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Lanai Aquaponics in Florida

Lanai Aquaponics in Florida
or Other Tropical Climates Or Solar aquaponics in a screen house/enclosure (tropics only)
- by Colle and Phyllis Davis

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lanai aquaponicsThe definition of lanai, for those of you who do not live in the tropics or in Hawaii:

noun, plural lanais. Hawaiian. (Dictionary.com)

  1. a veranda, especially a fully furnished one used as a living room.
  2. In Florida they are very large screened structure usually covering a swimming pool and are an extended living space for part of the year when it is not so hot

The lanai is designed to keep out bugs, birds or other pests. They do not stop the rain. The do slow the wind down a bit and they keep the leaves, falling coconuts and palm fronds out of the swimming pool. They also keep other flying or crawling animals or bugs (think lizards) out of the pool and away from those of us sitting on our lanais and watching the beautiful tropical sunrises or sunsets.

What does the topic of a lanai have to do with aquaponics?

It turns out that in the warm and lush tropics, lanai territory, you do not need a greenhouse for having a year round aquaponics system.

This blind lowers to protect the plants from the HOT sun (western sky) late in the afternoon.

This blind lowers to protect the plants from the HOT sun (western sky) late in the afternoon.

The requirements for a successful lanai aquaponics installation in the tropics are:

  • the air/ambient temperatures need to be kept between 50° and 104° F (10 to 40° C) so lanai aquaponics will only work in tropical areas that never have freezing temperatures
  • an adequately screened lanai to keep the bugs out
  • a sunscreen installed above the Grow Tables to filter the intense sun from burning the plants
  • a method for keeping the rain off of the Grow Tables to avoid the Fish Tanks from overflowing and washing in dust and insect eggs.

The new Lanai/Tropics Aquaponics System from PFAS LLC accomplished exactly that and no more. In many instances the lanai is already there and has been for years. Building 25 sq ft (2.3m2) of Grow Table space per adult in the household is now so straightforward and easy that in does not make sense not to put an aquaponics installation in your lanai.

Here is an example of a lanai aquaponics system installed in Southwestern Florida: It is the one in our lanai.

lanai systemList of benefits of the Lanai Aquaponics System:

  • Very little cost for enclosure – probably already in place
  • Usually more aisle room that in a greenhouse
  • Adds beauty to your lanai space
  • The best food in the world only steps from your kitchen
  • Local contractor or handyman can build the Grow Table/Module for you
  • Keeps the space slightly cooler because of the shading and the water
  • Great conversation piece

 

 

Grow tray with new seedlings.

Grow tray with new seedlings.

Talking to a local builder another interesting piece of information on local codes covering the lanai emerged. Everything inside a lanai is classified as furniture or furnishings so there are no restrictions after the lanai is built as to what you build inside of it. This makes for a weird and legal possibility. Picture this: Build a large lanai, install one, two or more Portable Farms® Aquaponics Systems using the Lanai Aquaponics design and have a commercial aquaponics installation that meets local codes and much less expensive that a greenhouse!

The solar power system required in the lanai system is much smaller than in the more severe climates because the only electrical components are the small air pump, the larger air pump and occasionally the tank heaters and perhaps a light for ‘oohing and aahing’ after dark. This means that a 50 to 100watt panel and controls will operate two full size commercial PFAS Modules very easily. Here again, the cost is much lower than in colder climates where the electrical requirements include vent openings, circulation fans and supplemental lighting. The tropics Rock.

Solar Aquaponics

Solar Aquaponics 
By Colle and Phyllis Davis

solar panels sun1aWelcome to the world of telling the people who think they run the world, or at least the local fiefdom trolls to ‘go hang it up’.  By installing your own home aquaponics system powered by solar energy you get as close to being self-sufficient as one can get in this day and age, EVEN IF YOU LIVE IN A CITY.

The components for a modern solar powered aquaponics system are very straightforward, readily available, easy to assemble, fun to work with and the resulting installation will raise prodigious amounts of food. Solar installations are now so common that no one actually ‘sees’ them anymore. Besides they are relatively easy to hide. Aquaponics is one of the fastest growing segments of farming and is acceptable and ‘becoming normal’ as a way to produce the best food on the planet.

 

Living in the United States, most think that there is no such thing as ‘food insecurity’ and that life is a banquet for ‘all you can eat.’ After all, the US has one of the best distribution networks for transporting fresh food in the world, but much of our rich farming community that produces much of the nation’s fruits, nuts and vegetables has suffered horribly with record-setting drought conditions the last few years. The horrific drought in California as caused over $2 billion in crop failures and agricultural damage. Much of the water used in growing vegetables has been diverted to save the almond trees.

winter 2014This leads one to question the food security for colder regions of the US in the upcoming winter months for 2014 – 2015. What will the price be for a fresh tomato in New York City in February 2015? Or a fresh head of lettuce in Chicago? Or a green pepper in Kansas City? Or a sprig of fragrant basil in Detroit? Yes, most of this food will be grown hydroponically and then shipped to consumers (. . .  think food grown in water and chemicals with little nutrient content or taste) in regions from Canada to Mexico and harvested early and shipped thousands of miles to local markets and restaurants.

Food Miles is a term that determines how far your food has traveled before it reaches you, the consumer. The Worldwatch Institute states that for most Americans, food travels 1,500 miles before it reaches the consumer.

