Repurposing the Boomers with Boomer Inc. Food Company (BIFC)

Repurposing the Boomers with Boomer Inc. Food Company (BIFC)

Seniors enjoy gardening and aquaponics creates sustainability in their community! 
– by Colle and Phyllis Davis

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AQUAPONICS TO THE RESCUE. Most Baby Boomers enjoy gardening.

Many of us spent time on our grandparents farms during our childhoods and today, there is a major resurgence in back yard gardens today, but problems arise for Boomers are unable to stoop, bend or till soil.  Aquaponics is a great way to re-purpose an entire generation. The idea could even spread to other parts of the world and maybe all seniors and all people of any age or educational demographic could be seen as productive members of any society and all because of Portable Farms® Aquaponics Systems.

Are the 77.5 million Baby Boomers going gently into that dark night? It does not appear that way. In fact ‘we’ are sliding out the US workplace into retirement at around 64 years of age and starting new careers.

According to About.com, senior’s deepest fears might surprise you: “The unpredictable cost of illness and healthcare is by far baby boomers’ biggest fear. They are three times more worried about a major illness (48%), their ability to pay for healthcare (53%) or winding up in a nursing home (48%), than about dying (17%).”

The Boomers are the largest group ever to reach retirement age and are now starting to do just that, retire. But, a very large percentage of these so called ‘Boomers’ are not prepared for retirement and are going to need help in their golden years. 

10,000 baby boomers a day turn 65. Boomers are the best educated generation in history, we have had the most freedom and the most fun of any generation in history, we/are also one of the most creative generations in history (Internet and technology, science and medical contributions, transportation and distribution advantages), we are also in charge of building a large part of the world we live in today, but we have also suffered under the delusion that we would always be young, healthy and have unlimited energy forever. Silly people.

Time is finally getting to those of us in the Boomer demographic (those born between the years 1946 and 1964). We are getting older, our health is not as stable as it was and Boomers are looking for ways to reinvent themselves to stay busy and make a difference. After all, this talented group does have a huge reservoir of talents, skills, knowledge and contacts that society could use if only there was a way to harness their interests and they could profit from their efforts.

As Boomers lead quieter lives as they move into a ‘less productive’ stage in their lives, they still have valuable contributions to make to society in productive ways. They can form groups within compounds, er . . . retirement homes, and work together (which offers social interactions) to raise their own food and sell the surplus to pay for their room and board. After all, most Baby Boomers have had childhood experiences on a family or relative’s farm and we remember what ‘real food’ tasted like when it was harvested fresh and full of nutrients, so ‘fresh healthy food’ is a commonality among us.

The technology exists today (Portable Farms® Aquaponics Systems) that can help the residents become very productive at raising their own food. These aquaponics systems are very easy to operate, mostly harvesting and planting at ‘waist high’ Grow Tables and a few of the younger and more active people in the group could be in charge of the regular maintenance routines of the equipment (a few minutes a day, at most). The Grow Tables and can be adapted even to those with disabilities or require wheel chair access.

boomers 3Many of the Boomers actually want to be productive and contribute and not rely on their families or society to take care of them. They can be the first residents at the new proposed idea for a Boomer Inc. Food Company (BIFC) installation. Yes, the housing needs to be nice, airy, clean and there needs to be some game rooms, a beautiful cafeteria, on site nursing and medical care, and even some guest rooms for family visits, but the cost can be recouped by the residents work in the BIFC farms. 

With each quarter acre installation at a BIFC, it can feed 240 people and with some ancillary production facilities for chickens, maybe pigs, some areas to grow roots and tuber they can become self sufficient and can even help cover the cost of the room and board for the resident as they make money for the company. 

A commercial size 1/4 acre Portable Farm requires two full time operators to run the farm = 80 hours per week. With a 30 person facility for seniors, and only half of them working on the farm, this requires less than three hours per week for each worker to pay their room and board and the food feeds the entire group, and all the leftover food can be sold into the local market as fresh, locally grown food. If this doesn’t impress you then nothing will. This innovative approach to food production by harnessing the skills, talents and ability of entire generation guarantees their livelihood and the viability of their community.

 


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Backyard Aquaponics GOLD

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

 

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

 

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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.

 

Teach Your Daughter Aquaponics

TEACH YOUR DAUGHTER AQUAPONICS
– by Colle and Phyllis Davis

Besides all the love and attention you currently lavish on her, what else can you teach this joyful addition to your life  – – this legacy to your genes, to insure her health and survival? Can you do anything differently than your parents did for you to give her a better-than-average chance to pass on your genetic material to future generations?

