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What IS Aquaponics?

What IS Aquaponics?
– by Colle and Phyllis Davis

Portable Farms® Aquaponics Systems
(utility patent application filed December 23, 2013) 

Aquaponics is easier and more productive than organic gardening or traditional agriculture using less water, less electricity and less labor than any other aquaponics system in the world.

Aquaponics has been explored for several decades as a possible solution to the foregoing environmental, energy and food shortage problems.  Aquaponics combines the art of growing aquatic animals (fish), known as aquaculture, with the modern technology of hydroponics in which plants are grown without soil. In aquaponics, fish and plants are grown together in an integrated closed loop re-circulating system with a very low rate of water usage or water loss due to evaporation. This symbiotic relationship between the fish and the growing plants is the goal of aquaponics by creating a sustainable ecosystem in which both fish and plants can thrive and as a result, produces safe, fresh protein and healthy vegetables.

Tilapia in Portable Farms Aquapoics Systems
Tilapia in Portable Farms Aquaponics Systems

 To work efficiently, Portable Farms® Aquaponics Systems require ‘warm water, fresh water fish’ of some kind to provide the essential waste and their nutrients for your plants. Generally, aquaponics systems use warm-water fish instead of cold-water fish (like trout) because the plants don’t like the cold water.

Aquaponics is the growing of fish, or other water-based animals, along with land plants in a controlled environment, to maximize the use of the energy and nutrients in the system in order to harvest the greatest amount of vegetables and fish protein from the system.

Tilapia in a Portable Farms Aquaponic System

Tilapia in a Portable Farms Aquaponics System

 

The word aquaponics comes from words aquaculture, which is the cultivation of fish or other `water- based animals, and the word hydroponics, where plants are grown in a sterile medium or completely in water.

By combining the fish, water and plants, Portable Farms® Aquaponics Systems use an integrated environment to produce vegetables and fish in very small space, with very little water.

Aquaponics has its roots in ancient China and parts of the aquaponics system were developed in other areas of the world where high concentrations of people lived who were observant of the relationships that existed naturally in their environment.

 

 

In China, farmers knew that land livestock waste could be added to their fields or ponds to increase production of vegetables and fruit bearing plants. They also noticed that different fish had different tolerances to the level of land-animal waste in their water. For example too much pig or chicken waste caused many fish to die (the modern explanation for this is lack of oxygen) so they were careful about balancing their system for maximum yield and minimum fish loss.These Chinese farmers were able to refine their systems so they could grow chickens in pens above pigs, (with the waste dropping through along with any spilled food) who were in a pen over a pond with carp in it, and then the water flowed to another pond with other less tolerant fish such as catfish, and perhaps other aquatic animals and certainly other water plants were grown and harvested. These systems were so called flow-through systems, meaning that water was used once through the ponds, and then released to the local paddies, streams, lakes or ocean. The sludge from the bottom of the ponds was used on the fields and some of the water was used in the paddies for fertilizer before it was released.

dry-riverbedIn the twenty-first century, the world faces an environmental crisis, issues related to climate change (drought and flooding as well as record-setting heat waves) and an energy crisis. In addition, many parts of the world face severe food shortages. Twentieth century agricultural techniques have harmed the environment and consume an inordinate amount of energy and water. Many countries lack the large amounts of arable land and water needed to sustain growing human populations. Developed nations use large amounts of pesticides and artificial fertilizers to grow their grains, fruits, and vegetables. At the same time, they use huge amounts of gasoline and diesel fuel to power their farm machinery, large amounts of electricity to process their food, and enormous amounts of fuel to deliver the processed food to grocery stores. The raising of farm animals, particularly cattle and swine, is notoriously inefficient in terms of the amount of land and energy required to raise corn and other animal feed for each pound of protein produced.

UN reports tell us that in 2012, for the 6th time in an eleven-year span, the world will eat more food than it produces. With 7 billion people in the world now and the expanding population growth of the projected 9.3 billion in 2050, there must be a shift towards vegetarianism and the option for farm-raised fish as a protein source for many, and a shift away from meat heavy diets, but this will take time. Growing crops to feed cattle, pigs, lamb or sheep take up more land and emit more greenhouse gases than producing crops for direct human consumption. In the 21st Century, food production accounts for up to 29 percent of man-made greenhouse gasses; twice the amount the United Nations has estimated comes from traditional ‘dirt’ methods of farming.

