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Portable Farms® Aquaponics Systems

(Utility Patent Application Filed December 24, 2013)

Tour a Portable Farms® Aquaponics System in SW Florida – CLICK HERE.

Portable Farms® Aquaponics System in Southwest Florida is OFF GRID AND SOLAR.

CLICK HERE to read article and view more images of this farm.

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This new Portable Farms® Aquaponics System is fully solar powered. INSTALLATION COMPLETED AUGUST 4, 2014 (see video below to SEE THE MAGIC 6-weeks later)

This new Portable Farms® Aquaponics System has one grow tray that is 6’x16’ (96 sq ft of grow space) which feeds four people FOREVER. 

We have incorporated all that we have learned into this sleek new state-of-the-art aquaponics system which is an upgraded version of all the systems we have ever designed or built and it is an efficient and beautiful system that is easy-top-operate and FULLY run on one single solar panel (off back left side of photo on outside of lanai).

LET US SHOW YOU THE MAGIC - YouTube Video taken on September 15, 2014. Phyllis Davis, President, PFAS LLC, introduces the new off-grid Portable Farms® Solar Aquaponics System located in Southern Florida.

 

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PREPARE FOR WINTER. Another Polar Vortex is expected for Winter 2014 in the US

 

PFAS LLC is pleased to offer our SALE! Prepare for winter 2014 with Portable Farms® Aquaponics Systems Course©  PLEASE READ CURRICULUM OF Portable Farms® Aquaponics System Course© – CLICK HERE.$500 off for regularly priced  Portable Farms® Aquaponics System Course© of $2,500.00.          

LEARN MORE ABOUT THIS SALE: CLICK HERE.      

SALE PRICE: $2,000.00               October 6 – 10, 2014

VERY IMPRESSIVE! PFAS LLC congratulates our amigos and recent graduates of Aquaponics University, Hector Gomez and Azael Bernal, as they finalize the installation of their Portable Farms® Aquaponics Systems in Baja, Mexico.

Yearly Production From Portable Farms® Aquaponics Systems

A 100′ x 100′ ( 30m x 30m) unit produces 80,000 vegetables and 23,000 pounds (10,400 kg) of fish

A 24′ x 46′ (7.3m x 14m) unit produces 8,600 vegetables and 1,156 pounds (524 kg) of fish

A 10′ x 20 ( 3m x 6m) unit produces 1,100 vegetables and 400 pounds (180 kg) of fish

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IT’S FALL and you know what that means don’t you? PIE.
if not now then whenAnd, it’s also time to install your own  Portable Farms® Aquaponics System in preparation for the upcoming winter season so you and your family can enjoy fresh healthy food all winter. Be prepared because the availability for fresh food will be scarce and expensive this winter due to the droughts in the US. 

Now is the perfect time to increase your level of sustainability.

If not now, then when?

 

 

The Portable Farms®  Kit is included in the course price. To see what is IN the Portable Farms®  Kit and what is NOT in the Portable Farms®  Kit , please request the FREE AND INSTANTANEOUS PRICE LIST (top right box on every page of this website). One Portable Farms Kit provides you with the technology to assemble one module which feeds 8 people. Want to feed more people? Then order more Portable Farms®  Kits. Yes, it’s THAT EASY.
READ FOR FREE: THE ENTIRE CURRICULUM OUTLINE FOR Portable Farms® Aquaponics Systems Course© -  CLICK HERE.
» Feed home-grown fish to your family . . . FROM TANK TO TABLE. » Feed pesticide-free table vegetables to your family . . . FROM FARM TO FORK.
Phyllis Davis, Co-Inventor, Harvesting fresh greens from their Portable Farms.
 Phyllis Davis, Co-Inventor, Portable Farms® Aquaponics Systems holding a freshly harvested bouquet of fresh greens.

Aquaponics is easier and more productive than organic gardening or traditional agriculture and uses 95% less water. Portable Farms® Aquaponics Systems also use less electricity and less labor than any other aquaponics system in the world.

Our 43 years of experience in aquaponics is now available to teach you how to feed your family FOREVER. [Read our History: CLICK HERE] It only takes a few days to learn the areas related to assembling an aquaponics system  so you can build your own Portable Farms® Aquaponics System!