Yes, the biggest advantage you can give your child today is an aquaponics education so she will always have the knowledge, skills and abilities to grow her own nutritious, healthy AND ORGANIC food. Even if she is only three years old, buy her a Portable Farms Aquaponics Systems and teach her how to operate it.

As much as we all hate the thought, the worlds ability to feed and provide water for all seven billion of us on this spinning planet is becoming a cautionary tale. Today, there are over 1 billion people without access to clean drinking water. Frightening thought!

Young girls, especially teenagers are fascinated with the Portable Farms Aquaponics Systems. Of the thousands of people who have toured our installations over the years, the young teenage girls are the ones who have asked the most questions, and often the best questions, went back into the greenhouses the most often, and were the ones pressuring their parents and grandparents to buy one so they could, ‘have some of these wonderful vegetables and fish in our backyard’ even before they left the property. These young women are the vanguard of the future; let them be working for you and your family.

Teaching skills to a child is what parents and grandparents do, it’s their job. Teaching the next generation to be better prepared and more productive, live healthier and longer lives and to prepare their children to continue the process is how we have arrived here. Our parents did their best in their efforts to raise us to become responsible adults. They may have made some silly or sad mistakes is the process, but for the most part they were there to teach us to survive and sometimes even thrive.

Now you can add a new layer of protection for your daughter(s) or granddaughter(s) by teaching her/them how to raise their own fresh organic food, even in an urban environment. Oh, the young sons are not being left out of this equation; they simply are much less interested in raising food until they have daughters of their own. In one of the most interesting anomalies of life, men, at some level, understand that their daughters have a much better chance of maintaining their linage than their sons. If you are a man and have a daughter or granddaughter, you have a very deep understanding of this article.

 

 

 

 

 


 

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Backyard Aquaponics GOLD

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

 

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

 

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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.

 

Operating an Aquaponics System

Operating an Aquaponics System
by Colle and Phyllis Davis

READ THE ENTIRE AQUAPONICS COURSE OUTLINE: CLICK HERE.

The majority of daily tasks include planting, harvesting and feeding the fish. Repeat the next day.

aug 20 interior2There are two assumptions that will be made here regarding the operations for a backyard aquaponics system:

1) your installation is, or is similar to, a Portable Farms® Aquaponics System.

2) You have built a medium/media based (not a raft based) aquaponics system. Operations include the steps that are necessary for you to keep the fish and plants alive and healthy.

A backyard farm that feeds 8 people generally takes about ten to fifteen minutes per day to maintain. This includes feeding the fish, planting seedlings and harvesting. Operations are NOT time consuming but they are DAILY operations that cannot and should NOT be skipped.

When you’re dealing with living aquatic animals, they require daily care, attention and yes, even affection to remain healthy and grow to their full size. If your fish are ‘stressed’ for any reason, they won’t eat – – – – and if they don’t eat – – – – they don’t poop – – – – and if they don’t poop, your plants will not be healthy.  So, if you’re going to be gone for longer than a day or so, ask a friend or neighbor (that you trust) that will take care of your aquaponics system.

tilapia Oreochromis mossambicusOperational tasks include:

1. Maintaining adequate levels of water in the fish tank at all times
2. Feeding your fish a high protein fish feed each day (singing to your fish is optional but they do enjoy human contact and they do enjoy the sound of talking and singing)
3. Always wear disposable gloves when preforming tasks in the building
4. Keeping the pH balanced in the fish tank
5. Stocking the appropriate number of fish in the fish tank that is in balance with the area of the grow tray

6. 24/7 aeration provided for the fish at all times (bubbles).


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

 

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Community Aquaponics: A Good Investment

 

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

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Commercial Aquaponics Gold (Second Edition, published September 23, 2015) CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION

  • This comprehensive information about commercial aquaponics provides you will all the facts you’ll need to make an informed business decision about commercial aquaponics growing in controlled environment agricultural (CEA).
  • We’re also offering TWO FREE BONUSES with the purchase of Commercial Aquaponics GOLD: 1) A formal ten-step strategy business plan template designed specifically for commercial aquaponics growing to present to funders and, 2) PFAS LLC’s Executive Summary showing production and operating costs, profits and best-produce choices to achieve the shortest Return on Investment.


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.

greenhouselongInvesting 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 quarter-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.


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Backyard Aquaponics GOLD

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

 

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

 

 Solar Aquaponics GOLD

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

 

Aquaponics is NOW MORE AFFORDABLE

Aquaponics IS MORE AFFORDABLE!
By Colle and Phyllis Davis

There are literally millions of pages on the Internet about the topic of aquaponics.

peppers three smilingPFAS LLC’s website has been visited several million times over the last 12 months or so and we are only one of the many other sites available. To start the journey of having a working aquaponics system, the best place to start is to begin to search the Internet and devote several hours of time to do the research and then assemble your own unique aquaponics system.

