- 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.
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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