  • Let us teach you how to grow healthy fish and vegetables so you can become increasingly self-sustaining.
  • You can learn everything you need to know about building your own aquaponics system and growing healthy food by taking our FUN and easy-to-follow email-correspondence course.
  • Most students complete our course in a few days and then we ship you a Portable Farms® Kit so you can build your own system.
  • What’s in the Portable Farms® Kit? It’s listed in the FREE PRICE LIST (right top column on every page of this website.)

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This small Portable Farms© Aquaponics System with 3 seperate  24′ grow trays feeds 10 people year round and requires less than 10 minutes a care of day: 1) plant, 2) harvest, 3) feed the fish. REPEAT. Easy.

One 200 sq ft single module of a Portable Farms® Aquaponics System  feeds 8 people.

Want to feed more people? Add more modules. 

Well THAT was easy . . .

One single head of India Mustard!

One single head of India Mustard!

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This offer is ONLY for commercial inquiries from qualified parties. FOR MORE INFORMATION: CLICK HERE.

Send us your commercial aquaponics business proposal for consideration, we will read it and respond: cdavis@portablefarms.com

DO NOT SEND ATTACHMENTS. They will not be opened. Provide the proposal in the body of an email only.

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To view photos of food that is commonly grow in Portable Farms® Aquaponics Systems: CLICK HERE. 

EMAIL us your questions AFTER you have searched our website for your answers. There are over 450 pages on this website and a SEARCH BOX in the top right hand corner of every page on our website. So please spend some time exploring and reading our website prior to contacting us. We receive thousands of phone calls and emails per month and we do our best to address all the answers to common questions on our website. Thank you.

Portable Farms® Aquaponics Systems GROW FOOD.

View a  2 minute video clip of the interior of 16 x 33′ Portable Farms® Aquaponics Systems – This small 16 x 33′ Portable Farms® Aquaponics Systems (in above video) feeds ten people the table vegetables and protein (tilapia) the food they need for optimal health – forever in 528 sq ft total space and 264 square ft grow space. 

LEARN MORE! CLICK HERE.

Phyllis Davis, Co-Inventors Holding 8 large heads of kale (leaves 46" long) in a Portable Farms® Aquaponics System.

Phyllis Davis, Co-Inventor, Holding 8 large heads of kale (leaves 46″ long) in a Portable Farms® Aquaponics System.

  • Portable Farms® grow food in greenhouses, warehouses or underground structures
  • Without the use of any pesticides, harsh chemicals, antibiotics or hormones 
  • Portable Farms® use 95% less water than traditional agricultural methods
  • Portable Farms® use less electrical power than any other aquaponics system in the world and can be solar or wind powered
  • Portable Farms® provide table vegetables (greens and blooming plants such as tomatoes, peppers, etc.) and fish (tilapia) as a protein source to maintain optimal health
  • Three people can operate one-quarter of an acre of Portable Farms® which feeds 240 people forever. Twelve people can operate one acre of Portable Farms® which feeds 1,000 people forever
  • Portable Farms® can be operated by semi-skilled labor and people of almost any age (young and old)
  • Greens grown in Portable Farms® can be harvested in as few as 28 days after installation and continue producing forever
  • Portable Farms® feed families, communities, cities, countries and the world.

“The number of people living in water-stressed countries is projected to climb from 500 million to three billion by 2025.” – ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT OF IRRIGATION: A REVIEW – Claudio O. Stockle – State of Washington Water Research Center Washington State University.

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Colle Davis holding Butter Head Lettuce grown in 36 days.

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To view photos of fresh food that is commonly grow in Portable Farms® Aquaponics Systems: CLICK HERE.

Phyllis Davis was awarded Second Prize after presenting Portable Farms® Aquaponics Systems to the San Diego Inventors Forum’s Annual Inventors Contest on June 13, 2013. View 8 minute presentation on YouTube video above.

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  Our 43 years of experience in aquaponics is now available to teach you how to feed your family FOREVER. [Read our History: CLICK HERE] It only takes a few days to learn the areas related to assembling an aquaponics system  so you can build your own Portable Farms® Aquaponics System!

  • Let us teach you how to grow healthy fish and vegetables so you can become increasingly self-sustaining.
  • You can learn everything you need to know about building your own aquaponics system and growing healthy food by taking our FUN and easy-to-follow email-correspondence course.
  • Most students complete our course in a few days and then we ship you a Portable Farms® Kit so you can build your own system.
  • What’s in the Portable Farms® Kit? It’s listed in the FREE PRICE LIST (right top column on every page of this website.)

