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How to Grow Fruit Trees or Blueberries in Aquaponics

How to Grow Fruit Trees or Blueberries in Aquaponics 
– by Colle and Phyllis Davis
 

In answer to the many questions we receive about aquaponics, “Yes, you can use aquaponics to grow fruit trees and blueberries.” 

Growing fruit trees with aquaponics requires having patience, being willing to follow instructions and being flexible in your choice of trees, fish and output. The main difference in using aquaponics to grow ‘fruit’ trees is that the equation shifts from extremely high value real estate (areas in gravel beds is valuable space when placed inside of a climatically adapted structure) to seasonal, outdoor controlled growing. Here are the main parameters that need to be addressed when considering raising fruit trees with aquaponics. 

 

  1. Pollination. Bees do not do well at all inside buildings. Hand pollination is time consuming and expensive.
  2. Which fruit(s) should you raise?
  3. What market is being addressed and can the fruit compete with regular ‘dirt farming’ methods currently used for growing fruit?
  4. What is to be done with the fish waste water when the trees are dormant?
  5. What training will the personnel need to have in order to make the aquaponics-fruit-growing-installation most productive? 

All of these issues have to be addressed before looking at the land to be used for the orchard/vineyard for the fruit. For the moment we’ll assume that the go-ahead has been made to install an aquaponics orchard to raise apricots, a high value crop which does not ship well and is in demand in the local markets. Fruit that travel well (apples, oranges, lemons, and limes) and that can be stored for long periods are not good candidates for aquaponics because the installation costs are too high to compete with current growing methods. The other fruit this method covers well is blueberries, so you may substitute blueberries for apricots in the information below. 

The first step for installing an orchard is to dig trenches on the contour across the slope of the designated orchard area. These trenches need to be 18 to 24 inches (45cm to 60cm) deep and the same wide with a 4 to 6 inch berm build up on each side to prevent ground water from entering the trench at any time. Then an impermeable membrane is placed covering the entire berm trench berm area to insure that no water either leaves or enters the trench. (Blueberries only need half the trench size.) 

At one end of the top trench, install an automatic trip valve in a sump area and have it drain into the trench below so the water is flowing back across the slope in the next trench down the slope. This arrangement will mean the water travels from one end of the trench to the other, drops to the next level and traverses the slope in the opposite direction for each trench. The slope must be great enough for the trench to fill nearly full each time and then to drain out completely. The ideal slope is 1:6 up to 1:8, less or more slope requires some consulting time to design a functioning system.  

Before filling the lined trenches with gravel, fill them with water first to observe that each automatic trip valve is working correctly and that each trench drains completely.  

The next step is placing the gravel that has been to be washed and screened to remove sand, mud and debris into the trenches up to two inches below the top of the berm. The gravel needs to be level in all directions. Fill each trench insuring the pipe surrounding the automatic trip valve has no gravel inside of it.   

Finally make sure the last trench drains completely into the fish tank/pond. Now it is the time to plant the trees (bushes) and install the fish into their new home. The choice of fish is much broader than it is with indoor aquaponics. Local fish can be used very successfully. Feed the fish what they will eat in 15 to 30 second once or twice a day after they are two to three inches long.  

When the fruiting season is over, reduce the water flow through the system to twice a week and after the leaves drop only run the water once or twice a month to insure the trees have some water. In the spring, begin the water flow before the first thaw and before the leaves start to swell.  

Now, here is a quick and dirty method. Cut several 55-gallon plastic drums in half, install a drain line with a shut off valve in the bottom so you can control the water level, fill with gravel, plant your favorite fruit trees and water with fish waste water a couple times a week during growing season and once or twice a month when they are dormant. AQUAPONICS FRUIT GROWING:  DONE.  


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An overview for those considering the option of installing an aquaponics system near their home.

 

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Want to Make a Chef Weak and Breathless?

Want to Make a Chef Weak and Breathless?
– Colle and Phyllis Davis

Do you want to know how to make an Executive Chef weak at the knees and breathless? Offer them a farm that grows an unlimited supply of fresh food and home-grown fish that’s near their kitchen. Then, after they wipe tears of joy from their eyes, tell them that the farm pays for itself and after that, the money they had been spending on food from their suppliers can now be spent on increased salaries and kitchen improvements. Since they’ll be speechless, expect a hug.

Today, Portable Farms® Aquaponics Systems offer fresh organic food and home-grown fish in an easy to operate system that pays for itself. What could be easier? This really is 21st Century Agriculture.

If a chef has been ordering 2 cartons of lettuce per week (24 heads per carton) from the food supplier who delivers his produce, now he only needs to plant 48 seeds in ‘grow medium’ into his Portable Farms®  Aquaponics System. By planting every week, he never needs to order lettuce again. It only takes 35 to 40 days to grow a head of lettuce. Plus, the produce won’t need to travel from local or long distance farms or endure packing and refrigeration so the food retains all of its flavor and high nutritional value. The chef can always harvest their vegetables at their ‘peak’ of perfection instead of receiving vegetables that were harvested and shipped too early. These systems are a perfect example of a Carbon Negative footprint, especially when compared to in-ground growing and current agricultural practices.

