for Entrepreneurs

CREATE Aquaponics Training Cohorts

The CREATE Aquaponics Training Cohorts is a partnership between Clark Atlanta University and Truly Living Well Center for Natural Urban Agriculture.  CREATE is funded through the U.S. Economic Development Administration, which has provided for an aquaponics installation at Truly Living Well’s farm as well as free training for people in southwest Atlanta interested in developing aquaponics related small business opportunities.

Program Dates

Cohort 1:

May 5th -  June 20th

Cohort 2: 

June 23rd -  August 8th


Cohort 3:

August 11th - September 26th


Class Days & Times:

Tuesdays: 6:30pm - 8:30pm (online)

Saturdays: 10:00am - 12:00pm (mix hands-on and online) 


All of the classroom portions of the program will be held online via video conferencing.  If that is not accessible for you, it is possible to call-in and gets the content provided to you ahead of time.  


The hands-on component will take place at the aquaponics hoop house CREATE has installed at Truly Living Well located at

324 Lawton St SW, Atlanta, GA 30310


These gatherings will follow CDC guidelines of 10 or fewer people and maintenance of social distancing. If you are unable or uncomfortable attending these in person, CREATE will make them available with live and recorded video.


Delwyn Ray

Delwyn Ray is the instructor for the CREATE Aquaponics training.  Delwyn has a certification in Recirculating Aquaponics System from the University of Virgin Island, St. Croix.  He also holds a degree in Aquaculture from Brunswick Community College in North Carolina and a B.S. in Public Policy/Urban Development from Georgia State University.  Delwyn has over fifteen years of experience in the aquaponics industry and over twenty-five years in entrepreneurial-based enterprises that include: business development, marketing, and public/private sector development.

Week 1: Introduction, History, and Aquaponics Culture Systems I

  • Introduce The Course 

  • History Of Aquaponics

  • Recirculating Aquaculture System (RAS) Design

  • RAS Construction 

Week 2: Aquaponics Culture Systems II

  • Complete Discussion of RAS Design & Construction 

  • Design & Construction of Hydroponic Plant Production 

  • Systems, combined, featuring examples of successful aquaponic systems 

Week 3: Water Quality Management, Plant Nutrition and Nutrient Solutions

  • Basics of Water Quality Management in RAS 

  • Basics of Plant Nutrition & Preparation of Plant Nutrient Solutions in Hydroponics 

  • Integration of Water Quality Management for Fish & Nutrient Solution Management For Plants

Week 4: Fish Species Selection, Nutrition, Feeds and Feeding

  • Fish Species in Aquaponic Systems 

  • Basics of Fish Nutrition and Various Feeds & Feeding Strategies

  • Nutrition & Feeding of Various Species of Cultured Fish 

  • Fish Feed Ingredients & Formulation of Feeds for Commercial Fish Production

Week 5: Diseases

  • Causes & Possible Treatments of Various Diseases for Fish Species 

  • Most Common Diseases of Aquatic Organisms

Week 6: Predation & Cannibalism; Genetics & Breeding; Harvest & Haul

  • Predators & Cannibalism Among Cultured Aquatic Organisms 

  • Basics Fish Genetics, Fish Breeding & Biotechnology 

  • Harvesting Methods (ponds, cages, tanks, and raceways)

  • Transport of Live Fish (from facility to processing and other markets)

Week 7: Business

  • Aquaculture Economics

  • Business Planning



Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis for all three cohorts. 

Only 12 people will be accepted per cohort. 

For questions, please contact Jonathan Tescher, CREATE Program Manager, at  

Collegetown Farm & Education Center
324 Lawton St, SW
Atlanta, Georgia 30310

Mailing Address

Truly Living Well

P.O. Box 90841

East Point, GA 30364

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