Fish poop alone is NOT enough.

Stop adding chemicals to your aquaponics system and use a sprinkle of mineral rock dust instead! The fish LOVE IT.

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FF (Fish Friendly) Mineral Rock Dust provides MORE blossoms and IMPROVED flavor for all blooming plants and enhances the SIZE and flavor of all your green plants.

Lack of sufficient trace elements in fish waste is one of the key reasons aquaponics has been slow to commercialize. UNTIL NOW. Portable Farms® Announces FF (Fish Friendly) Mineral Rock Dust for use in your aquaponics or hydroponics systems for healthier and better TASTING greens and blooming plants.

  Fish waste alone does NOT produce ENOUGH iron, magnesium, calcium and potassium to raise blooming plants that continually produce ongoing blossoms for growing certain varieties of blooming plants in aquaponics. Portable Farms® now offers a chemical free, 100% natural solution that safely adds iron, magnesium, calcium and potassium and other trace elements to your system for successful growing in your aquaponics or hydroponic system and it’s FISH SAFE.  For more information about FF Mineral Rock Dust and Q & A’s: CLICK HERETo order FF Mineral Rock Dust ($19.95 per five pounds plus shipping): CLICK HERE.

To view photos of food that is commonly grow in Portable Farms® Aquaponics Systems: CLICK HERE.

As of September 23, 2014, PFAS LLC has received interest from more than 170 countries, 50 US States and 10 Canadian Provinces regarding the installation of Portable Farms® Aquaponics Systems.

Aquaponics is easier and more productive than organic gardening or traditional agriculture and uses 95% less water. Portable Farms® Aquaponics Systems also use less electricity and less labor than any other aquaponics system in the world.

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To view photos of food that is commonly grow in Portable Farms® Aquaponics Systems: CLICK HERE.

Portable Farms® Aquaponics Systems GROW FOOD.

To view photos of fresh food that is commonly grow in Portable Farms® Aquaponics Systems: CLICK HERE.

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  Read our new series, Building a Commercial Aquaponics Installation

Introduction:  CLICK HERE.  

Phase 1: Conceptual Research:  CLICK HERE.

Phase 2: Planning:  CLICK HERE. 

Phase 3: Site Preparation:  CLICK HERE.  

Phase 4: Initial Operations: CLICK HERE.

Phase 5: Ongoing Operations:  CLICK HERE. 

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Read our Newly Published 3-Part Article Series “Launching Your Own Aquaponics Business©”

  • Article 1: Launching Your Own Aquaponics Business – Start Small and Grow Large© 
  • Article 2: Launching Your Own Aquaponics Business - Growing as You Grow© 
  • Article 3: Launching Your Own Aquaponics Business – Growing the Business© 

 

 Read Our New 6-Part Article Series for Backyard Aquaponics Made Easy 

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  • Article 1.  Sizing your Aquaponics System to determine how many people you want to feed.
  • Article 2.  Location for your Aquaponics System in your backyard
  • Article 3.  The Type of Building for your Aquaponics System – greenhouse, etc. 
  • Article 4.  The Cost and Materials for an Aquaponics System in your backyard
  • Article 5.  Operations for your Aquaponics System – fast and easy!
  • Article 6.  Variations for Your Aquaponics System – no two are the same.
  • BONUS ARTICLE:  Nine Steps for Building a Super Backyard Portable Farm

 

LEARN FROM US!  CLICK HERE

Please read our NEW Four-Part Article Series for Indoor Growing in basements, garages, warehouses or empty buildings with Portable Farms© Aquaponics Systems. We cracked the code so you make money faster and easier and with AFFORDABLE GROW LIGHTS AND LOWER ELECTRICAL COSTS to increase your ROI for warehouse aquaponics! You’re welcome!
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1. Warehouse Aquaponics @ US$12 per Foot – To Read the Entire Article:   CLICK HERE.
2. Warehouse Aquaponics with Portable Farms®? Yes, Here’s How . . . To Read the entire article:   CLICK HERE.
3. The Real Cost of Indoor Growing To Read the Entire Article:   CLICK HERE. 
4. Install Portable Farms© in Empty Buildings – To Read Entire Article:  CLICK HERE. 

