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Become a Millionaire on One Acre with Aquaponics

Become a Millionaire on One Acre with Aquaponics 

– by Colle Davis, Phil Estes and Phyllis Davis 

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Join our Fall Sale 2015 and Save $500!      September 7-11, 2015.

mother natureLaunch the World’s Finest Year-Round Garden to
Grow Food for the Rest of Your Life.
CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT OUR FALL SALE. 
Do you have questions about the aquaponics course or the September 7-11 sale? Talk to Colle or Phyllis Davis LIVE in the Chat Box (bottom right of your screen).
“I, Mother Nature, approve of aquaponics because it can grow food year round in any climate and it doesn’t impact my environment. WELL PLAYED  Portable Farms® Aquaponics Systems. LONG MAY YOU GROW.”  – Mother Nature
 . . . Make Mother Nature happy and grow your own food in aquaponics and become self-sustaining for the rest of your life.

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

Aquaponics GOLD

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 Listen to Phyllis Davis tell you about AQUAPONICS GOLD.

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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With an ROI (Return on Investment) of three to five years, and the possibility that by addressing a specific local market needed to produce a specialty crop such as kale, basil or bok choy, and reducing the ROI to less than two years, investors start to take notice. When a single commercial installation pencils out to yield a net-net in the low six figures and the output can match any wholesale supplier’s prices and still make money, serious investors take note.
Commercial aquaponics installations are not subject to the normal vulgarities of the stock market, derivatives markets, political upheaval, drought, electrical outages, heat waves, unusually hot or cold weather or even state-sponsored corruption.
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.
The most common request we receive from those would like to become commercial aquaponics farmers is from people who already have the land and want to begin to cover it in aquaponics installations, BUT they do not have the money to make the initial large investment.
One acre of flat, level land covered with four Portable Farms® Aquaponics Systems can make you a millionaire and with an ongoing income of over $300,000 from the full acre per year NET. To fund this size operation all at one time requires approximately US$1.2Million.
Here are several scenarios that demonstrate how to achieve this level of success is stages over time.
Your personal situation will obviously differ from these specific instances, but you can use these scenarios as examples and then adjust them for your unique situation.

 

Assumptions:

  • Land cost is not a factor – meaning the land is owned or leased at a low rate already
  • You have access to $200,000 of capital or the ability to borrow that much
  • Hard work is not a problem
  • Marketing is a passion and a way of life for you
  • You or your partners have successfully operated a growing business for more than 5 years
  • You are willing to invest the time to prepare a quality business plan before you begin.

 


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Five Suggested Scenarios and Options for Beginning your Aquaponics Business  

First Scenario: You already own the land and it has access to electricity and water and it is mostly flat and level.  While solar power and well water are options, they come with additional costs. This land is located near your potential markets for selling your food, and you do not have the investment capital to begin the project. Currently, your land is not paying you anything in return but you are paying taxes on it, and there are other normal expenses that you incur by owning it.
(Brace yourself, this suggestion may hurt . . . )
Sell enough of your land to fund the first acre or even the first 10,000 sq. ft. aquaponics installation. That way, it is your money you are investing in your own aquaponics business and you are paying yourself back with interest. For example, the ‘average’ size of currently owned acreage of those we have talked with, is 10 to 12 acres (the range is from 2 acres to several thousand acres). If a portion of this land was sold, even most of it, the project could be at least partially funded from the proceeds.
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Second Scenario:  Refinance the land and use the proceeds to build the first aquaponics installation(s). This may or may not please your banker, but he will enjoy being paid back in a few years.
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Third Scenario:
Find some partners to fund the installation of the aquaponics installation on your land. Be the ‘land guy’ and be willing to structure the deal so you are the last to be paid off. After all, it is your land and the installation is on your property and it will be producing income far into the future. You may even want to structure the deal to pay off your partners in total, first, and then you will continue to receive all the income for yourself.
 
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Fourth Scenario:
You don’t own the land but you know someone who does own it, and you are willing to do all the work to make this project happen. Ask them for permission for you to use one acre of their land for aquaponics installations for a piece of the action. In layman’s terms this means they receive some of the profits. Approach several other investors to fund the installations and then you would provide the hard work of operating the commercial aquaponics system. This is the hardest scenario to accomplish UNLESS you have a proven track record running businesses.
 