 

farm with umbrellaAs the inventors of Portable Farms® Aquaponics Systems, we watch the world from a different perspective because we are able to enjoy fresh vegetables 12 months a year that we grow ourselves. We eat food that is harvested and consumed on the day it is ripe. And now, with the introduction of solar panels to our Portable Farms®, we are OFF GRID and enjoying the freedom associated with no electrical bills.  We will enjoy the best food in the world for the rest of their lives and if anything does happen, as in ‘go wrong’, it will not impact us, or our customers’ ability to feed themselves.

Here are some more advantages of solar aquaponics:

  • The food is only steps from the kitchen and the only real work is plant, harvest, feed fish
  • The investment pays for itself relatively quickly
  • The installation is easy to build and operate
  • Nearly all of the replacement parts, if needed, are readily available
  • Components have very long MTBF (mean time between failures) – they last a LONG TIME
  • You do not have to tell your neighbors. Occasionally you could give them a green bean or two to brag on, but that’s up to you.

solar panel and clarHere is an odd side note, it would be nearly impossible to confiscate the installation because each farm is built as ‘site specific’ AND the gravel is HEAVY and does not travel well. The most that thieves could do is to steal your fish and vegetables that were harvestable at that moment. Then when they leave, you simply replant, restock and keep going.

The solar energy can even be used to temper the water in cold climates. The Sun is our friend, use that warm glow to grow and be prosperous. Team the sun up with one of the most advanced aquaponics systems in the world and become ‘off grid’ and more independent in a matter of weeks.

 

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Our NEW solar installation for our new Portable Farms® Aquaponics Systems Experimental and Research Center is located on the lanai (screened in porch) of our home in Southern Florida. We live on a 200′ wide canal that leads to the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean. Each day during winter months hundreds of ‘sea worthy’ yachts and pleasure boats pass by our back door and see our Portable Farms® Aquaponics Systems.

 

 

solar panel and signWe have listed our suppliers so you can see exactly what you will need to make a duplicate of the PFAS LLC solar installation:

  • 100 watt Solar Panel Kit
    – larger than needed. A 40 to 50 watt would have been enough
  • MPPT Controller
    – we upgraded the above kit
  • Deep cycle 12 volt marine battery – Go larger than you think necessary
  • Small air pump
    for air stones – 12 volt air compressors are much more common now
  • Larger air pump for CAD Pump
    – toughest to find, now have a supplier
  • Timer for CAD Pump
    – oddly enough, a not as easy to find component
  • Inverter
    for lights or tools – Just get one so you have it, they’re cheap.

The total system, including mistakes and replacement parts was about US$500 and you could certainly set up a system for significantly less to use in your own solar aquaponics installation.

Side note: One of our suppliers for overseas installations noted that he is now selling thousands of the small 12v air compressors to people/companies in the US. This is a huge increase in volume to the US in the last year. More and more people are beginning to see the cold light of reality shining on the fact that life as we know it needs to be solar powered, no matter what the government says.

 

Seeking Sales Representative

PFAS LLC is Seeking Individuals and Companies as Representatives for selling and installing the
Portable Farms® Aquaponics Systems’ Technology
(utility patent application filed December 24, 2013)

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portable-farms-construction materials2PFAS LLC is introducing a reseller program for qualified individuals or companies with construction experience to become Representatives and Installers for the Portable Farms® Aquaponics Systems’ technology.

This program requires a commitment and a limited investment to become a Representative and Installer for the Portable Farms® Aquaponics Systems.

In PFAS LLC’s effort to protect the Portable Farms® Aquaponics Systems Technology BRAND, we want to conduct business with qualified people who are interested in marketing, sales, education, construction and installation as well as servicing Portable Farms® Aquaponics Systems. We are a global company with an excellent reputation for our unique aquaponics technology and we are seeking qualified people with proven track records and financial capabilities to introduce our technology to the Representative’s geographical area.

  • Please note: The profit in selling Portable Farms® Aquaponics Systems is in the construction and installation of the systems. Each customer will have different requirements regarding the size of the system, how many Portable Farms® Aquaponics Systems’ Modules they want installed (depending on the amount of food they want to grow and the number of people they want to feed) and the construction of the required greenhouse they want to install ranging from a backyard farm to commercial-sized installations. The larger the installation, the larger profit margin there is in the sale for the Representative.

portable-farms-grow-trays-constructionPFAS LLC will provide Representatives with the Portable Farms® Kits that the construction team will install when building the aquaponics Modules. The kits contain the Portable Farms® Aquaponics Systems technology to support the system. (For more information on the contents of the Portable Farms® Kit, please request our free pricelist on the top right hand corner of every page of our website.)
With each Portable Farms® installation, the Representative’s customer will receive an Operations Manual (in English) along with an onsite lesson from the Representative about how to operate their new aquaponics system. If there are ensuing problems after installation, the customer will contact their Representative for the solutions and they will not contact PFAS LLC. If a Representative’s customer does not speak English, it is the responsibility of the Representative to have the Operations Manual translated to the language of their customer.

All contents of the Portable Farms® Kit are guaranteed by PFAS LLC for one year from date of installation.

Yearly Production from Portable Farms® Aquaponics Systems

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

Minimum Requirements for consideration as a Representative:

A completed Portable Farms® Aquaponics System before the plants or the fish have been installed.

A completed Portable Farms® Aquaponics System before the plants or the fish have been installed.