The Portable Farms®  Aquaponics Systems can be sized to meet the food requirements of a restaurant. A 20 x 30′ system can be placed in the parking lot behind a restaurant and will grow 3,600 vegetables and 1,400 pounds of fish per year. This size farm won’t grow enough food for the needs of even a small restaurant with a regular customer base. However, it is large enough to supplement their food supply from existing suppliers and adds ‘bragging rights’ to customers and the local media to increase their customer base because they’ll be able to tell the public they ‘raise a portion of their own organic vegetables behind the restaurant and it also provides some of their own fresh, home-grown fish.’ They can also offer their customers a tour of their farm creating an even deeper customer loyalty. A positive dining experience and a greenhouse tour will spread the excitement around town, within days.

chef proud 2A larger restaurant who wants to reduce food costs, should consider a 90 x 120′ (1/4 acre) Portable Farms®  Aquaponics Systems near the restaurant.  This size Portable Farms® grows 60,000 to 70,000 vegetables and around 21,000 pounds of fish per year, depending on the crop choice and the market values for those crops, the ROI for this sized unit is between three and five years. The ROI is much faster for commercial sized systems because they have far more growing space for vegetables and tank space for fish.

What is a Portable Farms®  Aquaponics System?

The Portable Farms®  Aquaponics System is a closed loop, water-based fish and organic vegetable production system. It utilizes insulated and heated fish tanks to grow Tilapia, and then runs the warm water from the fish tank (rich with warm, nutrient-rich fish waste) through a clarifying system with special pumps, and then the water flows through  gravel-filled Grow Trays to feed and water the growing plants. The entire system is built in modules; each module (shown below) contains one fish tank, one settling tank, and of course, the food growing space. These modules are enclosed in a climatically adapted growing structure, usually a greenhouse. The structure keeps out pests and helps maintain a perfect growing temperature. A commercial sized system contains between 28 and 32 modules.

The Portable Farms®  Aquaponics Systems are specifically designed to utilize currently unused urban or near-urban space to grow food as close to the end consumer as possible. It is not designed to replace regular land-based agriculture. The main function of the Portable Farms® Aquaponics System is to produce nutritious food, on site, using a minimum of space, electricity, water and labor.

Restaurants generally purchase food from local and national suppliers who arrange with providers for vegetables, dairy, bakeries, meat and fish to be delivered to their restaurants. These suppliers sell chefs what’s available on the market at that time, and then make regular deliveries to their kitchens. It sounds simple, but it is not. Thousands of people are involved in the process of growing food, shipping it, selling it in the marketplace, and then distributing the food to restaurants for preparation by chefs to serve to their dining customers. And, in the process of bringing food from farm to table, the costs rise to pay everyone along the line.

Owning a Portable Farms®  Aquaponics System takes all the ‘middle men/women’ out of the equation. In fact, one full-time, semi-skilled worker can operate and maintain over 1/4 of an acre of Portable Farms®  Aquaponics System. It’s not quite ‘a drive through farm,’ but it’s close.

Make YOUR chef happy today. A happy chef creates a happy and prosperous restaurant with loyal customers who tell all their friends about their dining experience. It’s the best investment you can make in today’s competitive environment. LEARN FROM US: CLICK HERE.

 


 

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Commercial Aquaponics GOLD
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Backyard Aquaponics GOLD

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An overview for those considering the option of installing an aquaponics system near their home.

 

Greenhouse & Warehouse Aquaponics GOLDgreenhouse book cover

This ebook discloses the facts, figures and formulas necessary for successful greenhouse and warehouse aquaponics growing. 

 

 Solar Aquaponics GOLD

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Feeding the World with Portable Farms®

Portable FarmsFeeding the World with Portable Farms®
– by Colle and Phyllis Davis

 Our article on the Portable Farms® website, Feeding a Family of Five, went around the world in 24 hours and drew interest from readers in over 140 countries. After all, our loyal readers are looking for immediate solutions to their own food needs. They want to avoid worrying about the cost of food, relying on coupons, tainted food, and staying current on sales from local grocery stores; they’re interested in creating a never-ending supply of fresh, pesticide free food near their kitchen so they never have to buy their table vegetables at their grocery store again, EVER.

Please note: The majority of the food grown in Portable Farms® that is not consumed by the owners MUST be sold and not given away to those in need. Why? Because the focus of donor funding always shifts, over time, to various causes and if (for whatever reason) the funders or donors who are supplying the money for the ongoing costs of labor, water, electricity, etc., required to operate a Portable Farm decide to reallocate that funding to another cause, the aquaponics system will eventually fail. While good deeds are encouraged in the world, nothing (not even funding) lasts forever. However, if food grown in Portable Farms® is SOLD to pay the necessary operating expenses for the Portable Farm, the operation has a chance for long-term survival in that community.

The question we have received most often about community aquaponics installations is:  “How can a larger group use an aquaponics system to become more locally self reliant?”

Here is our answer: “By using the same formula of 25 sq ft to feed one adult, any group can sit down and figure out what size system they need to feed their members or target audience. For example, if a group wants to feed 240 people, they would need 6,000 square feet of grow space which fits perfectly into a 10,000 sq ft greenhouse in ¼ acre. That will provide them with most of their table vegetables and fish, a regular source of healthy protein, forever. It would not include root vegetables like potatoes. carrots nor legumes and grains.”

