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Growing Food Year Round in Aquaponics

Growing Food Year Round in Aquaponics
– by Colle and Phyllis Davis

Portable Farms® Aquaponics Systems training and technology IS NOT EXPENSIVE.

This 16' x 33' greenhouse contains 3 modules of Portable Farms® Aquaponics Systems and feeds 10 people FOREVER.

This 16′ x 33′ greenhouse contains 3 modules of Portable Farms® Aquaponics Systems and feeds 10 people FOREVER.

In fact, PFAS LLC’s portion of aquaponics is the LEAST expensive component for installing an aquaponics system. PFAS LLC receives less than 25% of the total investment to install an aquaponics system. The MAJOR UPFRONT COST for aquaponics is spent to build an acclimatized greenhouse for the aquaponics system that allows for year round growing to moderate the temperature and as a protection from weather for the food and fish as well as protection from bugs, birds and other predators.

While high tech’ hyrdoponic growing is gaining in popularity in areas of the world with food grown with chemicals and LED lights and germ & bacteria- free environments, they are extremely expensive and really, when you think about it, do you really want to eat tasteless food that is so far removed from any form of nature or natural growing? Well, maybe for lettuce. After all, lettuce is generally served with OTHER foods that are grown in nature and we don’t rely on lettuce for high-levels of nutrient content or eating satisfaction.

However, aquaponics is closer to ‘nature’ than hydroponics and the food has rich flavor and comparable nutrient content similar to traditional garden (think dirt) crops. EXCEPT, aquaponics does not require pesticides or harsh chemicals to grow healthy food and requires 95% less water than traditional agriculture.

A 10,000 sq ft greenhouse with Portable Farms Aquaponics Systems installed. Location: Botswana Africa.

A 10,000 sq ft greenhouse with Portable Farms Aquaponics Systems installed. Location: Botswana Africa.

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

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

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe 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 and 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

portable-farms-grow-trays-organic-foodFor 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.

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.


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

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

Aquaponics GOLD

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 Listen to Phyllis Davis tell you about AQUAPONICS GOLD.

Backyard Aquaponics GOLD

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

 

Greenhouse & Warehouse Aquaponics GOLDgreenhouse book cover

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

 

 Solar Aquaponics GOLD

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

 

Start Your Own Aquaponics Business

Launching Your Own Aquaponics Business In Your Community
– by Colle 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.

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Aquaponics is 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?”

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-tilapiaPlease, 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 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.

VISIT AQUAPONICS UNIVERSITY AND LEARN ABOUT AQUAPONICS!


 

 

 

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

For more detailed information about these books: CLICK HERE.

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

Aquaponics GOLD

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 Listen to Phyllis Davis tell you about AQUAPONICS GOLD.

Backyard Aquaponics GOLD

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

 

Greenhouse & Warehouse Aquaponics GOLDgreenhouse book cover

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

 

 Solar Aquaponics GOLD

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

 

Feed 8 People FOREVER in ONE 40′ Grow Tray!

Feed 8 People FOREVER in ONE 40′ Grow Tray!

by Colle and Phyllis Davis

 

We’ve done all the work for you!

All you need to do plant some seeds and harvest fresh healthy food – FOREVER. A 5′ x 40′ Grow Tray to feed EIGHT people FOREVER (and forever means just that: ALWAYS.)

Enroll in our NEW ONLINE aquaponics course:  Portable Farms® Aquaponics Systems Course© from Aquaponics University. It offers step-by-step instructions with hundreds of photographs that walk you through the entire course. This is a fast and fun way to learn how to build and operate your own aquaponics system. After graduation, you’ll receive a Portable Farms® Kit so you can build your own farm.  Enroll today!

 

 

Tomato and cucumber plants growing vertically in one grow tray.

Tomato and cucumber plants growing vertically in one grow tray.

