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World Domination through Aquaponics
- By Colle and Phyllis Davis

inda gro bok choyThe world of aquaponics has been extremely small but it is a growing trend. There is tremendous interest in aquaponics and every day we see people moving from being ‘interested’ in aquaponics to owning their own systems.

In the years since we began offering Portable Farms® Aquaponics Systems for sale, the total references to the word ‘aquaponics’ has grown from less than one hundred in a search engine to hundreds of millions of references since June 2008.

 

http://portablefarms.com is ranked in the top 79,300 websites
in the United States and in the top 354,460 websites in the world.
– 04/06/2014 – Ranking by Alexa.com

There are literally millions of websites that talk about backyard aquaponics systems and teach:

• How to build small family aquaponics systems
• What foods to raise and how to raise them
• Problems, solutions and a huge amount of inaccurate information that is currently available.

greenhouselightsatnightThe world of commercial aquaponics is even smaller and yet it too is growing very quickly as the recognition that locally grown, pesticide-free food brings a premium price all over the world. The main differences in commercial systems are that they are much more expensive and yet they actually have to have the ability to pay back the investors within a reasonable amount of time, with a realistic Return on Investment (ROI). The key to success is to have a through local marketing study done before any money is invested in an installation. Your market will dictate the output and the success of your investment.

Most commercial aquaponic systems are of the float or raft style installations and are dependent on one or a few large pumps to circulate large quantities of water on a continuous basis throughout the entire building. They also have complex filtering systems for the fish waste because a single tiny particle of fish feces on a root can kill the plant. An engineer is needed on staff to insure everything continues operating correctly because a single component failure can cause a catastrophic failure of the whole system. These type systems all contain a single point of failure, usually a large pump or pump control switch.

Float or raft systems are also limited in what they can grow because only greens and herbs can be grown in these type systems. Fruiting plants such as tomatoes, peppers, beans and cucumbers cannot be raised easily in them.

farm 8 18 2012Now to a very different type system, Portable Farms® Aquaponics Systems, which are medium (gravel) based:

• There is no single point of failure
• They can be operated by a 15 year-old
• Portable Farms can grow almost any type of surface grown plants
• They can be operational and producing income in as little as 6 weeks after completing the first Modules
• They are also less expensive to build and much less expensive to operate of any currently available aquaponics system.

40 days after planting seedlings in a Portable Farm.

40 days after planting seedlings in a Portable Farm.

The main difference is the modularization of the system which creates redundancy and reduces failures to the absolute minimum. Any point of failure is confined to a single Module (200’ sq. ft. of growing space) and thus will not affect the total operation by more than a few percentage points. Even if there is a failure in a single module, the system is designed for that module to sit without power for up to 12 hours with no harm to the fish or plants. With a manual backup, the period of time can be extended indefinitely.

This means that even if the electrical power goes off for the entire installation and the backup fails to engage, there is a 12-hour window of time to rectify the problem and bring the system back on line, with no harm to the system. An automatic notification system can be in place to insure the proper personnel are made aware of any power interruptions in the successful operations of the installation.

gardenerleaningsideways3The day-to-day operators can be semi-skilled workers who have been trained by the company that provides the technology. PFAS LLC offers training for Portable Farms® Aquaponics Systems through Aquaponics University Portable Farms Aquaponics Systems Course© which trains one operator for every ten Modules purchased. The Operators become increasingly more skilled over time and as their expertise increase and the productivity of the Grow Tables themselves increases the first year, the actual output will be at least 20% higher the second and subsequent years than in the first year of production.

The energy needs for the Portable Farms® Aquaponics Systems’ modules is so low that solar or other alternative power supplies are a very reasonable way to power the installations. An entire 10,000 sq ft (1,000m2) installation in a temperate climate will require about the same amount of power as a small three-bedroom home. The best part is that the energy needs are required during the same time of day as the maximum solar gain is available so the need for storage is much lower.

 

The ‘waste’ produced by the system is a valuable byproduct that can be sold to local gardeners or used on site for ground-grown vegetables, fruit trees, lawns or potted plants. It is non toxic, basically organic and can be handled by regular sanitary sewer systems.

cuc22Now the best difference: Nearly all type of annual flowering/fruiting plants can be raised successfully in the Portable Farms® Aquaponics Systems, this ‘other’ aquaponics system. This means the really high-value crops like tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers of all kinds, zucchini, green beans, broccoli, bok choy, kale and others can join the lettuce, chards, greens, basil and local favorite greens in the same installation. Now your local markets can be supplied year round with the finest locally grown, pesticide free vegetables of their choice and fish.

How do you invest in the commercial Portable Farms® Aquaponics Systems? There are actually several paths depending on your specific location, project size, capacity to handle the maintenance and operations of a business and the amount of capital available for investment.