If your organization is focused on ways to help the children in your community or somewhere else in the world, the same formula can be applied. In many cases, part of that help can also include jobs for their parents and help teach the children about ‘the cycle of life’ and the value and benefits of healthy nutritional habits. 

A religious organization can very easily address the needs of their congregants or a target group that they are assisting by using the same ‘people to grow space’ formula. For a group of one hundred persons in need, a PFAS Unit containing only 4,000 sq ft of enclosed space will do the job. That is a greenhouse only 50 x 80 feet. Nearly every religious organization has that much space in their parking lot or in an open area next to their main church building. This size will provide all of the table vegetables and some of the fish needs for the 100 people or it will also help supplement the needs of nearly twice that many people.

Community groups can also start a locally supported installation and be able to leverage their resources to a much greater degree with an investment in a permanent food-production facility run by local semi-skilled labor. The opportunity to serve the community and actually have the system help pay for itself over time is a huge advantage over nearly any other source of food items. Plus, it offers employment to a few of the locals ‘in need’ for a permanent full time job.

Even nonprofit organizations can step in and serve their community in a way that outlasts the original donor’s money. By using donor money, they can erect one or more Units, perhaps under the name of the donor, and the system becomes an income-generating fixture to the organization, or at least self sustaining investment, as it serves the target group. Even programs that are designed to provide ‘in-home help’ can benefit from having an aquaponics system on site or close by to provide food for the recipients. 

For those who wish to give to, and to support those who are less fortunate, our aquaponics systems are a way to leverage their giving. By setting up a foundation or charity which actually owns the installations, an individual, or family, or organization can dramatically impact the lives of those they wish to help and insure their money is put to work doing the most possible good.

In today’s world of chaos, fear, hunger, poverty, dishonesty and crushing bureaucracy, there is a way to help those as close as your family or as inclusive as your community or even a larger section of the earth by installing an aquaponics system. Now you or your organization can really make a difference in people’s lives, forever, by feeding people and providing employment to those who need it most.


Read Five New Ebooks About Aquaponics-Related Topics
Written by Colle and Phyllis Davis, Inventors, Portable Farms® Aquaponics Systems and Published in 2015

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Backyard Aquaponics GOLD

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An overview for those considering the option of installing an aquaponics system near their home.

 

Greenhouse & Warehouse Aquaponics GOLDgreenhouse book cover

This ebook discloses the facts, figures and formulas necessary for successful greenhouse and warehouse aquaponics growing. 

 

 Solar Aquaponics GOLD

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Let us show you HOW, WHY, WHAT, WHERE and HOW MUCH it costs to install your own solar powered system for YOUR aquaponics system.

 


The Wonder Fish: TILAPIA

Tilapia, ‘The Wonder Fish’ 
Grown in Portable Farms® Aquaponics Systems
– by Colle and Phyllis Davis

Mozambique tilapia

Mozambique tilapia

One of the most commonly asked questions we receive is concerning the fish that we use in Portable Farms®, “Why Tilapia?'”

In the US, please check with your local Fish and Wildlife Department in your State and see if Tilapia are legal in your area.

It generally takes between 7 and 9 months for a tilapia to grow to maturity and we harvest them then at 1.25 lbs(approximately) which yields two four-ounce fillets.

Our response has been consistent for all-these-many-years. Here are the reasons Tilapia is still our champion and will probably remain so for a long time:

Tilapia are considered a fresh water, warm water fish.’ The plants grown in aquaponics systems grow faster in a warm environment, which requires warm water flowing through the systems. Plants do best at 73° F no matter where they are in the world. They may grow faster or slower in warmer or cooler temperatures, but they grow best with a leaf surface temperature of almost exactly 73° F. That means that the fish in the system need to love and enjoy warm water.

Please note, different countries have different choices for their aquaponics systems with fish that are ‘fresh water, warm water fish’ other than tilapia. For example, in Australia we’re told they favor using barramundi, silver and golden  perch, and catfish. Portable Farms Aquaponics Systems favor using tilapia.

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  • Most trout/salmon do not like water over 60° F at which point they begin to experience stress and become susceptible to diseases above this temperature level. This means either the water must be cooled and heated each cycle, or the fish or the plants will be unhappy and not grow well.
  • Trout/salmon are also carnivores and are grown best on animal protein. Commercial trout chow contains fish meal as the protein source and that fish meal is from ocean harvest fish, depleting the ocean fisheries.
  • Catfish, which was our personal first choice, have a different problem. The fry or fingerlings are only available three months of the year (May, June, July) so there is no way for farm owners to constantly restock their fish tanks. Catfish grow quickly, they like warm water, they will eat almost anything, they taste good and are a hardy fish. But, stocking off season is impossible.
  • Perch are carnivores and eat bugs, crayfish and other animals to grow. These are tough to get in the winter time unless you grow them inside for some other purpose. Perch food is tough to get almost any time of the year. Perch taste sweet and are easy to work with but are difficult to find food for them.
  • Crayfish and freshwater prawns are cannibalistic and need to have separate ‘apartments’ built in the tanks so they don’t eat each other. They are sometimes used in the tanks with other fish to clean up the bottom of the tanks. They are very hardy, but the housing for them is a problem.