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Fifth Scenario:
Find a number of existing greenhouses in your area that you can lease and then install the Portable Farms Aquaponics Systems Modules to fit the greenhouse(s). Then use this installation to generate the capital needed to finance the expansion of additional units on your unused property. The upfront cost of doing this is a fraction of the cost of building from scratch.
Okay, enough with the options, let’s get down to the numbers.
 

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  • A single 10,000 sq. ft. greenhouse structure, just the building, NOT the PFAS Technology, has an initial capital cost of US$130,000 to US$230,000 (depending on the cost of the greenhouse you choose) but does not include the land/property costs
  • A single 10,000 sq. ft. facility can hold approximately 30 Portable Farms® Aquaponics Systems Modules costing from $80,000 to $100,000, installed
  • The ROI can be from 2 to 4 years depending on your markets and the crops you choose to grow and sell
  • Payroll for two full time employees to operate a single commercial PFAS Unit (30 modules)
  • The Net-Net for this example is US$100,000 per year
  • Four PFAS Units (120 modules) are needed to be a millionaire
  • Four PFAS Units will require approximately US$1,000,000 of initial investment.

chef proud 2To start, do your homework, complete your marketing survey, talk to the casino, high-end restaurant and resort hotel chefs to see how much of their weekly produce they are willing to buy from you. Talk to at least TEN chefs, add the numbers of different vegetables they are requesting together, divide by two (this gives you the built-in expansion for your business) and design your installation to fulfill that amount of produce by the end of your first year of production.

Yep, it’s a LOT of hard work, focus, yours and/or other people’s money and a dedication to bringing the finest food on the planet to your market that can make you a millionaire is a few short years. You actually have to do the work to get there. PFAS LLC’s Portable Farms® Aquaponics Systems technology is one way to have fun in the process.

Commercial aquaponics programs will change the face of aquaponics, make their investors very happy, create jobs for thousands of people and equally important, provide the highest quality, locally grown food for the growing middle class around the world. The technology of aquaponics, especially as a viable alternative to long-food-miles groceries is finally becoming a part of mainstream thinking. As the acceptance of aquaponics moves from fringe idea to proven commercial production, there has been a profound shift in those who are interested in applying the technology and how they are affecting the industry. Now the moneyed people (read serious investors), the visionaries with immense deep pocket connections and the people who can make a difference in the world are stepping into the arena to be serious players.

Aquaponics is at least 4,700 years old and has been practiced in various forms in many places in the world, especially where population pressures were high and the land was limited in some fashion. Maximizing the nutrient stream is critically important when land is restricted. The use of animal’s waste to encourage the growth of aquatic plants and animals is an elegant solution to a waste water management problem. Modern aquaponics offers a locally based, extremely high yield, food production facility that also provides permanent full time jobs for semi-skilled workers. When a concentration of modern aquaponics installations occurs, an increasingly sophisticated and broader administrative function is required to run them effectively. Another benefit of these installations is the creation of many secondary jobs. These additional jobs normally add four to seven additional local positions in the support function businesses.


Reduce Your Dogs SNORING with Carmex®!

Reduce Your Dogs SNORING with Carmex®!

-by Colle and Phyllis Davis

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dolly carmexDolly, our 8 year old Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, snores. I mean this old girl can move the curtains with her snoring. As she has gotten older, her snoring has gotten even louder (is that even possible?).

Dolly sleeps in her bed, next to our bed, so we’re all ‘in this together.’ Lately, her snoring has gotten so LOUD and so PROLONGED that it effects our sleeping so we’ve been trying to find ways to stop her from snoring other than snapping our fingers, rubbing her ears, or loudly calling her name, “DOLLY STOP THAT.” We’ve even resorted to ear plugs lately so we can get some sleep but that is not a permanent solution that either one of us finds acceptable for long term use.

We’ve looked online for homeopathic dog-snoring remedies or suggestions to help us with our problem and found nothing of substance. I thought to myself, “If I could find a solution to stop or reduce her snoring, it would change our life and other people would love it.” So, I’ve continued my search and experimentation for a simple solution.

Last night was a Popeye moment for me. As Popeye said before he gulped an entire can of spinach, “I’ve had all I can takes and I can’t takes no more.” I was ready to move her out into the garage so I could get some sleep when I had a brilliant flash of insight, “Hmmmm. She could breathe more easily if I could find a way to gently open her nasal passages.”  And, I reached into my nightstand and found a tube of a lanolin-based lip balm that has a touch of camphor and menthol in it,  Carmex®, in the back of the drawer. I squirted a small amount on my fingertips and rubbed it on her sweet black nose. She snorted once, licked her nose and then instantly fell asleep again and her snoring was reduced by about 80% for the rest of the night. Carmex® has a slight numbing effect and the camphor and menthol must also help open her nasal passages.