1. A single commercial installation of 8,000 to 10,000 sq ft (we call this the starter package) where your total cost will be in the range of US$275,000 to US$330,000 depending mostly on the cost of the climatically-adapted greenhouse or building. This DOES NOT INCLUDE LAND COST.

The ROI is in the three to five year range depending on your crops grown and relationships to local markets.

The amount of this investment which actually goes to PFAS LLC is approximately US$68,000 or between 24% and 20% of the total capital cost. This type installation is covered under a SITE LICENSE and is perpetual.

Greenhouse2. Multiple commercial-unit installations can be built at or near the same site. They may also be spread over a small city to facilitate distribution of the production. This arrangement is also covered under a SITE LICENSE and is perpetual. [There is a major restriction with a Site License requiring that you may not build sell to or build installations for other investors nor duplicate the technology.]

3. A Territorial Portable Farms® Aquaponics Systems Technology License covering a specifically defined and agreed-to territory and owned by a company that has the capacity to build, operate and service installations within said territory.

This territory can be as small as a city or as large as a country. A minimum number of commercial size installations must be completed each year, there is an annual licensing renewal fee and a consulting package of help is included in the agreement.

The initial licensing fee is based on the population of the territory and is US$.03 per person with a minimum fee of US$100,000. The renewal fee in 10% of the initial fee.

globalbusiness4. A Country Portable Farms® Aquaponics Systems Technology License covers an entire country. The Country PFAS Technology License for Botswana has been in place for three years now and is owned by the largest construction company in the country.

The main difference between the territorial and the country license is the technology transfer and the training of locals to build the technology in-country, the amount of consulting time available to assist in the development within the country and there are no minimum installations requirements. There is however an annual renewal fee that is required to maintain the License. Governments or corporations can own Country Portable Farms® Aquaponics Systems Technology Licenses.

A corporation may own several country licenses and/or territorial licenses. The main criteria for a Territorial or Country PFAS Technology License is: ‘Can the organization actually build and service the installations they plan to install within their territory or country?’ The added benefit of these type licenses is that they may also sell and install the Portable Farms® Aquaponics Systems backyard installations.

We receive hundreds of commercial inquiries each month for projects ranging from a single commercial installation to programs as large as several hundred acres (hectares). Most are in the planning stages and a few are up to the point of construction plans the preparation of the land being readied. These inquiries are from all over the world with concentrations is North America, Caribbean, Africa and the Middle East.

Now the best news:


pfas logo R 900For the cost of a large Territorial or Country Portable Farms® Aquaponics Systems Technology License, you can buy the entire company, PFAS LLC.

If you can present a powerful CV including current business references, bank and banking references and a background as a successful business owner/investor, then consider buying the entire company. PFAS LLC is on the cusp of the largest expansion in the technology’s history, our business has been doubling in size every year, the package includes the Portable Farms® Aquaponics Systems technology, the website, the newsletter, the URL and if you so choose, the founders as board members or advisors for up to three years.

These are the paths to success. You choose the one that best fits your skills, talents, abilities, contacts and budget. If you have the money to invest in a site license, territorial or country license, then send us your credentials and let’s have a conversation.

America. The Land of the Free. The Home of the Hungry.

America. The Land of the Free. The Home of the Hungry.
- By Colle and Phyllis Davis

Hunger in America exists for over 50 million people.

That is 1 in 6 of the U.S. population – including more than 1 in 5 children.

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HUNGER & POVERTY STATISTICS
provided by Feeding America

 

Although related, food insecurity and poverty are not the same.  Unemployment rather than poverty is a stronger predictor of food insecurity.

Poverty [i]

  • In 2012, 46.5 million people (15.0 percent) were in poverty.
  • In 2012, 26.5 million (13.7 percent) of people ages 18-64 were in poverty.
  • In 2012, 16.1 million (21.8 percent) children under the age of 18 were in poverty.
  • In 2012, 3.9 million (9.1 percent) seniors 65 and older were in poverty.
  • The overall poverty rate according to the Supplemental Poverty Measure is 16.1%, as compared with the official poverty rate of 15.1%. [ii]
  • Under the Supplemental Poverty Measure, there are 49.7 million people living in poverty, 3.1 million more than are represented by the official poverty measure (46.5 million). [iii]

Food Insecurity and Very Low Food Security [iv] 

  • In 2012, 49.0 million Americans lived in food insecure households, 33.1 million adults and 15.9 million children.
  • In 2012, 14.5 percent of households (17.6 million households) were food insecure.
  • In 2012, 5.7 percent of households (7.0 million households) experienced very low food security.
  • In 2012, households with children reported food insecurity at a significantly higher rate than those without children, 20.0 percent compared to 11.9 percent.
  • In 2012, households that had higher rates of food insecurity than the national average included households with children (20.0 percent), especially households with children headed by single women (35.4 percent) or single men (23.6 percent), Black non-Hispanic households (24.6 percent) and Hispanic households (23.3 percent).
  • In 2011, 4.8 million seniors (over age 60), or 8.4% of all seniors were food insecure. [v]
  • Food insecurity exists in every county in America, ranging from a low of 2.4 percent in Slope County, ND to a high of 35.2 percent in Holmes County, MS. [vi]