Colle Davis, Inventor, Portable Farms, holding a 20.5 pound head of Bok Choy grown in 45 days.

Colle Davis, Inventor, Portable Farms, holding a 20.5 pound head of Bok Choy grown in 45 days.

Phyllis Davis, Co-Inventor, holding a single head of Bok Choy in this Portable Farms® Aquaponics System that was grown in only 45 DAYS!

Phyllis Davis, Co-Inventor, holding a single head of Bok Choy in this Portable Farms® Aquaponics System that was grown in only 45 DAYS!

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  1. Sharonne Jaeger

    Hi Phyllis,

    I’ve been researching aquaponics for awhile to start supplementing my retirement in the near future and came across your site on Pinterest. Congratulations on your Inventers award and was WOWED by your speech.

    Thank You
    Sharonne Jaeger

    1. portfarms

      Thank you Sharonne! I appreciate your kind words. We have 450 pages on our website so start researching and learn about aquaponics.- Phyllis Davis – Co-Inventor, Portable Farms Aquaponics Systems

  2. Radi

    Hello,
    i’m from Indonesia (far-far-far a way country)

    my only question :
    did you ever have sent portable farm module to Indonesia?
    how much your costumers from Indonesia?

    and what should i do first if i wan to have one module of your lovely portable farm

    Thank’s

    1. portfarms

      Radi,

      Everywhere in the world is close today. We have students in 10 countries and yes, we have students in SE Asia. You will have to satisfactorily complete the Aquaponics University Portable Farms Aquaponics Systems Course© before we can ship you the PFAS Kit. The contents of the PFAS Kit is listed in the PRICE LIST available on every page, top right, of the website.

      We look forward to having you as a student.

      Colle Davis – Inventor

  3. Dennis

    Hi Colle,

    2 questions…
    Are there any PF customer testimonials that I could review?
    Is there any data available detailing the nutrient contents of various vegetables grown in the PF environment?

    Thank you.

    Dennis Pitt

    1. portfarms

      Dennis:
      Here is a link to a testimonial from our country license holder in Botswana Africa: http://portablefarms.com/2013/endorsement-for-portable-farms-from-the-country-license-holder-in-botswana-africa/

      We do not conduct studies for nutrient content in our plants. We supply them with 57 organic trace elements in our FF Mineral Rock Dust aside from the fish waste nutrients and the ‘taste’ of the food is excellent.

      Phyllis Davis
      President, PFAS LLC

  4. jojo ma.coll

    Dear Mam/Sir,

    I’m filipino, a technician working at Saudi Arabia. I’ve a 2 lots in the Philippines, one , sizes 1300 sq/meters, and the other one is 2400 sq./meters. I want to maximize my land with aquaponics to support my family (5 persons) and gainsome money . I just want to know much capital I need to corresponse to my lot area so that I can save. And where to I start ? Do your courses are online?
    I hope you could help me regarding this matter thank you.

    sincerely yours,

    Jojo

    1. portfarms

      Jojo,

      The area required to feed 5 people is only 12m2. This means that your plots can be utilized for commercial installations which usually start at approximately 1,000m2. A commercial installation of 1,000m2 including the land preparation, building, materials and the Portable Farms® Aquaponics Systems technology but NOT the land cost (you already have the land) will be approximately US$280,000 to US$300,000 and will feed 240 people. The ROI (Return on Investment) in most markets is 3 to 5 years. This means a payback of the original investment in 3 to 5 years. The income from a well run commercial PFAS installation is between US$80,000 and US$100,000 the first year and increases approximately 15 to 20% each year as the Operators and the installation become more efficient and the markets increase.

      We trust this information is of help and we look forward to having you as a student. The AU Course is an email correspondences course and we have students all over the world.

      Colle Davis – Inventor

  5. donald

    Hi, I need help! I’m trying to build an Aquaponic Garden & here’s what I have & some things I’m looking for to
    which I hope you can help me out::: I already have 2/ 275 gal. food grade totes. Will start with 1 for fish. I also
    have 6/ 55 gal food grade barrels & 4 of them are CUT in 1/2-Longways. What I need from you, if you offer it
    is the proper “Pumps” to cycle water thru my system. I’ll also need some fittings & valves. I need an air pump
    to oxygenate the fish water(just to make sure they are kept well! And I may need some type of heater for the
    winter here in north Texas! I just hope you have some pumps & parts to get me set up. I saw some other
    worm items & I think some filter ideas that will be good for a “Clean system”!