Many areas of the world, such as California, require elaborate and expensive aqueducts and irrigation systems to deliver potable water to farming regions. A tremendous amount of fresh water evaporates or is otherwise wasted with conventional farming methods. Third world countries often lack the financial resources, arable land and technology to produce sufficient food, and in particular enough protein to maintain the health of their human populations. There are also health concerns raised by humans consuming pesticide residues on fruits and vegetables and hormones in chicken, pork and beef. Wild birds and animals are adversely affected by pesticide and fertilizer. Local waters (ponds, rivers, and streams) are also polluted by the runoff from the pesticides and fertilizers used for local growing.

Therefore, there is a need to promote a new “green” method of farming around the world for ‘locally grown food’ in any region to produce healthier food that requires far less land and water, and at the same time, is environmentally friendly:

•             Eliminates the need or use of artificial chemicals

•             Provides sustainability for people locally

•             Substantially reduces energy consumption for planting, harvesting and shipping food, and greenhouse gas emissions.

•             Also, provides jobs for local people strengthening the local economy.

farmnewsletter aquaponicsAquaponics has been explored for several decades as a possible solution to the foregoing environmental, energy and food shortage problems.  Aquaponics combines the art of growing aquatic animals (fish), known as aquaculture, with the modern technology of hydroponics in which plants are grown without soil. In aquaponics, fish and plants are grown together in an integrated closed loop re-circulating system with a very low rate of water usage or water loss due to evaporation. The fish waste (effluent) produced by the fish is delivered from the fish tank to a settling tank to remove the heavy ‘waste’ and then sent to the grow trays to provide a food source for growing plants in the gravel and the plants provide a natural filter for the water that keeps the fish healthy. This symbiotic relationship between the fish and the growing plants is the goal of aquaponics by creating a sustainable ecosystem in which both fish and plants can thrive and as a result, produces safe, fresh protein and healthy vegetables.

Aquaponics systems heretofore developed have not met with widespread success. Previously, aquaponics systems have been complex and labor intensive to operate, difficult to construct because to date, there has been no standard design that has proven itself to be easy to operate, and they are often poorly constructed with inferior materials requiring constant attention to leaks, challenges for disposal of the fish waste, and careful maintenance of pH levels, micronutrient depletion and water temperature. They have also been expensive in terms of the pumps and other electrical equipment required. In addition, prior aquaponics systems have been difficult to maintain and are prone to catastrophic system failures such as death of the fish and plants due to design flaws in the actual aquaponics system.

PFAS LLC and Portable Farms® Aquaponics Systems have evaluated and resolved the major stumbling blocks (mentioned above) to such a degree that they can be successfully operated by semi-skilled labor to produce healthy vegetables and fish to sustain families, communities and countries.

The Portable Farms® Aquaponics Systems duplicate what nature has been doing for billions of years. The water, containing the fish waste, is pumped out of the fish tanks to a settling tank, where the solids settle to the bottom of the tank while the nutrient-rich water then flows, by gravity, through a series of trays where the plants are growing, and then back into the fish tanks. The small amount of separated fish-waste water in the settling tank is drained off at regular intervals, and can be used to fertilize crops such as trees, ornamentals or lawns. The cycle of the water flowing through the system repeats itself several times each day. Some make-up water has to be added at regular intervals to compensate for the water used in the settling tank cleaning, and for the water used by the plants for growth (transpiration). And, that’s how the system works. Simple, elegant and with very little energy to produce high quantities of locally grown food.

LEARN FROM US: Portable Farms® Aquaponics System Course©.

Cool Weather Crops in Aquaponics

Aquaponics Lettuces and Greens for Cool Weather Planting
– 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.

 

 

 

Commercial Aquaponics Gold EBook

PUBLISHED TODAY! February 26, 2015 – Commercial Aquaponics GOLD - EBook with Two FREE BONUSES – Commercial Aquaponics Business Plan template and Executive Summary. Listen to message from Colle Davis, Lead Inventor, Portable Farms Aquaponics Systems.


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Commercial Aquaponics GOLD – Ebook

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Commercial Aquaponics GOLD – Ebook

Available February 26, 2015

ORDER YOUR COPY TODAY – $69.95  - CLICK HERE.

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

  • Commercial Aquaponics GOLD is the information you will need to make an informed business decision about commercial aquaponics growing in controlled environment agricultural (CEA).
  • We’re also offering TWO BONUSES: 1) A business plan template  designed specifically for aquaponics 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.

 

GreenhouseThe 21st Century brings new challenges for supplying food to the growing population of the world. This eBook is to help you evaluate commercial aquaponics as a lucrative component in providing a solution to the challenge.