Ten states exhibited statistically significant higher household food insecurity rates than the U.S. national average 2000-2012:[vii]

United States                    14.7%

Mississippi                        20.9%

Arkansas                            19.7%

Texas                                  18.4%

Alabama                             17.9%

North Carolina                   17.0%

Georgia                               16.9%

Missouri                              16.7%

Nevada                                16.6%

Ohio                                      16.1%

California                             15.6% 

Use of Emergency Food Assistance and Federal Food Assistance Programs

  • In 2012, 59.4 percent of food-insecure households participated in at least one of the three major Federal food assistance programs –Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (formerly Food Stamp Program), The National School Lunch Program, and the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children. [ix] 
  • Feeding America provides emergency food assistance to an estimated 37 million low-income people annually, a 46 percent increase from 25 million since Hunger in America 2006.[x]
  • Among members of Feeding America, 74 percent of pantries, 65 percent of kitchens, and 54 percent of shelters reported that there had been an increase since 2006 in the number of clients who come to their emergency food program sites. [xi]

National and State 2012 Annual Average Unemployment Rates [xii] 

 

Unemployment Rates for States
Annual AverageRankings
Year: 2012

Rank

State

Rate

UNITED STATES

8.1

1

NORTH DAKOTA

3.1

2

NEBRASKA

3.9

3

SOUTH DAKOTA

4.4

4

VERMONT

5.0

5

IOWA

5.2

5

OKLAHOMA

5.2

7

WYOMING

5.4

8

NEW HAMPSHIRE

5.5

9

MINNESOTA

5.6

10

KANSAS

5.7

10

UTAH

5.7

12

HAWAII

5.8

13

VIRGINIA

5.9

14

MONTANA

6.0

15

LOUISIANA

6.4

16

MASSACHUSETTS

6.7

17

MARYLAND

6.8

17

TEXAS

6.8

19

MISSOURI

6.9

19

NEW MEXICO

6.9

19

WISCONSIN

6.9

22

ALASKA

7.0

23

DELAWARE

7.1

23

IDAHO

7.1

25

OHIO

7.2

26

ALABAMA

7.3

26

ARKANSAS

7.3

26

MAINE

7.3

26

WEST VIRGINIA

7.3

30

PENNSYLVANIA

7.9

31

COLORADO

8.0

31

TENNESSEE

8.0

33

KENTUCKY

8.2

33

WASHINGTON

8.2

35

ARIZONA

8.3

36

CONNECTICUT

8.4

36

INDIANA

8.4

38

NEW YORK

8.5

39

FLORIDA

8.6

40

OREGON

8.7

41

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA

8.9

41

ILLINOIS

8.9

43

GEORGIA

9.0

44

MICHIGAN

9.1

44

SOUTH CAROLINA

9.1

46

MISSISSIPPI

9.2

47

NEW JERSEY

9.5

47

NORTH CAROLINA

9.5

49

RHODE ISLAND

10.4

50

CALIFORNIA

10.5

51

NEVADA

11.1

 

 


 

[i] DeNavas-Walt, C., B.D. Proctor &J.C. Smith. (2013). Income, Poverty, and Health Insurance Coverage in the United States: 2012.U.S. Census Bureau.

[ii] The Research Supplemental Poverty Measure: 2011. (2012). U.S. Census Bureau.

[iii] Ibid.

[iv] Coleman-Jensen, A., Nord, M., & Singh, A.. (2013). Household Food Security in the United States in 2012. USDA ERS.

[v] Ziliak, J.P. & Gundersen, C. (2013.) Spotlight on Food Insecurity among Senior Americans: 2011. National Foundation to End Senior Hunger (NFESH).

[vi] Gundersen, C., Waxman, E., Engelhard, E., Satoh, A., & Chawla, N. (2013). Map the Meal Gap 2013, Feeding America.

[vii] Coleman-Jensen, A., Nord, M., & Singh, A. (2013). Household Food Security in the United States in 2012. USDA ERS.

[ix] Ibid.

[x] Cohen, R., J. Mabli,, F. Potter & Z. Zhao. (2010). Hunger in America 2010. Mathematica Policy Research, Feeding America.

[xi] Ibid.

[xii] U.S. Department of Labor.Bureau of Labor Statistics. 2012 Annual Average Unemployment Rates.

 

Why Are Governments NOT Feeding Their People?

If $1Million Will Feed 1,000 People FOREVER then 
Why Are Governments NOT Feeding Their People?