That leaves the incredibly, tasty, hearty and adaptable Tilapia. They are very easy to prepare, taste great, grow quickly, and are available year round. They will eat and prefer plant protein and are very hardy. They prefer a water temperature in the low 80° F’s, the water can be fresh water, brackish water or even salty water, and they do just fine. They will thrive in water that can be dirty looking and still grow and be ready for eating almost anywhere in the world. Of course, our newly configured Portable Farms CAD pumps remove all sediment from the tanks and they swim in clear, clean water that turns over at least twice per day.

Tilapia, ‘The Wonder Fish’ is our choice.


Read Five New Ebooks About Aquaponics-Related Topics
Written by Colle and Phyllis Davis, Inventors, Portable Farms® Aquaponics Systems and Published in 2015

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Backyard Aquaponics GOLD

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An overview for those considering the option of installing an aquaponics system near their home.

 

Greenhouse & Warehouse Aquaponics GOLDgreenhouse book cover

This ebook discloses the facts, figures and formulas necessary for successful greenhouse and warehouse aquaponics growing. 

 

 Solar Aquaponics GOLD

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Let us show you HOW, WHY, WHAT, WHERE and HOW MUCH it costs to install your own solar powered system for YOUR aquaponics system.

 

The HEALTHIEST Bread in the World

The HEALTHIEST Bread in the World
by Colle and Phyllis Davis

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This bread recipe has NOTHING to do with aquaponics, but many of our readers are full-fledged ‘foodies’ (as we are) and we enjoy passing along recipes that light us up. THIS ONE IS A GOODIE. You must try it.

The Danes make the best breads in the world and I’m passing along a much-loved recipe of theirs that is so good for us that we make it regularly. WE LOVE IT and it’s high in fiber and protein. It’s also gluten-free and vegan and digests easily (pre-soaked ingredients).

This is NOT sandwich bread. You can use this Life-Changing Loaf of Bread in a variety of novel and healthy ways:

  • Toast a slice
  • Crumble up a small slice and use as a morning cereal. Add blueberries, bananas or fresh peaches for a royal treat. Colle makes fresh almond milk for cereal twice a week by adding a dozen unsalted almonds, a few walnuts and 2 tablespoons of unsweetened coconut, a cup of ice and about 10 cups of water into our Vita-Mix. Blend to mix and serve over cereal. It is delicious!
  • Toss a few tablespoons of this great bread into yogurt for a taste treat.
  • Crumble up a small slice and throw over a fresh lettuce, vegetable or fruit salad for a crunchy surprise.
  • Throw a few tablespoons into a protein drink for added flavor and texture.

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Makes 1 loaf

I mix all the dry ingredients in great batch quantities to last for a month so I can make this recipe quickly without have to get out all the ingredients every time I make a loaf. Then, when I want to make it, I just measure out the 2 2/3 cups of the dry ingredients then just mix in the liquid ingredients to let it sit (minimum 3 hours) prior to baking. Since the bread lasts five days (when wrapped tightly in aluminum foil or wax or freezer paper and secured well with 2 rubber bands), I make four or five loaves per month to have on hand around our busy house to serve guests as a special yet healthy treat.

Dry Ingredients:

  • 1 cup sunflower seeds
  • ½ cup flax seeds
  • ½ cup hazelnuts or almonds
  • 1 ½ cups rolled oats
  • 2 Tbsp. chia seeds
  • 4 Tbsp. psyllium seed husks (3 Tbsp. if using psyllium husk powder)
  • 1 tsp. fine grain sea salt

Liquid Ingredients:

  • 1 Tbsp. maple syrup (we use light agave nectar – found at most supermarkets – instead of maple syrup)
  • 3 Tbsp. coconut oil, melted
  • 1 ½ cups water

First, whisk maple syrup (or agave nectar), oil and water together in a separate bowl.

Then MIX ALL THE DRY INGREDIENTS WELL and then add the liquid mixture to the dry ingredients and combine until everything is completely soaked and dough becomes very thick, adding 1-2 teaspoons water if dough is too thick to stir. Pour the mixture into a baking pan and then pound down the mixture so there are no air pockets anywhere in the mixture. Slap it with your hands or with a wooden spoon. Smooth the top and then let sit at room temperature IN THE BAKING PAN for at least 3 hours or overnight before cooking.

Instead of a typical metal baking pan, I use a silicone baking pan (it is flexible and is great for baking) and the bread just pops out perfectly (image above).

Preheat oven to 350°F.

Bake bread for 20 minutes, then remove bread from loaf pan, place the loaf upside down directly on a rack, and bake for another 40 minutes (it should sound hollow when tapped). Let cool completely before slicing.

Store in an airtight wrapping or container for up to 5 days.


 

Read Five New Ebooks About Aquaponics-Related Topics
Written by Colle and Phyllis Davis, Inventors, Portable Farms® Aquaponics Systems and Published in 2015

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Backyard Aquaponics GOLD

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An overview for those considering the option of installing an aquaponics system near their home.

 

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This ebook discloses the facts, figures and formulas necessary for successful greenhouse and warehouse aquaponics growing. 