(From Wikipedia) 16th-century illustration of Archimedes in the bath, with Hiero's crown at bottom right.
(From Wikipedia) 16th-century illustration of Archimedes in the bath, with Hiero’s crown at bottom right.

I felt as Archimedes must have felt when he solved the problem of water displacement while bathing in a tub and then ran through the streets naked shouting “EUREKA!” 

I’ll keep you posted on our anti-snoring campaign.

If YOU have any suggestions, please send them to me! And if Carmex® works for your dog, please let us know! We’ll post pictures of you and your pet along with your solutions.

Portable Farms® FALL SALE – September 7-11


Portable Farms
® Aquaponics Systems  
(utility patent application filed December 24, 2013)

Join our Fall Sale 2015 and Save $500!

September 7-11, 2015.

Do you have questions about the aquaponics course or the September 7-11 sale? Talk to Colle or Phyllis Davis LIVE in the Chat Box (bottom right of your screen).

Launch the World’s Finest Year-Round Garden to Grow Food for the Rest of Your Life.

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“I, Mother Nature, approve of aquaponics because it can grow food year round in any climate and it doesn’t impact my environment. WELL PLAYED  Portable Farms® Aquaponics Systems. LONG MAY YOU GROW.”  – Mother Nature

 . . . Make Mother Nature happy and grow your own food in aquaponics
and become self-sustaining for the rest of your life.
fall sale 2015 B Aquaponics is easier and more productive than organic gardening or traditional agriculture and uses 95% less water. Portable Farms® Aquaponics Systems also use less electricity and less labor than any other aquaponics system in the world.

Phyllis Davis, The Mother Nature of Aquaponics and Co-Inventor, harvesting greens from Portable Farms® Aquaponics System

  • PFAS LLC offers an easy-to-understand self-paced email correspondence course. This is a home-study course that teaches individuals how to grow chemical-free food and fish in a closed-loop system.  
  • Install your own Portable Farms® Aquaponics System after taking a simple, easy and fun email correspondence course It only takes about one hour per day for about ten days and you’ll finish the course and receive your own Portable Farms® Kit in the mail to build your own Portable Farms® Aquaponics System.
  • THE COURSE IS FUN. IT’S EASY. IT’S FULL OF STEP-BY-STEP COLOR PHOTO IMAGES that walk you through every single step of the process for building and operating your own Portable Farms® Aquaponics System.

Join our Fall Sale 2015 and Save $500!

September 7-11, 2015.

Have you ever seen any garden this RICH, LUSH AND GREEN before? This heavy green coloring in the plants is typical in Portable Farms®.

One Portable Farms® Kit provides you with the technology to build one Portable Farms® Module which feeds 8 people FOREVER. One Portable Farms® Module requires less than 10 minutes of care per day to plant, harvest and feed the fish. 

BUY NOW BUTTON (BELOW) IS FOR SALE PRICE OF US$2,000.00.  We accept MasterCard, Visa, PayPal and Wire Transfers. If you’d prefer, you may call us to give us your credit number over the phone: 800-906-0256 OR 800-952-6224. We also accept checks and money orders. 

To View the Curriculum for the Entire Aquaponics Course: CLICK HERE.  




 
Phyllis Davis, Co-Inventor, holding ONE HEAD of India Mustard. Wow! That will make one gigantic salad!

Phyllis Davis, Co-Inventor, holding ONE HEAD of India Mustard. Wow! That will make one gigantic salad!

Our price for the Aquaponics Course includes the entire assembly, operations and maintenance course, PLUS, it INCLUDES Portable Farms® technology for only US$2,000! That is a US$500 Discount from the original price of US$2,500.

CREATE FOOD SAFETY FOR YOUR FAMILY, YOUR COMMUNITY, YOUR COUNTRY. Grow food year round in any climate.

This email correspondence course contains all we’ve learned in our 43 years in the field of aquaponics and includes a Portable Farms® Kit containing the technology that is the ‘heartbeat of the system’ that allows our systems to grow such beautiful, healthy plants and fish.