- By Colle and Phyllis Davis

What is your government spending your tax dollars to buy these days? Are they focusing on building palaces, buying bling or expanding their defense budget? Or, do they focus on creating JOBS and feeding their citizens? How well do religious institutions and charitable organizations feed their organizations or congregations?

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SHOCKING FACTS:

  • A single new F-35 Joint Task Force Fighter has a price tag of approximately $181million.
  • A used F-14 or F-18 is in the US$5M to US$15M PER PLANE range.

 

 

BOTTOM LINE:

  • $1M will feeds 1,000 people FOREVER using Portable Farms® Aquaponics Systems
  • The space required is only one acre of non-prime land
  • This project employs 10 to 15 people in permanent full time jobs
  • The money that governments spend to buy ONE F-35 will feed 181,000 people
  • It only requires 181 acres or 82 hectares of space
  • It creates jobs over 2,500 people
  • It requires 95% less water than regular agriculture.

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Or, let’s take the nice mansion updates to the estate of the President of South Africa, the truly amazing estate of the former Prime Minister of the Ukraine, or the Bling palace of the Archbishop of Germany or even the new home for the archbishop of Northern Georgia, USA, and see what a HUGE difference that money, spent differently COULD HAVE MADE in the lives of so many people. Every institution you or your neighbors pay money to, not just governments that are squandering your money, for services or support in exchange for taking care of you and your family. This is a worldwide tragedy that is becoming worse each day.

Those institutions are not doing justice to those whom they proclaim to be helping. Yes, a few construction contractor and workers have made some money, some suppliers made some money, but when the jobs were finished, what happens to the benefits? They dry up. Except for a few people hired to maintain the expensive edifices and war equipment no one benefits and many people are negatively impacted.

 

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With aquaponics, the benefits to everyone increase over time and the people hired initially still have permanent full time jobs so they can take care of their families. This means better food, adequate housing (they pay for themselves), education for their children and the opportunity to create a retirement program as well as a legacy. Even the government wins because they have a new tax base. The religious organizations win because their adherents have more regular money and the charitable organizations can document that their funds really are assisting their target clientele.

 

So who loses the game? Large corporations and the very wealthy. Nice bargain IF IT CAN BE DONE. Do not hold your breath. Send this article to everyone you know, vote against anyone stupid enough to tell you that they will make your life better, start your own aquaponics system to feed your family or community and stop giving money to any organization that cannot prove that their programs are benefiting their clients five years after they started them. Very few can do this.

Is this change easy to make? Absolutely not. Can this one article change any spending habits of any government or other organization? Probably not. Can you make a difference in your life and the lives of others by encouraging the use of aquaponics? Absolutely YES.

VISIT AQUAPONICS UNIVERSITY AND LEARN ABOUT AQUAPONICS!

 

If you’re interested in a backyard or a commercial aquaponics system, you’ll need to take our Portable Farms® Aquaponics System Course© FIRST, and upon satisfactory completion of the course, you’ll receive one Portable Farms Kit as part of the Portable Farms® Aquaponics System Course©, so you can build your own Portable Farms Aquaponics System. This price for thePortable Farms® Aquaponics System Course©includes the entire assembly, operations and maintenance course, PLUS, it INCLUDES one Portable Farms® technology kit that can feed 8 people – all for the price of $2,500. Offer good only in the US and certain other countries.

 

BUZZ Pollination with an Electric Toothbrush? Very sexy.

Buzz Pollination with an Electric Toothbrush? YES, it’s Very Sexy!
- by Colle and Phyllis Davis

Buzz pollination works extremely well for blossoms for indoor growing. After all, there are no bees, bugs or insects inside a greenhouse (hopefully) to aid in pollination. And it’s also important to  install small fans to move the air to help move for several hours during daylight hours, inside the greenhouse, to improve pollination.

Just another of life’s mysteries solved by PFAS LLC. 

Interested in learning more about buzz pollination?

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There is a lot more to this subject, and we want to tell you more about how to use buzz pollination with an electric toothbrush in a Portable Farms® Aquaponics System and we can teach you about this topic and other important things you’d like to know about owning and operating your own successful aquaponics system so you can become more self-sustaining: CLICK HERE.

 

VISIT AQUAPONICS UNIVERSITY AND LEARN ABOUT AQUAPONICS!

If you’re interested in a backyard or a commercial aquaponics system, you’ll need to take our Portable Farms® Aquaponics System Course© FIRST, and upon satisfactory completion of the course, you’ll receive one Portable Farms Kit as part of the Portable Farms® Aquaponics System Course©, so you can build your own Portable Farms Aquaponics System. This price for thePortable Farms® Aquaponics System Course©includes the entire assembly, operations and maintenance course, PLUS, it INCLUDES one Portable Farms® technology kit that can feed 8 people – all for the price of $2,500. Offer good only in the US and certain other countries.