Over 300 varieties of plants grow well in aquaponics. Of all the garden-fresh foods that people enjoy growing in our systems, the favorites are:

  • All varieties of lettuce (romaine, red leaf, butter crunch, etc.
  • Many herbs such as cilantro and mints
  • Most greens such as collard greens, etc.
  • In an acclimatized greenhouse with seasonal grow lights, you can also grow blooming plants year round such as tomatoes (large tomatoes or cherry tomatoes), most varieties of climbing beans – green beans and even peas, cucumbers (large crisp farm-fresh cucumbers), all varieties of peppers (green and red peppers, and all varieties of hot peppers)
  • Basil
  • Kale
  • Swiss Chard
  • Asian greens
  • Bok Choy
  • Eggplant
  • Plus, don’t forget the HOME GROWN FISH in a tank only steps away from your kitchen.
WOW!!!!!!!!!! LOOK AT THAT KALE! Phyllis Davis, Co-Inventor, Portable Farms Aquaponics Systems harvesting 8 kale plants with leaves averaging 47" in length. This kale was grown in 42 days in a Portable Farms Aquaponics System

WOW!!!!!!!!!! LOOK AT THAT KALE! Phyllis Davis, Co-Inventor, Portable Farms Aquaponics Systems harvesting 8 kale plants with leaves averaging 47″ in length. This kale was grown in 42 days in a Portable Farms Aquaponics System

Growing produce in Portable Farms is easy and nutritious and food is grown YEAR ROUND regardless of weather conditions anywhere in the world.

PFAS LLC’c aquaponics systems use 90 to 95% LESS WATER than is used in traditional agriculture and require NO pesticides or fertilizers.

  • One full-sized commercial unit of 10,000 square feet (1/4 acre) feeds 240 people all the food they need to be healthy FOREVER (excluding ‘root crops’ such as potatoes and carrots).
  • We’re green. We’re sustainable. Our systems are organic.
  • PFAS LLC offers aquaponics systems for commercial growing and smaller aquaponics systems to feed small groups and families.
  • Aquaponics is an environmentally safe and productive alternative to over-harvesting fish from oceans, rivers and streams.

 

Picture perfect greens.

Picture perfect greens.


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

For more detailed information about these books: CLICK HERE.

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

Aquaponics GOLD

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 Listen to Phyllis Davis tell you about AQUAPONICS GOLD.

Backyard Aquaponics GOLD

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

 

Greenhouse & Warehouse Aquaponics GOLDgreenhouse book cover

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

 

 Solar Aquaponics GOLD

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

 

Make US$100,000 a year with Aquaponics

Make US$100,000 a year with Aquaponics
– By Colle and Phyllis Davis

pfas sunwaveOne of the most visited pages on our website is Become a Millionaire on One Acre with Aquaponics because more and more people are aware that aquaponics is one of the most exciting ‘new’ and trending technologies in the Controlled Environment Agriculture (CEA) arena.

Commercial aquaponics is also one of the easiest ways to produce huge amounts of locally grown, pesticide free food that is capable of commanding the highest prices from demanding consumers.

The capital investment required is about US$300,000 which is capital intensive on the front end and includes a 10,000 sq. ft. acclimatized greenhouse which is 2/3 of the initial investment, plus 30 Portable Farms® Aquaponics Systems’ Modules. This amount does not include land, utilities or grow lights.

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The operating expenses for a quarter acre installation run over US$100,000 per year and includes costs for labor, seeds, fish food, utilities and miscellaneous and the Return on Investment (ROI) in most markets will be less than 2 to 5 years, depending on the crops raised and sold to a local market.

This means that the US$250,000 to US$320,000 investment will begin to produce a net:net annual income of $100,000 in the second full year of production.

 


  • A single 10,000 sq. ft. climatically adapted greenhouse, just the building, NOT the PFAS Technology, has an initial capital cost of US$130,000 to US$230,000 (depending on the cost of the greenhouse you choose) and this does not include the land/property costs or utility installation costs
  • A single 10,000 sq. ft. facility can hold approximately 26 to 30 Portable Farms® Aquaponics Systems Modules costing from $80,000 to $100,000, installed
  • The ROI can be from 2 to 5 years depending on your markets and the crops you choose to grow and sell
  • Payroll for two full time employees to operate a single commercial PFAS Unit (30 modules)
  • The Net-Net for this example is US$100,000 per year, reaching that level the second full year of operation

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

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

The fastest way to get started is with the new book Commercial Aquaponics GOLD which covers every facet of commercial aquaponics from concept to delivery of product. The book even includes a FREE Business Plan Template built specifically for commercial aquaponics, and the PFAS LLC Executive Summary that includes costs, expenses, income, the best produce to grow and profits listed.