1. A background in operating a successful business for at least 10 years
2. Construction is the preferred background or partnering with a construction company with 10 years’ experience
3. US$20,000 available to invest in the following areas:

  • Installation of a completed Portable Farms® Aquaponics System near the location of the Representative or place of business. Cost varies depending on the (additional) cost of the greenhouse but generally, a 20′ x 30′ greenhouse (we do not recommend a smaller size) and installation of two Grow Tables of 6′ x 24′ with fish tanks and ancillary purchases is approximately $7,000 (excluding land cost). (Please note, you can offer paid tours to the people in your area who are interested in Portable Farms® Aquaponics Systems to create an additional revenue stream.)
  • Must be a Graduate of Aquaponics University – the Portable Farms® Aquaponics Systems Course© which includes one Portable Farms® Kit. Cost: $2,500
  • A minimum of four additional Portable Farms® Kits that you will sell to potential customers. Cost $5,600.
  • Initial stages of marketing support from PFAS LLC. This includes the development of a website and the release of four press releases through PRWeb in the geographic area you plan to market (your city or region). Cost $5,000.00.

This Representative offering is ONLY available to those who can verify their business experience, be able to meet the investment qualifications and their ability to service their prospective clients.

To be considered as a Representative, please provide PFAS LLC with your CV (resume) and three business references to verify your experience. Please do not send us money until you are ready to take the Aquaponics University’s Portable Farms Aquaponics Systems Course©.

For a Fact Sheet and more information, please EMAIL Colle Davis and put Request for Representative Information in the subject line.

The Most Frequently Asked Question is “What’s the Best Fish for Aquaponics?”

The Most Frequently Asked Question is “What’s the Best Fish for Aquaponics?” 
by Colle and Phyllis Davis

The most often asked question in aquaponics after, “How does aquaponics work? What fish can be used successfully other than tilapia?” The vast majority of aquaponics installations in the Northern Hemisphere use tilapia because they are readily available year round, they’re a healthy fish that grow quickly, convert feed very effectively into body mass and are very easy to raise.

 

There are some jurisdictions in which tilapia are not allowed. This is because they are so prolific in increasing their numbers that they displace native fish if allowed into the wild. PFAS LLC has passed on millions of dollars of business because the California Fish and Game Dept only allows, under specific condition, the possession of tilapia in the six most southern counties of the State. In the rest of the State, tilapia are banned by the Fish and Game Department and are considered illegal, and the cost to the perpetrator is a nice round $10,000 PER FISH in violation fines. Fish and Game are very serious about banning tilapia because of the severe shortage of water in the state and their need to protect the rivers, ponds and streams. 

Now that we’ve relocated our corporate headquarters to Southern Florida, we’re using BLUE TILAPIA because that variety of tilapia is legal in the State of Florida. 

Blue Tilapia

Blue Tilapia

What other fish can be used in aquaponics successfully in aquaponics?
Catfish is our personal preference because they taste great, we grew up eating catfish, they grow fast and are very easy to raise. The single problem is the fry or fingerlings are only available three months during the late spring each year (May, June and July). This inflexible supply of fish requires a batched system where all the fish are the same age and have to be harvested at about the same time. This leaves the systems with fewer and fewer fish near the end of the annual cycle.
Koi are a wonderfully easy fish to raise. The fingerlings can be obtained year round, they grow fast, they are beautiful and no one eats them. They are the perfect ‘poop producers’ because their gut is very ineffective and they eat and poop constantly. There is a market for the most unusual and most beautiful specimens of koi but again, no one eats them. If you only want poop, these are a great choice or if you are a vegan and want to name them as pets, koi are your answer.
Goldfish, yep, the little feeder goldfish you buy in the pet store for a few cents each can be used in aquaponics. You need five to ten per gallons of water instead of one, as with tilapia, because they are so small and grow relatively slowly and never grow too large in size. The problem? What do you do with them? Eating them is out, selling them is unprofitable and so you will simply have to keep them for a long time. Eventually you will have to start removing some of them from the system because they are prolific breeders also. Putting in a few bass or perch or even some catfish might work too.
Salmon/trout are a slight possibility if raised in cold climates. The fingerling problem is similar to the catfish in being seasonal. The systems for these fish requires a double heat exchanger arrangement and there needs to be an inexpensive source of electricity because the water has to be first heated and then chilled each time the system cycles.
Carp work extremely well but they have the same limitations as koi without the possibility of selling the cute ones. Some ethnic markets will buy all you can produce, check your markets to see if there is one nearby.
Perch, bass, crappies and several others are carnivores and the feed for them is currently limited. They also have the same limitations as the catfish of limited fingerling availability.
In Australia they use white perch and barramundi in their system very successfully. These fish in most cases cannot be imported into the US and Canada.
Crayfish and shrimp are both detritivores and some of them are cannibalistic and present the operator with different challenges. Yes, they can be raised in aquaponics successfully. Some people use them to help keep the bottom of the fish tanks cleaner and add a tiny bit of revenue to their operation.
Our choice is tilapia - a fast growing, healthy, easy to obtain in most places and with an unlimited supply of fingerling year round. That is spelled TILAPIA.
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Portable Farms® is OFF-GRID AND SOLAR.

Portable Farms® Aquaponics System in Southwest Florida is OFF-GRID AND SOLAR.
- by Colle and Phyllis Davis

For the past few months, Colle Davis and I have been designing and constructing our new Portable Farms® Experimental and Research Center in Southwest Florida to experiment with new aquaponics growing techniques in the heat and humidity of tropical climates, research Blue Tilapia and growing food in a screened-in lanai (instead of a greenhouse).

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This new Portable Farms® Aquaponics System is fully solar powered. It has one grow tray that is 6’x16’ (96 sq ft of grow space) which feeds four people FOREVER.

