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“Grow Your Own”

Grow Your Own
– by Colle and Phyllis Davis

What arrives in your food is of critical importance to you and your family. For example, the arrival of a tarantula in a bunch of bananas you bring home is bound to be a truly momentous occasion, very exciting, very traumatic and talked about as family legend for several generations.

What about less traumatic and less noticeable things such as chemicals used to kill insects or fungus or used for some other reason we don’t know about coming home in your food? Can minute quantities of these substance harm your family? Who can you trust when it comes to the food you have to eat to stay alive?

If growing your own food is safer and offers food  security FOREVER then it’s time for you to  consider installing your own Portable Farms® Aquaponics System to protect you and your family. Besides, it’s FUN AND EASY and is a great family project that requires less than 15 minutes per day to feed a family of 8: plant, harvest and feed the fish and repeat the next day.

 

green pepper syringes 2“The overwhelming majority of pesticides used on U.S. farms do not show up on our food. And yet,

  • 93% of Americans tested by the CDC had metabolites of chlorpyrifos — a nuerotoxic insectide — in their urine. Banned from home use because of its risks to children, chlorpyrifos is part of a family of pesticides (organophosphates) linked to ADHD.
  • 99% of Americans tested positive for DDT degradants, even though DDT hasn’t been used in the U.S. since 1972. Women who were exposed to DDT as girls are 5 times more likely to develop breast cancer.
  • How is it that these two pesticides are found in over 90% of Americans through the food we eat?” – Pesticide Action Network, North America

Don’t even bother to trust the Government to safeguard your family’s health and well being at a level that you feel comfortable with accepting? Probably not at this point in time. The track record of governments around the world very clearing demonstrates a callous disregard for the health and safety of food. Yes, there are regulations regarding ‘food safety’ but it’s almost impossible to monitor every bunch of bananas or every head of lettuce that is shipped to your local market.

 


Sales from locally grown foods have increased 20% PER YEAR over the past ten years with output reaching nearly $11 billion nationwide in the US.

According to the University of Florida, ‘Locally grown food is just what it sounds like–food which is grown near where you live. Buying food from within your community can help preserve habitat for wildlife, save energy, and grow your local economy.’

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. The movement has become so powerful and wide spread that nearly every major supermarket in the world carries some organic/locally grown food for their discerning customers.  The movement also has pushed seed sales to new heights as more and more people have begin to plant some vegetables for their families so they can control the quality of the food they eat.

To this home-grown movement, add in the idea that the cost of transportation, if it continues to be available, will increase over time. This means that the cost of food will continue to raise and you will receive less and less value for your money.

According to the University of Florida, “Buying locally grown foods decreases dependence on petroleum, a non-renewable energy source. One-fifth of all petroleum used in the United States is used in agriculture. Some statistics show that the average distance food travels in distribution is 1,500 miles. By learning to eat foods that are locally available and in season, families can do their part to save energy. By buying local, you can conserve the large amount of energy used in both the packaging and shipping of food.”

Ah, a solution is already here: Build a Portable Farms Aquaponics System to take advantage of a cutting-edge and water saving technology to safeguard your family’s health and your greenhouse extends your growing season very nicely, and you then can have complete control of what you grow, what you feed your plants and most importantly, what you are feeding your family.

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

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
– – – Low cost fish tank heaters
– – – Automatic water leveling system for fish tanks.

Pesticide & GMO Free Food is Rare and Precious

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

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

Oh please . . . wake up folks.

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

YEAR ROUND Ideal Growing Conditions

YEAR ROUND Ideal Growing Conditions = Feeding the World
– by Colle and Phyllis Davis 

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One single head of India Mustard (tastes like a spicy lettuce) that was harvested from a Portable Farms® Aquaponics System.

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 Question: “How is it possible that Portable Farms Aquaponics Systems can grow such DELICIOUS and nutrient rich food year round?”

Answers:

  • In sunlight, plans use photosynthesis to turn CO2 and water into oxygen and sugar.
  • In the dark, plants switch to the same system animals use to stay alive, the building and repair of the organism itself.
  • Added to this phenomena of growth, is the fact that as the temperature increases, chemical activity speeds up.

greenbean aquaponicsThe closer to the ‘ideal’ temperature the better for the plants to grow. The ideal temperature for plant growth is, interestingly, 73° F at the leaf surface or about the same temperature as humans enjoy.