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.

 

Colle Davis, Lead Inventor, showing the interior of a 16' x 33' Portable Farms® Aquaponics System.

Colle Davis, Lead Inventor, showing the interior of a 16′ x 33′ Portable Farms® Aquaponics System.

The future of food production in urban areas involves growing food in controlled-environments such as greenhouses or modified warehouses so growers are no longer dependent on weather conditions for growing food (drought, high winds, torrential rains, snow, hail, extreme heat or cold weather). Aquaponics farms are able to grow food year round and sell locally to a ready market. Plus, there is no need to use harsh chemicals or pesticides to protect their plants in the controlled environment.

There is a growing movement across the world to secure and eat organic or at least locally- grown foods to increase local economies and reduce the carbon footprint. This movement has become so powerful and wide spread that nearly every major supermarket in the world offers their customers locally grown food. This movement has also pushed seed sales to new heights as people plant soil gardens or install hydroponics or aquaponics systems to grow healthy vegetables for their families so they can control the quality of the food they eat.

Aquaponics is a cutting-edge and water saving technology to increase a family’s level of sustainability and health and by installing their aquaponics system in a greenhouse, families can extend their growing season year round and have complete control of what foods they grow and what they are feeding their family.

Commercial Aquaponics GOLD

  • Introduction to Commercial Aquaponics
  • An Overview of Aquaponics
  • Is Commercial Aquaponics for You?
  • Conceptional Research for Commercial Aquaponics
  • Basics for Commercial Aquaponics
  • How to Become a Millionaire on One Acre of Commercial Aquaponics
  • Building a Commercial Aquaponics Installation
  • Installing Aquaponics in Warehouses @ $12 per foot
  • Overseeing a Commercial Aquaponics Operation
  • Conducting a Highly Valuable Marketing Survey
  • Two FREE Bonus Extras:
    1) A ten step-strategy business plan template designed specifically for commercial aquaponics to present to funders
    2) PFAS LLC’s Executive Summary showing production and operating costs, profits and best-produce choices to achieve the shortest Return on Investment.

The Real Cost of INDOOR Aquaponics


The Real Cost of INDOOR Aquaponics 

– by Colle and Phyllis Davis

PFAS LLC HAS NOW MADE INDOOR GROWING AFFORDABLE!

GREENS DEC 23 2012This article carefully explains indoor growing with aquaponics so you can successfully convert your basement, garage, workshop, spare room, etc. that is currently sitting idle to grow some food and have some fun! This article is not about commercial aquaponics, it is only about utilizing some existing space into a small INDOOR aquaponics system to grow food for you and your family.

Here are the figures everyone wants to know regarding the cost of indoor aquaponics. No matter what size space they have available, they want to know, “What will it cost me to get started?”

The real answer:

  1. The Aquaponics University Portable Farms Aquaponics Systems Course© is $2,500 and the AU Course includes the PFAS Kit containing the Portable Farms® Aquaponics Systems technology.
  1. The cost of the materials to build one Module that can feed eight people (up to 200 sq ft of grow space) is approximately $1,000 anywhere in the world.
  1. Full spectrum grow lights to make your plants really happy so you can grow healthy plants (both greens and blooming plants) – about $300.

This is a total of $3,800 plus some labor and adding in cost variances, you will be in the $4,000 range. This cost DOES NOT INCLUDE ANY TYPE OF GREENHOUSE. This quote/information is ONLY for indoor growing spaces.

We harvested hundreds of 8" long greenbeans from these six greenbean plants in Portable Farms®. THEY WERE CRISPY, FRESH AND DELICIOUS!

We harvested hundreds of 8″ long green beans from these six green bean plants in Portable Farms®. THEY WERE CRISPY, FRESH AND DELICIOUS!

Caveats to be aware of in this conversion process: 

  1. The numbers above apply to spaces up to about 450 sq ft. Above 450 sq. ft., you will need two Grow Tables and the cost will go up, but not much on a per sq. ft. basis.
  1. Any space that you utilize will require excellent ventilation and some way to reduce the humidity in the space. In most cold climates, this means you will be venting some the oxygen and humidity into your very dry house or outside your house. Think of it as an added benefit.
  1. You will probably have to clean and paint the space before you use it. The area needs to be clean.
  2. The Grow Tables are HEAVY so the floor must be able to support safely 30 lbs per sq foot of dead load.
  1. Water may be spilled (occasionally) and the floor space must be easy to clean up.
  1. Square spaces are actually much harder to plan and build than rectangular spaces.