We have incorporated all that we have learned into this sleek new state-of-the-art aquaponics system which is an upgraded version of all the systems we have ever designed or built and it is an efficient and beautiful system that is easy-top-operate and FULLY run on one single solar panel (off back left side of photo on outside of lanai).

We have planted a variety of greens as the first crops in our new farm so the system becomes ‘cured.’ We planted lots of basil, a variety of lettuces and Asian greens, kale, Swiss Chard and pac choi. Plus, we have Certified Blue Tilapia in the fish tank.

Lanai screened structure with Portable Farm at end of lanai.

Lanai screened structure with Portable Farm at end of lanai.

We have constructed our Portable Farms® Aquaponics System inside the lanai on the back of our house that overlooks a very wide salt water canal that leads to the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean. A ‘lanai’ is the back ‘porch’ of a house that is completely covered in an enormous framed screen structure to keep debris out of swimming pools as well as preventing insects or birds (or alligators or rodents) from getting inside the patio. However, it does allow for rain and breezes while slightly minimizing powerful winds.

Colle and I are in our mid-60’s. Not young. Not old. We’re healthy and busy people and while it might take us a few days longer to build a farm than it did a few years ago, Colle and I built this farm OURSELVES by working in the mornings (while it’s relatively cool in Florida in July 2014 from 6:00 AM to 10:00 or 11:00 AM) and then treat ourselves to a swim followed by a hot shower and then, sometimes a nap. We carried lumber and painted it and we constructed the farm as we worked to the top limit of what we were capable of doing and then we hired two young men to wash the 6,000 lbs of limestone gravel and place it in the grow tray for us.

 

Please note suncreen and waterproofing methods ABOVE grow tray. This photo was taken before the liner and gravel were installed.

Please note sunscreen and waterproofing methods ABOVE the grow tray. This photo was taken before the liner and gravel were installed.

 

By building our Portable Farms® Aquaponics System on the lanai, we do not need a typical greenhouse because of our tropical climate which stays far above freezing temperatures year round. However, we did build a shade cloth above the grow tray to minimize the intensity of the sun and added waterproofing to keep the torrential rains from overfilling the grow trays.

Best laid plans go awry. After the construction of the farm was completed a few days ago, we installed our new Blue Tilapia fingerlings into our fish tanks and then planted the newly sprouted seedlings into the gravel of the grow trays and then sat back to marvel at the completion of our new Portable Farms Aquaponics System. Lemonade in hand, we toasted our farm and our success and laughed about the challenges and joys of building the new farm and joking how great it will be to EAT FRESHLY GROWN FOOD THAT TASTES LIKE FOOD AGAIN. And then . . . we saw one drop of water leak out of the bottom of the grow tray. Then, another drop. And then it stopped. We remarked, well, maybe some water from the evening rain shower dripped on the edge of the grow tray and . . . then another drop.

 

Repairing leak in Pond Liner in the Grow Tray. This should NOT have happened, but it did.

Repairing leak in Pond Liner in the Grow Tray. This should NOT have happened, but it did and we’re fixing it today.

 

So, this morning, we removed about half of the seedlings we planted, moved about 3,000 pounds of gravel off to the ends of the grow tray, drained, water vacuumed and dried the pond liner in the grow tray and patched the center with a new piece of pond liner. We found a tiny puncture in the pond liner (from a rake maybe?). We let the glue dry and replaced all the gravel and then re-planted all the seedlings. OMG.

We tell you this to let you know that WE make mistakes but mistakes are fixable until your system is perfected and then Portable Farms® run like a much beloved old pickup truck and grows food for years to come.

 

Visit our website often to see the progress during the first 40 days of growth in the new farm.

Colle Davis catching a baby shark in the canal off the back of the house (near the Portable Farm). Dolly (Colle's Service Animal - 6.5 years old) loves to bark at the many fish he catches.  Please note our recently rehabbed 30' sailboat behind him. The boat is an antique boat we rehabbed from stem-to-stern (we'll never do that again) and converted to an electric sailboat (from diesel). She sleeps six and has a full galley, head and hot shower. Colle Davis catching a baby shark in the canal off the back of the house (near the Portable Farm). Dolly (Colle’s Service Animal – 6.5 years old) loves to bark at the many fish he catches. Please note our recently rehabbed 30′ sailboat behind him. The boat is an antique boat we rehabbed from stem-to-stern (we’ll never do that again) and converted to an electric sailboat (from diesel). She sleeps six and has a full galley, head and hot shower. We may not sail the Seven Seas, but we will have fun sailing to the Florida Keys and then along the Gulf and Atlantic seaboards.

Make Money by Providing 75-Minute TOURS

Make Money by Providing 75-Minute TOURS of YOUR Backyard Portable Farms® Aquaponics System! 
Order your Portable Farms® Tour Kit  (Available September 15, 2014)
-by Colle and Phyllis Davis

Order Your Portable Farms®Tour Kit Today – Available September 15, 2014 – $49.95 - Portable Farms®Tour Kit is only available to graduates of Aquaponics University. - PayPal – CLICK HERE TO ORDER.

PFAS LLC now offers graduates of Aquaponics University the tried-and-true method for providing paid tours of their backyard Portable Farms® Aquaponics System facility.