In a climatically adapted greenhouse, temperatures are regulated so the maximum temperature the plants can comfortably tolerate is never reached and the lowest temperature that the particular plant can grow at, produce the best possible conditions for growth.

To have a warm garden in the winter time takes some planning but once it is in place, it will produce prodigious amounts of happy food. For a plant to have all of the nutrients and water it can possibly use delivered to its roots before it even needs them means the plant can grow a quickly as possible because there are no limiting factors.

  • All of the food (nutrients) for the plants arrives before the plants need it, or want it.
  • The water is always available and it is refreshed a couple of times a day
  • The light levels are always perfect in the structure
  • The air circulates in a gentle fashion to help with pollination and to help avoid dampness in the structure
  • The temperature is pleasant and varies a bit so as not to be monotonous
  • There are no bugs or weeds or poisons or harsh chemicals used to contend with, ever.
  • The water in the Portable Farms® Aquaponics Systems turns over ENTIRELY twice a day. Plus, all of the heavy fish poop has been removed and rerouted so it never flows into the Grow Tray or has contact with the plants.

As a result of an ideal environment:

  • The plants grow faster than the seed packets say they will
  • Food grown in an aquaponics system is much healthier than ‘regularly’ grown plants, and as a result, they are healthier for you, they TASTE BETTER and are higher in nutrition.
  • The food in an aquaponics system is grown without any chemicals (think about it; if chemicals were used, it would kill the fish). The growing food is more beautiful with each passing day
  • The plants mature in less time and require 90 to 95% less water than their dirt-grown friends
  • The plants stay clean and dry at all times
  • They are harvested when they are at their peak of ripeness and maturation which means their flavor and nutritional content are always at optimal levels
  • They are simply the best vegetables on the planet.

One of the (many) key reasons plants in Portable Farms® grow so quickly and so LARGE is because the plants roots are bathed in warm water that is loaded with nutrients and are supported by warm gravel in a warm building. What more could they possibly want or need? Portable Farms® spoil the plants and and cater to their every need for comfort.

Interior of a Portable Farms Aquaponics System. Photo taken January 3, 2012.

Interior of a Portable Farms Aquaponics System. 

To provide the absolute ideal conditions for growth and health to any living being, gives them everything they need to be their best. This is true of plants in a Portable Farms® Aquaponics System, raising animals and even raising children. The raising children thing is much harder actually. At least we don’t have to eat them. :)

Start the process of having your warm garden by taking the Aquaponics University Aquaponics Online Course today and have warm healthy and delicious plants in only a few weeks.

ATTENTION NON PROFIT GROUPS: Aquaponics to Feed the Hungry

ATTENTION NON PROFIT GROUPS: Aquaponics to Feed the Hungry 
– by Colle and Phyllis Davis

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The allure of finding a way to provide food for those who need it most is an amazingly powerful desire for many to play a part to help keep society healthy and growing. However, the built-in problem is finding a way to accomplish this feat as a sustainable business model.

The question we ask those who call us regarding the use of Portable Farms® Aquaponics Systems in areas of charitable giving is, “How can you feed the ‘poor’ and make enough profit by selling food so the system pays for itself and has the funds to continue to operate over time?”

 

According to WorldHunger.orgIn 2012, 14.5 percent of households (17.6 million households, approximately one in seven), in the US were food insecure.  This percentage is the same as 2008, and has been the highest number recorded since these statistics have been kept.

The solutions for solving global hunger problems are multi-faceted and involve both poverty and water scarcity:

 

Region % in  $1.25 a day poverty Population (millions) Pop. in $1 a day poverty (millions)
East Asia and Pacific 16.8 1,884 316
Latin America and the Caribbean  8.2 550 45
South Asia 40.4 1,476 596
Sub-Saharan Africa 50.9 763 388
  Total Developing countries 28,8 4673 1345
Europe and Central Asia 0.04 473 17
Middle East and North Africa 0.04 305 11
Total 5451 1372

bizgroupThe answer to the question of feeding the hungry is vital to know because like any successful business or enterprise, there are ongoing costs that must be paid or even the best-intentions will eventually fail.