This aquaponics course teaches you to assemble and operate one module and provides you the technology that allows you to feed up to 8 people FOREVER. After you’ve learned how to assemble one module, you can order more Portable Farms® Kits to build an unlimited number of modules to feed an unlimited number of people.

Farms tools required for gardening in Portable Farms® Aquaponics Systems.

The two major farms tools required for gardening in Portable Farms® Aquaponics Systems . . .  not exactly tractors.

With a Portable Farms®  Aquaponics System (utility patent application filed December 24, 2013) you can grow food year round and enjoy fresh pesticide-free food 365 days per year.

“Who knows? You may even grow your backyard farm into a commercial aquaponics business and become a millionaire!” 

Please note. You may ask for and receive a full refund of your tuition until you have received one or more of the Sections of the coursework (including Sections A, B and C) of Aquaponics University’s  Portable Farms® Aquaponics System Course©. At the point, after receiving the email containing even one section of the Course Material, there will be no refund due because you have received a portion of our Intellectual Property and there is proven value and benefits contained in that information.

After enrollment, you have one full year (12 months) to complete the course from the date of enrollment.

 

Community Aquaponics: A Good Investment

 

Community Aquaponics: A Good Investment
– by Colle and Phyllis Davis


In today’s economy, smart investors are looking for the ‘next wave’ of ideas, technologies, and business-trends to carry them off the bottom and into the bright light of profit.

greenhouselongCan you invest in a community business that:

  • Employs local semi-skilled workers
  • Sells all of its production locally to an expanding, affluent population
  • Produces the highest quality products available anywhere in the world
  • Requires no shipping
  • Uses minimal electricity (can be solar powered)
  • Requires only a small amount of land-space (even a half-acre is enough)
  • Consumes very little precious water?

Does this interest you in some way?  Are you the least bit curious?

The good news is that this business already exists. It is based on a proven technology that has over 4,700 years of history and yet is the most modern system of its type in the world. The commercialization of this technology as a commercial business is in its infancy and YET few investors realize the incredible long range cash flow possibilities. 

Can you venture a guess? No, it’s not gold or wheat or memory chips or land. All of those are fully developed and costly.

This business only costs about US$325,000 to get started and the ROI on the first Unit is approximately four years. Yes, that outside the ‘normal’ payback on many investments of the recent past, but it’s very good in today’s market.

 

portable-farms-trellis-tomatoesThere is also an amazing upside to this business investment:

  • The second Unit costs 20% less than the initial Unit and pays out at the same rate which means it takes less than four years to recoup the investment, even after paying for everything except land cost.
  • The third Unit costs slightly less and the ROI gets even better. Somewhere around the seventh or eighth Unit the initial cost per Unit levels out. At that point the ROI for the overall investment is approximately three years.

Do we have your attention yet? Let’s make this investment even sweeter.

Your territory is totally protected. You own the rights to sell, build and operate as many of the Units in your territory as you want, no increase in technology costs only a small annual renewal fee. You can sell and build Units for other people to make even more money from owning the business.

Okay, what’s the catch? You have to qualify by being in business for at least ten years, owning or having a strong relationship with an established construction company, pay the fees on the front end (think McDonald’s type requirements), take some training, have a small plot of level land available (2,000m2 is plenty to start) with electricity and water available, have at least three business and two banking reference that are verifiable and be very excited about being the first in your area with the newest technology to fulfill all of the benefits above.  Ready?

PFAS LLC. is now offering the Portable Farms® Aquaponics Systems to those who want to be PFAS Technology License Holders in selected territories and countries around the world. These territories are only available to qualified investor. The territories are defined by the potential License Holder and the company, and are flexible. Territories normally encompass approximately three-million people and can be larger. Country Licenses cover entire countries. There is also what is called a ‘Site License’ for individual installations, but these are severely restricted and not protected as to territory.

For further information please see PFAS Licenses and then contact PFAS LLC to begin the process.


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

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 Listen to Phyllis Davis tell you about AQUAPONICS GOLD.

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.

 

Fill & Drain vs. Raft Aquaponics

Fill & Drain vs. Raft Aquaponics
– by Colle and Phyllis Davis

portable-farms-commercial-greenhouse-growingThe Portable Farms® Aquaponics Systems are ideally designed for community aquaponics growing.

One acre of land can accommodate four Portable Farms® modules that grow 320,000 vegetables and 92,000 pounds of fish which will feed 960 people all the food they need to be healthy FOREVER. Plus, it only takes 12 people to operate a full acre.

