Community Aquaponics is the HOT NEW TREND

Community Aquaponics is the HOT NEW TREND
– by Colle and Phyllis Davis

The impact of a single community aquaponics system is much larger than the excellent ROI (Return on Investment) and high monthly income. The impact of multiple units has a profound effect on virtually every aspect of a community.

 

 

 

botswana10,000 Sq ft Portable Farms Aquaponics System Commercial Farm Installed in Botswana, Africa

Commercial and community aquaponics systems have now proven themselves over the last two decades and are becoming more effective and efficient as the technology improves. Many people are contributing to the movement and it now appears that community aquaponics has finally arrived as a viable alternative to the easily disrupted food supply and the huge increase in the demand for locally grown, pesticide free food.

For investors looking for an ROI in the two to four year range, a construction company looking for a new arena to expand into over the next decade or two or even a Ministry of Agriculture or an NGO wanting to improve the lives of local people, community aquaponics is a viable option to address their desired outcomes to provide food and work for local people.

The large community installations employ local people on both a temporary (building the systems) and permanent basis (operating, harvesting and planting) and contribute to the local economy. The initial markets are necessarily local markets; resort hotels, high-end restaurants, foodies and specialty markets catering to the wealthy. Within the next few years, community aquaponics systems will contribute to local food supplies on a much broader scale (supermarkets and institutional growing for schools and prisons), but initially they may only contribute to the local economy through job creation.

For instance: An investor group planning to install a commercial (10,000 sq ft – 1/4 acre, 1,000m2) Portable Farms® Aquaponics Systems next to a restaurant in a major US city. Here is what they are planning to accomplish with their very first installation:

  1. Showcase the use of aquaponics as a LOCAL FOOD SOURCE
  2. Deliver locally grown, pesticide free vegetables to their customers not treated with chemicals
  3. Place locally grown fresh-water healthy fish on the menu that were not treated with chemicals or any kind
  4. Reduce transportation costs for most vegetables to ZERO
  5. Serve food that was harvested on the DAY it was meant to be harvested which enhances both the flavor and the nutritional content of the food
  6. Dramatically reduces their carbon footprint
  7. Reduces storage costs because the food is harvested as needed
  8. Reduces prep time because the crops are harvested only as needed
  9. Supply their patrons with the excess production at regular store prices

Plus the investor group will also reap these benefits:

  1. Realize an ROI of two to four years
  2. Net-net income for 1/4 acre is approximately US$100,000 or more depending on restaurant margins and the selection of crops you grow and sell to them
  3. Become their own supplier for many of the vegetables they now purchase through wholesalers
  4. Have the marketing lead to themselves in their niche for at least two years
  5. Become local spokespersons for using local suppliers and growers
  6. Offers owners ‘bragging rights’ to attract news coverage in the media. Also offers a ‘hook’ for advertising and articles about their aquaponics system to talk about on their website to boast the use of locally grown organic food that was planted, raised and harvested onsite or locally. This alone is worth its price of investment. Word travels fast and people will drive for miles to experience an innovative approach in dining and shopping.

To have the opportunity to invest in anything that has an ROI of less than five years is very tempting and when the investment comes with all of the above benefits, the long term impact for both the investor and the community continues to grow.

Multiple installations add several more benefits to the equation.

  1. The impact on local employment grows in direct proportion to each new installation
  2. The ancillary services to support the aquaponics installations creates jobs and even new businesses
  3. Tax revenue increases to better serve the community’s needs
  4. A stabilized workforce is more resilient to economic disruptions
  5. The less a community depends on imported energy and food, the more stable the community
  6. Eventually, a surplus may be developed and shipping to other areas
  7. The area could even become a net exporter of food.

The question now is, ‘How can an individual or group step into the community aquaponics business?’ The answer is, ‘Be prepared to spend some money to determine the feasibility of your chosen location and to work with our team of engineers and experts to establish the cost and benefits for your project.’ 

The fastest and easiest way to get started is by reading and learning about becoming a Commercial Aquaponics Farmer:

  1. Portable Farms® Aquaponics Systems
  2. Please buy our new book COMMERCIAL AQUAPONICS GOLD
  3. Community Aquaponics

If you simply want a backyard installation to grow your own food for your family and become more self-sustaining, please see the Portable Farms® Aquaponics System Course©.