To recap: To have an annual income from commercial aquaponics will require an investment of around a quarter million US dollars. Or you can start smaller and grow from the profits and reach that level in 5 to 8 years. The numbers quoted above include hiring full time labor. If you do some of the labor yourself, the numbers will be higher.

Start today so next year you will be well on your way to a secure and ongoing income from your own company.

 


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

For more detailed information about these books: CLICK HERE.

ebookdownload

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

Aquaponics GOLD

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 Listen to Phyllis Davis tell you about AQUAPONICS GOLD.

Backyard Aquaponics GOLD

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

 

Greenhouse & Warehouse Aquaponics GOLDgreenhouse book cover

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

 

 Solar Aquaponics GOLD

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

 

Survival Farms and Gardens

Survival Farms and Gardens
– by Colle and Phyllis Davis

TAKE ADVANTAGE OF OUR DISCOUNTED PRICE of $1,875 for our ONLINE aquaponics course and the Portable Farms® Kit. This reduced price goes back up to $2,500 on July 1! CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION. 

For most people, having a built-in cushion of almost anything provides a really great feeling of comfort. The topic of ‘food security’ for families is in the news today especially in cold climates where fresh food must be imported up to eight months per year instead of being grown locally. Aquaponics offers the choice for growing fresh food grown near your kitchen and available year round.

To have a few months of money that you’ve saved safely tucked away, or a full tank of gas, or cupboards stocked and supplies in the house makes us all feel much more secure. Now, add to that a nice garden, some survival foods tucked away and the means to obtain more food on short notice and you begin to feel that you and your family are ready for whatever might happen in the future. And something will happen, let’s all hope it is something nice.

Assuming you have some of the items (listed above) taken care of and you can afford to create a real survival farm/garden, consider an aquaponics system inside a weatherized greenhouse, basement, garage or even an outbuilding. To size it properly, use the formula for a highly efficient aquaponics system (think Portable Farms® Aquaponics Systems) of 25 sq ft of grow space which is necessary for each adult. This ‘small acreage’ will feed that adult all of their surface vegetables year round forever and provide a source of protein: fish. You may want to increase the total area slightly to insure you can feed those who show up at your door if times do become more difficult.

Lanai Aquaponics in the tropics. This tray feeds four people.

Lanai Aquaponics in the tropics. This tray feeds four people.

Ah yes, the cost. To build a greenhouse (10 x 30′) to house a single PFAS Module for feeding four adults will cost somewhere between US$3,500 and US$5,000 depending on many factors. Cost of greenhouse, climate considerations, floor covering, local lumber costs, etc.

There you have it. If you put the PFAS in your basement or garage there is no cost for the greenhouse, only the PFAS Module materials and some grow lights for indoor growing. Neat, elegant, practical and affordable and the best part, it’s AVAILABLE TODAY.

 

 

 


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

For more detailed information about these books: CLICK HERE.

ebookdownload

Commercial Aquaponics GOLD
COVER1

 

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

Aquaponics GOLD

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 Listen to Phyllis Davis tell you about AQUAPONICS GOLD.

Backyard Aquaponics GOLD

cover 3

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

 

Greenhouse & Warehouse Aquaponics GOLDgreenhouse book cover

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

 

 Solar Aquaponics GOLD

cover 1

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

 

A, B, C’S of Aquaponics Components

A, B, C’s of Aquaponics Components for Commercial Growing
– by Colle Davis, Phil Estes and Phyllis Davis

Now the FUN begins for installing your aquaponics components.