 

 Solar Aquaponics GOLD

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Let us show you HOW, WHY, WHAT, WHERE and HOW MUCH it costs to install your own solar powered system for YOUR aquaponics system.

 

Precision Growing Aquaponics Systems

Precision Growing with the NEW Enhanced Portable Farms® Aquaponics Systems
– by Colle and Phyllis Davis

interior jan 14 2013Precision growing is defined as ‘delivering the exact nutrients and other requirements that are needed by growing plants at exactly the right time in the exactly the required amounts.’

These precision delivery systems are now becoming the hallmark of modern growing in controlled environments. Whether precision growing is directed at orchids, or tomatoes, or lettuce, or cucumbers or roses, the more precisely the plants needs are known and provided for, the more cost effective the growing system becomes.

The growing space is utilized in a much more efficient and effective manner. The water’s pH and carefully timed delivery system as well as the addition of macro-nutrients and micro-nutrients are all very important to successful growing results. So are the available light level and intensity and the temperature and the air flow in the building. Delivering each requirement at all times results in maximum yields in record growing times. The added expenses of these high tech growing systems are very quickly offset by the dramatic increases in yields.

Controlled environment agricultural growing is very quickly becoming the state-of-the-art production because of the multitude of advantages. These include:

      • Extended growing season – often year round
      • Greatly reduced consumption of water even with in-ground growing methods
      • Less expensive and more accurate pest control – often pests are eliminated as a problem
      • Growing is placed much nearer to markets in many cases
      • Less chance for crop losses due to weather, pests, water loss and theft
      • More efficient use of fertilizers and nutrients used for maximum production
      • Custom and high-value crops easier to grow for local markets.
Phylis Davis harvesting fresh greens.

Phylis Davis harvesting fresh greens.

The NEW Enhanced Portable Farms® Aquaponics Systems actually deliver a slight excess of everything the plants need, even the light, so every plant always have the perfect conditions for maximum growth. The NEW Enhanced PFAS also has other advantages:

      • No pesticides are ever used
      • Less water use than any other type of commercial growing system available today
      • The waste water is a valuable fertilizer that can be used on other crops or sold at a profit
      • Waist high work area
      • No single point of failure
      • No weeding – ever
      • Watering is automatic
      • No soil or dirt inside the building

 

Phyllis Davis harvesting ripe delicious tomatoes ranging from one-half pound to two pounds per tomato.

Phyllis Davis harvesting ripe delicious tomatoes ranging from one-half pound to two pounds per tomato.

For maximum production/yield, PFAS LLC recommends the following ENHANCEMENTS to a regular PFAS installation:

      • The addition of micro-nutrients that include  iron, magnesium, calcium and potassium and 53 other vital minerals are supplied with organic FF-Mineral Rock Dust
      • High performance greenhouse coverings that protect from weather extremes.
      • Insulation of all walls and roof that do not contribute direct sunlight to the grow trays
      • Grow lights capable of providing maximum full spectrum lighting for both greens and blooming plants.
      • Inert growing medium for planting seeds
      • Trellis installation for maximum vertical growing for blooming plants (tomatos, cucumbers, beans, peppers, etc.)
      • Full monitoring system of all functions within the building that notify operator of any necessary adjustments required
      • Low cost fish tank heaters
      • Automatic water leveling system for fish tanks.

All of these advantages are now available in a standardized modular package that can be built and operational in a few months anywhere in the world that a climatically adapted structure can be built on flat land. The land used can be in an empty building lot waiting for a new builder, a parking lot, an open field near the city, any high density area that food is high demand (city, refugee area in a crises, school, prison, church, hospital) or almost anywhere a builder finds flat level piece of land where some water and solar or grid power is available. Even that empty building that no one can figure out what to do with will work.

These controlled-environments-precision-growing-systems are capital intensive on the front end, but they produce income very quickly and continue to produce income over long periods of time with only operational expenses needing to be covered. The ROI on the Portable Farms® Aquaponics Systems is only three to five years. Investors really appreciate these advantages and the new ‘farmers’ appreciate the opportunity to reap huge rewards for their efforts.


 

Read Five New Ebooks About Aquaponics-Related Topics
Written by Colle and Phyllis Davis, Inventors, Portable Farms® Aquaponics Systems and Published in 2015

For more detailed information about these books: CLICK HERE.

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Commercial Aquaponics GOLD
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Aquaponics GOLD

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Backyard Aquaponics GOLD

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An overview for those considering the option of installing an aquaponics system near their home.

 

Greenhouse & Warehouse Aquaponics GOLDgreenhouse book cover

This ebook discloses the facts, figures and formulas necessary for successful greenhouse and warehouse aquaponics growing. 

 

 Solar Aquaponics GOLD

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Let us show you HOW, WHY, WHAT, WHERE and HOW MUCH it costs to install your own solar powered system for YOUR aquaponics system.

 

Evolution at High Speed

Evolution at High Speed
– by Colle and Phyllis Davis

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Darwin was wrong!  He was completely wrong about the premise that evolution is a VERY SLOW process. In our modern world, evolution has become extremely fast and in many cases it shows up from one generation to the next. For example the current furor about antibiotic resistant bacteria becoming impossible to stop shows that germs are evolving quickly to insure some of their offspring survive. The most effective antibiotics developed by Big Pharma today are only effective for a few years, perhaps a decade or two and then the little beasties win the next round and it seems that humans will never catch up.