    I do hope you can help me. Sincerely,

    Donald Goodin

    1. portfarms

      Donald,

      If you want to use a cobbled together system you need to follow some other system besides Portable Farms® Aquaponics Systems. There are literally millions of references on the Internet that will show you how to put together a homemade system. The Portable Farms® Aquaponics Systems for small and backyard installations is only available by taking the Aquaponics University Portable Farms Aquaponics Systems Course© where we teach you how to build a system in a climatically adapted structure and operate it successfully.

      Good luck in all of your endeavors.

      Colle Davis – Inventor

  6. Vinit

    Hi …

    I want to know that how much Investment I will have to do.

    Assume I have 10000 Sq.ft land.

    Vinit

    1. portfarms

      Vinit,

      There is a process we have designed to help you arrive at the amount of investment for your particular project:

      To better assess your project and offer answers that are timely and relevant to YOUR unique situation, please answer the following general questions related to your project and we’ll get back to you ASAP. Some of the questions may be redundant, answer them anyway.

      1. What size project is your group planning to build? ¼ acre? 1 acre? Etc.
      2. What state, country or territory is your project targeted for installation?
      3. What is your projected time frame to begin your project? 90 days? One year? Etc.
      4. What project of this size, in any arena, has your group accomplished in the recent past? In other words, can your group actually build this installation?
      5. Is your funding in place? That means your group could pay cash for the entire installation TODAY. If not, do you have a target date for that available funding for the project?
      6. Have you explored the marketing study for selling the food Portable Farms is capable of growing? This means, you have actually talked the chefs, food managers and buyers and have solid commitments from them to buy the production from your installation.

      After completing the above responses, please return them to me and I’ll send you the 5 Phases information.

      Colle Davis – Inventor

  7. Raul

    Hello: I would like to ask you if your system has been tested with Ornamental fish. Also if you have info about your system with big cat fish or Arapaima. Thanks in advance.

    1. portfarms

      Raul,

      We have had clients grow goldfish and koi very successfully. Catfish do extremely well in the Portable Farms® Aquaponics Systems.

      Colle Davis – Inventor

  8. J-N Turcotte

    What would you suggest for an hobbiest in Canada (Montreal temperatures).

    Type of fish and food ?
    And mostly, how should it be cooled and heated ? if it is possible.

    thank you

    1. portfarms

      J-N,

      The Portable Farms® Aquaponics Systems can be installed anywhere a climatically adapted structure is available. There are a growing number of PFAS installations in Canada. The fish we recommend is tilapia and most people feed them a commercial tilapia/catfish chow. They are herbivorous and can be trained to eat duckweed, lettuce, zucchini and other plant material, even coffee grounds.

      There are many ways to heat and cool the interior of the structure. One of the reason the Aquaponics University Portable Farms Aquaponics Systems Course© was developed was to insure success in virtually any climate by outlining the requirements of the plants and fish. Yes, it is possible and the PFAS owners in Canada are very happy with their installations.

      Colle Davis – Inventor

  9. iqbal singh

    Hi Colle ,
    Am really very interesting with this aquaponic system. I have 0,5 hectare mineral land in Indonesia.
    What is the most desired of average water temperature for tilapia or gouramy fish?
    Could you please give us the guidance for land preparation,installation,etc?
    Thank you so much.
    Regards,
    Iqbal Singh

    1. portfarms

      Iqbal,

      You need to spend more time on the website, the water temperature question is answered there. Use the SEARCH box, top right corner, to search for information on the site.

      For the Commercial aspect please send the answers to the 6 questions on the Commercial page and the Front page and we can get you started.