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

 

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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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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.

 

Simplifying Your Life Increases Your Sustainability

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

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

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

One other item you may want to consider for long term security is building a Portable Farms® Aquaponics System at your location. At least you can eat and if you have a small solar installation you can eat for many, many years to come. The Portable Farms® Aquaponics Systems actually deliver a slight excess of everything the plants need, even the light, so every plant always have the perfect conditions for maximum growth. The NEW Enhanced PFAS also has other advantages:

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

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

  • No pesticides are ever used
  • Less water use than any other type of commercial growing system available today
  • The waste water is a valuable fertilizer that can be used on other crops or sold at a profit
  • Waist high work area
  • No single point of failure
  • No weeding – ever
  • Watering is automatic
  • No soil or dirt inside the building

 

 

 

 

tomatoe bunch2For maximum production/yield, PFAS LLC recommends the following ENHANCEMENTS to a regular PFAS installation:

  • The addition of micro-nutrients that include  iron, magnesium, calcium and potassium and 53 other vital minerals are supplied with organic FF-Mineral Rock Dust
  • High performance greenhouse coverings that protect from weather extremes.
  • Insulation of all walls and roof that do not contribute direct sunlight to the grow trays
  • Grow lights capable of providing maximum full spectrum lighting for both greens and blooming plants.
  • Inert growing medium for planting seeds
  • Trellis installation for maximum vertical growing for blooming plants
  • Full monitoring system of all functions within the building that notify operator of any necessary adjustments required
  • Low cost fish tank heaters
  • Automatic water leveling system for fish tanks.

These controlled-environments-precision-growing-systems are capital intensive on the front end, but they produce income very quickly and continue to produce income over long periods of time with only operational expenses needing to be covered. The ROI on the Portable Farms® Aquaponics Systems is only three to five years. Investors really appreciate these advantages and the new ‘farmers’ appreciate the opportunity to reap huge rewards for their efforts.


 

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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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.

 

Fill & Drain vs. Raft Aquaponics

Fill & Drain vs. Raft Aquaponics
– by Colle and Phyllis Davis

portable-farms-commercial-greenhouse-growingThe Portable Farms® Aquaponics Systems are ideally designed for community aquaponics growing.

One acre of land can accommodate four Portable Farms® modules that grow 320,000 vegetables and 92,000 pounds of fish which will feed 960 people all the food they need to be healthy FOREVER. Plus, it only takes 12 people to operate a full acre.

Most large aquaponics installations are designed on the ‘Virgin Island model.’ They are a raft system using a single large fish tank, heavy-duty pumps and filters, and long-shallow grow tanks where the rafts are gradually pushed from one end to the other as the plants mature. By moving the plants several times as they mature, the actual yield-per-square-foot of surface area is very high.

Let’s look at how the raft systems are designed: 

  • The fish tank(s) is very large, often thousands of gallons and the water is moved constantly by a single heavy duty pump from the fish tank to some sort of bio filter or filtration system.
  • The water often goes through an aeration system because the water flowing to the plants growing in the rafts need to have a very high oxygen content in the water for their roots or they will die.
  • The water is then returned to the fish tank with the nutrients stripped out and depleted in oxygen.

The weak points of this type of system are as follows:

  • There is a single large pump the controls the water flow out of the fish tank and if it fails, the fish die
  • The water at the end of the grow tanks needs to be lifted back up into the fish tank, this involves more pumping and the pumps can fail
  • The bio filter must be cleaned daily, or the waste will overwhelm the system and poison the plants
  • The plants are handled several times, first planted in some type of pot or medium, transplanted to a wider spacing, transplanted at least once more to their final raft and finally harvested
  • The system requires a very large amount of water to start and consumes large amounts of water because the fish tank is open on top and evaporation is taking place
  • The filtration system has also exposed the water to the air and evaporation takes place
  • Only small leafy vegetables can be raised in this system (mostly lettuce and basil)
  • The raft system works, and it works very well. It requires more water, more power and more labor to operate than the medium-based systems (gravel grow beds).

