Archive for May, 2012

Aquaponics is a method of raising fish while utilizing their waste products to grow vegetables.  It is a highly scalable technology that can be implemented either in the home or commercially. This workshop will cover the theory, design, and construction of an aquaponic system.  Discussion will include fish & plant species selection, water quality concerns, and system start-up.  Participants will have the opportunity to examine first-hand theRadixCenter’s aquaponics system, which grows tilapia, catfish, koi, crawfish, watercress, lettuce, and flowering plants.

Sliding Scale   $40-$75

You decide what you are able & willing to pay.

To register visit:


or email sk [at]  radixcenter.org

Aquaponic Watercress and Calla Lily

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Thanks for taking these excellent photos Sebastien!

Click below for the full shoot-



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In late March, 5th grade students from the Albany Montessori Magnet School paid another visit to the Radix Center – click below to see photos:


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The spring rains are finally here, and present a great time to scatter seedballs.

Making seedballs is a fun activity for groups of kids and adults alike.

To make, mix together:

3 parts clay

2 parts aged compost

1 part seed

Shape into large grape size balls, and scatter!

The clay holds the ball together and the compost provides nutrition once the seed has sprouted.

Use wildflower seeds and scatter the seedballs throughout vacant city lots, creating habitat for butterflies and honeybees!

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Members of the Student Sustainability Council and faculty and staff Sustainability Coordinators from the University at Albany arrived in one of UAlbany’s hybrid buses for a tour of the Radix Center in May 2012.   The tour was organized by Mary Ellen Mallia, Director of the Office of Environmental Sustainability, which spearheads UAlbany’s efforts towards sustainability, including:  hybrid vehicles, irrigation of lawns from a rainwater retention pond, a raingarden, energy efficiency rewards for students in the dormitories, recycling, & use of Green Seal approved cleaning products.  They are also putting a solar array on one of their buildings.

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