No foundation, grant, government agency, corporate sponsorship or individual contribution can continue to fund an operation forever and ever and ever. At some point, their priorities change or they are no longer able to ‘give’ and that funding ends.

Please note: The majority of the food grown in Portable Farms® MUST be sold and not given away to those in need. Why? Because the focus of donor funding always shifts, over time, to various causes and if (for whatever reason) the funders or donors who are supplying the money for the ongoing costs of labor, water, electricity, etc., required to operate a Portable Farm decide to reallocate that funding to another cause, the aquaponics system will eventually fail. While good deeds are encouraged in the world, nothing (not even funding) lasts forever. However, if food grown in Portable Farms® is SOLD (even at a reduced price) to pay the necessary operating expenses for the Portable Farm, the operation has a chance for long-term survival in that community.

please give ladyA different approach would be to have the installation operated by paid workers and using some of the food that is grown (fish and vegetables) be given to local food banks or other charity-distribution organizations (soup kitchens, shelters, etc.), and selling the rest to local food markets in the area, or you can sell the rest of the food at greatly reduced (lower) prices to make sure the installation at least breaks even and can continue to operate.

As a business model commercial aquaponics does not appear to be an ideal solution for urban food deserts and feeding the needy. But wait, there may be some structure that may work.

In inner cities with large populations, a professionally operated commercial aquaponics system could sell the produce locally and fulfill the mandates of producing food locally and feeding the hungry. Here is one possibility:

Working with an investor, foundation, charity or community group to fund the initial capital cost of the installation of a commercial aquaponics system and instead of focusing on the high-end restaurants, resort hotels, casinos, upscale markets, hospitals and prisons, focus instead on selling to the locals in the community. The locals can pay the going prices for the produce and the owners can realize a profit because the systems produce food very inexpensively and there are no transportation costs. If those who purchase the food are willing to donate some of the food they purchase back to those in need as a charitable contribution, it benefits everyone in the community.

Commercial aquaponics installations are ‘front end capital loaded,’ meaning that the initial cost is mostly in the building of the installation. The ongoing and operational expenses are very reasonable and easily covered from revenue.

aug 20 farm interior aquaponicsOne of the most compelling facets of the Portable Farms Aquaponics System is that it starts producing food and a cash flow within four to five weeks after completion.

A win: win is in order here. The ROI (return on investment) may get stretched out a bit longer than a typical ‘for profit venture,’ but the locals will have fresh, locally grown, pesticide free food that they can enjoy and at the same time, they have an opportunity to give back to their community. Expansion can also be funded by the cash flow from the commercial installation.

 

 

Feeding the World with Portable Farms®

Portable FarmsFeeding the World with Portable Farms®
– by Colle and Phyllis Davis

 Our article on the Portable Farms® website, Feeding a Family of Five, went around the world in 24 hours and drew interest from readers in over 140 countries. After all, our loyal readers are looking for immediate solutions to their own food needs. They want to avoid worrying about the cost of food, relying on coupons, tainted food, and staying current on sales from local grocery stores; they’re interested in creating a never-ending supply of fresh, pesticide free food near their kitchen so they never have to buy their table vegetables at their grocery store again, EVER.

Please note: The majority of the food grown in Portable Farms® that is not consumed by the owners MUST be sold and not given away to those in need. Why? Because the focus of donor funding always shifts, over time, to various causes and if (for whatever reason) the funders or donors who are supplying the money for the ongoing costs of labor, water, electricity, etc., required to operate a Portable Farm decide to reallocate that funding to another cause, the aquaponics system will eventually fail. While good deeds are encouraged in the world, nothing (not even funding) lasts forever. However, if food grown in Portable Farms® is SOLD to pay the necessary operating expenses for the Portable Farm, the operation has a chance for long-term survival in that community.

The question we have received most often about community aquaponics installations is:  “How can a larger group use an aquaponics system to become more locally self reliant?”

