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Spring is NOT Here

March 4, 2014

So I lied.

Our third ice storm of the year hit two days ago. My son’s car is stuck in the snow and my pickup battery is dead or I’d pull him out. Instead, necessity demands that he invent new ways to dig his car out sans a shovel. Should be interesting.

I am holed up next to my WFO and enjoying the gentle warmth.The kids are getting out of school again for the third entire week this winter. That pretty much wraps up them having much of a decent summer vacation.

And what of my plans for bioprospecting duckweed this week?

Sigh… All ponds are once again covered with a layer of ice and six inches of new snow. Spring duckweed sampling will have to wait. Am keeping myself busy with securing lab equipment and designing research studies. Keeps me out of trouble.

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  6. March 7, 2014 5:52 pm

    Oliver, anyone that takes the time to read ALL of my posts is an instant friend for life. Good luck with your project plans. If you need a sample of fresh duckweed this spring, I will be happy to send you some. I live in Western KY, not Eastern so you’d have to travel to the other side of Kentucky to visit my facilities. You are always welcome to vist. Would love to show you around. I don’t have plans to visit NJ any time real soon, but you never know. Will keep you posted.
    Also, when you get your tilapia and duckweed projects rolling, be sure and send me pics and I will post them on this site. Looking forward to your success.
    Also, feel free to join the International Lemna (free) and I can get you a free pass to the ILA Round Table. We conference call every two weeks and talk duckweed production for an hour or more.


  7. March 7, 2014 3:23 pm

    We’re eagerly awaiting Spring’s arrival too. I’ve just finished reading your last post, after reading every one in order from the beginning. I am amazed by your energy and determination! DIY to the max!

    I stumbled on your blog while researching ideas for starting my own aquaponics system. I was trying to figure out what to feed the fish when I read about duckweed. What the heck is that? Google to the rescue, and I found I eagerly began reading and taking notes.

    I can’t build anything as large as you’ve shared in your posts, as we are located in beautiful (I use the term loosely, and sarcastically) downtown Mt. Holly NJ. We have a postage stamp for a back yard. But I’m hoping to find enough room between the yard and maybe some space in the basement to raise Tilapia, Duckweed and other veggies. I’ve been using Flash Earth (thanks again!) and Google Earth to get bioprospecting targets for when the weather starts warming up (can’t wait!!!). One very promising site is on the back of our church’s property. It’s a partially shaded and relatively wind-protected retention basin from the rear parking lot. I’m pretty sure I’ve seen duckweed growing back there, before I knew what it was. I know the frogs love it back there.

    I will try to keep reading your posts as they appear, and keep updating you on my progress as well, if you would like. Thanks for all the great information and pictures. If we ever make it to Kentucky (I do have friends I’ll be visiting near Bristol, Tennessee) I would love to take a tour of your facility! Will you be visiting NJ again any time soon?



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