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Commercial 10,000 sq ft Portable Farms Aquaponics System in Botswana, Africa

Commercial 10,000 sq ft Portable Farms Aquaponics System in Botswana, Africa

Commercial Aquaponics Systems

CREATE FOOD SAFETY FOR YOUR FAMILY, YOUR COMMUNITY, YOUR COUNTRY. Grow food year round in any climate.

One Portable Farms® Kit provides you with the technology to build one Portable Farms® Aquaponics System Module which feeds 8 people FOREVER. One Portable Farms® Module requires less than 10 minutes of care per day to plant, harvest and feed the fish.

If you are an investor and you’d like to know more about becoming a distributor or dealer for Portable Farms® Aquaponics Systems, please read these two important articles: 1) Dealerships, 2) Distributorships for Portable Farms® Aquaponics Systems.

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

Please read an endorsement from a Commercial Aquaponics Farmer and License Holder for Portable Farms® in Botswana, Africa, that we received on August 18, 2013: CLICK HERE. 

 Read our new series on Building a Commercial Aquaponics Installation 

Introduction: CLICK HERE.  
Phase 1: Conceptual Research: CLICK HERE.
Phase 2: Planning: CLICK HERE. 

Phase 3: Site Preparation: CLICK HERE.  
Phase 4: Initial Operations: CLICK HERE. 
Phase 5: Ongoing Operations: CLICK HERE.

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For our price list: Provide your first name and email address in first box on the top right of this page entitled FREE EMAIL PRICE LIST to receive an INSTANTANEOUS PRICE LIST!

We are an aquaponics consulting firm and we have developed a system of growing organic vegetables and fish in a controlled-environment greenhouse that is adaptable to global locations. Our clients provide acclimatized greenhouses for their climate and location.

For more information about the professional services offered to our clients: CLICK HERE.

The Five Phases to Success for Becoming a Commercial Aquaponics Farmer

Phase 1: Conceptual Research: CLICK HERE.

  • Market study and analysis – who, where, what, how much
  • Needs analysis – who is providing these products now
  • Establish agreement with Portable Farms Ltd. – Sign a Non-disclosure Agreement and receive our Executive Summary
  • Opportunities for phased growth – start small and grow
  • Preliminary business plan model – the basis for your enterprise.

Phase 2: Planning: CLICK HERE.

  • State and local requirements – zoning, business, agricultural requirements
  • Utilities – electric, water, gas
  • Property investigation – undeveloped rural, urban, existing facilities, rentals
  • Engineering assistance – site work and zoning assistance
  • Concept –  analysis of how big you want to grow, what to grow, how to operate
  • Finalize Business plan – the most important thing you can do for success
  • Establish financial resources – how much and when do you need it.

Phase 3: Site Preparation: CLICK HERE.

  • Acquisition – buy, lease, modify
  • Permitting – city, county, state
  • Engineering – prepare plans and specifications as needed for site
  • Construction – prepare property for your facility
  • Greenhouse – order the design and erection to Portable Farm’s specifications
  • PFAS installation – installation of modules in completed structure.

Phase 4: Initial Operations: CLICK HERE.

  • Training – onsite staff training onsite and online for operating system and growing food
  • Initial planting – designed for your clients’ needs
  • Fish – species and size selected
  • Ongoing operations – feeding fish, tending to plants

Phase 5: Ongoing Operations: CLICK HERE.

  • Feeding the fish and monitoring the plants
  • Harvest and distribution – harvest, package and deliver
  • Replace products – start new seedlings, replace harvested fish
  • Business activities – accounting, sales, human resources, marketing
  • Monitoring – temperature, water quality and levels, light quality, equipment
  • Facilities maintenance – greenhouse, grounds, lights, fans, heaters, shade cloth, PFAS equipment and tanks
  • Celebrate your success!
  • Portable Farms is focused on commercial operations and considers our standard unit of operation to be a greenhouse of approximately 10,000 square feet or 1,000 square meters. Our modules are stand-alone systems and are flexible for special design situations if required by our clients.

If you are interested in building your own backyard aquaponics system, we invite you to take our FAST, FUN AND EASY online course first! For more information: CLICK HERE. This course is available in the US and Canada and certain other countries.

Commercial Aquaponics, especially using the incredibly effective and efficient Portable Farms Aquaponics Systems, provides an excellent ROI and cash flow. With well developed markets it can be a boon to any investor, community, city or company willing to make the investment in time and money.

In addition to growing high quality, organic, locally grown food, this program is specifically designed to create jobs in each farm location. After the initial installation, each 10,000 sq ft installation creates one and a half permanent full-time jobs and leads to the creation of additional indirect jobs within the community for support services, supplies and ancillary work.

  • The food is locally grown and doesn’t require being transported long distances, requires very little land, without fertilizer or pesticides, the cost of production is much lower than conventional farming, and even traditional organic farming methods.
  • This lower cost basis combined with increase in year-round production are the keys for maximizing profitability.
  • In addition, because of the low maintenance and labor costs involved and non-reliance on petroleum-based products, Portable Farms Aquaponics Systems are unaffected by inflationary pressures, should high inflation became rampant.

