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The Real Cost of INDOOR Aquaponics is LESS


The Real Cost of INDOOR Aquaponics 

– by Colle and Phyllis Davis

PFAS LLC HAS NOW MADE INDOOR GROWING AFFORDABLE! We’ve reduced our prices US$625.00!

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

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

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The real answer:

  1. The Aquaponics University Portable Farms Aquaponics Systems Course© is $1,875 and the AU Course includes the PFAS Kit containing the Portable Farms® Aquaponics Systems technology.
  1. The cost of the materials to build one Module that can feed eight people (up to 200 sq ft of grow space) is approximately $1,000 anywhere in the world.
  1. Full spectrum grow lights to make your plants really happy so you can grow healthy plants (both greens and blooming plants) – about $300.

This is a total of $3,175 plus some labor and adding in cost variances, you will be in the $4,000 range. This cost DOES NOT INCLUDE ANY TYPE OF GREENHOUSE. This quote/information is ONLY for indoor growing spaces.

 As of May, 2, 2016, we have lowered our price $625.00.
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portable-farms-grow-trays-constructionCaveats to be aware of in this conversion process: 

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

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

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

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

 

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Commercial Aquaponics GOLD
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Backyard Aquaponics GOLD

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

 

Greenhouse & Warehouse Aquaponics GOLDgreenhouse book cover

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

 

 Solar Aquaponics GOLD

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

 

 

Aquaponics is NOW MORE AFFORDABLE

Aquaponics IS MORE AFFORDABLE!
By Colle and Phyllis Davis

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

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

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

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

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

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

 As of May, 2, 2016, we have lowered our price $625.00.
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There are literally thousands of websites that can show you how to set up a small workable open-source backyard hobby-aquaponics systems without paying for the information. For those who are not able to purchase our systems, we suggest you START TODAY by working with online/open source information so you can learn about aquaponics and build your own farm. We also suggest you visit online aquaponics forums so you can ask questions you may have from other aquaponics enthusiasts. 


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

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

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

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

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

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


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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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.

 

We’ve lowered our prices $625 as of May 2, 2016

We’ve lowered our prices $625 as of May 2, 2016.

 

DruckThe 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.

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.

 As of May, 2, 2016, we have lowered our price $625.00.
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. 

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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.

The Cost to Build a Backyard ‘Home’ Aquaponics System

The Cost to Build a Backyard ‘Home’ Aquaponics System
– by Colle and Phyllis Davis

READ OUR NEW BOOK: GREENHOUSE & WAREHOUSE AQUAPONICS GOLD.

What’s will my installation cost me?”

The larger the aquaponics system you build, the better the investment it is because you’re growing more food and saving on food costs at your local market. It’s a true but sad fact that a very small backyard aquaponics system is not the best ‘financial investment,’ but you WILL have a year round supply of the freshest, best tasting and most nutritious food you can buy.

 As of May, 2, 2016, we have lowered our price $625.00.
Enjoy our NEW PRICE for Portable Farms® Aquaponics Systems Course© 
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farm 8 18 2012Please note: IT’S THE GREENHOUSE THAT IS EXPENSIVE and NOT the aquaponics technology or building materials. 

According to the Craftsman National Building Cost Estimator program, the pricing on a greenhouse measuring 12′ x 12′ would be around $3587, or $25 per square foot. If you want to find someone to give you a quote in your area in the US: CLICK HERE. By adding in all the other components for building a Portable Farms Aquaponics System (training – with includes your Portable Farms Kit and other materials) the cost is about $35 per square foot.

 

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Commercial Aquaponics GOLD
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Aquaponics GOLD

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Backyard Aquaponics GOLD

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

 

Greenhouse & Warehouse Aquaponics GOLDgreenhouse book cover

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

 

 Solar Aquaponics GOLD

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

 

Cheap Aquaponics “Startup Fish”

Cheap Aquaponics “Startup Fish”
– by Colle and Phyllis Davis

“Can we use goldfish or crayfish or something besides tilapia in our backyard aquaponics system?”

gowithflowThis is a frequently asked question and prompted a conversation with a new ‘aquaponist’ at my local Home Depot store which has prompted me to make a list of the fish that can be used in aquaponics for new aquaponics farmers to get started with because of choice or local regulations or restrictions.

The gentleman in the plumbing section of Home Depot had to help me find a component we use to manufacture the PFAS Kits and he asked me what I was using so many, I told him they were used in our manufacturing process. He said, (you will not believe this), ‘Oh, are you doing aquaponics?’

