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  1. A few people have asked me if they can grab a Moai but not have to do the Facebook aspect of it. Being someone who is not all that FB connected (I only use it for the FFM and reef related things), I understand. If people would like to do the Moai contest, but not have to join or post on FB, that works for me. I just ask that you do me a favor and email me the pics, or PM them on the forum, so I can post them up for people to see. Hopefully that works!
  2. I get a bunch of your LI tribe up at the FFM every year. Take the ferry, its just easier.
  3. The 2019-2020 FFM Coral Topiary Contest! Jon Simmons from Boston Aqua Farms is in the process of custom making me 50 of these Moai (~4" tall) to send home with 50 different people at the FFM this year. Your challenge is to take the Moai home and turn it into something amazing by growing coral, sponges, anemones, whatever on it in your reef. As it progresses over the year, post your best pictures in the CT Frag Farmer's Market group on FB, to show your work. One week before next year's FFM (which will be on 3/7/20), we (my students and I) will look through all of the images from the year and pick the best, most creative, Moai topiary. The winner will receive a $50 FFM Gift Certificate for the 2020 FFM, and a Boston Aqua Farms fragging prize package. Thanks to Jon for agreeing to help out with this. "Official" Rules: -Email me at swansonjl@hotmail.com to get your name on the list to be one of the 50 people to take one home - first emailed, first in -Only one Moai per person -Must be picked up at the 2019 FFM -The Moai must be added to a saltwater tank (no cactus Moai, painted Moai, etc...) -Photos must be of the actual Moai in a tank, not photoshopped
  4. Okay, lets start with some of the FFM announcements!!! This year, we are going to host something different at the FFM- a celebrity painting session! At 1pm, in one of the classrooms, Rachel Fogle of Reef Weeds is going to be running a painting session for people to come in and do a Zoanthid painting with her. Its like a "Paint and Sip" but without the sip (sorry, it is a school...). You will spend an hour or so with Rachel, painting and at the end of the day, get to take ...your painting home! It's a great chance to have some fun, spend some time with Rachel, and learn a little painting. It would be great way to spend an hour at the FFM for any frustrated artists, bored spouses, etc... Best part- it's free! I only have space, and materials, for 18 people to come paint with Rachel, so the first 18 people who email me at swansonjl@hotmail.com will get a spot. I will make a wait list after that. *We were really thinking of this for adults. Kids are welcome but any kids under 12 must have an adult painting with them.
  5. With the number of vendors at the FFM, you can find ANYTHING that you are looking for. There are tanks filled with GSP frags all the way up to Jason Fox's Homewrecker. The great thing about it is that if someone has it, and is asking too much, just find it at another vendor- its a two minute walk. With the mix of shops and hobbyists there are SO many corals that it is overwhelming.
  6. So you are saying I should charge more...
  7. I just got word that Caribsea will be supplying the water for the Frag Farmer's Market again. With 60+ coral vendors, all wanting just a little water, that is no small thing! Thanks to Betsey and the crew down at Caribsea for helping out again this year, and for their continued support of the E.O. Smith Coral Project!
  8. Its back!!! I am putting together the 2019 edition of the New England Frag Farmer's Market to be hosted at E.O. Smith High School in Storrs CT on March 2nd, 2019 from 11am till 5pm. The event started as a chance for me and my students to host a frag swap at the school, promote aquaculture in the hobby, and show off the work that we are doing at the school with our corals. This will be the 12th annual FFM and it has grown into the biggest single day event in the country, drawing over 1300 people last year (with a snow storm the day before...). With over 60 coral vendors there are more corals at the FFM that at any other show. I have a few talks lined up and a few other tricks up my sleeve to make this year's FFM even bigger and better than last year! Admission is still just $5 and all the proceeds go to support the school's coral project. I have started to use the funds to help support other school coral projects in the area as well- so it all goes to a good cause! Hope to see you all in March! -Jon
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    Its back!!! I am putting together the 2019 edition of the New England Frag Farmer's Market to be hosted at E.O. Smith High School in Storrs CT on March 2nd, 2019 from 11am till 5pm. The event started as a chance for me and my students to host a frag swap at the school, promote aquaculture in the hobby, and show off the work that we are doing at the school with out corals. This will be the 12th annual FFM and it has grown into the biggest single day event in the country, drawing over 1300 people last year (with a snow storm the day before...). With over 60 coral vendors there are more corals at the FFM that at any other show. I have a few talks lined up and a few other tricks up my sleeve to make this year's FFM even bigger and better than last year! Admission is still just $5 and all the proceeds go to support the school's coral project. I have started to use the funds to help support other school coral projects in the area as well- so it all goes to a good cause! Hope to see you all in March! -Jon
  10. Well, I'm back up again after a long night of set-up. Despite the weather, more than 1/2 the vendors came to set-up last night and the other half, minus one or two, will be here this morning. We got no weather, other than rain yesterday and the school is all set to host the 11th annual FFM today! I got a chance to look over some of the set-ups last night and there is some AMAZING stuff at the FFM as usual. The FFM is definitely on for today so clear out your driveway and make the ride out to E.O. Smith in Storrs and be a part of it!