Most large aquaponics installations are designed on the ‘Virgin Island model.’ They are a raft system using a single large fish tank, heavy-duty pumps and filters, and long-shallow grow tanks where the rafts are gradually pushed from one end to the other as the plants mature. By moving the plants several times as they mature, the actual yield-per-square-foot of surface area is very high.

Let’s look at how the raft systems are designed: 

  • The fish tank(s) is very large, often thousands of gallons and the water is moved constantly by a single heavy duty pump from the fish tank to some sort of bio filter or filtration system.
  • The water often goes through an aeration system because the water flowing to the plants growing in the rafts need to have a very high oxygen content in the water for their roots or they will die.
  • The water is then returned to the fish tank with the nutrients stripped out and depleted in oxygen.

The weak points of this type of system are as follows:

  • There is a single large pump the controls the water flow out of the fish tank and if it fails, the fish die
  • The water at the end of the grow tanks needs to be lifted back up into the fish tank, this involves more pumping and the pumps can fail
  • The bio filter must be cleaned daily, or the waste will overwhelm the system and poison the plants
  • The plants are handled several times, first planted in some type of pot or medium, transplanted to a wider spacing, transplanted at least once more to their final raft and finally harvested
  • The system requires a very large amount of water to start and consumes large amounts of water because the fish tank is open on top and evaporation is taking place
  • The filtration system has also exposed the water to the air and evaporation takes place
  • Only small leafy vegetables can be raised in this system (mostly lettuce and basil)
  • The raft system works, and it works very well. It requires more water, more power and more labor to operate than the medium-based systems (gravel grow beds).

Portable Farms® Aquaponics Systems use a fill and drain, medium based system. Here is how this system works:

  • grow tray 2013aEach module is a standalone system with the fish tank, clarifier and grow tray working together
  • There is no limit to the number of modules in an installation (example, 30 modules fit into a 10,000 sq foot greenhouse)
  • The maximum amount of water in each tank is 400 gallons
  • The maximum number of fish in each tank is 400
  • The ‘bio filter’ is in two parts, the clarifier and the huge gravel bed. The clarifier only needs to be cleaned every two to four months and the gravel NEVER needs to be cleaned
  • The water is lifted one time (requiring electricity) using a small pump and the rest of the time it is flowing downhill back to the fish tank (gravity and flow)
  • The plants are handled three times. For greens, the seeds are planted into inert cubes, the seedlings/cubes are planted into the gravel and then at harvest time the entire plant is removed
  • Tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, eggplant, green beans, peas and other flowering plants can be grow in great quantities and harvested over time
  • Two full time employees are required for each 10,000 sq ft installation and most of their time is taken up with harvesting and planting, not moving and transplanting seedlings
  • IF the electrical power fails to the entire system, it is designed so well that the fish will survive 12 full hours without aeration and the plants can go a full 24 hours on the residual water in the gravel. That is a HUGE safety factor
  • If an individual pump fails it has no effect on the rest of the installation, only that particular module
  • Not transplanting is required

The differences are also reflected in the water and electrical usage:

  • A raft system uses over 15 times as much water initially, and requires four-to-ten-times as much makeup water as the PFAS commercial installation.
  • The raft system has more than one single point of failure and the PFAS has no single point of failure for an installation only in each module.
  • The electrical power requirements are four to six times higher in the raft system compared to the fill and drain medium based systems.

Bottom line: Portable Farms® Aquaponics Systems are ideally designed for community aquaponics growing. One acre of land can accommodate four Portable Farms® that grow 320,000 vegetables and 92,000 pounds of fish which will feed 960 people all the food they need to be healthy FOREVER. Plus, it only takes 8 people to operate a full acre. For more information on the Portable Farms® Aquaponics Systems contact us today.


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

cover 1

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

 

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.


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

cover 1

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

 

Grow Greens 365 Days a Year!

Grow Greens 365 Days a Year!
– by Colle and Phyllis Davis

Yes, you can grow a variety of crops YEAR ROUND in aquaponics in acclimatized greenhouses and if you install grow lights for use during winter months to extend the light of the day, you can grow both greens and blooming plants (tomatoes, peppers and cucumbers).

However, there is a caveat, the ambient air temperature still determines which crops are easier to grow in cold weather or hot weather. For example, It’s easier to grow fragile greens in cooler weather. Let’s use bib lettuce, buttercrunch lettuce or red leaf lettuce as an example. If the air temperature is too hot, those lettuces will not grow to their maximum size, in fact, they may BOLT before they have even reached their average  growth and are best grown in cooler temperatures. However, in hot seasons, there are far more heat-resistant lettuces available such as Romaine (cos).