I nearly fell down from surprise. He explained that he had a small aquaponics system in his backyard and was using goldfish poop to raise the most amazing basil and peppers he had ever seen. It’s a small world to meet someone with an aquaponics system that actually guessed what I was building. His explanation was that another fellow builds hydroponic systems for people and uses the same item in a very different way. But back on topic. . .

The list of aquatic animals below includes enough species so you can get started today with a tiny aquaponics system to learn and grow with to see how amazing the technology really is at growing vegetables and fish. My original setup was a dishpan with aquarium gravel laid across an aquarium. The fish happened to be tilapia because it was my job at UC Davis (back in the early 1970’s) to clean the fish tanks, a nasty smelly job.

Each species has different requirements and are more or less hardy and easy to maintain. The list below is not all-inclusive, but is meant to be a basis for an inexpensive beginner aquaponics setup so you can get your hands wet.

Species Positive Cost Negative
Goldfish Hardy, readily available, poop a lot Cheap Tough to find a constant market – not for eating
Koi Hardy, readily salable as ornamentals, can be fed cheap dog food, do not have to replace very often Relatively cheap No one eats them, limited market
Catfish Hardy, grow fast, seasonally available, chow is commercially available Relatively cheap Seasonal availability of fry and depressed markets
Carp Really hardy, fast growing, will eat almost anything May be tricky to obtain fry No food market in US
Crayfish/Prawns Can be raised in conjunction with any other fin fish or by themselves. Relatively inexpensive to obtain Most are cannibalistic and must be provided housing (short sections of PVC pipe) to keep any number to harvest size.
Perch New candidate – Feed just becoming available Not cheap Regional markets only
Bass Not recommended because you have to feed them live bait Relatively inexpensive Fish and Wildlife regulations on sale for food

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

By providing these fish with a clean water supply, aeration and food, you are ensuring a constant supply of the finest poop your system can handle.

Two caveats here:

  1. You will lose fish – this means some of them will die. Get used to it, its farming.
  2. Unless you are using the PFAS, you will have problems with sediment in the gravel so you will have to clean the gravel occasionally. Get used to it, its farming.

With the PFAS the #2 above is not true. Oh, and to use the PFAS you will need to complete the Aquaponics University Portable Farms Aquaponics Systems Course©.


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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.

 

Renting Greenhouses for a 1 year Return on Investment

Renting Greenhouses for a 1 Year Return on Investment
– by Colle and Phyllis Davis

The quickest, easiest and best payback for installing and operating an aquaponics system is to lease an empty greenhouse in your area and install a Portable Farms® Aquaponics System inside it.

In Southern California (obviously, a biased sampling) the cost to lease a greenhouse of 25,000 to 75,000 sq ft is from US$1,500 to US$3,000 TOTAL.

 

Greenhouse & Warehouse Aquaponics GOLDgreenhouse book cover

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

 

GreenhouseNow let’s do the math and see how this investment pencil’s out:

A very solid rule of thumb on the cost of a PFAS Module which includes the grow trays, the fish tanks and all of the related lumber, pipe, liner and the PFAS Kit, is US$2,100 per Module. A 10,000 sq ft installation will contain 28 to 32 Modules depending on the specifics of the layout.

Multiply the cost per Module US$2,100 times the maximum number of Modules 32 and your install cost becomes US$67,000. Then comes the greenhouse. [This cost is normally THE most expensive part of an aquaponics installation.] Let’s use a three year lease and figure the ROI on the yearly maximum rate of US$2,000 for a 10,000 sq ft greenhouse or US$24,000.

You still have labor, electricity, fish, seeds and misc and these total approximately US$80,000 per year. These figures are San Diego, California figures, California labor costs, San Diego Gas and Electric power costs and the local water district water costs (not inexpensive).

First Year Expenses (Averages)
  • Your first year investment will include the cost of building the Modules    
US$67,000
  • The total operating costs                                                                                            
US$80,000
  • Rental on the greenhouse
$24,000
  • First year total
US$171,000

 

The gross income based on a mixed production of both greens and fruiting plants such as tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers and beans is approximately US$185,000 of income per year resulting in a net-net income of approximately US$80,000 per year.  Specialty or custom ordered vegetables dramatically impact this figure on the high side. For example if all basil were grown the income would almost quadruple to over US$600,000. Cucumbers are even better producers, but remember, these specialty crops and are NOT high volume crops.

These figures show a total payback over slightly over two years. US$80,000 x 2 years = US$160,000. Oh, wait, the initial capital investment was less then US$100,000 so the real payback is in a little over ONE YEAR.

