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Catching my Breath

June 8, 2012

It’s been a whirlwind since we formed the National Duckweed Association.The LinkedIn site has been a great forum to meet and exchange ideas on duckweed research and business opportunities. I’m delighted at the synergies that are resulting. 

This week, we held the first of many NDA concalls. In the old days (as in four years ago) we would have set up a physical conference and had everyone travel to a central meeting site. Now it’s easier and much more efficient to meet by Skype or similar. We can get to know each other on a human level and exchange thoughts quite effectively.  

Duckweed’s time has come. Our members have been separately developing their own small fires of applications for this amazing plant. They didn’t know much if anything about others working along a similar vein. To get them all in a ‘room” has resulted in a huge bonfire of energy. Together we can achieve so much more for wastewater remediation and a host of applications. 

I’d like to thank my co-founder of this organization, Ryan Integia of em[POWER]. Ryan is a powerhouse of knowledge on the many ways to develop the duckweed market effectively in the US.  In addition, he has a real passion for using duckweed to help developing countries as I do.  Ryan, you rock.

So… in the meantime, I am fielding phone calls and emails and working through paths to where we have actual production plants begin springing up in this country from wastewater streams. Win/wins for US sustainability goals and ecopreneourism. 

Now we need a website…

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  1. June 28, 2012 9:11 am

    I grow duckweed, iondor at my home, I use a bucket for that purpose. I have been doing this for over 2 years. I started the whole thing using water from fish tank and keeping duckweed under full light, not necessary direct sun light. I never face any problem and for the last 2 years never changed the water. What was happening is interesting, gradually a portion of the duckweed die and drop on the bottom of the bucket and decompose and turn to be food for the new patches of duckweed.


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