Read about the Yield and Return on Investment for planting, growing and selling zucchini.

Read about the Yield and Return on Investment for planting, growing and selling peppers.

Read about the Yield and Return on Investment for planting, growing and selling cucumbers.

 

 

Becoming the owner of a Commercial Aquaponics System is both an excellent investment opportunity and a very effective mechanism for creating jobs for semi-skilled labor in each location. Portable Farms has received an increasing number of requests from wealthy individuals, investment companies and philanthropic organizations in 2012 who have come to realize this very complete package is an excellent vehicle to fulfill their investment and/or philanthropic objectives.

The carbon footprint of each Commercial PFAS Installation can often be reduced to a negative value through the use of solar power or alternative power because the electrical requirements are lower than any other aquaponics technology currently available in the world today. The electrical needs are highest during the daylight hours and are minimal during the night.

The PFAS Technology Package comes with a large number of benefits including the on-site and online training for the operators, updated technology developments as they become available, the ability to build installations for other investors or buyers within a designated territory (if the investor holds the Territorial License) as a major source of revenue, the sale of new installations often includes a service and operations contract which adds to the income stream and creates additional jobs. These additional revenues add to the profits and can be used to fund further expansion.

This high intensity food production and distribution model plan has been carefully designed to work in the urban settings of both developed nations and developing nations, ensuring an excellent return for investors. The time to break-even on each unit depends upon the vegetables and fish produced, but it is anticipated that an average three to five year ROI is possible.

Due to the cookie-cutter, modular nature of the PFAS approach, the operations can be scaled up very quickly. The only real bottlenecks are the start-up financing for the initial construction costs, securing suitable land and the speed of training the new site managers.

If you are a sophisticated investor, represent an investment group, are a government agency empowered to create jobs, or you are a philanthropic individual or organization, please contact Portable Farms today for more specific information and to receive an Executive Summary of our program and services.

Distributorships Available for Portable Farms®

Distributorships Available for Portable Farms® Aquaponics Systems If you are an investor and you’d like to know more about becoming a distributor or dealer for Portable Farms® Aquaponics Systems, please read these two important articles: 1) Dealerships, 2) Distributorships for Portable Farms® Aquaponics Systems. Aquaponics is easier and more productive than organic gardening or traditional agriculture and uses 95% less water. …

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  1. Douglas

    Hi, I am really interested in taking the course and start to build an aquaponic system of a commercial size, I think at least one acre, and portable farms look the best system I have ever found…I don’t think I will be able to attent the course because of the visa from my country, but is there any way I can take the course from here ( Central America)without me being in California?….please let me know and thank you in advance for your kindness.

    DOUGLAS

    1. portfarms

      Douglas,

      The Aquaponics University Course is an EMAIL CORRESPONDENCE COURSE that you take at your own pace from anywhere in the world you can correspond by email. The onsite classes have not been offered in over 4 years, only the email correspondence course.

      We look forward to having you as a student.

      Colle Davis – Inventor

  2. Joel

    Hello Colle,

    I am interested in starting a commercial aquaponics farm in the north west in the United States. I was wondering if it is possible to be profitable and grow organic produce if organic fish food is so expensive/hard to find. How difficult is it to certify aquaponically grown produce as 100% organic?

    1. portfarms

      Joel,

      Thank you for your inquiry. The question of ‘organic’ is becoming problematic because the rules keep changing. There is no such thing as organic fish anyway.

      What we are recommending and have seen more and more references to are describing your output as: Locally grown, pesticide free produce

      Locally grown is now beginning to trump ‘organic’ and the pesticide free is a HUGE bonus. No pesticides can be used or the fish will be killed.

      We have never tried to have our systems ‘certified organic’ because we do not sell produce, only technology. The Farm Bureau rep in San Diego California told us that the Portable Farms® Aquaponics Systems would be certifiable the moment it was operational because it contains NO soil.

      I trust this information helps.

      Colle Davis – Inventor

  3. David Nolan

    Hi I am interested in discovering if you have any representation in Australia. In particular in Queensland.

    I am looking for a future proof business that I can develop using my marketing and sales skills.

    Regards
    David

    1. portfarms

      David:

      Future proofing is actually possible with Portable Farms® Aquaponics Systems.

      Currently there is no Territorial Portable Farms® Aquaponics Systems Technology License Holder for Queensland. Your marketing and sales skill will be invaluable, but its the money to purchase the Territorial License and the ability to build four commercial PFAS installations each year that will make you a huge success.

      That financial bar is around US$1.3M to get the talk started. Not all of that amount is necessary to start and only a small part of it actually goes to PFAS LLC. The rest is spent locally for greenhouses, installations and materials.

