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$50,000 a Year Income with a Portable Farms® Aquaponics Systems


$50,000 a Year Income with a Portable Farms® Aquaponics System (utility patent application filed December 23, 2013
– by Colle and Phyllis Davis


The main cost factor difference between a backyard Portable Farms® Aquaponics System and commercial Portable Farms® Aquaponics Systems is labor. This single factor means a family can actually make a very nice living from their large backyard Portable Farms® installation. It is the labor that is the deciding factor. If the labor costs are taken out of the commercial installation operating expenses, the ROI (Return on Investment) or payback time is cut IN HALF.

That means that a large ‘backyard’ installation with only 2,000 sq ft (200m2) of grow space can produce an income close to $50,000/year in net income by selling the food grown in the farm. That is a VERY lucrative business investment and a fantastic way to grow a home-based business. 

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Colle Davis, Lead Inventor, working in a Portable Farm

Colle Davis, Lead Inventor, doing chores in a Portable Farm

The labor is NOT FREE. It is provided by the family who are doing the work and reaping the benefits which include a very substantial income from the produce coming out of their Portable Farms® Aquaponics System. Plus, the entire family is enjoying the best food on the planet and enhancing their health as they work; please note, caring for a Portable Farms Aquaponics System is NOT HARD WORK, it’s simply daily chores that include planting and harvesting and feeding the fish.

Everyone in the family is part of the business and because they are engaged in raising food they are much better off than anyone else around them in case anything happens to the economy. Freshly grown food that locally available will always be in demand regardless of economic tides.

PFAS LLC recommends starting your business with a smaller installation, perhaps a 20 x 40’ containing two commercial size (200 sq ft) Grow Trays. This size will feed 16 people their table vegetables year round forever OR provide local high-end restaurants and markets with high quality, high-value vegetables year round for which they will gladly pay top dollar to receive. Then, when your markets are screaming for more of the locally grown, pesticide free vegetables and pesticide free fish, you can build a larger building perhaps even one that can be expanded over time as your family becomes familiar with the ongoing operations and can handle a larger installation on a daily basis.





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  1. Vincent

    I am interested in hearing about the adaptability of your system in very warm/hot temperatures. I reside in South Florida and am interested in getting one here as a POC and then putting commercial systems in the Bahamas.

    What types of limitations on produce, fish are there where it is very hot? Can I grow Tomatoes year round in your system, something I could not do if I put them in the ground?

    1. portfarms


      The Portable Farms® Aquaponics System is not a concept, it is a proven technology. We still suggest that those interested in leveraging the technology into a commercial setting build and operate a pilot project to prove to themselves it works and to get their ‘hands wet’ as we say. The learning curve is not steep, but learning the requirements of the systems is vitally important. The fastest way to come up to speed on the PFAS is to take the Aquaponics University Portable Farms Aquaponics Systems Course©. If you subsequently buy the commercial package, PFAS LLC will reimburse you for that tuition.

      The PFAS must be installed in a climatically adapted structure, this means that the temperature must be kept between 45 and 104 degrees F (5 and 40 C). The Bahamas will not present much of a problem keeping within that range. The AU Course covers the various requirements for all types of climates. It also covers how to regulate the temperature by adjusting the timing on the circulation system.

      Yes. We have had fantastic results with tomatoes. Sprinkling a very light application of the FF-Mineral Rock Dust has made all the difference in the world.

      We trust this information nudges you to enroll in the AU Course to get your project started.

      Colle Davis – Inventor

  2. Neil Palmquist

    Colle and Phyllis:

    I am deeply interested in this route and am looking into funding options. I will need to find a suitably zoned property and a climate controlled greenhouse structure suitable for New York State. Do you have any recommendations for our region and weather? (Elmira, New York)

    Also, I made note that you have relocated to Southern Florida. Have you established a new facility for touring there and/or do you have any customers/clients in the Northeast that may be willing to accommodate a visitor?


    Neil Palmquist

    1. portfarms


      Having grown up in Ithaca, New York, I fully understand the need for a climatically adapted greenhouse in Central New York. Any of the major greenhouse manufacturers can help you with the project. The guidelines are the interior temperature needs to be kept between 40 and 104 degrees F year round and 76 is perfect, but not necessary.

      We are not building any new facilities in Florida. If one of our clients decides to put in an installation and offer tours, we will announce that fact in our newsletter and on the website.

      I trust this information is helpful.

      Colle Davis – Inventor

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