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Portable Farms® Aquaponics Systems

Tilapia in Portable Farms Aquapoics Systems

Tilapia in Portable Farms Aquaponics Systems

Portable Farms® Modular Aquaponics Systems 
(Utility Patent Application Filed December 24, 2013)

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

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.


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.

One Portable Farms® Kit provides you with the technology to build one Portable Farms® 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.

 No Payments + No Interest if paid in full in 6 months. Check the Bill Me Later Option after entering Buy Now PayPal Button when ordering. Learn more: CLICK HERE.

This is a simple diagram of a Portable Farms Aquaponics System

This is a simple diagram of one module a Portable Farms Aquaponics Systems capable of feeding 8 people FOREVER.

What IS Aquaponics?©

To read the entire article, “What IS Aquaponics?©” CLICK HERE.

portable-farms-tilapia1Aquaponics is the growing of fish or other aquatic animals, along with land plants in a controlled environment, to maximize the use of the energy and nutrients in the system in order to harvest the greatest amount of vegetables and fish protein from the system.

The word aquaponics comes from words aquaculture, which is the cultivation of fish or other aquatic animals, and the word hydroponics, where plants are grown in a sterile medium or completely in water. By combining the fish, water and plants, Portable Farms® Aquaponics Systems use an integrated environment to produce vegetables and fish in a small space using very little water.

To view photos of food that is commonly grow in Portable Farms® Aquaponics Systems: CLICK HERE.


Portable Farms® Aquaponics Systems GROW FOOD.

View a  2 minute video clip of the interior of 16 x 33′ Portable Farms® Aquaponics Systems

This small 16 x 33′ Portable Farms® Aquaponics Systems (in above video) feeds ten people the table vegetables and protein (tilapia) the food they need for optimal health – forever in 528 sq ft total space and 264 square ft grow space.

  • Portable Farms® grow food in greenhouses, warehouses or underground structures
  • Without the use of any pesticides, harsh chemicals, antibiotics or hormones 
  • Portable Farms® use 95% less water than traditional agricultural methods
  • Portable Farms® use less electrical power than any other aquaponics system in the world and can be solar or wind powered
  • Portable Farms® provide table vegetables (greens and blooming plants such as tomatoes, peppers, etc.) and fish (tilapia) as a protein source to maintain optimal health
  • Three people can operate one-quarter of an acre of Portable Farms® which feeds 240 people forever. Twelve people can operate one acre of Portable Farms® which feeds 1,000 people forever
  • Portable Farms® can be operated by semi-skilled labor and people of almost any age (young and old)
  • Greens grown in Portable Farms® can be harvested in as few as 28 days after installation and continue producing forever
  • Portable Farms® feed families, communities, cities, countries and the world.

“The number of people living in water-stressed countries is projected to climb from 500 million to three billion by 2025.” - ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT OF IRRIGATION: A REVIEW - Claudio O. Stockle – State of Washington Water Research Center Washington State University.

For more images of food grown in  Portable Farms® Aquaponics Systems, CLICK HERE.

Phyllis Davis, Co-Inventor of Portable Farms® Aquaponics Systems holding 8 heads of kale just harvested from a Portable Farm. The average height of these kale is 47". Monster kale!

Phyllis Davis, Co-Inventor of Portable Farms® Aquaponics Systems holding 8 heads of kale just harvested from a Portable Farm. The average height of these kale is 47″. Monster kale!



Yearly Production From Portable Farms® Aquaponics Systems (patent pending)

  • A 100′ x 100′ ( 30m x 30m) unit produces 80,000 vegetables and 23,000 pounds (10,400 kg) of fish
  • A 24′ x 46′ (7.3m x 14m) unit produces 8,600 vegetables and 1,156 pounds (524 kg) of fish
  • A 10′ x 20′ ( 3m x 6m) unit produces 1,100 vegetables and 400 pounds (180 kg) of fish 


Phyllis Davis was awarded Second Prize after presenting Portable Farms® Aquaponics Systems to the San Diego Inventors Forum’s Annual Inventors Contest on June 13, 2013. View 8 minute presentation on YouTube video above.



Read our new series, 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.


portable-farms-trellis-tomatoes Read our Newly Published 3-Part Article Series “Getting Rich Slowing with Aquaponics”

  • Article 1: Getting Rich Slowing with Aquaponics – Start Small and Grow Large
  • Article 2: Getting Rich Slowing with Aquaponics – Growing as You Grow
  • Article 3: Getting Rich Slowing with Aquaponics – Growing the Business

Read Our New 6-Part Article Series for Backyard Aquaponics Made Easy 

  • OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAArticle 1. Sizing your Aquaponics System to determine how many people you want to feed.
  • Article 2Location for your Aquaponics System in your backyard
  • Article 3The Type of Building for your Aquaponics System – greenhouse, etc. 
  • Article 4The Cost and Materials for an Aquaponics System in your backyard
  • Article 5. Operations for your Aquaponics System – fast and easy!
  • Article 6Variations for Your Aquaponics System - no two are the same.
  • BONUS ARTICLE: Nine Steps for Building Super Backyard Portable Farms®.