The dream of becoming a commercial aquaponics farmer becomes a reality. Yes, it’s true that the plans, the permits, site preparation, the inspections, the ordering of the greenhouse and the thousands of small and large steps have all been a bit tedious so far. But once started on the site development and the assembling of the greenhouse everything becomes REAL and moves all the plans into actions. This is always a very exciting time for our new customers and brings a sense of ‘this is real’ for everyone involved.

All construction projects (large and small) require planning and careful execution to build that dream to completion. Every new building is surrounded with a glow and an energy that is very difficult to describe and yet everyone knows the feeling of accomplishment and the energy that result when carefully executive plans come together and begin to materialize.

Preliminary installation stages for greenhouse to house Portable Farms Aquaponics System in Legos Nigeria.

Preliminary installation stages for greenhouse to house Portable Farms Aquaponics System in Lagos Nigeria.

These steps will result in being almost there in the project’s completion:

  • Design the climatically adapted greenhouse which, by the way, is THE MOST EXPENSIVE component of any new Portable Farms® Aquaponics System’s installation. You will be required to have the installers build the greenhouse to PFAS LLC’s specifications to assure the protection and health of the plants that will be growing inside. We strongly suggest to our customers they consider leasing/renting an empty greenhouse in their area to start with, if at all possible, instead of paying for land and a new greenhouse to be installed on their site. Leasing an empty greenhouse is a far more affordable option.
  • Schedule the time with PFAS LLC for the Portable Farms® Kits to be delivered to the construction site and to have the Portable Farm’s® onsite construction foreman there to train your assembly crews. 
  • fish tank3Upon completion of the greenhouse(s), assure the materials for the assembly of the Modules (lumber and fish tanks, etc.) will be delivered on time to the site for the assembly crews who are being trained by the PFAS LLC’s foreman. 
  • Ordering your fish and arrange for the baby fish (fingerlings) to be delivered upon completion of the first set of Modules. 
  • The greenhouse will be a climatically adapted structure design and built to house the plants and fish in an environment where the temperature is maintained between 40° and 104° F (4 and 40° C). All air intakes, or anywhere air comes in, will have screens installed to keep out the bugs, dirt, dust and rain. Idea growing temperates are in the mid-80’s F.
Shade cloth on roof and side walls of structure. Note the screens on this greenhouse. We have since removed the screens and replaced the screens with SolaWrap because dust came through the screens and caused problems related to white flys within the farm.

Shade cloth on roof and side walls of interior of structure.

  • There should also be shade cloth installed on the ceiling and/or sides of the greenhouse to insure the plants do NOT have direct sunlight on them or on the gravel.
  • There will be exhaust fans and circulating fans to insure the air is fresh and circulated at all times. Provisions for cooling must be made for very hot weather. In some very cold climates some heating will be required.  These requirements are part of the normal greenhouse design and building.
  • The construction team on the ground (who will build the climatically adapted greenhouse structure) can begin as soon as the design is approved and funded. This will speed up the entire process.
  • You have agreements with new customers that will be ready to accept your food orders when the plants and fish are ready for harvest and delivery.
  • Insure your complete support group is in place: assembly personnel, operators, sales people, packers, delivery people, etc
  1. The availability of vehicles and other items need to be in place because the harvest of vegetables can begin is as little as five weeks after the Portable Farms® Aquaponics System is turned on and running water with plants and fish in place.

 

Lane McClelland, Director of Installations for Portable Farms Ltd.

Lane McClelland, Director of Installations for PFAS LLC

To ensure your projects stays on schedule, we require a defined lead time for your order to insure the requested number of Portable Farms® Kits will be available for delivery to your site on time. Production runs are scheduled to coincide with construction projects spread throughout the world, and because of this, PFAS LLC has the flexibly, if your project is ahead of schedule, to shorten the shipping time to meet your needs.

Part of the documentation provided to our customers is a complete list of materials needed to build all the Modules.