Here is our answer: “By using the same formula of 25 sq ft to feed one adult, any group can sit down and figure out what size system they need to feed their members or target audience. For example, if a group wants to feed 240 people, they would need 6,000 square feet of grow space which fits perfectly into a 10,000 sq ft greenhouse in ¼ acre. That will provide them with most of their table vegetables and fish, a regular source of healthy protein, forever. It would not include root vegetables like potatoes. carrots nor legumes and grains.”

If your organization is focused on ways to help the children in your community or somewhere else in the world, the same formula can be applied. In many cases, part of that help can also include jobs for their parents and help teach the children about ‘the cycle of life’ and the value and benefits of healthy nutritional habits. 

A religious organization can very easily address the needs of their congregants or a target group that they are assisting by using the same ‘people to grow space’ formula. For a group of one hundred persons in need, a PFAS Unit containing only 4,000 sq ft of enclosed space will do the job. That is a greenhouse only 50 x 80 feet. Nearly every religious organization has that much space in their parking lot or in an open area next to their main church building. This size will provide all of the table vegetables and some of the fish needs for the 100 people or it will also help supplement the needs of nearly twice that many people.

Community groups can also start a locally supported installation and be able to leverage their resources to a much greater degree with an investment in a permanent food-production facility run by local semi-skilled labor. The opportunity to serve the community and actually have the system help pay for itself over time is a huge advantage over nearly any other source of food items. Plus, it offers employment to a few of the locals ‘in need’ for a permanent full time job.

Even nonprofit organizations can step in and serve their community in a way that outlasts the original donor’s money. By using donor money, they can erect one or more Units, perhaps under the name of the donor, and the system becomes an income-generating fixture to the organization, or at least self sustaining investment, as it serves the target group. Even programs that are designed to provide ‘in-home help’ can benefit from having an aquaponics system on site or close by to provide food for the recipients. 

For those who wish to give to, and to support those who are less fortunate, our aquaponics systems are a way to leverage their giving. By setting up a foundation or charity which actually owns the installations, an individual, or family, or organization can dramatically impact the lives of those they wish to help and insure their money is put to work doing the most possible good.

In today’s world of chaos, fear, hunger, poverty, dishonesty and crushing bureaucracy, there is a way to help those as close as your family or as inclusive as your community or even a larger section of the earth by installing an aquaponics system. Now you or your organization can really make a difference in people’s lives, forever, by feeding people and providing employment to those who need it most. 

 

Community Aquaponics: NEW Urban Farming

Community Aquaponics – The NEW Urban Farm
- by Colle and Phyllis Davis

facebook2Oh how times have changed for urban dwellers.

As cities become increasingly populated with residents (that’s where the jobs are), it is becoming more of a challenge to provide them with fresh, healthy food for their families. Yes, small corner (bodegas) markets sell some produce and a selection of meats and fish but the selection is limited and so are the quantities. Yet, every single urban area in nearly every city does have abandoned lots and vacant warehouses that could become areas for food production facilities to feed people with fresh, healthy, pesticide free food that is locally grown AND a place that provides full time jobs for semi-skilled labor. These underdeveloped areas may face civil challenges and even crime, but it’s a proven fact that slum neighborhoods with upgrades such as community gardens and new buildings are safer communities because people are more visible and they take pride in their neighborhoods. The challenge is finding projects that involve community members to enhance security and lifestyles. 

hong kongPFAS LLC, the Portable Farms® Aquaponics Systems’ company, offers a way to engage cities and residents to work TOGETHER for the good of all by providing enhanced food security, land redevelopment and jobs (not to mention positive notoriety and city pride). One acre of Portable Farms® Aquaponics Systems feeds 1,000 people FOREVER and provides 12 full time jobs for semi-skilled labor. 

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, September 17, 2014, “The all items index increased 1.7 percent over the last 12 months, a decline from the 2.0 percent figure for the 12 months ending July, and the smallest 12-month change since March. The index for all items less food and energy also rose 1.7 percent over the last 12 months. The food index has risen 2.7 percent over the span, while the energy index has increased 0.4 percent.”