Begin with one beta fish or gold fish in a bowl to support one lettuce plant. Grow your interest to feed your family and then if the stars align, install a community garden. BEGIN SMALL and grow from there.

Please do all the research you need to feel comfortable moving forward with your aquaponics project. Some quick numbers that will be helpful:

  • IF you place your small system inside, as in garage or basement, be prepared to spend a few hundred dollars on the very smallest system that will be a joy to show off to your friends and enjoy a few vegetables each year.
  • If you build a larger system (4 x 8’ grow tray size) be prepared to spend a little over $1,000 and that will help feed one and a third people. More fun and more bragging.
  • If you go absolutely crazy and put up a greenhouse or ‘big’ installation to feed 4 to 8 people then you are looking at an investment in the US$3,500 to US$8,000 range.

If you’re interested in owning your own aquaponics system, your first goal is to select the size aquaponics system you’d like to operate for your own unique purposes. We always suggest to our customers that they learn how to successfully operate an aquaponics system and if it fits their needs THEN expand to multiple aquaponics modules (the sky’s the limit).

There are literally thousands of websites that can show you how to set up a small workable open-source backyard hobby-aquaponics systems without paying for the information. For those who are not able to purchase our systems, we suggest you START TODAY by working with online/open source information so you can learn about aquaponics and build your own farm. We also suggest you visit online aquaponics forums so you can ask questions you may have from other aquaponics enthusiasts. 


farm 8 18 2012 aquaponicsWe call this process of starting small and expanding the size of your aquaponics system ‘getting your hands wet’ because even if one possesses all the knowledge in the world about a topic (in this case aquaponics), it will not feed a single person; only ACTION GROWS FOOD and in this case several steps are required before it creates food that nourishes someone and that action has an impact.  Start with research, build a small aquarium and dish pan system, move up to garbage cans or IBC totes, go crazy and build a ‘real’ system so you can kill fish and plants. Oh, sorry, you may not want to hear that, but that is what will happen. That is how one learns, by making mistakes.

aquaponics back yard farmIn the world of makers and successful businesses there is a motto: Fail fast and fail often. This means you will try things and if they work, keep them, if they fail, try something else. Side note here: we have killed thousands of fish in our 43 years in the field of aquaponics. Some we ate, some were our own dumb mistakes coming to bite us and some were out of unintended consequences.

Back to getting a running start in aquaponics. Start somewhere, at some level, now. Modern aquaponics is a brand new field because it encompasses recent technology and innovation along with successful techniques from the past. Aquaponics is evolving rapidly and slowly becoming main stream. The commercial side of aquaponics may take another ten or twenty years to accept on par with hydroponics, but it will happen.

It is the hobbyist, gardener, cook and home owner who are leading the charge on this ‘new’ technology, not the big companies, governments or NGO’s. Aquaponics is up close and personal as only eating can be and it is the opportunity to eat the best food on earth, every day, for a long as you live.

The important part is to get started NOW. Have fun, make mistakes and eat great food.

A short cut to aquaponics success is to take the Aquaponics University Portable Farms Aquaponics Systems Course©. Just sayin’.


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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.

 

Solar Desert Growing with Aquaponics

Solar Desert Growing with Aquaponics 
– by Colle and Phyllis Davis

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As global warming, the price of gas, drought conditions and desertification continue to impact agriculture, the world is aggressively looking for new ways to grow food locally, using less water than is required by traditional agricultural methods. 75% of available water is used in agriculture and that potable water is becoming scarce – on  a global scale.

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This map shows the results of computer models that have projected the risk of drought for the years 2090 to 2099. Source: Adapted from Dai (2011).

This saltwater-cooled greenhouse grows crops in the Sahara are an example of using the most abundant natural resources available to make a new kind of farming possible. Read that sentence again, the key word is at the end, possible.

The cost of the installation was so high that the investment will never be recouped and the system will probably never be duplicated. It is another example of a solution in search of a problem where the solution is so expensive that it will not impact the problem in any meaningful way.

biblettuce1But affordable food can be grown YEAR ROUND in aquaponics systems in the deserts, mountains, urban areas, warehouses or backyards! Building a modern climatically adapted structure containing modern aquaponics systems placed near high-end restaurants, casinos, resort hotels and other markets which demand the finest foods, results in a very attractive ROI. Add to that the initial PR buzz and the attraction of more investors being drawn into the space where they can take advantage of the new technology. Every installation has to be tailored to the area it will be build in order to be designed and built to leverage the advantage of the location.