      Colle Davis – Inventor

  10. Savannah

    Hi,
    My name is Savannah and I am an 8th grader at Clinton Middle School. We have our own aquaponics system but it doesn’t seem to be working that great. Last year we bought 50 goldfish and 49 of them died in 14 days. We think it is the PH levels.Here are some notes that might help. After evaporation of chlorine from tap water, pH rises from about 7.5 to 9.0. pH optimum: 7-8
    Adjusted pH with vinegar to 7.2. Within 4 hours pH increases to 8.0 and then within 24 hours 9.0.
    Britta Filter lowered pH to 6.0. Within 4 hours at 7.5 and 24 hours 8.8.
    Reverse osmosis, ph 7 → 8.8 (24 hrs) Water that has been forced through a special membrane under pressure. It is a slow process that produces virtually pure water. This water requires remineralizing with essential elements before use in aquarium, but will be free of phosphates, nitrates and other nasty chemicals.
    Kenosha water pH 7.5 . Sealed stayed
    Room 4 – 8.8 after about 1 week
    Aquaponics Lab – 8.8 -9 in 24 hrs.
    Testing with and without gravel had no effect.
    We were wondering if you could maybe help us. Please let me know asap if you have any information on how to help us. Thank you!
    Sincerely,
    Savannah

    1. portfarms

      Savannah,

      You teacher asked the same question. Use a product called pH Down to reduce the pH in your system. You way have to check it every day for a while. Do not use RO water. Use tap water, let it sit for a full day or put in Vitamin C 5mg per gallon to take out the chlorine. Without fish the pH will go up to the level in the water use and the above as evaporation pushes it up. That’s the best I can do for you because I have no idea how much water is in your system, what the turn over rate is and what plants you are using.

      Colle Davis – Inventor.

  11. Richard Wood

    I also live in Central New York. I have two questions: 1) I’m assuming that the water for the fish has to be heated in the winter. How much does that mass of warm 70 degree (+ or-) water contribute to the warming of the air in the greenhouse? 2) What is the rationale behind using a gravel type growing medium rather than the channels that are so common with commercially available systems?

    Thanks.

    1. portfarms

      Richard:

      The fish tanks are insulated and so the water is only exposed to the gravel, not the air, in the space. The warm gravel does contribute to the temperature, but not as much as one would expect. The plants love the warm, nutrient laden water on their roots.

      We have had fantastic results with the gravel medium filled Grow Trays and our system is used to treat the water, the channels are not performing that function.

      I trust this helps in some way.

      Colle Davis – Inventor

  12. Neil

    We have an 1860s farmhouse in Central New York State… Building a climate controlled greenhouse for NY is a little cost prohibitive for us, but we have a completely unused basement that only houses our furnace and hot water heater. (approx 750sf) However, being an old farmhouse, the basement tends to be damp, has a dirt floor, and may prove challenging to keep “bug free”. Also, from time to time (once or twice a year), heavy enduring rains can result in a few inches of water in it as well. Is it conceivable that an aquaponics system could survive in such a space? It would be nice to finally find a use for the basement.

    Respectfully,

    Neil

    1. portfarms

      Neil:

      Having been raised in Central New York, I understand exactly what you are facing. Two suggestions to implement, IF you want to use the space for a Portable Farms® Aquaponics Systems. 1) Put in a sump pump with a float valve in a sump hole. 2) Pour a concrete slab across the entire space to keep it cleaner.

      The PFAS Modules are 36″ off the ground so they will not be bother by the moisture, but the space will have to have venting to the outside or upstairs to keep the moisture in the basement at a reasonable level. In the winter, open the basement door and have a fan

        blowing up the stairs

      . In the summer have a window fan SUCKING the air out of the basement.

      Good luck. You need to take the AU Course first.

      Colle Davis – Inventor

  13. Joy

    Hi do you have any reps in Australia?

    1. portfarms

      Joy,

      Not currently. We do have a system is place for local retail sales, BUT more resembles the selling of software with hardware, a bit like computers. We are publishing an article this week on ‘Distributorship for Portable Farms®’ that will be helpful. It is a serious investment and requires a construction company either as the primary or as a partner in the venture. Stay tuned.

      Colle Davis – Inventor

  14. Rhonda Trull

    I live in southeastern Georgia. We rarely drop below freezing. Is it necessary to have a greenhouse for an aquaponics system in the southern regions of the U.S.?

    1. portfarms

      Rhonda,

      You need a climatically adapted structure everywhere and in Georgia it is mostly to keep the rain off and the bugs out.

      Colle Davis – Inventor

  15. Alan

    Hi

    Do you have any systems that you have set up or supplied in the UK please? I would love to have a look at a working model but wont be in San Diego for a little while (unfortunately!)