The accumulation of bacteriaAt one time in the past century, pesticides were effective but today there are a new bread of super weeds and super bugs that demand a higher and higher dose and multiple applications of pesticides to achieve any impact at all. Evolution is a much stronger, more efficient and faster force than anyone ever imagined and this amazing natural mechanism has the power to wipe out humans. It may wipe us out not because humans cannot evolve fast enough or that we are in short supply, but because humans are creating chemicals and compounds that never existed before in nature and which we know very little about and have no idea how to use or control.

Commercial agriculture is the largest user of chemicals, antibiotics, and synthetic compounds. Almost all of these manmade super-killers cause severe and unintended consequences:

  • Huge algae blooms promoted by fertilizer runoff
  • Franken weeds that cannot be killed by any known chemicals
  • Antibiotic resistant germs mentioned above, the world is becoming more hostile to humans.

The growth of the ‘organic’ and ‘all natural’ and ‘range raised’ foods in the marketplace indicate a growing awareness and concern with an increasing number of people interested in what they are eating. Good health can no longer be taken for granted and the health of people of all socio-economic levels is being threatened. A few brave souls have started to say, “Enough is enough.”

There are limits for modern agriculture’s focus on mono-cropping and lowest-price-world-markets without regard to the health and well-being of those involved or impacted and eventually this blatant disregard will become too high and unsustainable to continue. Oh, wait, that day has already arrived.

This disregard for health and life is commonplace. Governments have now come part of the problem and even though the world can raise enough food for everyone to have enough to eat, it is the distribution controlled by huge corporations and corrupt governments that creates hunger and starvation. Subsidies and trade barriers prevent food from being delivered to those in need at a price they can afford.

corn2The mandated use of ethanol as fuel has taken enough corn out of the food chain to feed 500 MILLION people and run it through internal combustion engines. These corn fields used for fuel are some of the most polluting and chemical drenched lands in the world. Corn that is grown not for human consumption means that farmers do not have to follow the same guidelines for fertilizer and pesticide applications.

What can you do to protect yourself? There are a few things you can do to impact this situation. Grow some of your own food. We realize this is often not possible in the world of urban populated cities. However, you can buy make an effort to buy locally produced food from markets or farmers in your area. Traditional ‘farmers markets’ are seasonal, but you can buy fresh fruits and vegetables from farmers or at farmers markets when they are in season and then freeze, can or dehydrate that food for enjoying in winter months. ­­­­You can also demand your grocery stores stock and then BUY the best available produce that has been raised sensibly to support their efforts. Often, you will have to pay higher prices for better food.

If you need further proof of pesticide control,
perform a Google search: “California strawberry” + pesticides.

 

The bottom line: Unless you demand healthier food, you will continue to be sold corporate farming’s cheapest, most polluted and highest priced produce that is killing you and your family. Here is where you can make a difference. Starting today, demand the best food on the planet and refuse to buy anything that is helping kill our lovely world. It’s up to you.  You’re right, the process is not easy, its hard work, takes commitment and is never ending and your efforts may not work. Then again, your grandchildren or their grandchildren may survive long enough to enjoy a rejuvenated world that promotes healthier food and people.

Aquaponics Gold – Ebook

Aquaponics GoldEbook – $39.95

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Written by Colle and Phyllis Davis

Raising Healthy Fish and Vegetables in Aquaponics

Raising Healthy Fish and Vegetables in Aquaponics – Revealing 17 Trade Secrets and 100 PAGES OF GREAT information!

The purpose of this book is to fill in the gap between the burgeoning varieties of technology available today for aquaponics and all the various growing techniques. It is our pleasure to offer many of our own time-tested and effective techniques for raising healthy fish and plants in aquaponics.

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Aquaponics GOLD

– By Colle and Phyllis Davis

Raising Healthy Fish and Vegetables in Aquaponics

About Us

Introduction

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Overview of Aquaponics

Chapter 2: 17 Trade Secrets to Portable Farms Aquaponics Systems

Chapter 3: Growing Healthy Vegetables in Aquaponics

Chapter 4:  The Fish and the Support of their Health and Growth

Chapter 5: Fish Harvesting and Restocking Fish Tank

Chapter 6: Fish Processing to Prepare the Fish for Cooking

Chapter 7: Food Safety and Technology On-Farm Food Safety for Aquaponics Systems

Chapter 8: Methods for Growing Healthy Plants and Fish in Your Aquaponics System

Chapter 9: Organic Pest Elimination in Aquaponics

Please note: This new ebook does NOT teach the reader how to build a Portable Farms® Aquaponics System. Instead, it focuses on fish and plant care in aquaponics.

This cutting edge information offers FULL EXPLANATIONS for 17 Trade Secrets along with 100 pages of tips and tricks for raising healthy fish and vegetables in aquaponics.

Find out the answers to these aquaponics trade secrets in our new book.