The total cost to you for converting an indoor of 25’ x 12’ or something similar, will be exactly as described above. The cost per square foot will be in the range of $12+ per sq. ft or close. 

Here are the basic parameters to determine how to utilize the space:

  1. Grow Tables are normally 5’ or 6’ wide and up to 40’ long. The most effective way to utilize space is to subtract 6’ from the length of the space to see how long your Grow Table can be and then see how many Grow Tables and aisles you can fit into the space.
  1. A Module (grow table and fish tank) is 7.5’ or 8.5’ wide, 5’ plus 2.5’ aisle or 6’ wide and 2.5’ aisle plus an outside aisle.
  1. The formula to use to find number of Modules that will fit into your space = Space width minus 2.5’ divided by 7.5’ or 8.5’ = number of Modules that will fit.

3 Examples for Examining Size and Costs for Indoor Growing

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EXAMPLE 1:  Utilizing a space that is 25’ long and 12’ wide at 300 sq ft.

The length of your Grow Table will be 20’ (we’re cheating a tiny bit on length to maximize the Grow Table size). The 12’ minus 2.5’ is 9.5’ divided by 8.5’ = 1 plus a little.
So the Grow Table of 6’ x 20’ or 120 sq ft will easily fit here and is enough to feed five people their table vegetables forever. The cost per sq ft is $13.33 and this assumes you have paid full retail for everything.

EXAMPLE 2: Utilizing a space that is 20 x 10’ or 200 sq ft. 

The Grow Table will be only 14’ long. The width 10’ minus 2.5’ gives you 7.5’, so a Grow Table of 5’ x 14’ is possible. This allows for a Grow Table of 70 sq ft, almost enough to feed 3 adults forever. Oops, this cost per square foot is $20. Small may be beautiful, but it is expensive.

EXAMPLE 3: A space that is 36’ x 20’ or 720 sq ft.

The maximum length of the Grow Tables can be 30’ and then 20’ minus 2.5’ = 17.5’ divided by 8.5’ equals a tiny bit over 2’ to allow Grow Tables. Now you have two 6’ x 30’ Grow Tables and 360 sq ft of grow space.
Oh, but wait, we forgot to add in the extra PFAS Kit and the materials for the second Module. Adding in the $1,400 second PFAS Kit and $1,000 for the materials an additional $2,400 in expenses have been incurred.
So $4,000 plus $2,400 equals $6,400 for the 720 sq ft of space or, wait for it . . .
. . .are you still waiting?
. . . . Here it it: $8.88 per square foot! Heck of a deal.

Today is the day to start the process. You need to take the Aquaponics University Portable Farms Aquaponics Systems Course© first and that’s the easy part.

FREE Aquaponics Business Plan Template

Commercial Aquaponics Offers a FREE Business Plan Template with the purchase of our new ebook Commercial Aquaponics Gold

Commercial aquaponics is the fastest growing segment of PFAS LLC. The worldwide demand for locally grown and pesticide free food drives the interest in aquaponics and specifically in our systems because they can be operated by semi-skilled labor.


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AQUAPONICS GOLD©  (New Ebook)
-by Colle and Phyllis Davis

Buy Aquaponics Gold Here Launch Date, February 4, 2015

Raising Healthy Fish and Vegetables in Aquaponics

Revealing 17 Trade Secrets and 100 PAGES OF GREAT information!
Learn Tips and Trick from Portable Farms® Aquaponics Systems
.

Aquaponics Gold – $39.95 – February 2015

LISTEN TO PHYLLIS DAVIS TELL YOU ABOUT AQUAPONICS GOLD.

Buy Aquaponics Gold Here

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

TO READ MORE ABOUT THE NEW EBOOK: CLICK HERE.


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Commercial Aquaponics GOLD – Ebook

Available February 26, 2015
ORDER your copy today!

ORDER YOUR COPY TODAY – $69.95  - CLICK HERE.

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

  • Commercial Aquaponics GOLD is the information you will need to make an informed business decision about commercial aquaponics growing in controlled environment agricultural (CEA).
  • We’re also offering TWO FREE BONUSES: 1) A business plan template  designed specifically for aquaponics 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.

TO READ MORE ABOUT THE NEW EBOOK: CLICK HERE.