Komatsuna summerfest - An Asian Green we prefer over  bib lettuce.

Komatsuna summerfest – An Asian Green we prefer over bib lettuce.

Despite the fact that Portable Farms® Aquaponics Systems are ‘housed’ in acclimatized greenhouses and provide the ideal water temperature for growing lettuces at 78 degrees F, all seedlings and growing plants (of all varieties) still react to climatic conditions:

  • Air temperature
  • How air temperature effects the temperature of the gravel in the grow beds
  • Humidity levels
  • Sunlight exposure levels
  • Day length
  • Root drainage and water flow
  • Appropriate pH balance and appropriate nutrient levels.

 

 

Phyllis Davis harvesting greens for a luncheon. That's was one heck-of-a-salad. Yum.

Phyllis Davis harvesting greens for a luncheon. That’s was one heck-of-a-salad. Yum.

In order to create maximum crop yields, careful consideration is always paramount for seed variety and selection for growing at optimal levels by experimenting with small seed batches until you find a seed that offers maximum production in your farm.

Before deciding on one particular seed or seed variety for your farm, experiment first. Since every area of the world offers a variety of seed choices in that country or region, take your time to speak with local growers and seed suppliers to see which seed will work best for you, in your climate, and then purchase a few different varieties of small packets of seeds to experiment in your aquaponics system until you find the seeds that work best for you and your family or future customers.

All varieties of lettuces grow to harvest between 40 and 75 days and most lettuce seeds available for sale have been developed for growing hearty, healthy heads of lettuce in both cool weather and hot weather conditions. 

 

Phyllis Davis, Co-Inventor, holding ONE HEAD of India Mustard. Wow! That will make one gigantic salad!

Phyllis Davis, Co-Inventor, holding ONE HEAD of India Mustard. Wow! That will make one gigantic salad!

Cool weather lettuces we recommend:

  • Head and Big Lettuces: Arctic King, Buttercrunch, Matchless, North Pole, and Burpee’s Bibb, Red Sails, Prizehead
  • Romaine: Parris Island Cos (the most common)

Heat-tolerant lettuces we recommend:

  • Head lettuces: Gulfstream, Vista, Oak Leaf, Great Lakes, Ithaca, Gator (highly recommended by University of West Virginia). Burpee, Igloo.
  • Leaf Lettuces: Simpson Elite, Burpee’s Heatwave Blend, Black Seeded Simpson
  • Romaine Lettuces (cos): Snappy, Terrapin, Pomulus.
  • Red Lettuces: Redfire and Red Sails.

 

 

 


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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.

 

Before and After Photos – 40 Days Growth in a Portable Farm

Before and After Photos – 40 Days Growth in a Portable Farm
– by Colle and Phyllis Davis


This small Portable Farms® Aquaponics System feeds TEN adults . . . FOREVER.
This greenhouse is 16′ x 33′ (528 square feet) and contains 264 square feet of Grow Tray space.

PFAS LLC  is proud to show you Before and After Photos highlighting the 40-day progress of our Portable Farms® Aquaponics System constructed in our Experimental and Research Center in San Diego, California.

Because of improvements in our seed choices, planting methods and technology, our farm is exploding with fresh food after only 40 days. The 450 tilapia fish in this system know our voices and ‘frenzy’ when we walk into the farm (a good sign because a happy fish eats well and POOPS A LOT and that’s the fertilizer for our plants). In case you didn’t know it, the Aquaponists’ Daily Prayer is, “PRAY FOR POOP.”

BEFORE: Gravel Grow Trays in a Portable Farms® Aquaponics System with Colle Davis, Inventor, Portable Farms® Aquaponics Systems before planting

AFTER: 40 Days After Planting with Colle Davis, Inventor, Portable Farms® Aquaponics Systems. Many green leafy organic vgetables are already READY TO HARVEST and other blooming plants already have blossoms and are ready to produce organic fruit or vegetables after only 40 days (such as tomatoes, peppers, green beans, zucchini, and cucumbers). Portable Farms grow enormous amounts of healthy, organic, nutritious food in small spaces.