Portable Farms® Aquaponics Systems use a fill and drain, medium based system. Here is how this system works:

  • grow tray 2013aEach module is a standalone system with the fish tank, clarifier and grow tray working together
  • There is no limit to the number of modules in an installation (example, 30 modules fit into a 10,000 sq foot greenhouse)
  • The maximum amount of water in each tank is 400 gallons
  • The maximum number of fish in each tank is 400
  • The ‘bio filter’ is in two parts, the clarifier and the huge gravel bed. The clarifier only needs to be cleaned every two to four months and the gravel NEVER needs to be cleaned
  • The water is lifted one time (requiring electricity) using a small pump and the rest of the time it is flowing downhill back to the fish tank (gravity and flow)
  • The plants are handled three times. For greens, the seeds are planted into inert cubes, the seedlings/cubes are planted into the gravel and then at harvest time the entire plant is removed
  • Tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, eggplant, green beans, peas and other flowering plants can be grow in great quantities and harvested over time
  • Two full time employees are required for each 10,000 sq ft installation and most of their time is taken up with harvesting and planting, not moving and transplanting seedlings
  • IF the electrical power fails to the entire system, it is designed so well that the fish will survive 12 full hours without aeration and the plants can go a full 24 hours on the residual water in the gravel. That is a HUGE safety factor
  • If an individual pump fails it has no effect on the rest of the installation, only that particular module
  • Not transplanting is required

The differences are also reflected in the water and electrical usage:

  • A raft system uses over 15 times as much water initially, and requires four-to-ten-times as much makeup water as the PFAS commercial installation.
  • The raft system has more than one single point of failure and the PFAS has no single point of failure for an installation only in each module.
  • The electrical power requirements are four to six times higher in the raft system compared to the fill and drain medium based systems.

Bottom line: Portable Farms® Aquaponics Systems are ideally designed for community aquaponics growing. One acre of land can accommodate four Portable Farms® that grow 320,000 vegetables and 92,000 pounds of fish which will feed 960 people all the food they need to be healthy FOREVER. Plus, it only takes 8 people to operate a full acre. For more information on the Portable Farms® Aquaponics Systems contact us 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.

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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.

 

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.


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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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.

 


Precision Growing in Aquaponics Systems

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

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

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

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

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

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

Phylis Davis harvesting fresh greens.

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

 

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.

For maximum production/yield, PFAS LLC recommends the following ENHANCEMENTS to a regular PFAS installation:

      • The addition of micro-nutrients that include  iron, magnesium, calcium and potassium and 53 other vital minerals are supplied with organic FF-Mineral Rock Dust
      • High performance greenhouse coverings that protect from weather extremes.
      • Insulation of all walls and roof that do not contribute direct sunlight to the grow trays
      • Grow lights capable of providing maximum full spectrum lighting for both greens and blooming plants.
      • Inert growing medium for planting seeds
      • Trellis installation for maximum vertical growing for blooming plants (tomatos, cucumbers, beans, peppers, etc.)
      • Full monitoring system of all functions within the building that notify operator of any necessary adjustments required
      • Low cost fish tank heaters
      • Automatic water leveling system for fish tanks.

All of these advantages are now available in a standardized modular package that can be built and operational in a few months anywhere in the world that a climatically adapted structure can be built on flat land. The land used can be in an empty building lot waiting for a new builder, a parking lot, an open field near the city, any high density area that food is high demand (city, refugee area in a crises, school, prison, church, hospital) or almost anywhere a builder finds flat level piece of land where some water and solar or grid power is available. Even that empty building that no one can figure out what to do with will work.

These controlled-environments-precision-growing-systems are capital intensive on the front end, but they produce income very quickly and continue to produce income over long periods of time with only operational expenses needing to be covered. The ROI on the Portable Farms® Aquaponics Systems is only three to five years. Investors really appreciate these advantages and the new ‘farmers’ appreciate the opportunity to reap huge rewards for their efforts.


 

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

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.

 

Basil – A High-Value Crop for Aquaponics

Basil – A High-Value Crop for Aquaponics
– by Colle and Phyllis Davis

Phyllis Davis harvesting a dozen large basil. We're making pesto with pine nuts, fresh Parmesan cheese, garlic and olive oil and serving it with fresh hot homemade cracked-wheat bread and served with mozzarella cheese and fresh tomatoes for dinner tonight. WISH YOU WERE HERE. It's a good life. It's a simple life. It's a happy life.

