Nature-Based Aquaponics: Building Resilient Systems through Biodiversity – Eddy Garcia

Nature-Based Aquaponics: Building Resilient Systems through Biodiversity

Through discussions with permaculture designers over the years we realized that there’s a lot of hesitancy around building aquaponics systems. We think the reason for this is that standard aquaponics is based off of hydroponics, and therefore sterile and lacking in biodiversity/nature-based design.

Eddy Garcia of Living Earth System will be sharing his version of aquaponics that hasn’t been based off of hydroponics, but instead based off of the Hawaiian taro patches that he grew up around, trial and error, and over 3 decades of observing how nature designs streams and ponds.

Meet Your Presenter

Aquaculture with Edward Garcia

Eddy Garcia grew up on the small Hawaiian island of Molokai. Learning through over 3 decades of observing Nature and living off-grid, Garcia has created state-of-the-art closed-loop regenerative agriculture systems that are productive and aesthetic. Garcia’s motivation in his design process is to build systems that mimic nature (in efficiency and beauty) and to build new earth.

Rather than an aquaponics system that mimics a hydroponics system with an inert medium, we concentrate on building living systems which include several living creatures, including, but not limited to, fish, shrimp, copepods, fungal cultures, several different types of bacterial colonies, plants, worms, and humans.

Our systems usually run off solar and are filled with rain water. In this presentation we will focus on the benefits of systems that are self-regulating through mimicking nature.

Co-Presenter Sam Schiebold

Joining in on Eddy’s presentation is Sam Schiebold, Co-Founder of Living Earth Systems | Graduating from University of Michigan in Physics and Environmental Science, Sam received her Permaculture Design Certification in 2012 before apprenticing for 2 years in Regenerative Systems Design with Maui New Earth.

Sam Schiebold


Living Earth Systems is a holistic design firm specializing in regenerative farm design. Our goal is to provide both inspiration and education for implementing a lifestyle that is good for you and good for the earth.

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Partner, Director of Education PermaEthos

Josiah Wallingford started working for Hewlett Packard at the age of 15 as a technical support representative. By age 17 he was a national technical support trainer for HP technical support representative.
When he turned 18, Josiah joined the U.S. Army as an active duty 19D (Cavalry Scout). While in the military he trained army units heading to Iraq and Afghanistan at Fort Irwin, the National Training Center (N.T.C.). He did one 13 month tour in Afghanistan attached to the 101st Airborn Division stationed at Camp Delta in Bagram Airfield where he toured and monitored the Parwan, Bamyan and Panjshir provinces.
After an honorable discharge from the military after eight years of service he became a project manager for what is now SmartTV where he installed high speed internet (HSIA) and video on demand platforms in luxury hotels throughout the United States.
In 2013 Josiah applied for and was awarded an internship with Jack Spirko of The Survival Podcast. Josiah and Jack become close friends and formed PermaEthos with three additional business partners in 2014 where he is now the Director of Education.

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