We receive nearly a thousand inquiries per month and the smallest commercial aquaponics system we recommend is a 10,000 sq. ft. greenhouse with 6,000 sq. ft. growing space (1/4 acre). The total for the greenhouse (varies according to climate) and our technology is about $300,000 per 1/4 acre . . .  and $1.3 million per acre.

There are many factors that determine the return on investment for an investment of this size, but generally it is between 2 and 4 years depending on the customers you have and the types of food you provide them (some crops are more valuable in and out of season) and the skill level of your operators.

The fastest, most effective way to move your project forward is for you to first take the Aquaponics University Portable Farms Aquaponics Systems Course© in order to have a deeper understanding of the technology and its requirements before you begin your project.

After completing the AU Course, which includes one Portable Farms® Technology Kit for building one Portable Farms Module that feeds eight people, we will also send you the Business Plan Template for FREE to present to funders or investors. Plus, you will have two hours of discussion time with Colle Davis, CEO, PFAS LLC, concerning what you want for an outcome and how you plan to achieve that goal.

PLEASE NOTE: You must already have either the money to invest in an installation OR be the owner of a successful company with a line of credit to cover the investment or have investors who are willing to step up with the money. If you are simply thinking about getting into ‘the’ business and have no business background or you do not have the money available at this time, you are not qualified for this offer. PFAS LLC reserves the right to refuse those who do not meet the qualifications above.

If you are serious about starting a commercial aquaponics business then this special offer from PFAS LLC has all the components you need to be successful. However you must be able to demonstrate that you have achieved success in the past and have verifiable references that can be interviewed.

Serious Investors Interested in Portable Farms®

Serious Investors Interested in Portable Farms®

- by Colle and Phyllis Davis

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PFAS LLC has been offering the Portable Farms® Aquaponics Systems to the public since June 2008, and our technology is based on 40+ years of experience and research. Our recent efforts, our continued refinement of our systems and our global branding efforts have attracted a host of new inquiries from sophisticated investors wishing to profit from the benefits provided by commercial aquaponics as an investment, and from deep-pocketed humanitarian groups who want to create jobs for the local semi-skilled labor force as well as provide locally grown food.

 

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.

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.


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AQUAPONICS GOLD©  (New Ebook)
-by Colle and Phyllis Davis

Buy Aquaponics Gold Here Launch Date, February 4, 2015

Raising Healthy Fish and Vegetables in Aquaponics

Revealing 17 Trade Secrets and 100 PAGES OF GREAT information!
Learn Tips and Trick from Portable Farms® Aquaponics Systems
.

Aquaponics Gold – $39.95 – February 2015

LISTEN TO PHYLLIS DAVIS TELL YOU ABOUT AQUAPONICS GOLD.

Buy Aquaponics Gold Here

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

TO READ MORE ABOUT THE NEW EBOOK: CLICK HERE.


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Commercial Aquaponics GOLD – Ebook

Available February 26, 2015
ORDER your copy today!

ORDER YOUR COPY TODAY – $69.95  - CLICK HERE.

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

  • Commercial Aquaponics GOLD is the information you will need to make an informed business decision about commercial aquaponics growing in controlled environment agricultural (CEA).
  • We’re also offering TWO FREE BONUSES: 1) A business plan template  designed specifically for aquaponics 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.

TO READ MORE ABOUT THE NEW EBOOK: CLICK HERE.


Contact PFAS LLC today IF you are a serious investor with funding available and who wants to be involved in one of the most exciting and rewarding ventures anyone could imagine in today’s world. LEARN FROM US: CLICK HERE.

Aquaponics is the Best Business Opportunity of the 21st Century

Aquaponics is the Best Business Opportunity of the 21st Century 

- by Colle and Phyllis Davis

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

 

Portable Farms®  Aquaponics Systems installed with a 20′ x 50′ acclimatized greenhouse (1,000 square feet) will grow:

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

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

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

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


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AQUAPONICS GOLD©  (New Ebook)
-by Colle and Phyllis Davis

Buy Aquaponics Gold Here Launch Date, February 4, 2015

Raising Healthy Fish and Vegetables in Aquaponics

Revealing 17 Trade Secrets and 100 PAGES OF GREAT information!
Learn Tips and Trick from Portable Farms® Aquaponics Systems
.

Aquaponics Gold – $39.95 – February 2015

LISTEN TO PHYLLIS DAVIS TELL YOU ABOUT AQUAPONICS GOLD.

Buy Aquaponics Gold Here

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

TO READ MORE ABOUT THE NEW EBOOK: CLICK HERE.