Phyllis Davis harvesting a dozen large basil. We’re making pesto with pine nuts, fresh Parmesan cheese, garlic and olive oil and serving it with fresh hot homemade cracked-wheat bread and served with mozzarella cheese and fresh tomatoes for dinner tonight. WISH YOU WERE HERE.It’s a good life. It’s a simple life. It’s a happy life.

Basil is enjoyed as a fresh-leaf herb on meats and vegetables, prepared in sauces such as pesto, or dried and used in many recipes in cultures throughout the world. Basil grows well in aquaponics systems because of the ideal growing conditions created with warm water and ample sunlight.

When basil is grown in traditional in-ground growing, it is a ‘summer crop,’ but when grown year round in aquaponics systems, it is considered a ‘high value crop,’ especially when sold locally in cold climates when basil would normally be normally be considered ‘out of season.’

Portable Farms® Aquaponics Systems are ideal for growing green leafy herbs and vegetables because:

  • The normal pH of the water in Portable Farms® Aquaponics Systems ranges from 6.5 to 7.2 for ideal growing.

  • Basil PatioPonics Portable Farm

    32″ Basil in a Portable Farm

    Basil enjoys a very wide pH range between 5.1 (strongly acidic) and 8.5 (alkaline) with a preferred range of 5.5 (strongly acidic) to 6.5 (mildly acidic).

  • The roots of herbs enjoy being well-drained between watering cycles.

  • Portable Farms® Aquaponics Systems allow for full sun or the option of grow lights so herbs and vegetables can be grown year round which is ‘out of season’ in many areas and owners may collect top dollar for crops from local customers.

  • Basil seeds grow well in rockwool or Oasis Horticubes.
  • Basil plants may be placed on 8 inch centers and planted off-set in each row within a grow tray allowing for ample room for lush growth for each plant.

  • The root systems for basil do not spread out and are not complex root systems which makes for consistent and easy water flow throughout the grow bed during watering cycles.

  • The basil plant usually grows to a height of 18 to 24 inches and produces many offshoots for harvest per plant.

  • You can cut back basil two-thirds of the entire basil plant twice before replanting the basil to begin the process again. This extends the harvest of the basil leaves and provides more cash-value crops instead of a one-time ‘grow and harvest cycle’ like lettuce. Basil can also be raised in batches and sold to customers as entire plants.

  • Since one plant will produce for four months (after a two-month initial growth), you would only replant new basil plants every six months and be continually harvesting during each four-month harvest cycle.

  • Each 40′ tray will grow 450 basil plants (on 8″ centers) which allows for 900 basil plants per year grown in a single tray. These 900 plants allow two cuttings each which can be sold to local consumers at wholesale or retail prices in your area.

Bonus – Pesto Recipe We Use When We Harvest our own Fresh Basil

We cannot count times the many times that we’ve invited friends to sit with us to enjoy an entire meal of fresh pesto sauce made from our own basil that was spread thick on hot homemade whole-wheat bread and served with sliced, freshly-harvested tomatoes from our own vines in our Portable Farms® Aquaponics Systems. It’s a real pleasure to share healthy and simple food with friends. This is our definition of ‘the good life.’

Portable Farms

Portable Farms® Pesto Sauce – Fresh off the Vine

This recipe makes about 2 cups. If you plan to freeze the excess pesto, avoid adding the crushed garlic to the recipe and wait to add it until you thaw and serve the pesto because the garlic can taste bitter after freezing.

Ingredients List:

  • 8 cups fresh basil leaves, torn off vine (discard the stem/vine)

  • 1 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese from a deli or fine store (don’t use the powdered Parmesan you shake out a canister for pasta)

  • 3 cups of pine nuts – slightly oiled and then toasted brown in an oven for 20 or 25 minutes

  • 3 garlic cloves, crushed

  • ¾ to 1 cup extra-virgin olive oil (depending on how thick you like your pesto sauce)

  • 1 teaspoon sea salt

  • ½ teaspoon fresh black pepper

Directions:

  1. Place basil, ½ of oil, cheese, pine nuts, and garlic in a food processor. Pulse several times, until well chopped.

  2. With machine running, quickly add olive oil in a steady stream, allowing pesto to mix blend and become cohesive but don’t over blend. Process until desired consistency is reached, season with salt and pepper, and serve.