 

“It is imperative that good urban governance become globalized. This means promoting subsidiarity, equity, efficiency, transparency and accountability, civic engagement and citizenship, and security of individuals and their living environments.  Governments need to review their urban legislation and commit to the application of these internationally recognized principles of good urban governance.  At the local level this means enabling the organizations of the urban poor as equal partners in urban political and economic life, including budgeting decisions, financing practices, and participatory upgrading, planning, and design of basic public services. - A Home In The City: UN Millennium Project Report On Improving The Lives Of Slum Dwellers – Pietro Garau, Elliott D. Sclar, and Gabriella Y. Carolini.

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The results of Community Aquaponics: NEW Urban Farming:

    • A beautiful garden-centric building
    • Employment for several local semi-skilled people who now have permanent full time jobs
    • Production of the finest locally grown and pesticide FREE and Non GMO food in the world, and it’s grown year round
    • Enhancement in the value of the property and that of the surrounding buildings
    •  An economic enhancement to the community.

 

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So what is stopping cities from enhancing the value of their citizens and thinking ahead to guarantee the success of their own future? 

  • Do they think ‘food’ will go out of fashion and the demand for food will disappear?
  • Do they believe the Consumer Price Index of food will ever go DOWN at any point in the future and become more accessible and affordable?
  • Do they think their city’s slum areas will magically gentrify and become Yuppy condos for 30-somethings?
  • Are they not interested in providing jobs for semi-skilled labor?
  • Do they realize that the cost of importing food into urban areas is becoming increasingly more expensive for their citizenry due to transportation costs?

portable-farms-grow-trays-organic-foodIf the real estate becomes too valuable for building their planned structure, the entire operation can be disassembled, moved to a new location, reassembled and put back into production in a matter of weeks.

Everyone wins when an urban desert or even a single large vacant lot becomes a Community Aquaponics: NEW Urban Farming.

If you’re a city planner or private funder, please contact us today for more information.

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Become a Farmer in Your Community

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

(Utility Patent Application Filed December 24, 2013)

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

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

WE GROW FOOD.
Year round and in any climate.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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7 Simple Steps for Becoming a Community Farmer

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

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

 

 

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

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

 

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

 

 


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

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

 

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

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

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Start Your Own Aquaponics Business

Launching Your Own Aquaponics Business In Your Community
– by Colle Davis, Phil Estes and Phyllis Davis

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

Aquaponics is easier and more productive than organic gardening or traditional agriculture and uses 95% less water. Portable Farms® Aquaponics Systems also use less electricity and less labor than any other aquaponics system in the world.

Article 1: Launching Your Own Aquaponics Business – Start Small and Grow Large©

Article 2: Launching Your Own Aquaponics Business – Growing as You Grow©

Article 3: Launching Your Own Aquaponics Business – Growing the Business©

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The information provided in the article series entitled Launching Your Own Aquaponics Business© presents an ideal business opportunity for young adults, men, women, those currently employed full time or part time, older adults, retired people, and those with disabilities. This is NOT a get-rich-scheme; it  requires dedication, start-up capital and a sense of humor to grow any entrepreneurial venture to success. 

Portable Farms® customers say to us almost every day, “I want to start small with a backyard farm and then grow into a larger system, maybe even to a larger size commercial aquaponics operation fairly quickly. Can I do this using your system?” This question often comes from people who have recently read the series on Backyard Aquaponics. The new series, 5 Phases of Commercial Aquaponics has also moved people to consider the prospect of upgrading their initial expectations from growing small amounts of food for their family to growing large amounts of food to sell locally.

 QUESTION: Can a person or family or small group start really small (for example, one single Portable Farms Module in a greenhouse) and then grow into a commercial success in a reasonable amount of time?

ANSWER: ABSOLUTELY, YES!

portable-farms-fish-tilapiaThis new series, Launching Your Own Aquaponics Business©, has been written for those who are interested in growing their own aquaponics business into a major component for being self-sufficient by riding the hot-new-trend for locally grown food and becoming comfortably wealthy in the process. Please, be aware this project does require some initial capital, hard work in the beginning, dedication, some luck and the willingness to do whatever it takes to succeed. This is NOT a get rich quick scheme or a plot to hook your friends and neighbors into buying what you’re selling. (In fact, you may have problems keeping your friends away from your fresh healthy locally grown food.)