  • TRADE SECRET #1The carrying capacity for fish in an aquaponics system is based on the following formula:_____________________.
  • TRADE SECRET #3To size the Fish Tank correctly, follow the following formula to calculate the number of gallons needed for the Fish Tank size:_____________________.

The purpose of this book is to fill in the gap between the burgeoning varieties of technology available today for aquaponics and all the various growing techniques. It is our pleasure to offer many of our own time-tested and effective techniques for raising healthy fish and plants in aquaponics.

This book teaches the solutions to problems that we have faced while working in the field of medium-based aquaponics (gravel or substrate based systems) over many decades.

This book does not provide instructions for building a Portable Farms® Aquaponics System. However, if your goal is to build your own Portable Farm, please visit Aquaponics University to view the curriculum for the coursework.

Inventors of Portable Farms® Aquaponics Systems publicly reveal their TRADE SECRETS for growing delicious food in aquaponics systems. Take advantage of our 43 years of refining our own and our customer’s aquaponics systems and learn from ALL of our mistakes so you won’t have to make them.

  • Learn how to care for your fish and then harvest and enjoy the fresh fish from your aquaponics system.
  • Let us show you how to grow healthy, pesticide free table vegetables for your family.
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Tilapia

Aquaponics has become a passion for many people. As a result, there are many designs for aquaponics systems available online as ‘open source’ (free) information for those interested in replicating an inventor’s system and installing their own aquaponics systems for growing food.

Yes, it is a sad truth that we have inadvertently killed countless plants and fish over the years and as a result of these tragedies, we have learned from our mistakes.

As the inventors of Portable Farms® Aquaponics Systems, we have worked diligently in our Aquaponics Research and Development Centers in both California and Florida to experiment with fish varieties and fish care and seed selections and planting experiments for growing vegetables with simple techniques for maximum production in aquaponics systems.

superfarmerAs of today, Portable Farms® Aquaponics Systems have been sold in almost all 50 US States, in 10 Canadian Provinces and in 16 countries outside the US. Our customers have installed small aquaponics systems in their garages and basements and in small greenhouses in their backyard. They have also created community farms in greenhouses to feed several families as well as large ¼ acre commercial aquaponics farms for selling food locally to customers who want to buy the healthiest, pesticide food available.

We have worked in every aspect of aquaponics from building and constructing backyard greenhouses, installing commercial aquaponics’ farms to working closely with our global customers to advise them how to grow healthy fish and a wide range of table vegetables.

Aquaponics is trending and today, even city planners are focusing on funding for both hydroponics and aquaponics systems to create higher degrees of food security in large cities to feed their growing urban populations. Their plans include the use of vacant lots for the installation of attractive greenhouses and retrofitting empty warehouses for growing food year round with the addition of grow lights.

This book does not provide instructions for building a Portable Farms® Aquaponics System. However, if your goal is to build your own Portable Farm, please visit Aquaponics University.


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Shade Cloth in Greenhouses, the Unnoticed Helper

Shade Cloth in Greenhouses, the Unnoticed Helper
– by Colle and Phyllis Davis

READ OUR NEW BOOK GREENHOUSES & WAREHOUSE AQUAPONICS

Note shade cloth mounted on the roof and sides of this greenhouse to protect the plants that will be planted in the gravel grow trays.

Note shade cloth mounted on the roof and sides of this greenhouse to protect the plants that will be planted in the gravel grow trays.

Plants can only utilize approximately 70% of direct sunlight. On the inside of a greenhouse, the temperature will rise very quickly as the sun climbs up into the sky. All greenhouses exhibit this rapid rise in temperature as the angle of the sun decreases. Even in very cold climates, the sun, on a clear day, can drive the temperatures from below freezing to the mid-60’s (15 to 20°C) very quickly. It most greenhouses, the problem is what to do with the heat and how to best utilize it for the good of the plants. Greenhouses are much easier to heat than to cool because the sun is the driving factor with the heat and that is tougher to regulate.

Shade cloth comes is a wide variety of blocking levels.

In installations using elevated medium (gravel in Portable Farms®) filled grow trays, the medium can very quickly heat up to killer temperatures for the plants if not protected from the direct rays of the sun. The advantages of the waist high gravel filled grow trays has to be tempered with the need to keep the gravel relatively cool. In raft systems, this problem is much less important because the light-colored ‘raft’ material does not heat up nearly as much as dark gravel.

Plants growing in a gravel medium in a Grow Tray in a Portable Farm.

Plants growing in a gravel medium in a Grow Tray in a Portable Farm.

Small plants growing in soil do not have much of a problem in full sunlight. The ground absorbs the heat and either passes it back to the air quickly or absorbs it lower into the soil itself. Even the lightest mulch will keep the soil cooler. With the use of gravel, the heat is absorbed and held in the top layer of unprotected gravel and this thin layer continues to heat up to over 140° F on a hot day. The seedlings will start to die if the gravel temperature exceeds 110° F for more than a few minutes.

This seedling stage of growth is the time the shade cloth is the most important in preventing the gravel from heating up faster than the air above it can remove that heat.

When a greenhouse is built to grow plants it needs shade cloth installed no matter where it is located in the world. Many greenhouses have shade cloth mounted on wires so it can be adjusted depending on the age of the plants and how much light they can utilize. With a Portable Farms® Aquaponics Systems the shade cloth can be permanently installed in place because all of the other requirements to grow the perfect plants are oversupplied and light is not the limiting factor.