Now look at the third year numbers. There are operating costs and rental costs, that’s it. The output has increased approximate 20% as the system ages and cures so using the initial income of US$185,000 and not the US$220,000 (the 20% increase) it will really be producing,  your US$80,000 per year (or US$116,000 with the increase in production) is now pure profit. Almost enough for some people to live on comfortably.

Contact us today for specifics, but first read Commercial Aquaponics and have two items is place, 1) your money or your investors money to cover the project’s cost, 2) a location to build your PFAS Modules so you can be in business in less than six months.  Remember, we even train your operators, guarantee our systems and are here to help.

 


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

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.

 

Aquaponics is EASIER than Dirt Farming

Aquaponics is EASIER than Dirt Farming
– by Colle and Phyllis Davis

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Conventional farming is one of the more difficult and dirtiest jobs in the world. It is so hard, in fact, that only a small group of young people are actually becoming new farmers. The hours are long, the work is hard, the rewards are irregular and the impact on family life is nearly incalculable. Yet, we need a larger demographic of younger farmers to replace our aging farmers.

Granted, aquaponics can only grow about 300 varieties of food and traditional agriculture offers far more growing options, but aquaponics does grow many healthy table vegetables and fish. For example, aquaponics cannot grow root vegetables such as potatoes, carrots, onions or radishes. And most squash prefer a dry sandy soil. But aquaponics does grow most greens, herbs, and many blooming vegetables such as tomatoes, beans, zucchini, cucumber and even eggplant. We rely on traditional agriculture to grow wheat, most grains, rice, corn, soy, melons/squash, and perrineals such as asparagus and most berries.

Therein lies the rub . . .

 

There are FEWER NEW FARMERS as the years go by. It’s no wonder why. It’s hard work and urban living is far more appealing to young adults yet it leaves the heavy work to older adults.

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dirtfarmerFarmers complain that they can’t compete with imports and then try to figure out how they can export more of their own production to receive better prices. So then a different farmer in some other part of the world then complains about the low prices due to imports. And the circle continues repeats and never ends.

The price/cost of food is set by the world market and if a farmer wants to compete in that arena, they have to be able to raise food at least as cheaply as the world’s lowest cost producer plus shipping. That is nearly impossible to accomplish on a consistent basis. Plus governments often have subsidy programs to ‘help’ farmers compete with the rest of the world. This makes for an unrealistic distortion in the market prices. These subsidies drive down the prices paid to farmers in every country.

There is a growing opportunity for farmers everywhere in the world to make more money, have a more consistent market and insure that the impact of cheap foreign produce is kept to a minimum. They can do this by feeding the locavores (those who eat local food grown ‘in season’) and producing the finest food available to the local high-end markets on a year round basis. Conventional farming cannot accomplish this magic trick.

gtt 40 days with collePortable Farms® Aquaponics Systems offer controlled environment farming which is a growing segment of farming. LEARN MORE FROM US:  CLICK HERE.

Growing food in controlled environments (greenhouses/warehouses) is the exact formula already making an impact on the pricing of food. Hotels that own their own greenhouses are already providing the best possible food for their guests and enjoying enhanced reputations for addressing the needs and desires of their clients by providing them with healthy, locally grown food.


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

cover 3

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

 

Greenhouse & Warehouse Aquaponics GOLDgreenhouse book cover

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

 

 Solar Aquaponics GOLD

cover 1

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

 

The Aquaponist’s Daily Prayer: “PRAY FOR POOP”

The Aquaponist’s Daily Prayer: “PRAY FOR POOP”
– by Colle and Phyllis Davis

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Portable Farms is proud to show you Before and After Photos highlighting the 40-day progress of our newly constructed PFAS LLC’S Experimental and Research Center in San Diego, California, that was completed and planted on May 28. Because of improvements in our seed choices, planting methods and technology, our farm is exploding with fresh organic food after only 40 days. The 600 tilapia fish in this system know our voices and ‘frenzy’ when we walk into the farm (a good sign because a happy fish eats well and POOPS A LOT and that’s the fertilizer for our plants). In case you didn’t know it, the Aquaponists’ Daily Prayer is, “PRAY FOR POOP.”

 

 

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BEFORE: Gravel Grow Trays in a Portable Farms Aquaponics System with Colle Davis, Inventor, Portable Farms Aquaponics Systems – May 28, 2012 before planting

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AFTER: 40 Days After Planting with Colle Davis, Inventor, Portable Farms Aquaponics Systems, July 6. Many green leafy organic vegetables are already READY TO HARVEST and other blooming plants already have blossoms and are ready to produce organic fruit or vegetables after only 40 days (such as tomatoes, peppers, green beans, zucchini, and cucumbers). Portable Farms grow enormous amounts of healthy, organic, nutritious food in small spaces. This small farm feeds TEN adults . . . FOREVER. This greenhouse is 16′ x 33′ (528 square feet) and contains 264 square feet of Grow Tray space.