The warm deserts are the perfect place for Portable Farms® Aquaponics Systems because they can utilize much of that wonderful sun, use very little water and can be built near high-demand markets. Actually, anywhere a climatically adapted structure can be built on reasonably level/flat land a Portable Farms® Aquaponics Systems can be installed. LEARN FROM US:  CLICK HERE.

 

greenhouse4The desert is also one of the best places to collect and use solar energy to power plant and fish growing systems. The time of day when the highest utilization takes place in an aquaponics system is during the day when the sun in nearly always bring and shiny. The demand for energy drops off before sunset and drops to a minimum requirement during the night hours.

If you live in a desert climate or almost anywhere there is adequate sunlight most of the time then a Portable Farms® Aquaponics Systems installed in a climatically adapted structure will make your life much safer, more secure and you will have the best food in the world at your fingertips.

 


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Written by Colle and Phyllis Davis, Inventors, Portable Farms® Aquaponics Systems and Published in 2015

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Backyard Aquaponics GOLD

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

 

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

 

 Solar Aquaponics GOLD

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

 

 

 

 

Fossil Water – No Water Means No Life

Portable FarmsFossil Water – No Water Means No Life
-by Colle and Phyllis Davis

Fossil water like fossil fuel is a non-renewable resource. It is not as rare as  the ‘rare earth metals’ but once we use it up, it’s gone forever and for those who depend on this water supply (that’s all of us to some degree) are running out of time and options.

Being protective and adopting an attitude of sustainability is key to the future for a prosperous and healthy world. The earth has 7.4 billion inhabitants  The United Nations estimates it will further increase to 11.2 billion in the year 2100.

 

Portable Farms® Aquaponics Systems require 95% LESS water than in-ground growing. PLUS, they produce the ready availability of a protein source though the growing of fish. Dr. Latham, Director of the Program in International Nutrition at Cornell University claims that malnutrition is a frequent cause of death and disease in third world countries. Protein-energy malnutrition (PEM) affects 500 million people and kills 10 million annually.

Most aquifers used for irrigation and for drinking water are being naturally replenished by infiltration of water from precipitation including rain and snow melt. This regular precipitation recharges the open or normal aquifers whereas the fossil water aquifers really are relics of past times and get very little recharge. The mining of fossil water (the extraction of water from these ancient reservoirs) results in land subsidence and an increased salinity in the soils being irrigated with this water. Water from these wells is being pumped out at a rate that far exceeds the natural recharge rate which is some cases is basically zero.  Another odd effect is that water mining has been blamed for contributing to rising sea levels because the water wasn’t in the hydrologic system before and is now being added to the total water available on the surface of the earth.

But wait, who cares if we’re using up this water? Poor farmers and not so poor farmers need water to raise high-value crops to feed the growing mass of humanity. Who cares if the water runs out? What difference will it make if we run out of cheap water next year? Or, in ten years or in a hundred years?

Because it doesn’t matter how long it takes, it will happen and when it does the gene pool will become smaller very quickly. Water is far more important than oil. You do not need oil to survive, but you do need water and when water becomes so expensive that people are willing to kill over it, everyone loses. It will not matter where you live or what you ‘control,’ you will be impacted by the scarcity of water everywhere in the world. Initially the shortages will be spotty and the violence will be contained to local areas, but very quickly the ‘fight will be on’ for control of the water. Oil is a take it or leave it proposition for the populous, but water is absolutely essential to life itself. No water means no life.

Today, be aware and take notice how long you take standing in the shower, how often you flush the toilet and how often you drink a glass of water/coffee/soft drink. You can skip the shower and the flush, but no matter how much you want to stretch out your personal water supply, some other selfish idiot will be using up your water at a prodigious rate.

Sound advice: Create your own protected, replenishing water supply, a stable food supply and a few good neighbors who are willing to share their talents and their labor with you to insure you all stay alive so that your genes have a chance to be part of the survivor group, whatever that will look like.

 

 

This means the developing world will face hardships in providing:

  • Food
  • Water
  • Housing
  • Energy to their growing populations

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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

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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.

 

Precision Growing in Aquaponics Systems

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

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

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

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

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

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

Phylis Davis harvesting fresh greens.

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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


 

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

For more detailed information about these books: CLICK HERE.

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Commercial Aquaponics GOLD
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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.

 

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
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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

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.

 

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 (fast paced) 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® Aquaponics Systems only require 25 sq ft to feed an adult their surface vegetable forever. LEARN MORE:  CLICK HERE.


 

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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