Are you a ‘people person’? Are you an entrepreneur at heart? Do you enjoy speaking to local groups? Are you interested in making money by providing tours of your Portable Farms® Aquaponics System facility? If so, read on . . . (If you are not a people person then please know that this opportunity is not for you.) 

diplomagreenmanIf you are a graduate of Aquaponics University or you are a potential student of Aquaponics University and you would like to offer tours of your own Portable Farms® Aquaponics System in your backyard, then please read this article. YOU KEEP ALL THE MONIES YOU COLLECT. 

  • A small backyard Portable Farms® Aquaponics System (20’ x 30’) offers enough grow space to feed 10 people and the food is the freshest and best tasting food in the world. While it’s true that it is not large enough to grow enough food to ‘sell food’ and create an ongoing income, people will pay you to have an educational tour of your aquaponics system. Please note: you may not divulge the private intellectual property or trade secrets related to Portable Farms® Aquaponics Systems to the public, but you can give an informal tour of your system.
  • Of course, what you charge for your 75 to 90 minute tour is up to you, but we recommend charging $50 for up to 5 people and $10 for every person over 5 people in the tour. We have found that an hour and fifteen minutes (75 minutes) is an average time for a tour followed by tour participant’s questions and answer session.
  • You can offer private tours or group tours. If you offer group tours (example) of 10 people, people are charged according the number of people in their ‘individual’ groupings. For example, if five couples come for a 75 to 90 minute tour at the same time, you would make $250.00 for one group tour.  $50 x 5 groups of 2 = $250.00.

We now offer an online Portable Farms® Tour Kit that teaches you every aspect of inviting people to tour your Portable Farms® Aquaponics System. The fee for this kit is $49.95. ORDER YOURS TODAY. This Tour Kit will be available online August 15, 2014.

aquaponics back yard farmThis online Portable Farms® Tour Kit includes:

  1. A monthly live webinar with Phyllis and Colle Davis explaining the tour process and offering you a chance to ask them questions about Portable Farms® Aquaponics System.
  2. Original written copy provided by PFAS LLC to post on your website that provides all the tour information about the tour (except your address. We don’t recommend you publish your address until AFTER people have booked their tour).
  3. For an extra fee of US$300.00, PFAS LLC will build you a very simple WordPress website with images, photos of YOUR FARM and your bio and contact information so those interested in tours can contact you directly. This includes hosting that website on Fatcow.com for one year. After that, the yearly fee is $36.00 per year which becomes your responsibility.
  4. PFAS LLC WILL LIST YOUR PORTABLE FARMS® AQUAPONICS SYSTEM AVAILABILITY FOR TOURS ON OUR MAIN WEBSITE (http://portablefarms.com) for people seeking tours in your area who will then contact you directly. http://portablefarms.com  is ranked in the top 134,647 websites in the United States and in the top 401,510 websites in the world. – 8/18/2014 – Ranking by Alexa.com
  5. A written script for you to learn that you will use during the tour that explains the system (without giving away PFAS LLC’s patented intellectual property information).  Aside from a written script, you’ll also receive an video/YouTube recording of Phyllis Davis providing a mock tour so you can learn from her.
  6. A phone script to use during inquiries from those seeking tours of your Portable Farms® Aquaponics System and suggestions for booking those tours by phone.

    Phyllis Davis, President, PFAS LLC, holding a bouquet of 'greens' grown in this Portable Farms Aquaponics System in only 43 DAYS!

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

  7. A copy of a confirmatory email to send to those who have booked their tour by phone that provides the time, your address and tour information that you’ll send to people after they have booked their tour by phone.
  8. 10 photo (.jpg) high quality images of food we have grown in Portable Farms® Aquaponics System that you can print from your home computer and insert in a ‘pitch book’ that you will use during your tour to show people what can be grown in a Portable Farms® Aquaponics System.
  9. A copy of a Disclaimer that you’ll send to people coming for tours that protects you from potential litigation from anyone who trips, falls or hurts themselves during your tour. We highly recommend you show this disclaimer to an attorney to make sure it meets compliance standards for your state or country. Please note, we encourage buying a liability policy (if you don’t have one) for your property. Of the 7,000 tours that we have provided for our Portable Farms® Aquaponics Systems, we have NEVER had anyone hurt themselves on a tour or attempt to sue us for claims for having hurt themselves on a tour, but still, we always carry liability insurance.
  10. Suggestions for simple ways to collect money for tours prior to the actual tour.
  11. A list of ideas for creating local media exposure (TV, press, radio) in your area to bring attention to your website and information about your farms availability for tours.
  12. A PowerPoint presentation and script that you can use for speaking to groups (for example, Rotary Clubs, horticulture groups, garden clubs, schools, universities, etc.) to bring attention to your tour facility. And, marketing suggestions about how to be ‘booked’ by groups to speak. These are not ‘paid’ speaking engagements but the groups generally buy your lunch or provide you with a simple honorarium on behalf of the group. You are there to talk about aquaponics (in general) but you can mention that you offer tours of your own Portable Farms® Aquaponics System.
  13. Three original articles on the topic of aquaponics that we provide to you bi-annually for two years (for a total of 12 articles) to send to your local media (newspapers, magazines or periodicals) in your area for publication to draw attention to your Portable Farms® Aquaponics System with comments at the end that your Portable Farms® Aquaponics System is available for tours. Plus, you can PUT your name on the articles. For example: – by Steve Phillips  or, – by Stephanie Richards, etc.

This Portable Farms® Tour Kit is only available to graduates of Aquaponics University and contains intellectual property that is copyrighted and protected. Available September 15, 2014.