Install your own Portable Farms Aquaponics System after taking the Aquaponics University  Simple, Easy and Fun online course! It only takes about one hour per day for about two weeks and when you finish the course you will receive your own Portable Farms Kit to build your own commercial or backyard farm that will feed people forever. The price for the Aquaponics Course which includes the entire assembly, operations and maintenance course, PLUS the PFAS Technology Kit for one module is $1,875.00. Offer is now available in select countries.


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One single leaf of an organic zucchini plant measured after 40 days of growth in Gravel Grow Tray = 10.5 inches wide

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Height of the same organic zucchini plant (above) after 40 days growth in a Gravel Grow Tray = 20.5 inches tall

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Organic India Mustard plant (a spicy lettuce) after 40 days in the Gravel Grow Trays = 19 inches tall

 

This is a photo of that same head of India Mustard at harvest:

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romaine with ruler after 40 days

Organic Cos Romaine Lettuce after 40 days of growth in a Gravel Grow Tray = 12.5 inches tall

We’re growing a variety of organic seeds in each of these categories in this farm:

  • Basil Green Peppers
  • Swiss Chard
  • Cucumbers
  • Romaine Lettuce
  • Jalapeno Peppers
  • Tomatoes
  • India Mustard
  • Chinese Cabbage
  • Long Green Beans
  • Zucchini
  • Bib Lettuce
  • Basil
  • Pak Choi
  • Kale
  • Eggplant
  • Leek
  • Iceberg Lettuce
  • Green Onion
  • Green Swiss Chard
  • Hot Peppers
  • Yellow Crookneck Squash


Do YOU Own a Secure Seed Vault? Maybe It’s Time . . .

Do YOU Own Your Own Secure Seed Vault? Maybe It’s Time . . . 
– by Colle and Phyllis Davis

seedHave you ever considered putting vegetable seeds in a tin can or air-tight pouch ‘just in case’ you need to grow your own food? There is a hot  new trend sweeping the world for saving seeds that are non-GMO, heirloom and organic. It’s a good idea to prepare for the future in these uncertain times. Think of starting your own seed vault for the future to pass onto your children or grandchildren.

Seeds do not last forever. Typical seed packet labels for garden seeds state an ‘expiration date’ of around a year but there are methods for extended the sprouting percentages for seeds and by freezing the seeds and you can extend the chances for 90% sprouting for up to 30 years; long-term cold-storage units may become the rage if the demand presents itself.

Portable Farms600 miles from the North Poll, hidden deep inside a snow covered mountain is buried the world’s most protected seed supply storage in the Svalbard Global Seed Vault. Nicknames such as the “Doomsday Vault”, the “Noah’s Ark for seeds” and “the Fort Knox of food” have added to the fame of the Vault.

Despite war or climate change, these seeds will remain frozen and intact to protect the world’s food supply despite natural or man-made disasters. The Vault can therefore be considered the ultimate insurance policy for the world’s food supply. It will secure for centuries, or longer, millions of seeds representing every important crop variety available in the world today.

What’s The Doomsday Seed Vault Really For?

The Seed Vault was officially opened on February 26, 2008, by Norwegian Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg. At that time, Prime Minister Stoltenberg deposited the first box of seeds into the vault, rice seeds from 123 countries. The initial deposit contained 268,000 different seed samples. Two years later, March 2010, the vault contained 500,000 samples making it the most diverse inventory in the world. Each of the samples contains about 500 seeds, meaning there are now over 250 million seeds in cold storage in the Vault today. 

Doomsday Seed Vault In Svalbard

While the Svalbard Global Seed Vault is a valuable contribution to the world’s food supply, we pose the question to you, our own readers, to ask you if you own any seeds that might be a safeguard against rising food costs for you and your family? How about a packet of tomato seeds? No? Well, this might give you some ideas to plan ahead so you can put a packet of them in your freezer, JUST IN CASE, you ever need them.

Of course, we recommend you own your Portable Farms® Aquaponics Systems so you can have a consistent supply of fresh, nutritious food on hand regardless of weather or economic forecasts.

 


 

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.

 

FISH POOP IS NOT ENOUGH!

FISH POOP IS NOT ENOUGH!
– by Colle and Phyllis Davis

Growing healthy plants always needs trace elements of calcium, iron, magnesium and potassium.