 

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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.

 

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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.

 

“Pray for Poop,” The Aquaponist’s Prayer

Pray for Poop,” The Aquaponist’s Prayer
– by Colle and Phyllis Davis

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. . . .this is a prayer aquaponists pray many times each day, “Bless my fish that they may give me poop.”

The reason Portable Farms® Aquaponics Systems are so incredibly effective is because we have streamlined the nitrite/nitrate conversion process to produce plant food from fish waste.
3fishAquaponics Farmers may be some of the very few people who really want poop on their farms. They really do want a constant, even supply of nutrients supplied by the fish poop in their aquaponics system because that fish poop is the lifeblood of their food production facility.

Fish that are fed a perfectly balanced diet produce the best poop. Nearly all of the nutrients required to grow the best vegetables in the world are readily available in fish poop and as a wonderful side benefit, the fish poop does NOT carry human pathogens. (see the information our PFAS FF- Mineral Rock Dust for micro-nutrients) Aquaponics is the perfect delivery system for these nutrients to the plants.

However, there are a few lurking problems and logistical requirements that have plagued the modern aquaponist in their quest for the perfect delivery system from fish tank to that beautiful lettuce or tomato or cucumber or bell pepper or any other vegetable’s arrival on the table.

In aquaponics, the first problem is how to get the lumps out of the fish tank so it doesn’t enter the grow trays. “Poop lumps” are not directly usable by the plants, however some friendly bacteria can very easily convert the raw poop into a usable form for the plants. As a matter of fact, the ‘raw fish poop’ waste is extremely toxic to plants and in some aquaponics systems it is mechanically removed EVERY DAY by complex filter to protect the plants from dying. Scary thought, if anything breaks down, the plants die.

The friendly bacteria used in this process needs time to convert nitrites (which is fish-poop-poison), to nitrates – which are usable plant food. The lumps are too big (tiny to the eye, but fairly large for bacteria) for them to work with, so there must be a method to either break the lumps down for the bacteria or to remove the poop lumps from the nutrient stream. ‘Therein lies the rub.’ What is the most effective method of accomplishing this waste removal from an aquaponics system?

It turns out that nature has been perfecting the conversion of waste to useable nutrients for at least a billion years and has become very elegant at this conversion process. The evidence is all around us; the best examples are swamps or wetland areas where nutrients, mostly land-based poop and other nutrients, collect and are cleaned up and made ready for plants and the water gradually released to flow downstream.

PFAS LLC has refined this process by inventing special pumps (utility patent application filed December 23, 2013) that removes the heavy fish waste (lumps) from the fish tank before it ever gets in the grow trays, leaving only rich nutritious water available for the plants. In fact, we’ve IMPROVED on nature’s plan by eliminating the problem of introducing too many nitrites into the grow trays at one time and impacting the plant roots and plant growth.

Working with nature to convert fish poop into vegetables has never been easier and more affordable than it is today with Portable Farms® Aquaponics Systems. Our system is ‘fish friendly,’ easy to operate, clean, our working areas are always dry, neat and smell good and they can be scaled down to backyard size to feed families or for commercial growing.


 

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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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.

 

Want to Make a Chef Weak and Breathless?

Want to Make a Chef Weak and Breathless?
– Colle and Phyllis Davis

Do you want to know how to make an Executive Chef weak at the knees and breathless? Offer them a farm that grows an unlimited supply of fresh food and home-grown fish that’s near their kitchen. Then, after they wipe tears of joy from their eyes, tell them that the farm pays for itself and after that, the money they had been spending on food from their suppliers can now be spent on increased salaries and kitchen improvements. Since they’ll be speechless, expect a hug.

Today, Portable Farms® Aquaponics Systems offer fresh organic food and home-grown fish in an easy to operate system that pays for itself. What could be easier? This really is 21st Century Agriculture.