Once the greenhouse has been started, or near completion, the materials need to be delivered to the job site and ready for the Assembly Crew to begin construction the moment the PFAS LLC construction foreman arrives. A crew of experienced builders can assemble 32 or more Portable Farms® Aquaponics System Modules in five or six days. These modules are not hard to build if all the materials are onsite and easily available. The main criteria for constructing the modules is that the Grow Tables are built to be VERY Strong and absolutely level. A single Commercial Portable Farms® Aquaponics System Grow Table (40ft in length) weighs over four tons (9,000 lbs).

Phyllis Davis with ONE SINGLE HEAD of India Mustard. Harvested December 25, 2012.

Phyllis Davis with ONE SINGLE HEAD of India Mustard.

Careful planning and ordering supplies of seeds, growing medium and fingerlings (fish) begins the moment the funding is in place. Finding a source of fingerlings is critical because the fish poop is needed as soon as the Modules have water running through them. The plants in the Grow Tables can grow and survive for a week or so without fish in the system, but any longer and the lack of nutrients will stunt their growth. At PFAS LLC we like to say, “If a plant has a happy childhood, they will grow to be a healthy plant.” So, please be ready to install your fish as soon as possible after the water is running in your modules. Besides, the fish are tiny while the first planting of vegetable are tiny. They start off together and grow quickly. The small fish provide the perfect amount of nutrients for the small plants. Everybody’s happy.



 

 

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

For more detailed information about these books: CLICK HERE.

ebookdownload

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

Aquaponics GOLD

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 Listen to Phyllis Davis tell you about AQUAPONICS GOLD.

Backyard Aquaponics GOLD

cover 3

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

 

Greenhouse & Warehouse Aquaponics GOLDgreenhouse book cover

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

 

 Solar Aquaponics GOLD

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

 

Price increases $625 on July 1, 2016

We lowered our prices $625 as of May 2, 2016, until July 1, 2016,
when we will reinstate our regular price of $2,500.00. Buy NOW!

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The dramatically reduced sale’s price in our annual sale for the Aquaponics University Portable Farms Aquaponics Systems Course© prompted a flood of orders. Thanks to all of our new students.

To better serve the aquaponics community and allow more people to grow their own food with Portable Farms®, we are announcing a much lower price for the Aquaponics University Course that is US$625 LESS than the old price. The new price is $1,875 instead of $2,500. This new price change is effective on Monday, May 2, 2016. BUY NOW. We will reinstate our regular price of $2,500.00 on July 1, 2016. 

The AU Course, the Portable Farms® Kits, and the same great service all remain the same. This is the very first price reduction for the AU Course in five years. For anyone contemplating aquaponics, now is the time to get started.

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On May, 2, 2016, we lowered our price $625.00.

This reduced price is available until July 1, 2016, when it will revert to our normal price of $2,500.
BUY NOW and take advantage of our reduced price!

Enjoy our NEW PRICE for Portable Farms® Aquaponics Systems Course© 
that includes the Portable Farms® Kit to build one module that feeds eight people.
New reduced price is $1,875.00 until July 1, 2016.

+ $140.00 for shipment of Portable Farms® Kits outside the US. Free Shipping within the US.




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Purchasing additional Portable Farms® Kit to begin with a larger Unit or to expand is now less expensive as we have also lowered the price of the Portable Farms® Kits. The solar option is also the same price! Additional Portable Farms® Kits are only US$1,200 each. For large than 20 PF Kits please request a quote.

Now there are no excuses for putting off installing that Portable Farms® you have dreamed of growing food with aquaponics.

Vertical Growing in Aquaponics

Vertical Growing in Aquaponics
– by Colle and Phyllis Davis

TRELLIS ASSEMBLY INSTRUCTIONS AT BOTTOM OF THIS ARTICLE.

Every inch of space in an aquaponics tray is high value ‘real estate’ for growing food. Unlike ‘dirt gardens,’ there’s no room for plants to spread their luscious leaves, vines and blossoms across a large area as they mature to produce food.

 

 

Tomatoes growing vertically on clothes line ropes attached to trellis'.

Tomatoes growing vertically on clothes line ropes attached to trellis’.