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 Solar Aquaponics GOLD

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Let us show you HOW, WHY, WHAT, WHERE and HOW MUCH it costs to install your own solar powered system for YOUR aquaponics system.

 

Wasabi Lettuce? In Aquaponics? YES! YES! YES!

Wasabi Lettuce
by Colle and Phyllis Davis

GREEN WAVE LETTUCE

It’s NOT really called Wasabi Lettuce. That’s not the real name of this incredibly delicious, delightful, peppery and tasty green, but ‘wasabi lettuce’ is what we call it when we point it out to the people on tours at the Portable Farms’® Research and Development Center. When they are handed a leaf to taste, what they are actually tasting, is wonderfully pungent mustard green called Green Wave (Brassica juncea) from Johnny’s Select Seeds). As soon as they put a bite of the lime-green wavy edged leaf into their mouth and chew it slightly, their eyes light up and they say, “You’re right, it tastes exactly like wasabi.”

For non sushi eaters, this is the light green stuff that sushi eaters mix with soy sauce and dip their sushi into before eating. It is VERY pungent and a little goes a LONG way.  

 

According to Herbcyclopedia: If you like Japanese food you may by now know what Wasabi is, or at least guess because not many people knows where this strong greenish condiment known as Wasabi comes from. Wasabi(わさび山葵), originally 和佐比, Wasabia japonica or Eutrema japonica, also commonly known as Japanese horseradish(PHOTO ON LEFT) is one of the most popular spices in many Asian countries, especially in Korea and Japan, a plant member of the Brassicaceae family, which includes cabbages, horseradish, broccoli, Brussels sprouts and mustard. The root of Wasabia japonica is used as the source of an extremely spicy condiment used in many Japanese traditional dishes as sushi or sashimi. The name Wasabi translates from the Japanese as “mountain hollyhock“. 

 

Many times we are asked about growing suggestions for our aquaponic systems that we have never heard of or that are being referred to by a local name that we do not recognize. Wasabi lettuce is our name of our new favorite, but that name has no meaning for anyone else. Regionally available plants are often not even known to those outside of that specific region. The only hard restrictions on growing plants in the PFAS is root crops  which do not grow well under the gravel substrate.

A grow tray of Green Wave Lettuce growing in a Portable Farms Aquaponics System.  

 

Phyllis Davis holding a bouquet of Green Wave lettuce

The huge variety of greens and blossoming plants raised in the R&D Centers over the years has been fun, exciting, very informative and has been helpful in recommending varieties to anyone using aquaponics. For the most part these experiments have been highly successful and new varieties have been slowly added to the list of approximately 300 varieties we have actually grown in the aquaponics systems. Some plants do exceptionally well, are very easy to grow, produce predictably and are on the list of recommended plants for aquaponics.  

A few have not worked out so well. Because of their desire to experiment we encourage those who want to try new and different varieties to go ahead and plant some to see how they do in the system. Some do great and some not so great. Some are seasonal and do not do well in the ‘off’ season. 

For commercial installations the initial ratio of greens to flowering plants is dictated by the marketing study done in advance of any construction. The initial profit is significant and enough to pay off the initial investment in three to five years, but the real profit comes when the customers begin to ask for specialty crops or different varieties of their favorites, some of which you may have to dig to find what they actually are before buying some for the client.  

When anything is custom grown it has a higher profit margin because that specific crop is hard to procure OR it would be readily available. For example:  After a short time of being supplied with the standard lettuce, tomatoes and peppers, the customer nearly always asks, ‘Can you start bringing me these different tomatoes or the type of lettuce that we used for wraps or can you bring me hot peppers?’ and those items bring near retail prices, or a tiny bit less than they would have to pay their normal suppliers.  

When you are asked to supply a new variety or new vegetable, start with a dozen or so plants to see what the results turn out to be for your particular system. There are always some surprises and some of the new plants are fun and some are really confusing . Have fun. 

VISIT AQUAPONICS UNIVERSITY AND LEARN ABOUT AQUAPONICS!

 


Read Five New Ebooks About Aquaponics-Related Topics
Written by Colle and Phyllis Davis, Inventors, Portable Farms® Aquaponics Systems and Published in 2015

For more detailed information about these books: CLICK HERE.

ebookdownload

Commercial Aquaponics GOLD
COVER1

 

Listen to an important message from Colle Davis, Lead Inventor, Portable Farms® Aquaponics Systems

Aquaponics GOLD

aquaponics gold High Resolution WEB

 Listen to Phyllis Davis tell you about AQUAPONICS GOLD.

Backyard Aquaponics GOLD

cover 3

An overview for those considering the option of installing an aquaponics system near their home.

 

Greenhouse & Warehouse Aquaponics GOLDgreenhouse book cover

This ebook discloses the facts, figures and formulas necessary for successful greenhouse and warehouse aquaponics growing. 

 

 Solar Aquaponics GOLD

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Let us show you HOW, WHY, WHAT, WHERE and HOW MUCH it costs to install your own solar powered system for YOUR aquaponics system.

 

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