Launching Your Own Aquaponics Business© involves is leveraging the most efficient aquaponics system in the world into a money-making  business plan for personal wealth and security.portable-farms-food-security1   There are several distinct steps for making a nice living with aquaponics and maybe even becoming wealthy after a few years of focus and hard work. The best part is that the Portable Farms® Aquaponics Systems installations are doing most of the work with the owner planting, harvesting and selling their healthy food to eager markets.

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Food (FIRST) Then Clothing & Shelter


Food (FIRST) then Clothing & Shelter
- by Colle and Phyllis Davis

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Humans are designed to survive long periods of time between feedings. For some, a ‘long time’ is anything more than four hours, for others it is a day or two and for a few poor souls it is up to several weeks. Two meals a day will sustain a human their entire lives if they have adequate nutrition in those two meals.

The world is now producing enough food to provide every human on earth with at least two complete meals per day that can insure them a full and balanced diet. It is politics and GLOBAL food waste that creates starvation. Because transportation is such a huge component of today’s food delivery system, anything that disrupts the supply chain will impact the end users very quickly and in profoundly dramatic ways. Politics is a disruptive force and any disagreement can be turned into an excuse to put pressure on ‘the other side’ to try to force the other party to cave in to the current set of demands.

According to Worldwatch Institute: “The FAO estimates that the global agricultural population will decline by 0.7 percent and that the non-agricultural population will grow by 16 percent between 2011 and 2020. The organization also estimates that feeding a population projected to reach 9.1 billion in 2050 will require raising overall food production by some 70 percent between 2005/07 and 2050.

How does aquaponics fit into this scenario?

farmnewsletterAquaponics will never solve the hunger problems in the world. Its adaption simply cannot grow fast enough or become large enough to feed the growing population in under-served regions of the world. Aquaponics technology is expensive, time consuming and locally controlled, so it is not a politically advantageous technology to feed everyone in the world. It also produces locally grow food that commands the best prices in any market. Even though it produces many times more food with much less water than traditional (dirt) farming, it requires a significant initial capital investment to set up the installations and build the greenhouses for the modules. Someone has to pay for these installations and in most cases that will be the very smart investors who want to both reap a very nice ROI, AND help the local population secure permanent jobs.

According to National Geographic, “It would be far easier to feed nine billion people by 2050 if more of the crops we grew ended up in human stomachs. Today only 55 percent of the world’s crop calories feed people directly; the rest are fed to livestock (about 36 percent) or turned into biofuels and industrial products (roughly 9 percent). Finding more efficient ways to grow meat and shifting to less meat-intensive diets—even just switching from grain-fed beef to meats like chicken, pork, or pasture-raised beef—could free up substantial amounts of food across the world.”

 

So, how can aquaponics help with feeding the poor?

Aquaponics can help the poor by creating jobs for workers in these new high-intensity food production facilities. Each aquaponic’s installation creates local work, requires only semi-skilled labor working in permanent full-time jobs, and the workers spend their wages in the local economy. This creation of local jobs for semi- skilled laborers creates a multiplier effect on the local economy and leverages the initial investment and the ongoing revenue stream several times over. When the locals have jobs and are producing food for those who can afford to consistently buy the best, everyone benefits. When they have full-time employment, and they know they have that job for the foreseeable future, they can buy the food their family needs, provide housing, send their children to school and even pay taxes to the local government.

If you, or someone you know, are in a position to make a substantial investment in a commercial Portable Farms® Aquaponics System that has an ROI of less than 4 years, and which will put at least two people to work full time, contact us for further details. Please include your contact information, your location and potential size of installation. 

Community Urban Agriculture

Community Urban Agriculture 
– by Colle and Phyllis Davis

interior pfas 1Have you ever thought to yourself, “I’d like to start with a small aquaponics system and then grow into system to sell food to the local community?” If so, you’ll enjoy this article because it is the blueprint for growing a profitable business.

Backyard aquaponics continues a skyward trend for families interested in growing their own healthy food year round and now many of those same families are enlarging their Portable Farms® Aquaponics Systems to raise enough food to share with friends or to sell to small businesses, restaurants and markets in their own communities.

Growing LOCAL food in cities IS the future of commercial urban agriculture and Portable Farms® Aquaponics Systems are the ideal solutions for local urban growing because they require so little space compared to traditional methods of agriculture.