 

The Footsteps of the Farmer are His Best Fertilizer

The Footsteps of the Farmer are His Best Fertilizer
- by Colle and Phyllis Davis

Old Japanese proverb (modern translation): “The closer you are to your plants and animals each day, the easier it is to observe and respond to their needs.”

If you have ever raised children or lived on a farm, this wise proverb makes perfect sense.

The moral of the story is that when you are interacting with the food you are raising, you become very attuned to each plant and each animal and you are acutely aware of their needs on a daily basis. Then you can respond by providing them with exactly what they need to provide you with the finest food in the world. When you are in control of their world, you reap the benefits of your efforts.
In today’s modern urban life, the food that arrives at your table has been grown as quickly as possible to meet shipping requirements, then processed, packed, shipped, unpacked and sometimes processed again (repackaged, cooked and canned, or frozen) for your consumption. Many urban dwellers have no conception where their food comes from or how it arrives on their plate. Most don’t care and do not want to be bothered with knowing.

There are however, a growing number of astute consumers who are becoming increasingly concerned about what they are eating and what effects are derived from the food that is available to their family. Some are requesting organic food to minimize the possibility of chemically induced contamination and some are even considering reducing their intake of meats. Meat consumption has gone down significantly in the US over the last few years and Meatless Mondays are gaining popularity as people make alternative food choices. Their influence can be seen in the growing variety of products available in regular supermarkets under the organic sections or labels.

Whole Foods definition of locally grown: “While only products that have traveled less than a day (7 or fewer hours by car or truck) can even be considered for a local designation, most stores have established even shorter maximum distances.

Wal-Mart’s statements: “Wal-Mart’s goal is to double sales of locally-sourced produce in the U.S., accounting for 9% of all the produce we sell. Progress: In the U.S., we increased locally sourced produce by 97% in 2011 alone, which accounts for 10% of all the produce we sell.”

What about growing your own food? Even a tiny lettuce seed or tomato seed planted in sand in a coffee can is a start. The investment costs are negligible and the rewards are enormous. Expanding the idea a tiny bit by planting a window box or even a few seeds in a planter out on your patio. Oh, wait, winter is coming, how about planting some lettuce in a shallow tray placed in the window and turned every day. Do you have an aquarium? Use some of the fish water to water your tiny seedlings to create an open aquaponics system. Fish and plants separated and cared for by a human toting the water. The joy you will feel when you harvest your first plant is hard to describe.

That is a start. Next step is building a tiny aquaponics system using some grow lights. Now you are raising some of your own food. Proud barely covers your feelings when you sit down at your dining table to enjoy food grown by your own hands.

Now a real aquaponics system idea begins to nag at your imagination. You start to sketch out tray layouts, figure out how much space to use for each person in your household and get the wet itch to have a larger and productive aquaponics system. The day is fast approaching where you are going to raise a major portion of the food your family consumes. Congratulations.

PFAS LLC may have a possible solution to raising more of your own food. A garden in a climatically adapted structure is incredibly stimulating and restful as well as producing large amounts of food. The more food you grow and care for, the better, safer and more nutritious it is for your family. Interestingly, in many cases the food actually costs less than the food from the store and it certainly has a much smaller carbon footprint.

By the way, Portable Farms® Aquapons Systems only require 25 sq ft to feed an adult their surface vegetable forever. LEARN MORE:  CLICK HERE.

 

If you are interested in a backyard or a commercial aquaponics system, you’ll need to take our Portable Farms® Aquaponics System Course© FIRST, and upon satisfactory completion of the course, you’ll receive one Portable Farms Kit as part of the Portable Farms® Aquaponics System Course©, so you can build your own Portable Farms Aquaponics System. This price for the Portable Farms® Aquaponics System Course©includes the entire assembly, operations and maintenance course, PLUS, it INCLUDES one Portable Farms® technology kit that can feed 8 people – all for the price of $2,500. Offer good only in the US and certain other countries.

 

The Future is Here TODAY

The Future is Here . . . TODAY!
- by Phyllis and Colle Davis

lettuce bHumans are the backbone of farming. We still drive tractors, run the machinery, sort the products and with many crops, especially vegetables, humans are the first to touch the finished product as it starts its journey to the consumer. Automation has impacted every aspect of farming and in many ways it has helped to increase the output of farms.

With the relatively new field of aquaponics, applying existing automation technology has been an easy task and yet it is the semi-skilled worker that is the key to the success of the aquaponics installations.

The two major components of Portable Farms® Aquaponics Systems are the fish culture and the plant culture. LEARN MORE:  CLICK HERE.