  11. I know if you watch the national weather reports it looks like the world is about to end but the local weather report for the area around the FFM looks like we should be good. Rain on Friday, a little snow overnight (a couple inches?) and then it is out for Saturday morning. We are good to go with the FFM- FRAG ON! Everyone drive safe!
  12. Only a few days to go before the biggest single day swap in the whole US! Anyone even close to CT should give the Frag Farmer's Market a shot. If you have never come out, you will not be disappointed. With close to 70 coral vendors, there are more corals at the FFM than at any other swap or show. If you have come out in the past, you are already coming out, so I will see you there! Here are some more questions that I have gotten on forums, PM's, emails, etc... "I have to drive 3 hours to get to the Frag Farmers, is it really worth it?" -I always look at a big show this way; I drive an hour to go to some of the shops I like best. What if I could drive 3 to see all of the fish stores in one place. With almost 70 coral vendors this year, this is the single largest grouping of corals you can find anywhere. No conference, no show, no swap focuses on just corals and has this many vendors. The room after room of corals at the FFM is overwhelming, even to me and I have been at them all! “How do I get tickets?” Admission is $5 and spouses and kids under 12 are free! All sales are at the door for the FFM. There are no advanced sales. "Will there be high end Zoas and SPS at the FFM?" -Yes, there are a TON of high end Zoas and SPS at the FFM, sold by many of the vendors. "Can I find easy to keep corals? I have a new tank and am just looking to fill some space." -Yes, that is there too. Lots of the hobbyists farm easy stuff, GSP, mushrooms, leathers, xenia, etc... "What are the typical prices at the FFM?" -The prices here are better than you will find anywhere for three reasons. One, the shops always stock up to sell at shows and give better pricing than you would see in their store, or online. They often do package deals, 5 for $50, etc... Secondly, the buy-in for shops is so low, they don't feel the pressure to make back their set-up fee. Typical shows this size charge $100's (or $1000’s) just for the space, mine is still well under $100, and only $30 for hobbyists. People always ask why don't I charge more, and the answer is I'm not in this for the money. I just want to be able to run my coral project with the kids at the school. Lastly, with so many vendors, you can find the same coral at multiple stations. That competition causes better prices. Frags range anywhere from free (yes that happens!) all the way up to $1000+. "Do vendors accept credit cards?" -Some do, some don't. Most of the shops do but some of the hobbyists do not. I always suggest cash, its the sure thing. “How much money should I bring?” This is a tricky question. Let me give you a word problem to describe it (sorry it's a teacher thing): When you leave home, you plan to spend $X. You will spend that much and then see three other things you want. You will visit the ATM across the street and take out more $Y, which you also spend. You leave having spent $X + $Y, and wishing you had bought that one frag for $Z that you had never seen before. How much trouble are you in with your wife? “Should I bring a cooler?” Yes, bring a cooler. The good news is that you don’t have to lug it around all day. The FFM has added a FREE cooler check station. The volunteers at the station will watch your cooler for you all day. If you need to drop something off, just stop by the table and throw it into your cooler! "Is there a raffle?" Yes there is. It is one of the biggest you will see at a swap with anything from rock to supplements, fish to coral, controllers to pumps, AIO tanks to 100 gallon reef ready set-ups, and a TON more! Raffle tickets are for sale all day at the FFM. "Where does all the money from the FFM go?" -ALL of the proceeds go to support the E.O. Smith High School Coral Project. I teach my students about corals, aquaculture and conservation by having them help me run the schools coral farm. The FFM has become so successful that I have been able to start helping other schools get going with similar projects in their classrooms. I have also used the proceeds from the FFM to give out $3000 in scholarships over the last three years. See you all in a few days! Jon
  13. Only one week to go!
  14. Here is the floorplan for the FFM this year- I have a few vendors for you to choose from...
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    Here is the floorplan for the FFM this year- I have a few vendors for you to choose from...
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