One single leaf of an organic zucchini plant measured after 40 days of growth in Gravel Grow Tray = 10.5 inches wide

Height of the same organic zucchini plant (above) after 40 days growth in a Gravel Grow Tray = 20.5 inches tall

Organic India Mustard plant (a spicy lettuce) after 40 days in the Gravel Grow Trays = 19 inches tall

Organic Cos Romaine Lettuce after 40 days of growth in a Gravel Grow Tray = 12.5 inches tall

We’re growing a variety of organic seeds in each of these categories in this farm:

  • Basil
  • Green Peppers
  • Swiss Chard
  • Cucumbers
  • Over 100 varieties of Lettuce
  • Jalapeño Peppers
  • Dozens of varieties of tomatoes
  • India Mustard
  • Chinese Cabbage
  • Long Green Beans
  • Dozens of varieties of Asian greens
  • Pak Choi
  • Kale
  • Eggplant
  • A variety of herbs

 

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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Commercial Aquaponics GOLD
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Aquaponics GOLD

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 Listen to Phyllis Davis tell you about AQUAPONICS GOLD.

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.

 

Become a Farmer in Your Community

Become a Farmer in Your Community with
Portable Farms® Aquaponics Systems 

(Utility Patent Application Filed December 24, 2013)

Phyllis Davis holding one head of bib lettuce from in Portable Farms®.

Phyllis Davis holding one head of bib lettuce from in Portable Farms®.

WE GROW FOOD.
Year round and in any climate.

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Yearly Production From Portable Farms® Aquaponics Systems
(Utility Patent Application Filed December 24, 2013)

A 100′ x 100′ ( 30m x 30m) unit produces 80,000 vegetables
and 23,000 pounds (10,400 kg) of fish

A 24′ x 46′ (7.3m x 14m) unit produces 8,600 vegetables
and 1,156 pounds (524 kg) of fish

A 10′ x 20 ( 3m x 6m) unit produces 1,100
vegetables and 400 pounds (180 kg) of fish 

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Phyllis Davis was awarded Second Prize after presenting Portable Farms® Aquaponics Systems to the San Diego Inventors Forum’s Annual Inventors Contest. View 8 minute presentation on YouTube video above.

 Become a Millionaire on ONE ACRE with Aquaponics: CLICK HERE.

Portable Farms® Aquaponics Systems are the most efficient aquaponics systems in the world.

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7 Simple Steps for Becoming a Community Farmer

1. Who is your market? The most lucrative markets are high-end restaurants, resort hotel, institutions, schools and prisons. Casinos are fantastic buyers also. Start by asking chefs in each location how many boxes of lettuce, tomatoes, zucchini, peppers, etc. they use each week. Take the total amount of vegetables and divide it in half and build your first installation to produce to that level.

A 10,000 square foot commercial space has 6,000 square feet of growing space and feeds 240 people, year round, FOREVER.

 

 

2. Consider your climatic requirements. Take into consideration the climatic advantages and limitations for your geographic location. Does your area get very hot? Or cold? If so, you may need extra insulation and you may want to add Grow Lights to maintain maximum year-round production.

Portable Farms® will work with you to advise you on the vital facets for installing a climatically adapted structure so we can move forward to have the Portable Farms® Aquaponics Systems Technology installed into the structure, and seven weeks later you will be producing an income stream.

 

3. If you are serious about aquaponics, and you have your funding in place, we will provide you with the documentation necessary to begin this exciting and lucrative business venture. In most cases, you will have all of the resources in your area that are necessary to build your Portable Farms® installation. Hiring Portable Farms® for additional consulting services which we offer to clients will almost always save you money in the long run.

 

 


4. Determine the best location for your Portable Farms® Aquaponics System. Your location will require good sunlight exposure (6 hours per day, minimum), electrical service and available water. Access by road is important because the installations are incredibly productive and you will need to bring small trucks to the facility nearly every day to pick up harvested vegetables to take them to your customers.

Portable Farms® offers a consulting agreement that will help insure the success of your installation.

 

5. Secure funding for your Portable Farms® Aquaponics Systems Technology, arrange for the designated personnel that will operating your new Portable Farms® Aquaponics System to begin taking the Aquaponics University Portable Farms® Aquaponics System Course© and along with Portable Farms® you will begin to focus on scheduling the building of the climatically adapted structure to keep your project on track.

 

 

 

6. Work with the local governments and agencies to insure a smooth and problem free installation. Secure all necessary permits and permissions to satisfy the local requirements for your city, state and country.