  • The plant culture in a medium based system is very straightforward. The plants are placed in the gravel as seedlings by workers and then harvested at the peak of perfection by those same workers. The time between planting and harvesting is a quiet time for the worker and nothing is required of them except the occasional need to trellis (hold up) climbing plants such as tomatoes, cucumbers or green beans. The plants are in the perfect place to grow at their maximum rate.
  • For the plants, life is perfect; the warm nutritious water is available twice a day, nutrients are delivered to their roots on a continuous basis, light is provided at optimal levels with special grow lights if the day is cloudy or the days are short during winter months, and the air is moved and removed to keep the humidity low enough to allow maximum healthy growth. Plant heaven is in the Grow Trays.  READ ON . . .

  Would you like to learn more about fish culture and growing healthy food in aquaponics? Learn from us . . . 

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There is a lot more to learn about these important subjects, and we want to tell you more about how to master growing vegetables and raising healthy fish in a Portable Farms® Aquaponics System and we can teach you about this topic and everything else you want to know about owning and operating your own successful aquaponics system so you can become more self-sustaining:  CLICK HERE.

 

VISIT AQUAPONICS UNIVERSITY AND LEARN ABOUT AQUAPONICS! 

 

If you’re interested in a backyard or a commercial aquaponics system, you’ll need to take our Portable Farms® Aquaponics System Course© FIRST, and upon satisfactory completion of the course, you’ll receive one Portable Farms Kit as part of the Portable Farms® Aquaponics System Course©, so you can build your own Portable Farms Aquaponics System. This price for the Portable Farms®  Aquaponics System Course© includes the entire assembly, operations and maintenance course, PLUS, it INCLUDES one Portable Farms® technology kit that can feed 8 people  – all for the price of $2,500. Offer good only in the US and certain other countries.

Recent Drought Means Higher Gas Prices

Recent Drought Means Higher Gas Prices
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by Colle and Phyllis Davis

The major impact from the current widespread drought in the US is on the grain and livestock markets. With an enormous amount of corn being raised for ethanol production and not even to feed animals for people to eat, the expected impact is that fuel prices should go down. The perverse logic runs like this: Because ethanol already costs much more than gasoline or diesel fuel, with less of the corn based fuel to blend, the cost of fuel should actually go down because it will not be available as a fuel source. BUT WAIT, the government is growing corn based ethanol to be used for fuel so the cost of gasoline is going to go UP!

 

According to the USDA, Department of Economic Research Service, “The major feed grains are corn, sorghum, barley, and oats. Corn is the primary U.S. feed grain, accounting for more than 90 percent of total feed grain production and use.

  • Around 80 million acres of land are planted to corn, with the majority of the crop grown in the Heartland region.
  • Most of the crop is used as the main energy ingredient in livestock feed.
  • Corn is also processed into a multitude of food and industrial products including starch, sweeteners, corn oil, beverage and industrial alcohol, and fuel ethanol.
  • The United States is a major player in the world corn trade market, with approximately 20 percent of the corn crop exported to other countries.

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This 2012-2013 drought is exposing some structural flaws in the entire grain flow system that have been very carefully covered up or ignored for many years. How does this affect you personally? If you eat meat or consume grain, you will be paying more for these staples in the near future. An interesting note here: Most vegetables are not being impacted by the US drought because they cover much less acreage and are often irrigated.

Humans are omnivores and we can eat a huge variety of plant and animal material. In recent years the trend has been to add more fats and higher carbohydrates in the diet, not because they were needed, but modern society craves fats and sweets.

How can you protect yourself and your family for the secondary effects of the current US drought? How could you actually profit from the long term effects of drought anywhere in the world?

Food Grown in a Portable Farm in only 40 days.

Raise as much of your own food as possible. Have a farm/garden where you control the food supply and have total say over what is raised, how it is raised and whom will benefit from the production. The most effective and efficient system of raising food ever devised is aquaponics. The most effective and efficient aquaponics system in the world today is the Portable Farms® Aquaponics Systems. You can buy one of these amazing systems and take control of your destiny today. Oh, wait, there are a few caveats.

To purchase a backyard  aquaponics system you must live in the US or Canada (or other qualifying countries), but wait, if you enroll in the Aquaponics University Aquaponics Course and successfully complete the course, you will be shipped a PFAS Technology Kit as part of the Course. 

VISIT AQUAPONICS UNIVERSITY AND LEARN ABOUT AQUAPONICS! 

 

If you’re interested in a backyard or a commercial aquaponics system, you’ll need to take our Portable Farms® Aquaponics System Course© FIRST, and upon satisfactory completion of the course, you’ll receive one Portable Farms Kit as part of the Portable Farms® Aquaponics System Course©, so you can build your own Portable Farms Aquaponics System. This price for the Portable Farms®  Aquaponics System Course© includes the entire assembly, operations and maintenance course, PLUS, it INCLUDES one Portable Farms® technology kit that can feed 8 people  – all for the price of $2,500. Offer good only in the US and certain other countries.

 

“Pray for Poop,” The Aquaponist’s Prayer

Pray for Poop,” The Aquaponist’s Prayer
- by Colle and Phyllis Davis

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. . . .this is a prayer aquaponists pray many times each day, “Bless my fish that they may give me poop.”