The rule of thumb (make that a GREEN thumb) for Portable Farms® Aquaponics Systems is to plant food and harvest it as quickly as possible. In other words: Plant it, grow it, harvest it and then repeat the process immediately by planting a new plant that was grown from seed (over a few days) on the SAME DAY the previous plant was harvested, so there is always a continuous cycle of production, and there are always plants in various stages of growth within the farm.

In a typical ‘dirt garden’ greens (lettuces, bok choy, basil, kale, etc.) are plants that don’t spread out (much) when they’re growing. They are generally planted on 6″ to 10″ centers depending on the plant. However, given the choice, blooming plants (tomatoes, cucumbers, zucchini, green beans, etc.) will take over a ‘dirt garden,’ and spread their leaves and vines across unlimited amounts of space unless they are staked or trellised, preventing other plants from being planted in that growing area.

Because of the high-value space in an aquaponics system, allowing growing plants to spread horizontally is NOT an option, they must be trained to grow vertically to maximize the growing space within the farm.

Tomatoes growing vertically.

Tomatoes growing vertically.

Also, please note, if blooming plants are allowed to spread across the moist, warm gravel in the grow tray (remember, the water in our systems is heated to 78 to 80 degrees F which is the optimal temperatures for the tilapia in the fish tanks) they will create a wet, dense ‘tropical climate’ which discourages blossoms from turning into fruit or vegetables. The plants may blossom, and they may even start to grow small vegetables, but the moist conditions may cause them to ROT ON THE VINE because:

  • Lack of ample air flow around the blossoms
  • The plants need to be grown vertically to be healthy and grow an optimal amount of food
  • The plants and blossoms require adequate sunshine in the controlled environment of the grow trays with in the greenhouse for optimal growing.

Over the years, PFAS LLC has experimented with dozens of trellis systems for maximizing the technique for vertical growing in the pace above the grow trays. We’ve tried some of the following:

  • Suspending netting above the grow trays to support the vines and heavy fruits and vegetables
  • Building horizontal arms with twine suspended to tie the plants as they grew
  • Installing vertical boards to hold the plants stretching across the grow trays
  • Using various forms of webbing and even panty hose to support our large heavy tomatoes to keep the stems of the plant from breaking due to the weight of the tomatoe
  • And many other systems that are just too embarrassing to admit in public. 

All these (above mentioned) trellis systems worked, at some level, but they all had major drawbacks because of the rapid growth of the plants within our Portable Farms® and it became a daily and labor intensive exercise just tying the plants up for vertical growing with our inferior trellis systems.

Trellis system in a Portable Farm

The two years PFAS LLC spent in our Research Center in the Tropics highlighted the problems created from the constant heat and high humidity which forced us to find solutions to this ongoing problems for creating ample air flow, suspension of the plants for vertical growing and allowing for adequate sunshine within the greenhouse. By continual experimentation with locally available materials, we invented a simple trellis system using chicken wire (made of wire or plastic) with 2″ openings and clothes-line rope which solved all our problems. It was very inexpensive and easy to install. THE PLANTS LOVED IT. Their blossoms stayed dry. The new system took the pressure of the stems and vines and allowed for sunshine to reach all parts of the plant and happily, our production soared. When the plants were small, they did require a minimal amount of tying (to the clothes line rope) and then they did the rest on their own! Some of the larger stems require us to delicately thread them through the chicken wire so they would grow naturally.

After 30 days of plant growth (green beans) with the Portable Farms Trellis’ System

After 45 days of plant growth (green beans) with a Portable Farms Trellis.

Two frames containing plastic chicken wire suspeded above grow trays to support growing blooming plants.

Tie soft clothes line rope on top wire from top tray to support growing plants for vertical growing.

The Portable Farms tropical trellis system is yours to copy, modify and use in your own backyard ‘dirt farm,’ your backyard aquaponics system or your commercial aquaponics installation. It’s our gift to you. Now go grow food and send us pictures.

Would you like to learn more about aquaponics? Learn from us . . . 


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

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

Aquaponics GOLD

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 Listen to Phyllis Davis tell you about AQUAPONICS GOLD.