 

 

 

 

7. Begin the actual construction of the installation, have your operators to begin the Aquaponics University Aquaponics Certification Course and notify your markets of the approximate date of their first orders arriving.

The ROI on commercial installations are in the 2 to 4 year range depending on local markets and the varieties of vegetables raised. Most commercial installations going into new buildings take approximately 90 to 150 days to have operational.

 

See Phyllis Davis , Co-Inventor of Portable Farms® Aquaponics Systems shows you how to harvest and replant in a Portable Farm.

Phyllis Davis holding a bouquet of ‘greens’ grown in this Portable Farms Aquaponics System in only 43 DAYS!

The Happy Portable Farmer, Colle Davis (aka The Fish Whisperer), Inventor, with a single head of lettuce from one of his own Portable Farmsâ„¢ Aquaponics Systems that was grown in only 40 days. This is an unretouched photo.

The Happy Portable Farmer, Colle Davis (aka The Fish Whisperer), Inventor, with a single head of lettuce from one of his own Portable Farms Aquaponics Systems that was grown in only 40 days. This is an unretouched photo.

 

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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
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.

 

Pesticide & GMO Free Food is Rare and Precious

Pesticide & GMO Free Food is Rare and Precious
– by Colle and Phyllis Davis

stop gmo hands 2It’s a sad sad sad fact that avoiding Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO) is difficult when shopping for food today for breads and cereals. There is an enormous fight now to insist that food companies label their food as containing GMO. The (stupid) argument claims that if people are told that a food product contains GMO, they will consider that product inferior and sales will suffer. To date, more than $70 million has been spent JUST in California and Washington to defeat the premise that labels should contain GMO labeling because there is not enough proof that GMO harms human health.

Oh please . . . wake up folks.

PLEASE NOTE: GMO seeds are commonly used in field crops like corn and wheat but will KILL broad leaf vegetables like tomatoes and lettuces. There are many misconceptions about GMO seeds used in planting typical vegetable gardens and Portable Farms® uses NO GMO seeds in our aquaponics systems. GMO seeds are commonly used in the crops corn, wheat, soy, cotton, sugar, zucchini, squash, papaya, aspartame, and milk products. Here is a list of products containing GMO (scary list – we have always loved Thomas English Muffins, but no more).

What are GMOs, anyway? “Genetically modified organisms are created by deliberately changing the genetic makeup of a plant or animal in ways that could never occur in nature. The majority of GMO crops currently on the market have been genetically engineered to produce their own pesticides and/or withstand herbicides that normally would kill them. Farmers use the herbicides to control weeds.”- Consumer Reports, Where GMOs hide in your food – New Consumer Reports’ tests find genetically modified organisms

pesticidefreezoneNow the real world enters the picture. The number one request from concerned foodies is for ‘locally grown, pesticide free’ produce. Do you see the word ‘organic’ in that request? No, you do not. Here is an example that may help illustrate the problem pulled from actual experience: If a Mexican/Israeli farmer can receive $2 per pound for organically labeled tomatoes or $.80 per pound for non organic, which box will they pack first? You have absolutely no assurance the tomato you are purchasing is really organic. You have to trust a whole list of people with your health and your money.

 

If your local commercial aquaponics company is offering ‘locally grown, pesticide free’ tomatoes, there is a much higher probability that what you are buying is exactly what is advertised because it is locally grown (in many cases you can actually visit the installation) and there are fish in the system to protect their health as well as YOUR health. If harsh chemicals or pesticides were used, the fish would die. [Weird to think that fish are protecting you and helping to deliver the best produce you can buy.]

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.

In today’s reality, is the money meeting the full faith and credit of the food industry? Can you be assured that the organic food you purchase is organic without testing each batch? No, you cannot. Today’s consumer is expected to blindly accept the word if an entire chain of people from farmer to packer to distributor to grocer and any one of them may inadvertently (or purposely) provide you with inaccurate information. This is not to say these people are deliberately dishonest, it is to say that the truth may not be known and it is VERY hard to verify their honesty.

Buying locally grown, pesticide free produce where fish are in the system gives you a much shorter and easily verifiable in the food chain from producer to your table. A local grower has a much greater incentive to provide exactly what they are advertising because the local people will spot a problem or a lie very quickly. Plus, the local producer is a member of the community and in many cases this alone will insure a measure of honesty.

 

However, growing your own food with a Portable Farms® Aquaponics System offers you full assurance that you are not using pesticides to grow your food.


 

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

cover 1

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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