The reason Portable Farms® Aquaponics Systems are so incredibly effective is because we have streamlined the nitrite/nitrate conversion process to produce plant food from fish waste.

 

 

PRAYFORPOOPAquaponics Farmers may be some of the very few people who really want poop on their farms. They really do want a constant, even supply of nutrients supplied by the fish poop in their aquaponics system because that fish poop is the lifeblood of their food production facility.

Fish that are fed a perfectly balanced diet produce the best poop. All of the nutrients required to grow the best vegetables in the world are readily available in fish poop and as a wonderful side benefit, the fish poop does NOT carry human pathogens. Aquaponics is the perfect delivery system for these nutrients to the plants.

However, there are a few lurking problems and logistical requirements that have plagued the modern aquaponist in their quest for the perfect delivery system from fish tank to that beautiful lettuce or tomato or cucumber or bell pepper or any other vegetable’s arrival on the table.

In aquaponics, the first problem is how to get the lumps out of the fish tank so it doesn’t enter the grow trays. “Poop lumps” are not directly usable by the plants however some friendly bacteria can very easily convert the raw poop into a usable form for the plants. As a matter of fact, the ‘raw fish poop’ waste is extremely toxic to plants and in some aquaponics systems it is mechanically removed EVERY DAY by complex filter to protect the plants from dying. Scary thought, if anything breaks down, the plants die.

The friendly bacteria used in this process needs time to convert nitrites (which is fish-poop-poison), to nitrates – which are usable plant food. The lumps are too big (tiny to the eye, but fairly large for bacteria) for them to work with, so there must be a method to either break the lumps down for the bacteria or to remove the poop lumps from the nutrient stream. ‘Therein lies the rub.’ What is the most effective method of accomplishing this waste removal from an aquaponics system?

It turns out that nature has been perfecting the conversion of waste to useable nutrients for at least a billion years and has become very elegant at this conversion process. The evidence is all around us; the best examples are swamps or wetland areas where nutrients, mostly land-based poop and other nutrients, collect and are cleaned up and made ready for plants and the water gradually released to flow downstream.

PFAS LLC has refined this process by inventing special pumps (utility patent application filed December 23, 2013) that removes the heavy fish waste (lumps) from the fish tank before it ever gets in the grow trays, leaving only rich nutritious water available for the plants. In fact, we’ve IMPROVED on nature’s plan by eliminating the problem of introducing too many nitrites into the grow trays at one time and impacting the plant roots and plant growth.

Working with nature to convert fish poop into vegetables has never been easier and more affordable than it is today with Portable Farms® Aquaponics Systems. Our system is ‘fish friendly,’ easy to operate, clean, our working areas are always dry, neat and smell good and they can be scaled down to backyard size to feed families or for commercial growing. READ ON . . .

  Would you like to learn more about converting fish waste into health plants and vegetables? Learn from us . . . 

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There is a lot more to learn about this important subject, and we want to tell you more about how to maximize fish waste in a Portable Farms® Aquaponics System and we can teach you about this topic and more about what you want to know about owning and operating your own successful aquaponics system so you can become more self-sustaining:  CLICK HERE.

 

VISIT AQUAPONICS UNIVERSITY AND LEARN ABOUT AQUAPONICS! 

 

If you’re interested in a backyard or a commercial aquaponics system, you’ll need to take our Portable Farms® Aquaponics System Course© FIRST, and upon satisfactory completion of the course, you’ll receive one Portable Farms Kit as part of the Portable Farms® Aquaponics System Course©, so you can build your own Portable Farms Aquaponics System. This price for the Portable Farms®  Aquaponics System Course© includes the entire assembly, operations and maintenance course, PLUS, it INCLUDES one Portable Farms® technology kit that can feed 8 people  – all for the price of $2,500. Offer good only in the US and certain other countries.

Aquaponics is the Best Business Opportunity of the 21st Century

Aquaponics is the Best Business Opportunity of the 21st Century 

- by Colle and Phyllis Davis

unityAs the demand for protein and crop production increases over the next four decades because of growing urban populations, commercial aquaponics is a business opportunity that provides an easy, urban-access source for healthy food that requires 90 to 95% less water than in-ground agriculture, no soil or fertilizers, and minimal land requirements. Portable Farms® Aquaponics Systems offers investors a feasible and realistic ROI for a reasonable initial investment. There is a growing request for Kilometer/Mile-Zero Food that is locally grown and nutritious to feed the growing urban middle class in urban settings. With the disruption in transportation and increased costs associated with transportation, urban centers are becoming increasingly vulnerable to food shortages as the Century progresses. Portable Farms®  Aquaponics Systems installed with a 20′ x 50′ acclimatized greenhouse (1,000 square feet) will grow:

  • 6,000 vegetables and 2,300 pounds of fish per year.
  • 25 square feet of grow space will feed one adult, year round.
  • 1,000 square feet will feed 24 people, year round.
  • LEARN MORE:   CLICK HERE.