    Regards

    Alan

    1. portfarms

      Alan,

      Currently there are no publicly accessible PFAS installations in the UK. There are several projects ‘in the works’ as they say, but none open to the public yet. When the first ones are available, we will announce them in our newsletter and on our website and they will become rock star attractions because we receive so much traffic from the UK to our websites.

      Soon.

      Colle Davis – Inventor

  16. Clare

    Good Afternoon,

    I am currently a year 12 student at Brighton Secondary School and planning to base my Research Project within Brighton Primary School’s Produce Garden.

    I have been given the opportunity to manage an aquaculture system for Brighton Primary School’s Produce Garden. The project will involve researching, designing and organising a commercial grade aquaculture/aquaponic system. This project is for students to be educated in the science and business of cultivating marine or freshwater food, which may include varieties of fish or shellfish. This is not only an important part of my schooling, but also a valuable project within BPS.

    What type of aquaponic system design would you think would best suit an indoor area that young students could observe or be involved with, and why??

    1. portfarms

      Clare,

      There are literally millions of pages of information on the Internet about aquaculture and aquaponics. You will have to choose the system best suited for your specific needs and outcomes. A commercial Portable Farms Aquaponics System is not a teaching tool, it is a high intensity food production facility. Start small with fish tanks, grow lights and grow beds and see how the systems work in your indoor facility.

      I trust this information is of help to you in some way.

      Colle Davis – Inventor

  17. Bryan Isanoa

    Good Morning

    First, i’m not speak english, i’m from Colombia, and i admire all what you can make with aquaponics system, i’m really surprised with the food’s quality, beauty and scale. I would like to take aquaponics practice. Pitifully in this country i don’t find out some informatión or way to start it, there’s not so much information. thanks for attention and sorry for my limited English.

    1. portfarms

      Bryan,

      Thank you for your nice note. As long as you can read and write English you will do fine in the Aquaponics University Course. My Spanish is not so good either unless I have a couple of beers.

      Colle Davis – Inventor

  18. Peter

    looking into the feasibility of this style of thing in Thailand, initially on a backyard basis

    1. portfarms

      Peter,

      Then take the Aquaponics University Portable Farms Aquaponics Systems Course© and you’ll be ready anywhere.

      Colle Davis – Inventor

  19. John

    Hi,

    Do I have really have to give my information just to get the pricelist? Any other way of getting it?

    Thanks,

    John

    1. portfarms

      John,

      The request for a Price List is a business transaction. You fill in the form, we send you the link, put you on our mailing list and you can immediately unsubscribe when your receive the first of the really well done newsletters. Your website has the same arrangement so what about our request bothers you? It is the way online business is done.

      Colle Davis – Inventor

  20. Jahangir

    Hei……..just wanted to se your pricelist …f ex 5_fases of comercial growing

    Thanks Jahangir

    1. portfarms

      Jahangir,

      Every page has a FREE PRICE LIST sign up. Right hand column, second box. Fill in your email address and first name, click SUBMIT and VOILA, up pops the price list. The 5 Phases request also has an email request form you can use, please do so.

      Colle Davis – Investor

  21. Andrew

    Hello my name is Andrew, I am a college student and was looking at you’re product and I work for a restaurant and they wanted me to build a aquaponics system for them, and eventually grow to selling capacity if we were do that would we be allowed since you have a patent pending?

    1. portfarms

      Andrew,

      The patented system does not prevent you from selling the food. It prevents you from duplicating or teaching our technology to others. Which system do you plan to build. The Aquaponics University Portable Farms Aquaponics Systems Course© is the best place to start the process.

      Good luck in your endeavors.

      Colle Davis – Inventor

  22. sue ann richards

    Are all the material used in your system chemical free? Most sites say to use plastic pipe and plastic totes for the aquaponics, but most plastics give off harmful chemicals that I don’t want to get into my plants or fish. I would also like to know what the price would be for two of your units, one to feed three people and one that would feed twenty people? I live in Alaska so the thought of having healthy food year round is very appealing to me! Thanks for your time and your inspiration! Sue Ann Richards

    1. portfarms

      Sue Ann,

      Nothing is chemical free. This system is probably not for you. It uses PVC pipes, plastic fish tanks and plastic liner so you could not eat the output anyway. The figures on output are on the website and to buy two will require you taking the Aquaponics University Portable Farms Aquaponics Systems Course©.