Tour a Portable Farm in SW Florida

Educational Tour of a Portable Farms® Aquaponics System in Southwest Florida (solar powered)
(Utility patent application filed December 24, 2013)

gowithflowPFAS LLC has built a new Portable Farms® Experimental and Research Center in Beautiful Southwest Florida

PFAS LLC has provided more than 7,000 educational tours of Portable Farms® Aquaponics Systems since 2008.

Check back to this page frequently to see new and updated photos of the New Experimental and Research Center in Southwest Florida.

If you already have a Portable Farms® Aquaponics System and you’d like to know how you can offer  paid tours of your facility, CLICK HERE.

TOUR INFORMATION: Come to beautiful Southwest Florida for an educational tour of the Portable Farms® Aquaponics System. Call Phyllis Davis to book your tour 239-214-7092. We offer FOUR TOURS PER WEEK – one tour per day, four days per week, so please, call ahead to book your tour. We offer a tour at either 10:00 AM or 1:00 PM, Wednesday through Saturday.

Phyllis Davis, Co-Inventor, Harvesting fresh greens from their Portable Farms.

Phyllis Davis, Co-Inventor, Harvesting fresh greens from their Portable Farms.

There is a fee for all tours (a private or group tour), payable prior to tour.
See fees below.

There is a fee for all tours, payable prior to tour:

  • $50 for tours for one to five persons
  • $10 per person over five people for a maximum of 20 people. Cash, PayPal, Visa/MasterCard accepted. No checks please. Credit card and PayPal must be completed prior to the day of your tour for processing. You can pay cash prior to the tour and we will be happy to provide you with a receipt. PLEASE REQUEST PAYPAL ADDRESS VIA EMAIL.
  • Since there is a swimming pool and a 200′ wide salt-water canal on the property, no children under the ages of 14 are permitted on the property due to limitations related to liability insurance.
  • Tours available Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Times for tours are available for either 10:00 AM  or 1:00 PM
  • Tours last approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes. Educational tours are conducted by the inventors of Portable Farms® Aquaponics Systems, Colle and Phyllis Davis.
  • If you require a hotel stay during your trip to Southwest Florida, we will provide you with recommendations for local hotels. You will fly into the Ft Myers International airport (Airport Code: RSW).
  • To book your tour, call Phyllis Davis, 239-214-7092.

blue tilapia

Blue Tilapia (Oreochromis aureus)
The Blue Tilapia is the approved tilapia species in the State of Florida
- Photo by Howard Jelks – U.S. Geological Survey

Prior to your tour, we request that you send the link to the Portable Farms® Aquaponics System website: http://portablefarms.com to all those who will be joining the tour so they will have a basic understanding of aquaponics during the tour.

Commercial and backyard Portable Farms® Aquaponics Systems have been installed in many countries throughout the world with variable climates ranging from the intense heat and deserts in Africa, Australia and Mexico, tropical climates in Thailand and freezing climates in Canada. Portable Farms® grow food YEAR ROUND IN ANY CLIMATE.

Phyllis Davis, Co-Inventor, holding a single head of Bok Choy in this Portable Farms® Aquaponics System that was grown in only 45 DAYS!

Phyllis Davis, Co-Inventor, holding a single head of Bok Choy in this Portable Farms® Aquaponics System that was grown in only 45 DAYS!

  • Take our Aquaponics Email Correspondence Course!  READ THE ENTIRE AQUAPONICS EMAIL CORRESPONDENCE COURSE OUTLINE: CLICK HERE. This correspondence course takes approximately 12 hours to complete at your own pace. If you ARE interested in a backyard or a commercial aquaponics system, take our Portable Farms® Aquaponics System Course© FIRST, and upon satisfactory completion of the course, you WILL receive one Portable Farms® Kit as part of the Portable Farms® Aquaponics System Course© so you can build your own Portable Farms® Aquaponics System that feeds up to 8 people.
  • The price for the correspondence Portable Farms™ Aquaponics System Course© includes the entire assembly, operations and maintenance course, PLUS, it INCLUDES one Portable Farms® technology kit – all for the price of $2,500. For those investing in a commercial aquaponics system (10,000 sq ft or more), there is a total refund of the $2,500 tuition fee.
Phyllis Davis, Co-Inventor of Portable Farms® Aquaponics Systems holding 8 heads of kale just harvested from a Portable Farm. The average height of these kale is 47". Monster kale!

Phyllis Davis, Co-Inventor of Portable Farms® Aquaponics Systems holding 8 heads of kale just harvested from a Portable Farm. The average height of these kale is 47″. Monster kale!

The Portable Farms® Experimental and Research Center in Southwest Florida was built in July 2014. In this Portable Farms® Aquaponics System we are experimenting with techniques:

  • for growing food in tropical climates in an outdoor screened structure instead of a greenhouse for year round growing.
  • We are also working with a new variety of tilapia, the Blue Tilapia, and a variety of fish care techniques and fish feed, planting methods and seed varieties for topical growing and trellis’ to support vertical growing.

So join us for a tour so you can see a Portable Farms® Aquaponics System and have the chance to meet the inventors who wrote and applied for the utility patent for Portable Farms® Aquaponics Systems, Colle and Phyllis Davis, and who have been perfecting their systems for 43 years and who will be providing the tours personally. To read the History of Portable Farms: CLICK HERE.