According to sources reporting for Bloomberg News.* “Global agriculture production needs to increase 70 percent to meet food demand by the middle of the century as more people move to cities,” the United Nations said.

“Growers will have to increase yields on existing farms as the amount of land available for agriculture is shrinking, the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization said in a book on farming, ‘Save and Farm’ About 70 percent of people will live in urban areas by 2050, up from 50 percent today, the FAO said.

‘We have no option but to further intensify crop production,’ the FAO said. Demand for food such as wheat and rice will rise along with the global population, which is expected to jump 33 percent to 9.2 billion by 2050, according to the FAO. Between 2015 and 2030, ‘an estimated 80 percent of the required food production increases will have to come from intensification in the form of yield increases and higher cropping intensities.’

Environmentally Friendly ‘More environmentally friendly agriculture will help to reduce crops water needs by 30 percent and the energy costs of production by up to 60 percent,’ according to the FAO. Little spare land is available in South Asia and the Near East and north Africa and about 70 percent of the area that is available, mostly in sub-Saharan Africa and Latin America, suffers from soil and terrain constraints, according to the FAO. The use of agricultural commodities in the production of biofuels including ethanol and biodiesel will grow, the UN said. Food costs rose to a record in February this year, UN data show. Corn has more than doubled in the past year, wheat is up 75 percent and rice has gained 37 percent. Changes in demand will drive the need for significant increases in production of all major food and feed crops,’ according to the book. ‘The food price spike of 2008 and the surge in food prices to record levels early in 2011 portend rising and more frequent threats to world food security.’

*– Regarding ‘inset article’ by Bloomberg that is quoted: Editor: Sharon Lindores. To contact the reporter on this story: Tony C. Dreibus in London at tdreibus@bloomberg.net To contact the editor responsible for this story: Claudia Carpenter at ccarpenter2@bloomberg.net

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

There is a lot more to learn about this important subject, and we want to tell you more about how to a Portable Farms® Aquaponics System and we can teach you about this topic and other important things you want to know about owning and operating your own successful aquaponics system so you can become more self-sustaining:  CLICK HERE.

 

VISIT AQUAPONICS UNIVERSITY AND LEARN ABOUT AQUAPONICS! 

 

If you’re interested in a backyard or a commercial aquaponics system, you’ll need to take our Portable Farms® Aquaponics System Course© FIRST, and upon satisfactory completion of the course, you’ll receive one Portable Farms Kit as part of the Portable Farms® Aquaponics System Course©, so you can build your own Portable Farms Aquaponics System. This price for the Portable Farms®  Aquaponics System Course© includes the entire assembly, operations and maintenance course, PLUS, it INCLUDES one Portable Farms® technology kit that can feed 8 people  – all for the price of $2,500. Offer good only in the US and certain other countries.

Planting Seeds in a Portable Farms® Aquaponics System

How to Plant Seeds in a Portable Farms® Aquaponics System
- by Phyllis and Colle Davis

An aquaponics nursery is like any nursery, whether you have babies, plants, fingerlings (fish) because they all need very special care.

If a small plant (or fish) is healthy, their chances of their maturing to harvest is relatively assured unless you have some sort of catastrophic failure in your system. If you create a weakling (plant or fish) through improper care, you will be disappointed in your aquaponics results.

We spend a great deal of time caring for our Portable Farms® Aquaponics Systems’ nurseries! After your fish and plants have acclimated to their new environment, you’ll know IMMEDIATELY whether they are happy or whether they’re not healthy. It is hard NOT to tell because your fish won’t eat and your plants will wither or die (quickly) so there’s no second-guessing the health of your aquaponics system.  READ ON . . .

  Would you like to learn more about how to plant seeds in gravel grow medium? Learn from us . . . 

There is a lot more to learn about this important subject, and we want to tell you more about how to a Portable Farms® Aquaponics System and we can teach you about this topic and other important things you want to know about owning and operating your own successful aquaponics system so you can become more self-sustaining:  CLICK HERE.

 

VISIT AQUAPONICS UNIVERSITY AND LEARN ABOUT AQUAPONICS! 

 

If you’re interested in a backyard or a commercial aquaponics system, you’ll need to take our Portable Farms® Aquaponics System Course© FIRST, and upon satisfactory completion of the course, you’ll receive one Portable Farms Kit as part of the Portable Farms® Aquaponics System Course©, so you can build your own Portable Farms Aquaponics System. This price for the Portable Farms®  Aquaponics System Course© includes the entire assembly, operations and maintenance course, PLUS, it INCLUDES one Portable Farms® technology kit that can feed 8 people  – all for the price of $2,500. Offer good only in the US and certain other countries.

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