Backyard Aquaponics GOLD

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

 

Greenhouse & Warehouse Aquaponics GOLDgreenhouse book cover

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

 

 Solar Aquaponics GOLD

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

 

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

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

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

baby booomer tomatoe

 

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

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

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

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

10,000 baby boomers a day turn 65 which is a pattern that will continue for the next 16 years. Boomers are the best educated generation in history, we have had the most freedom and the most fun of any generation in history, we/are also one of the most creative generations in history (Internet and technology, science and medical contributions, transportation and distribution advantages), we are also in charge of building a large part of the world we live in today, but we have also suffered under the delusion that we would always be young, healthy and have unlimited energy forever. Silly people.

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

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

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

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

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

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

 


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

For more detailed information about these books: CLICK HERE.

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Commercial Aquaponics GOLD
COVER1

 

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

Aquaponics GOLD

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 Listen to Phyllis Davis tell you about AQUAPONICS GOLD.

Backyard Aquaponics GOLD

cover 3

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

 

Greenhouse & Warehouse Aquaponics GOLDgreenhouse book cover

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

 

 Solar Aquaponics GOLD

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

 

Jump Start Your Summer Growing with an Aquaponics System

Jump Start Your Summer Growing.
Better YET . . . Grow Food for your Family YEAR ROUND in any Weather!
– by Colle and Phyllis Davis

WE’VE LOWERED OUR PRICES $625! Now’s the time to own an aquaponics system.

Small Portable Farms Aquaponics System

Small Portable Farms Aquaponics System

1. Determine the SIZE for your aquaponics system: Portable Farms® Aquaponics Systems are high intensity food production systems that produce prodigious amounts of food year round in any climate. Here is the formula for correctly sizing your backyard aquaponics system. In a highly effective system with gravel as the medium base, a tray space of 25 to 30 sq. ft. will feed one adult their table vegetables year round – FOREVER. Use the number of people you want to feed times (x) the 25 sq. ft. required for each person and the resulting figure will be the size of grow tray space you will need.

For example: You have four people in the house (any child over the age of 11 eats like an adult) times 25 sq. ft. equals 100 sq. ft. of grow tray space. A grow tray that measure 5 ft. x 20 ft. long (6 ft. x 16 ft.) will be the perfect size. This size tray will fit comfortably inside a 10 x 24 ft. (or a 12 x 20 ft.) greenhouse.

A second example: There are 8 people you wish to feed. 8 people x 25 sq. ft. per person equals – 200 sq. ft.

The formula of number of people times the 25 sq. ft. required to feed them can be applied no matter what the number of people you want to feed. A commercial installation with 10,000 sq. feet of enclosed space provides 6,000 sq. ft. of grow space and will feed 240 people.

2. Find the ideal location in your backyard for your Portable Farms® Aquaponics System that has at least six hours of direct sunlight available in the chosen location. If you don’t have an area to receive 6 hours of sunlight, you must supplement the lighting to provide your vegetables with grow lights. Or, can you use an existing building, or extend an existing building to save money and reduce the carbon footprint?

3. Decide on the type of building you would select to surround your Portable Farms® Aquaponics System and learn what is required with each type of construction. Your greenhouse must be acclimatized to your climate to keep the temperature range between 40 degrees F and 104 degrees F. It’s EASIER TO HEAT A GREENHOUSE than it is to COOL A GREENHOUSE.

4. Explore the materials that are required for the grow trays and other items that are required for your system to operate at its peak. We supply this list of materials in our course Portable Farms® Aquaponics Systems Course©.

5. Learn the actual operation of your new aquaponics installation regarding ways you can be assured that you will be operating it effectively and not kill fish or plants.


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

For more detailed information about these books: CLICK HERE.

ebookdownload

Commercial Aquaponics GOLD
COVER1

 

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

Aquaponics GOLD

aquaponics gold High Resolution WEB

 Listen to Phyllis Davis tell you about AQUAPONICS GOLD.

Backyard Aquaponics GOLD

cover 3

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

 

Greenhouse & Warehouse Aquaponics GOLDgreenhouse book cover

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

 

 Solar Aquaponics GOLD

cover 1

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

 

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