaponic farms in the U.S..  You will have a first-hand opportunity to learn about, see and experience a working, thriving aquaponics farm.


Introduction to Aquaponics (Aquaponics 1)
Class + Farm Tour + Lunch

Ken Armstrong, founder of Ouroboros Farms, demonstrating a home aquaponic system.
View of greenhouse with aquaponic media beds in foreground.

What is aquaponics? How does it work? What are the benefits? 
What are the challenges? What are the different types of systems? How does it all fit together?

Our Introduction to Aquaponics is a one-day class designed for beginning practitioners and those curious about this new agricultural paradigm. Join us as we cover how Aquaponics works, the nitrogen cycle, how fish plants and microbes are all interconnected, what the advantages are, what the challenges are,  and the different types of systems and setups. 

Class begins with a tour of Ouroboros Farms and we will break for lunch around noon.

Cost: $100 per person.  10% discount for groups of 2+ (Use Promo Code: GROUP1 at checkout). If you sign up for Aquaponics 2 at the same time there is a 17% discount.

9:00AM - 2:00PM

Includes: Workbook, lunch and a tour of Ouroboros Farms.

Private Aquaponics 1:  $125/person.  Minimum of 8 people.  Can be done any day but Sundays and other class/tour dates.  Email with inquiries.

Intermediate Aquaponics (Aquaponics 2)

This home-size hybrid aquaponic system includes media bed and deepwater culture.

What does my system need in order to thrive? How do I balance Fish/Plant/Microbe needs? Where do those needs overlap?
What kinds of fish/plants can I grow? What are the different components I can use to build my system? How many fish should I use? How do I cycle my system? what type of maintenance can i expect?

Our Aquaponics 2 class is hands-on and designed for those who have a base knowledge of Aquaponics and want a deeper understanding on how to design a system and what it will take to run it. We will delve into: biodiversity and bio-availability of nutrients; choosing fish and plant species; approved construction materials; pumps; aeration; water chemistry; plant/fish biology and health; pest management; stocking density; cycling a system; and smart design for maximum output with minimal input. After lunch, we will line a DWC floating raft bed and install a bell siphon to complete a home system.

Cost: $200 per person. 10% discount for groups of 2+ (Use Promocode GROUP2 at checkout) or if you sign up for this class and Aquaponics 1, you receive a 17% discount.

Includes: Class workbook; practice lining a DWC bed; Bell Siphon construction ;lunch

9:00 am - 5:00 pm.    

Private Aquaponics 2:  $200/person.  Minimum of 5 people.  Can be done any day but Sundays and other class/tour dates.  Email with inquiries.

The Aquaponic Farming Experience
3 Day Advanced Course

may 17-19, 2019

july 19-21, 2019

SEPTEMBER 13-15, 2019

OCTOBER 27-29, 2019

Aquaponic Hybrid System

Aquaponic Hybrid System

benefit from our journey that has taken us From farmers markets to Brew Pubs to 3 Michelin Starred Restaurants.

This experience is a combination of classwork and hands-on Aquaponic Farming Experience at our 23,000 sqft, 60,000 gallon Aquaponics Farm and Educational Center. No other training available in the market provides you the opportunity to experience hands on operation of successful urban commercial Aquaponics farm, with the actual farmers.  We've been living it for the past 7+ years, we'd love to share our experience with you.

Cost per person: $995 ($895 Early Bird before the 1st of Month’s class)

Includes Table at the Farm Dinner Saturday Night 

  Dinner @ The Farm

Join us and Chef Norman Tiedemann for a culinary journey though our farm.  On Saturday night of the training we will serve you a 3 course meal at the farm, highlighting fish and produce from our farm harvested fresh that day by the course participants. 



DWC • Media • NFT • Wicking • Hybrid System Design and Management • Aeration • Plumbing • Pumps • Filtration

Nitrogen Cycle • The Eco-System • Cycling • Water Quality and Monitoring • Water Sources • AgTech


Stocking rates • Species Selection • Feed Rates to Plant Area

Feeding • Handling • Harvesting • Selling


Seedling Production • Planting Schedules • Harvesting • Nutrient Needs and Optimal Levels

Disease and Insect Control • Beneficial Insects


Direct Restaurant Sales • Farmer's Markets • CSA • Farm Stand • Online Sales • Produce Distributors

Production Estimates • Value Added • Local & Precision Agriculture • Custom Growing


Operational Costs • Labor • Feed • Electricity • Water • Rent • Insurance • Permits • Personal Planning • Business Planning

Taxes • Bookeeping • Employees • Organic Certification • FSMA


Fish Handling and Harvesting • Water Quality Testing • Seeding • Planting • Plant Harvesting