PFAS LLC is making available our FF (Fish Friendly) Mineral Rock Dust that enhances the health of your plants and your fish and adds the trace elements vital to your system for encouraging healthy green plants and prompts your blooming plants to continually blossom in your aquaponics system!

FF (Fish Friendly) Mineral Rock Dust. It looks like chocolate talc.
It’s very light and powdery.

(Photo above shows FF Mineral Rock Dust spilling out of a salt shaker onto a dinner plate)

To Order FF Mineral Rock Dust: CLICK HERE. (Ships from San Diego, California)

FF Mineral Rock Dust provides aquaponics growers the perfect balance of many trace elements not consistently available from just plain ordinary fish poop. Now you can grow consistently blooming plants with the addition of FF Mineral Rock Dust, as your plants and your fish poop will now contain adequate levels of calcium, iron, magnesium and potassium, just to mention four of the vital elements for successful growing in aquaponics.

mineral rock dust sprinkle

Just sprinkle FF Mineral Rock Dust on your planting medium, plant the seeds and water them. That’s it!           It works like MAGIC. 

The use of FF Mineral Rock Dust keeps you from playing the ‘chemical numbers game’ and constantly guessing whether you’re doing it correctly.

  • Question: What trace elements should I use to solve a variety of growing and blossoming issues in aquaponics?
  • Answer: Calcium, iron, magnesium and potassium

 

  • Question: How much FF Mineral Rock Dust should I add to my aquaponics system?
  • Answer: We recommend one pound per 200 square feet of growing space.

 

  • Question: Is it safe for my fish?
  • Answer: YES, if used as directed in the instructions sheet that accompanies the FF Mineral Rock Dust.

 

  • Question: How often should I use the FF Mineral Rock Dust in my aquaponics systems?
  • Answer:

Sprinkle FF Mineral Rock Dust on your growing medium and wet with water before planting your seed.

When the plant has grown 1.5” to 2” (and becomes a seedling), simply sprinkle the FF Mineral Rock Dust on the area and wet with water in your Grow Tray prior to planting the new seedling.

Sprinkle the FF Mineral Rock Dust again on the base of any plant that stays in the Grow Tray for 60 days (for example, tomatoes, etc.) and wet with water. 

  • Question: What is the cost of the FF Mineral Rock Dust? Is it affordable?
  • Answer: YES, It is extremely affordable. A minimum order is a 5 pound bag is $29.95 (plus applicable taxes) plus shipping. Again, we recommend using one pound per 200 feet of grow space in an aquaponics system.

FF Mineral Rock Dust is easy to apply and it’s very affordable for both backyard farms and commercial aquaponics growing.

  • FF Mineral Rock Dust does NOT contain nitrogen which is already being generously supplied by the fish waste from the fish in your fish tank(s) so the combination of the freshly produced nitrogen from the fish waste and the many macro and micro mineral elements in the FF Mineral Rock Dust provides the perfect combination for growing healthy plants in aquaponics systems.
  • The FF Mineral Rock Dust that we recommend is an amendment or addition to a system that is safe and effective to use in all types of aquaponics systems (medium base or raft systems). The pristine mineral product is used by Certified Organic Growers and is 100% Natural. These minerals are vital to growing both green plants and blooming plants in every stage of growth: Seed planting, root development, plant growth, plant health and plant blossoming. The use of this FF Mineral Rock Dust produces plants that are healthy during every stage of growth and development. This product is also environmentally friendly and does not pollute nor does it ‘burn’ plants.

One of the expressions we use frequently regarding planting in our Portable Farms Aquaponics Systems is, “If a plant has a ‘happy childhood,’ it will grow to be a healthy plant.” And it’s so true. If you take care of every stage of planting your seed, growing a seedling and placing it into your Grow Tray, you have a far better chance of growing a healthy plant. If any step of this process during ‘childhood’ is neglected, you will be disappointed with your growing efforts.

Below is the ordering information for FF Mineral Rock Dust. Please note minimal order size for shipping outside the US.

To Order FF Mineral Rock Dust: CLICK HERE. (Ships from San Diego, California)

Code

Product Name

Size

Price

FF – MRD 105 FF Mineral Rock Dust for Aquaponics

5 lbs.

$29.95

FF – MRD 110 FF Mineral Rock Dust for Aquaponics

10 lbs.

$39.95

FF – MRD 150 FF Mineral Rock Dust for Aquaponics

50 lbs.

$109.95

FF – MRD 2200 FF Mineral Rock Dust for Aquaponics Export Minimum Order outside US is 2200 lb./1000kg   tote

Call for more information about price and shipping   costs

 


 

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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