‘Locally grown’ food is nutritious and at its peak of flavor when it is harvested when it’s ripe and delivered to consumers within a day or two of harvest.

portable-farms-commercial-greenhouse-growingThe use of controlled environments (greenhouses or warehouses) in cities is an ideal way to grow enough food to feed some of those living in crowded cities. After all, it’s becoming more expensive to grow and ship food into large urban areas such as New York City, Los Angeles, London, and Tokyo, and food that has been shipped to consumers has always been harvested prior to its peak ripeness which reduces the nutritional value, the texture and flavor while extending the ‘shelf life’ of the food.

If your project is a backyard or ‘small community’  system please read the series of articles on this topic because they are more appropriate to projects of that size.

Banker having phone call outdoorsThis newly published (2014) series of articles are written for qualified investors interested in community urban agriculture as a business opportunity.  That said, if you qualified investor and you are ready to invest in the future, think in the terms of less than three months to income, then please be ready for some eye opening information about aquaponics as a modern business model.

Caveat: This is not a security under any SEC or similar organization’s definition. It is also not a get rich quick scheme. It is not an angel type investment where the risk and rewards are huge. PFAS LLC is not looking for investors (you may want to buy PFLAS LLC, but we are not looking for investor money to grow our company), however, we are looking for investors who want to build and operate community aquaponics installation near the best markets in the world and be supported by the most knowledgeable aquaponics company in the world, PFAS LLC.

Bottom Lines:

  1. greenhouselong aquaponicsTo be economically viable the moment the PFAS installation becomes operation, the size needs to be in the range of 10,000 sq ft (1,000m2) or more. With the owner/investor carrying some of the labor and marketing costs the ROI becomes even more attractive. Smaller installations are certainly viable and profitable; they simply require more owner/investor time and a very different type of marketing effort.
  1. The markets must be local, meaning that they are less than two hours from the aquaponics’ facility. The markets (end user) must be willing to pay top wholesale money to satisfy their customers. The best markets are resort hotels, high-end restaurants, casinos, institutions that serve at least one meal every day. Your markets must be in place BEFORE you start building because the Portable Farms® Aquaponics Systems grow prodigious amounts of food and begin producing food within a month to six weeks after they are operational, and the market must always demand more than the production of the unit.
  1. greenhouse4The cost to build the first community Portable Farms® Aquaponics Systems’ installation will be in the range of US$285,000 to US$350,000 depending on how well the climatically adapted building and materials for the Modules can be purchased and delivered. This number is based on slab up cost. NO LAND ACQUISITION OR PREPARATION COSTS ARE IN THAT NUMBER because it is site specific and too variable. The second and subsequent installations are at least US$20,000 less because our construction foreman is not required to be there for the additional installations. The local crews will have been trained on the first installation.
  1. Leased greenhouses move the capital cost to an operational cost and a MUCH better ROI. Converting an enclosed space to use for aquaponics is expensive and the lighting alone cost approximately the same on a per square foot basis as building a climatically adapted greenhouse. Unless the electrical power is very inexpensive, the cost to operate an indoor installation can be daunting and must be carefully examined.
  1. globalbusiness2Operational costs are covered in the Executive Summary and are based on California labor, feed and electrical costs. These operating expenses are often different in different parts of the world. For example, in the US, the figures are based on one and a half full time employees in the installation. In most countries in Africa you can hire 6 to 10 people for the same amount of money. Even if twice as many people are required to operate the installation, in many countries the labor costs are significantly less. The feed (fish food) cost is very similar everywhere in the world. The electrical cost varies so much that many installations have solar as their main source even if the grid is available. Having onsite power also reduces the chance of an extended power failure effecting production.
  1. Marketing, distribution and HR are NOT covered in the figures because in most cases, the owner/investor has another company that they can spread those tasks across because they are not full time positions with only one commercial installation.

Second Caveat: One or more of your people will be required to successfully complete the Aquaponics University Portable Farms Aquaponics Systems Course© before a community Portable Farms® Aquaponics Systems installation is built. PFAS LLC will refund the cost of the Aquaponics University Course upon the funding of any installation containing 26 or more PFAS Modules. This small investment help insure the success of the installation.

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