If a chef has been ordering 2 cartons of lettuce per week (24 heads per carton) from the food supplier who delivers his produce, now he only needs to plant 48 seeds in ‘grow medium’ into his Portable Farms®  Aquaponics System. By planting every week, he never needs to order lettuce again. It only takes 35 to 40 days to grow a head of lettuce. Plus, the produce won’t need to travel from local or long distance farms or endure packing and refrigeration so the food retains all of its flavor and high nutritional value. The chef can always harvest their vegetables at their ‘peak’ of perfection instead of receiving vegetables that were harvested and shipped too early. These systems are a perfect example of a Carbon Negative footprint, especially when compared to in-ground growing and current agricultural practices.

The Portable Farms®  Aquaponics Systems can be sized to meet the food requirements of a restaurant. A 20 x 30′ system can be placed in the parking lot behind a restaurant and will grow 3,600 vegetables and 1,400 pounds of fish per year. This size farm won’t grow enough food for the needs of even a small restaurant with a regular customer base. However, it is large enough to supplement their food supply from existing suppliers and adds ‘bragging rights’ to customers and the local media to increase their customer base because they’ll be able to tell the public they ‘raise a portion of their own organic vegetables behind the restaurant and it also provides some of their own fresh, home-grown fish.’ They can also offer their customers a tour of their farm creating an even deeper customer loyalty. A positive dining experience and a greenhouse tour will spread the excitement around town, within days.

chef proud 2A larger restaurant who wants to reduce food costs, should consider a 90 x 120′ (1/4 acre) Portable Farms®  Aquaponics Systems near the restaurant.  This size Portable Farms® grows 60,000 to 70,000 vegetables and around 21,000 pounds of fish per year, depending on the crop choice and the market values for those crops, the ROI for this sized unit is between three and five years. The ROI is much faster for commercial sized systems because they have far more growing space for vegetables and tank space for fish.

What is a Portable Farms®  Aquaponics System?

The Portable Farms®  Aquaponics System is a closed loop, water-based fish and organic vegetable production system. It utilizes insulated and heated fish tanks to grow Tilapia, and then runs the warm water from the fish tank (rich with warm, nutrient-rich fish waste) through a clarifying system with special pumps, and then the water flows through  gravel-filled Grow Trays to feed and water the growing plants. The entire system is built in modules; each module (shown below) contains one fish tank, one settling tank, and of course, the food growing space. These modules are enclosed in a climatically adapted growing structure, usually a greenhouse. The structure keeps out pests and helps maintain a perfect growing temperature. A commercial sized system contains between 28 and 32 modules.

The Portable Farms®  Aquaponics Systems are specifically designed to utilize currently unused urban or near-urban space to grow food as close to the end consumer as possible. It is not designed to replace regular land-based agriculture. The main function of the Portable Farms® Aquaponics System is to produce nutritious food, on site, using a minimum of space, electricity, water and labor.

Restaurants generally purchase food from local and national suppliers who arrange with providers for vegetables, dairy, bakeries, meat and fish to be delivered to their restaurants. These suppliers sell chefs what’s available on the market at that time, and then make regular deliveries to their kitchens. It sounds simple, but it is not. Thousands of people are involved in the process of growing food, shipping it, selling it in the marketplace, and then distributing the food to restaurants for preparation by chefs to serve to their dining customers. And, in the process of bringing food from farm to table, the costs rise to pay everyone along the line.

Owning a Portable Farms®  Aquaponics System takes all the ‘middle men/women’ out of the equation. In fact, one full-time, semi-skilled worker can operate and maintain over 1/4 of an acre of Portable Farms®  Aquaponics System. It’s not quite ‘a drive through farm,’ but it’s close.

Make YOUR chef happy today. A happy chef creates a happy and prosperous restaurant with loyal customers who tell all their friends about their dining experience. It’s the best investment you can make in today’s competitive environment. LEARN FROM US: CLICK HERE.

 


 

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.

 

The Real Cost of INDOOR Aquaponics is LESS


The Real Cost of INDOOR Aquaponics 

– by Colle and Phyllis Davis

if not now then whenThis 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 $2,500 and the AU Course includes the PFAS Kit containing the Portable Farms® Aquaponics Systems technology.
  1. The cost of the materials to build one Module that can feed eight people (up to 200 sq ft of grow space) is approximately $700 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 $3,500 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.

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 4’ 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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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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