  • Portable Farms Experimental and Research Center in Southwest Florida
  • 96′ square feet of Grow Tray space
  • The farm has been installed in a screened in lanai and the grow tray is 6′ x 16′ and contains 96 square feet.
  • This small farm will feed four adults all the table vegetables and some protein (fish) they will need to be healthy – FOREVER. Aquaponics has proven to grow more than 300 different varieties of vegetables. Our systems do not grow root vegetables (potatoes, carrots or onions, etc.) or grain and wheat crops.
  • This Portable Farms® Experimental and Research Center is solar powered and is ‘off the grid’ and uses only one 100 watt solar panel
  • One fish tank with 100 Blue Tilapia.
Phyllis Davis, Co-Inventor, holding ONE HEAD of India Mustard grown in 40 days. Portable Farms Grow FOOD.

Phyllis Davis, Co-Inventor, holding ONE HEAD of India Mustard grown in 40 days. Portable Farms Grow FOOD.

You will see the following plants in the system – all started from seeds (although available varieties may differ on your tour slightly according to growing preferences, variety and seed experimentation by the Davis’:

  • Lettuces
  • Tomatoes
  • Cucumbers
  • Peppers
  • Squash
  • Zucchini
  • Japanese salad greens
  • Swiss Chard
  • India Mustard
  • Bok Choy
  • Kale
  • Green beans

When you call to book your tour, we will provide you the address of the farm in Portable Farms Experimental and Research Center in Southwest Florida. Please call Phyllis Davis, Co-inventor of Portable Farms Aquaponics Systems to book your tour: 239-214-7092.

Tour a Portable Farm in SW Florida

Educational Tour a Portable Farms® Aquaponics System in Southwest Florida
(Utility patent application filed December 24, 2013)

PFAS LLC has built a new Portable Farms® Experimental and Research Center in
Beautiful Southwest Florida that will be available for tours beginning August 15, 2014. 

portable-farms-fish-tilapia

PFAS LLC has provided more than 7,000 educational tours of Portable Farms® Aquaponics Systems since 2008.

Check back to this page frequently to see new and updated photos of the New Experimental and Research Center in Southwest Florida.

If you already have a Portable Farms® Aquaponics System and you’d like to know how you can offer  paid tours of your facility, CLICK HERE. 

pfas logo R 900TOUR INFORMATION: Come to beautiful Southwest Florida for an educational tour of the Portable Farms® Aquaponics System. Call Phyllis Davis to book your tour 239-214-7092. We offer FOUR TOURS PER WEEK – one tour per day, four days per week, so please, call ahead to book your tour. We offer a tour at either 10:00 AM or 1:00 PM, Wednesday through Saturday. 

There is a fee for all tours (a private or group tour), payable prior to tour.
See fees below.

There is a fee for all tours, payable prior to tour:

  • $50 for tours for one to five persons
  • $10 per person over five people for a maximum of 20 people. Cash, PayPal, Visa/MasterCard accepted. No checks please. Credit card and PayPal must be completed prior to the day of your tour for processing. You can pay cash prior to the tour and we will be happy to provide you with a receipt. PLEASE REQUEST PAYPAL ADDRESS VIA EMAIL.
  • Since there is a swimming pool and a 200′ wide salt-water canal on the property, no children under the ages of 14 are permitted on the property due to limitations related to liability insurance.
  • Tours available Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Times for tours are available for either 10:00 AM  or 1:00 PM
  • Tours last approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes. Educational tours are conducted by the inventors of Portable Farms® Aquaponics Systems, Colle and Phyllis Davis.
  • If you require a hotel stay during your trip to Southwest Florida, we will provide you with recommendations for local hotels. You will fly into the Ft Myers International airport (Airport Code: RSW). 

blue tilapiaBlue Tilapia (Oreochromis aureus) 
The Blue Tilapia is the approved tilapia species in the State of Florida
- Photo by Howard Jelks – U.S. Geological Survey

  • Prior to your tour, we request that you send the link to the Portable Farms® Aquaponics System website: http://portablefarms.com to all those who will be joining the tour so they will have a basic understanding of aquaponics during the tour. 

Commercial and backyard Portable Farms® Aquaponics Systems have been installed in many countries throughout the world with variable climates ranging from the intense heat and deserts in Africa, Australia and Mexico, tropical climates in Thailand and freezing climates in Canada. Portable Farms® grow food YEAR ROUND IN ANY CLIMATE.

superfarmer

Take our Aquaponics Email Correspondence Course!  READ THE ENTIRE AQUAPONICS EMAIL CORRESPONDENCE COURSE OUTLINE: CLICK HERE. This correspondence course takes approximately 12 hours to complete at your own pace. If you ARE interested in a backyard or a commercial aquaponics system, take our Portable Farms® Aquaponics System Course© FIRST, and upon satisfactory completion of the course, you WILL receive one Portable Farms® Kit as part of the Portable Farms® Aquaponics System Course© so you can build your own Portable Farms® Aquaponics System that feeds up to 8 people.

The price for the correspondence Portable Farms™ Aquaponics System Course© includes the entire assembly, operations and maintenance course, PLUS, it INCLUDES one Portable Farms® technology kit – all for the price of $2,500. For those investing in a commercial aquaponics system (10,000 sq ft or more), there is a total refund of the $2,500 tuition fee.

  • The Portable Farms® Experimental and Research Center in Southwest Florida was built in July 2014. In this Portable Farms® Aquaponics System we are experimenting with techniques:
    • for growing food in tropical climates in an outdoor screened structure instead of a greenhouse for year round growing.
    • We are also working with a new variety of tilapia, the Blue Tilapia, and a variety of fish care techniques and fish feed, planting methods and seed varieties for topical growing and trellis’ to support vertical growing.