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Commercial Aquaponics GOLD – Ebook

Available February 26, 2015

ORDER your copy today!

ORDER YOUR COPY TODAY – $69.95  - CLICK HERE.

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

  • Commercial Aquaponics GOLD is the information you will need to make an informed business decision about commercial aquaponics growing in controlled environment agricultural (CEA).
  • We’re also offering TWO FREE BONUSES: 1) A business plan template  designed specifically for aquaponics 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.

TO READ MORE ABOUT THE NEW EBOOK: CLICK HERE.


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

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

VISIT AQUAPONICS UNIVERSITY AND LEARN ABOUT AQUAPONICS! 

 

Hot Trending Investment for 2015: COMMERCIAL AQUAPONICS

Hot Trending Investment for 2015: COMMERCIAL AQUAPONICS
– by Colle and Phyllis Davis

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 Where can money be invested today that will give the investor a reasonable rate of return and more importantly assure a safe investment that will be long lasting and be selling product into a growing and insatiable market? Go through the list of all of the possibilities you can think of, and then, add in these additional benefits to the equation:

  • Produces food on a year round basis
  • Can be solar powered
  • Can use recycled water
  • Employs local semi-skilled labor (women, men, young and old)
  • Enhances the value of the property and surrounding property
  • Is non-polluting
  • Produces organic food and requires 90% to 95% less water than in-ground growing
  • Can be installed nearly anywhere in the world
  • Produces an organic fertilizer that can be used on any crop or plants

Let’s add in:

  • An ROI of less than five years on the initial installation
  • Subsequent installations with less than three year ROI
  • Unlimited expansion in a designated territory
  • NO FRANCHISE FEES
  • Small annual renewal fee
  • Constant updates to the technology
  • Engineers available to be on site to help with the initial installation
  • Consulting available.

 


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AQUAPONICS GOLD©  (New Ebook)
-by Colle and Phyllis Davis

Buy Aquaponics Gold Here Launch Date, February 4, 2015

Raising Healthy Fish and Vegetables in Aquaponics

Revealing 17 Trade Secrets and 100 PAGES OF GREAT information!
Learn Tips and Trick from Portable Farms® Aquaponics Systems
.

Aquaponics Gold – $39.95 – February 2015

LISTEN TO PHYLLIS DAVIS TELL YOU ABOUT AQUAPONICS GOLD.

Buy Aquaponics Gold Here

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

TO READ MORE ABOUT THE NEW EBOOK: CLICK HERE.


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Commercial Aquaponics GOLD – Ebook

Available February 26, 2015

ORDER your copy today!

ORDER YOUR COPY TODAY – $69.95  - CLICK HERE.

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

  • Commercial Aquaponics GOLD is the information you will need to make an informed business decision about commercial aquaponics growing in controlled environment agricultural (CEA).
  • We’re also offering TWO FREE BONUSES: 1) A business plan template  designed specifically for aquaponics 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.

TO READ MORE ABOUT THE NEW EBOOK: CLICK HERE.


For more information about commercial aquaponics opportunities please contact Colle Davis, Inventor of the Portable Farms Aquaponics Systems and CEO, PFAS LLC by email to begin the process.

Precision Growing Aquaponics Systems

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

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

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

 

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

 


aquaponics gold High Resolution WEB

AQUAPONICS GOLD©  (New Ebook)
-by Colle and Phyllis Davis

Buy Aquaponics Gold Here Launch Date, February 4, 2015

Raising Healthy Fish and Vegetables in Aquaponics

Revealing 17 Trade Secrets and 100 PAGES OF GREAT information!
Learn Tips and Trick from Portable Farms® Aquaponics Systems
.

Aquaponics Gold – $39.95 – February 2015

LISTEN TO PHYLLIS DAVIS TELL YOU ABOUT AQUAPONICS GOLD.

Buy Aquaponics Gold Here

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

TO READ MORE ABOUT THE NEW EBOOK: CLICK HERE.


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Commercial Aquaponics GOLD – Ebook

Available February 26, 2015
ORDER your copy today!

ORDER YOUR COPY TODAY – $69.95  - CLICK HERE.

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

  • Commercial Aquaponics GOLD is the information you will need to make an informed business decision about commercial aquaponics growing in controlled environment agricultural (CEA).
  • We’re also offering TWO BONUSES: 1) A business plan template  designed specifically for aquaponics 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.

TO READ MORE ABOUT THE NEW EBOOK: CLICK HERE.


 

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.

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

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
      • 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.

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