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The Cost to Build a Backyard ‘Home’ Aquaponics System

The Cost to Build a Backyard ‘Home’ Aquaponics System
– by Colle and Phyllis Davis

Here is the answer to the most requested question we receive regarding building a backyard home aquaponics, ‘What’s will my installation cost me?”

The larger the aquaponics system you build, the better the investment it is because you’re growing more food and saving on food costs at your local market. It’s a true but sad fact that a very small backyard aquaponics system is not the best ‘financial investment,’ but you WILL have a year round supply of the freshest, best tasting and most nutritious food you can buy.

farm 8 18 2012Please note: IT’S THE GREENHOUSE THAT IS EXPENSIVE and NOT the aquaponics technology or building materials. According to the Craftsman National Building Cost Estimator program, the pricing on a greenhouse measuring 12′ x 12′ would be around $3587, or $25 per square foot. If you want to find someone to give you a quote in your area in the US: CLICK HERE. By adding in all the other components for building a Portable Farms Aquaponics System (training – with includes your Portable Farms Kit and other materials) the cost is about $35 per square foot.

 

 

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If you want to purchase a greenhouse, there are many qualified resources available including:

Important information for installing your Portable Farms® Aquaponics System inside a greenhouse:

  • Make sure your new PFAS building has a minimum of 10 feet between the top surface of the Gravel in the GTT to the lowest point in the roof if you are enclosing more than 1,000 sq ft (100m2) of space. This is because the gravel gets HOT and the building needs a larger amount of air in the space to remove the heat before it can hurt the plants.
  • Less than 10 feet of clearance above the grow tray means the air cannot circulate properly to strip the heat out of the surface of the gravel. Even if you run the CAD Pump longer periods during the hot part of the day it will not be enough to pull the temperature down to a reasonable level.
  • Be sure to install shade cloth to cover the entire growing area so the small plants are protected and then the larger plants can receive full sunlight when they are large enough to cover most of the gravel.

 

greenhouse backyardThe numbers quoted below INCLUDE the cost of the Portable Farms® Aquaponics System Course© and upon satisfactory completion of the course, you’ll receive one Portable Farms® Kit as part of the Course©, so you can build your own Portable Farms® Aquaponics System. This price for the Course© includes the entire assembly, operations and maintenance course as an online correspondence course, PLUS, it INCLUDES one Portable Farms® technology kit – all for the price of $2,500. Offer good only in the US and certain other countries.

 

 

– A stand-alone climatically adapted structure (greenhouse) of 10’ x 16’ containing one Grow Tray 5’ wide and 12’ long will require an investment of approximately US$4,800. This will provide a grow tray space of 60 sq. ft. or enough to feed two adults year round.

  • - A stand-alone climatically adapted structure (greenhouse) of 18’ x 32’ containing two Grow Trays of 6’ x 28’ will require an investment of approximately US$8,100. This size will provide a grow space of 336 sq. ft. and feed 13 people year round.
  • In the prices quoted above, we have not included the following:

-          The variable costs for the wide range of prices for the structure (greenhouse) for aesthetic landscaping purposes (example, grand gothic greenhouses) or for ‘extreme climates’ of sun, heat and cold

-          The addition of grow lights for locations with limited sunlight and for supplemental lights during winter months (November to March) for maximum production of blooming plants (tomatoes, etc.)

-          The cost of fans, wet walls or ventilation for the greenhouse structure which will vary according to your climatic conditions and design of structure.

Phyllis Davis, Co-Inventor of Portable Farms® Aquaponics Systems holding 8 heads of kale just harvested from a Portable Farm. The average height of these kale is 47". Monster kale!

Phyllis Davis, Co-Inventor of Portable Farms® Aquaponics Systems holding 8 heads of kale just harvested from a Portable Farm. The average height of these kale is 47″. Monster kale!

The examples (above) show what happens with economies of scale as the systems become larger. The cost difference per person is amazing. The smaller unit costing US$4,800 divided by two people equaling US$2,400 per person. The larger unit is US$8,100 divided by 13 people or US$623 per person. That is one fourth (1/4) of the cost per person compared to the smaller unit.

After initial building costs, there are ongoing costs involved for fish, fish food, seeds, electricity and water but they are generally minimal for backyard home aquaponics systems.

If you’re ready to increase your level of self-sufficiency or you’re interested in a family project that involves your entire family, then consider building a Portable Farms® Aquaponics System in your backyard.

Would you like to learn more about aquaponics? Learn from us . . . 

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  1. Debby Bennett

    I would like to set one of these up indoors and also outdoors in the mountains of British Columbia Canada. What am I going to need for power/ wattage etc. and what will I need for grow lights. I heard of low temp grow lights that don’t use a lot of electricity…what would they mean by that type of light…do you know what they are called. tks for starters!!! GREAT IDEA>>>TKS FOR ALL THE YEARS IT TOOK TO GET IT OFF THE GROUND!!!

    1. portfarms

      Debby,

      Thank you for the kind words. Check with Darryl Cotton at Inda-gro.com on the requirements for lighting. He has worked directly with us for a couple of years now and has the best lighting system we have ever used. The rest of the electrical requirements will depend on the size of the building and the number of modules you want to install.

      Good luck.

      Colle Davis – Inventor

  2. Andy

    Hello I am interesting in having your Kit. So I have two questions. Is the Aquaponics University Course available in Slovenia (Europe) ? How long does it take from starting you course to receiving your PFAS Kit In Slovenia? Thank you for your answers.

    Your future student.

    Andy

    1. portfarms

      Andy,

      The Aquaponics University is available in Slovenia. The AU Course is a self-paced correspondences course and most people complete it is about a month. Once you satisfactorily complete the course work, we will ship you the PFAS Kit. You will have to pay the shipping (approximately $185) cost because shipping is not covered outside the US and you will be responsible for any customs due.

      We trust this helps and we look forward to having you as a student.

      Colle Davis – Inventor

  3. Agustin Parra

    Hello. Is the Aquaponics University Course and kit available for Venezuela?

    1. portfarms

      Agustin:

      Yes. You will have to pay shipping and any customs on the PFAS Kit.

      Colle Davis – Inventor

  4. Ravi

    Is this kit / course available in India? How does one do the course from here? Do you have an online version? Tx

    1. portfarms

      Ravi:

      The Aquaponics University Course is available in India. The AU Course is a self-paced email correspondence course. You will have to pay for the shipping of the PFAS Kit to India and any customs or tariffs that your country may impose.

      We look forward to having you as a student.

      Colle Davis – Inventor

  5. Emmally

    Hi there,

    Is it possible to get these systems in Sweden? How would I go about it?

    Kind regards,

    Emmally

    1. portfarms

      Emmally,

      Yes, the Portable Farms® Aquaponics Systems is available in Sweden. You start the process by taking the Aquaponics University Course which includes the PFAS Technology Kit. That way you will become competent in the technology before your PFAS Kit arrives and then you can finish your PFAS installation and have it operational in a matter of days. You need a climatically adapted structure and in Sweden that may mean inside a building and you definitely will need grow lights no matter where you place the PFAS.

      We look forward to working with you as a student. Talk soon.

      Colle Davis – Inventor

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