      To better assess your project and offer answers that are timely and relevant to YOUR unique situation, please answer the following general questions related to your project and we’ll get back to you ASAP. Some of the questions may be redundant, answer them anyway.

      1. What size project is your group planning to build? ¼ acre? 1 acre? Etc.
      2. What state, country or territory is your project targeted for installation?
      3. What is your projected time frame to begin your project? 90 days? One year? Etc.
      4. What project of this size, in any arena, has your group accomplished in the recent past? In other words, can your group actually build this installation?
      5. Is your funding in place? That means your group could pay cash for the entire installation TODAY. If not, do you have a target date for that available funding for the project?
      6. Have you explored the marketing study for selling the food Portable Farms is capable of growing? This means, you have actually talked the chefs, food managers and buyers and have solid commitments from them to buy the production from your installation.

      After completing the above responses, please return them to me and I’ll send you the 5 Phases information.

      Colle Davis – Inventor

  4. harcha

    HI,

    I am from tunisia and highly intersted on launching a first aquaponic comercial farm in the country.
    Could you please give me a first pricing information (an estimate price)for an 3000 sqt ft farm and an estimate number of protable farm I will need ?!

    Thanks and Regards,
    Harcha

    1. portfarms

      Harcha:

      There is a form on the right side of each page that says ‘Price List’, please fill it out and click Submit to receive the price list.

      In a 3,000 sq ft installation you will need between 10 and 12 PFAS Modules and the installation will be profitable from the third month of production. It will take several months to build such an installation and in the meantime you need to take the Aquaponics University Course so you have a much deeper understanding of the technology and how to effectively operate the installation.

      Talk soon.

      Colle Davis – Inventor

  5. Nabil

    Dear Colle,
    Hi,I admire your website because it is full of useful information and there is 2 questions:
    1- I noticed from the videos that you don’t use hydroton so in your opinion what is the best
    grow media (cons & pros)?
    2- Is there a way to pay for the digital information of the course apart from the kit(pumps,tools….)
    and if yes what would be the cost? because I think it is hard to ship the materials to my country (Syria)
    Thank you in advance

    1. portfarms

      Nabil,

      Thank you for the kind words.
      1- We have found gravel (limestone or granite or basalt) 17 to 19mm is the least expensive, most readily available and easiest medium to work with for our systems.
      2 – Credit cards, PayPal, wire transfer are all accepted and the course (which is digital and done through email) is the same cost whether we ship the PFAS Kit or not. Shipping may or may not have be be delayed, but farming equipment is probably not an embargoed item. We can check with international shippers to see if a box 30cm x 30cm x 30cm and 7kilos can be shipped to you.
      Let us know when you want to start.

      Colle Davis – Inventor

      1. Murphy

        You mention limestone, but due to the chemical properties of limestone wouldn’t this affect the ph levels in an aquaponic system.

        1. portfarms

          Murphy,

          Yes, limestone will affect the pH level in the system. The fish waste tends to be acidic and the limestone (with a higher pH) tends to buffer the acid. We have used many different types of gravel and find the limestone works exceptionally well. Make sure to use CRUSHED gravel not river rock because the surface area is so much greater with the crushed gravel.

          Good luck.

          Colle Davis – Inventor

  6. Kate

    I have been researching for a while trying to find a system that will work in the colder climates of Oregon. Your system sounds and looks like it would fit the bill. However I can not find how much replacement water you need to add to the system, ie 5 gpm. I am trying to design a plan and budget and need to know if I can afford to heat water with heaters or need to find a geo thermal location. Thw water out of the tap is about 50 degrees give or take. In other research I found the Tilapia needed 80 or more degree water. With evaporation and such how is the temperatures maintained, and or achieved. I would just take your course to find this out, but I am still in the phase 1 as you put it. This could be a life changer for our family and allow us to work for ourselves, I want to make sure we pick the right operation and location. If it turns out to be achievable in our location, we will hopefully be following up with the course in the future. Thank you for your input, Kate.

    1. portfarms

      Kate,

      Thank you for your inquiry. Very little evaporation takes place in the system, but the transpiration from the plants is very significant. On a very hot, dry day in the summertime the plants can pump 35 gallons of water out of the system. That is a maximum we have observed in our research center here in the desert. The water in the insulated fish tanks is kept at 78 to 80 degrees F using small heaters in the tanks. Some installations use solar swimming pool heaters to bring the water up to the proper temperature.

      Suggestion on growing your business: Start with an existing greenhouse or build the largest climatically adapted greenhouse you can afford and fill it up with PFAS Modules as you can afford to over time. This way you also become expert operators and marketers as you grow.

      Good luck, and yes the Aquaponics University Course is the place to start.

      Colle Davis – Inventor

  7. Bill Carr

    Will Marijuana grow well in portable farms?

    1. portfarms

      Bill,
      Yes, extraordinarily well. Although we have never tried growing it, we’re told our systems work well for growing herbs of all kinds.
      Colle Davis, Inventor

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