So join us for a tour so you can see a Portable Farms® Aquaponics System and have the chance to meet the inventors who wrote and applied for the utility patent for Portable Farms® Aquaponics Systems, Colle and Phyllis Davis, and who have been perfecting their systems for 43 years and who will be providing the tours personally. To read the History of Portable Farms: CLICK HERE.

Portable Farms Experimental and Research Center in Southwest Florida

  • 96′ square feet of Grow Tray space
  • The farm has been installed in a screened in lanai and the grow tray is 6′ x 16′ and contains 96 square feet.
  • This small farm will feed four adults all the table vegetables and some protein (fish) they will need to be healthy – FOREVER. Aquaponics has proven to grow more than 300 different varieties of vegetables. Our systems do not grow root vegetables (potatoes, carrots or onions, etc.) or grain and wheat crops.
  • This Portable Farms® Experimental and Research Center is solar powered and is ‘off the grid’ and uses only one 100 watt solar panel
  • One fish tank with 100 Blue Tilapia.

You will see the following plants in the system – all started from seeds (although available varieties may differ on your tour slightly according to growing preferences, variety and seed experimentation by the Davis’:

    • Lettuces
    • Tomatoes
    • Cucumbers
    • Peppers
    • Squash
    • Zucchini
    • Japanese salad greens
    • Swiss Chard
    • India Mustard
    • Bok Choy
    • Kale
    • Green beans

When you call to book your tour, we will provide you the address of the farm in Portable Farms Experimental and Research Center in Southwest Florida. Please call Phyllis Davis, Co-inventor of Portable Farms Aquaponics Systems to book your tour: 239-214-7092.

Do It Yourself Insect Control for Aquaponics

PFAS LLC – Successfully implemented by the Inventors of Portable Farms® Aquaponics Systems© 

DIY Simple Recipe and Applications Directions for Fish Friendly Insect Control Solution

Concentrated Foliar Solution for Aquaponics Systems and Outdoor Gardening

Recipe and Directions $1.99 – PayPal – Click Here. 

white flyaphids              mealy bugs

              Whiteflies                                                                                                                                  Aphids                                                                                                                                 Mealy bugs

 

Colle and Phyllis Davis have used this simple technique in Portable Farms® Aquaponics Systems for reducing and eliminating whiteflies, aphids and mealy bugs as well as discouraging ants from the farms. While this solution will not kill ants on contact, it does discourage them from reappearing after repeated use.

The formula is the one we have developed and used very successfully in our own Portable Farms® Aquaponics Systems and contains no neem oil or other chemicals or products that could harm the fish in our systems. The wonderfully conducive growing atmosphere in the PFAS means that insects are in heaven IF they can get inside. This formula is the only insect control we use and recommend because it does not harm fish, our nutrient supplier, in any way. We have experimented with many insect control formulas over the years including those with citric acid and other ‘natural organic products’ all of which had negative impacts on our fish.

We have also used it on our indoor houseplants as well as our regular garden and on our flowers and had great success.

Simplifying Your Life Increases Your Sustainability

Simplifying Your Life Increases Your Sustainability
- by Colle and Phyllis Davis

handsholdingearthThe word sustainability is used so many times in the media and in conversation that one assumes that everyone knows what it means.

Let’s start this discussion by stepping away from the hard meaning used for political reasons:

“In more general terms, sustainability is the endurance of systems and processes. The organizing principle for sustainability is sustainable DEVELOPMENT (my emphasis), which includes the four interconnected domains: ecology, economics, politics and culture.” – Wikipedia

When you attempt to apply sustainability to people/individuals, the most common response is; ‘Wow, I didn’t realize that this word and concept do not apply to individuals or families at all. It is a political agenda to justify social control over the governed.’ Or something to that affect.

rainbow3However, you actually can make your life more resilient, less susceptible to shock and more secure relatively easily. There are a variety of inexpensive ways to enhance your family’s chances of surviving any kind of trauma. Start by simplifying your life. If you want to be able to weather whatever comes at you and your family start by reducing the opportunities for something to actually go wrong, because you know that eventually something BIG will go wrong. Simplifying means reducing the complexity of your household, protecting your income, carefully examining your beliefs to see if they fit your current world and begin to carefully notice how you interact with those around you.

Only you can make these life adjustments and if you are so inclined to make your family more secure, be prepared for some tough work.

Make a list of what you want to accomplish in the next six months to help your family through any emergency. This may mean storing a few days’ supply of water, emergency food, some flashlight batteries as well as some plans for charging your mobile phone and laptop. These steps are really simple, consisting of low cost items that, if you are truly serious, you will rotate out with fresh supplies on at least an annual basis.

Scary statistic: After three days people under stress will not eat ‘strange’ food EVEN IF THEY ARE STARVING.  Train your family to eat ‘strange’ (read survival food) so if the world suddenly makes a bad turn, they will be willing to eat dried food, if that’s what you are storing. 

Living in hurricane country forces people to actually prepare for two to three days without running water, no electricity, impassable roads and no phone or Internet connections.  The local home centers have entire sections devoted to everything one needs to continue life as if nothing has happened. Small electrical generators next to the bottled water next to the flashlight, etc. It’s good for business and even if these items are NEVER used, they are buying you peace of mind.

Easy? Yes. Simple? Yes. Will most people do any of this? Very few.

One other item you may want to consider for long term security is building a Portable Farms® Aquaponics System at your location. At least you can eat and if you have a small solar installation you can eat for many, many years to come.

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:

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

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

  • 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

 

 

tomatoe bunch2For 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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