      Colle Davis – Inventor

  23. Tarun Hindocha

    Dear Colle,

    I have a green house measuring 500 sq.meters and would like to try aquaponics in about 250 sq. meters. After having tried it out and if successful, I would like to expand it in the entire 500 sq. meter polyhouse.

    I would appreciate your giving me an idea of what I can begin with and how much investment I would have to make in the first phase (250 sq. meters) if I bought the entire system from you.

    I look forward to hear from you soon. With regards,

    Tarun

    1. portfarms

      Tarun,

      Thank you for your inquiry. I have sent you the 5-Phases of Commercial Growing .pdf in a separate email that will be extremely helpful in planning your project. We do not sell entire systems, only the technology. You will be well served to take the Aquaponics University Course also.

      Colle Davis – Inventor

  24. Coby

    Hello, I suppose salmon is out of the question for me, but I was wondering if you could grow another type of fish other than salmon, tilapia and catfish, if so what kinds of fish would you suggest?

    Thank You,

    Coby

    1. portfarms

      Coby,

      The fish that are the easiest and least expensive to raise are freshwater, warm water herbivores. Carnivores require animal protein to grow well. Some fish food formulations are now available for them, but we are not familiar with their cost or effectiveness. Perch is a growing favorite, but require animal protein which is mostly in the form of ocean fish ground up and powered, contributing to over harvesting of the oceans. Tilapia are very easy to raise, are readily available, taste great and have a standing market.

      This may not be what you wanted to hear if your favorite fish was not mentioned, but that is the state of the industry today.

      Colle Davis, Inventor

  25. Pankaj

    Hi
    I am planing to go Aquaponics way from conventional farming. Before I plan to move in this direction I wanted to know what is the ratio of land utilization comparing conventional farming vs Aquaponics. I have 2 acres of land which i want to use for this.
    Thanks

    1. portfarms

      Pankaj,

      It is very hard to move from conventional farming to aquaponics because they are so different. Interestingly, we have never, knowingly, sold a PFAS Unit to a farmer. They are not interested in the technology. The ratio of utilization of land is not an accurate way to compare them. Very few farming methods can yield nearly 80,000 lbs (35,000 kilos) of tomatoes per year from 10,000 sq ft (1,000m2). You do not need much land, or much water, or much electrical power, only someone to plant and harvest the vegetables and feed and harvest the fish.

      Colle Davis, Inventor

  26. David

    Hi, been reading alot about your systems, what kind of cooling do you use for growing salmon? I’ve been searching the internet for pictures of your systems and talking to people but as far as i can tell there is nothing…? alot of people are intrested in this kind of system and growing salmon but they all say it’s impossible to grow salmon and make profit, the adult fish need salt water and this would be no good for aquaponics… I’m thinking of building my own system with hot and cold tank and some kind of heat exchange to minimise the running cost

    http://aquaponicscommunity.com/forum/topics/refrigeration-to-heat-and-cool-fish-tanks?commentId=4778851%3AComment%3A292387&xg_source=msg_com_forum

    your welcome to have a look at my page in the forum, I’m sure if you have a working system alot of people there will be intrested!

    thanks Dave

    1. portfarms

      Dave,

      Thank you for your inquiry into the feasibility of salmon aquaponics. For backyard or small installation, as another person in the forum pointed out, if there is no profit it, then it is only a hobby. In the case of salmon aquaponics it is not financially viable and will simply be a fun and frustrating hobby.

      For commercial operations the key is to figure out an economic way to COOL the water. In northern latitudes in is MUCH EASIER to cool water than is hot climates. When we receive inquiries from locations such as Dubai or Nigeria or Haiti we carefully point out that heating the water and the space is almost never a issue, it is the cooling that requires the big bucks. We express a similar sentiment for people in Northern Canada, Finland and Alaska that they need to have a relatively inexpensive source of energy to insure enough heat if they are using tilapia or catfish. In the cool climates retaining the heat in the water is easier because they can use insulated tanks.

      When we are approached by a company serious about a commercial salmon aquaponics installation in a cool climate we show them exactly what is involved and how much it will cost. These installations start in the US$250,000 and up range. There is not enough money in the backyard or hobby arena of salmon aquaponics for anyone to make a profit and Portable Farms LTD is in business to make money.

      I trust this addresses what you were asking of us.


      Sincerely,
      Colle Davis, Inventor, Portable Farmsâ„¢ Aquaponics Systems

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