Fortune cookieNo Payments + No Interest if paid in full in 6 months. Check the Bill Me Later Option after entering Buy Now PayPal Button when ordering. Take our Aquaponics Online Correspondence Course!  READ THE ENTIRE AQUAPONICS ONLINE CORRESPONDENCE COURSE OUTLINE: CLICK HERE. 

In addition to the Aquaponics Training Course, graduates also receive the TECHNOLOGY that operates Portable Farms® Aquaponics Systems. 

This correspondence course takes approximately 12 hours to complete at your own pace. If you ARE interested in a backyard or a commercial aquaponics system, take our Portable Farms® Aquaponics System Course© FIRST, and upon satisfactory completion of the course, you WILL receive one Portable Farms Kit as part of the Portable Farms® Aquaponics System Course© so you can build your own Portable Farms® Aquaponics System that feeds up to 8 people. The price for the correspondence Portable Farms® Aquaponics System Course© includes the entire assembly, operations and maintenance course, PLUS, it INCLUDES one Portable Farms Technology Kit – all for the price of $2,500. For those investing in a commercial aquaponics system (10,000 sq ft or more), there is a total refund of the $2,500 tuition fee.

As of August 10, 2013, PFAS LLC has received interest from more than 170 countries, 50 US States and 10 Canadian Provinces regarding the installation of Portable Farms® Aquaponics Systems.


For a long list of easy-to-understand Questions and Answers about Portable Farms and Aquaponics in general, please visit our FAQ page.

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


To view photos of food that is commonly grow in Portable Farms® Aquaponics Systems: CLICK HERE.


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

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.

Other Yield and Return Articles will Be Posted Soon for other crops.



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  1. Dave Jensen

    Authorized medical marijuana grower in Washington State. Are there any records of growing cannabis from clone/seed level to full harvest? I’m very interested, very!
    Thank you,

    1. portfarms

      Of all of the Portable Farmsâ„¢ Aquaponics Systems sold, some we are relatively certain have been used to raise medical herbs. Having said that, no one has come forth with production figures. What we have done with several people is discuss the hypothetical needs of the specific plants. Here is what we can tell you: The timing cycle of the system is very different than with vegetables. The nutrient requirements are different than with lettuce. The humidity has to be more carefully regulated.

      ‘Nuff said.


  2. Peaches Q

    Have a good sized backyard and want to become as fully self sustained as possible-living on fixed income with a disability. I live in Hemet, Ca. Will I be able to have a successful Aquaponics system and what do I need to do for successful year round gardening/fishing? Looking into the 10 x 20 system!

    Thank you,
    Peaches Q

    1. portfarms

      The PFAS will feed one adult per 25 sq ft of grow space all of their green vegetable plus tomatoes year round, forever. In a 10 x 20 structure you could have up to 40 or 50 sq ft depending on how you lay out the space. So two adults can be fed on that size.

      I trust this helps.

      Colle Davis, Inventor

  3. Billy

    How long does it take from installation an start up to harvest time?

    1. portfarms

      Hello Billy: You have your first ‘crop” of lettuce within 40 days after your new Portable Farm is installed. Tomatoes can take from 79 to 90 days to harvest. So, it depends on your crop, seed selection and the length of the day for sunlight (unless you install grow lights in winter months to extend the light). So there are variables that must be considered depending on plants you are growing.

      Hope that answers your question.

      Phyllis Davis
      President, Portable Farms LTD

  4. eduard

    have you done any projects in Ghana?
    how will this system work in the tropical climate with very high humidity?

    1. portfarms

      We have two pending projects in Ghana as well as several billion dollars worth all over the world. The systems work incredibly well in the tropics even with high humidity.

      Colle Davis-Inventor

  5. Dave

    How does this system work in areas such as Colorado, that have very long, very cold, winters?

    1. portfarms


      Please take a few minutes to read the website. There are at least a dozen references to a ‘climatically adapted structure’ which is a greenhouse adapted to the climate where the PFAS will be installed. There are over 300 pages on the website and your question is answered in depth in several places. The answer is ‘YES’ it works great because the interior only has be kept between 40 and 104 degrees F.

      Colle Davis – Inventor

  6. Sohel Awrangzeb

    Dear Colle,

    I appreciate your innovation.
    It would be a good system to try in Bangladesh.
    How may we work it out?

    All the best

    Sohel Awrangzeb

    1. portfarms


      The system will work anywhere a climatically adapted structure is available, greenhouse or warehouse. You need to read the information on Commercial Aquaponics as a start. The road map on the process in laid out there. The next big item is funding. If you have access to US$300,000 then we can have a conversation.

      Colle Davis – Inventor

  7. Gary

    Thanks for all of the excellent information on your website. I am very close to purchasing a geodesic greenhouse from a company in Colorado, specifically a ‘Grow Dome’. Does your Portable Farm system present any layout challenges for those with a round greenhouse? Also, do you have any of your systems in geodesic greenhouses that you can comment on? Thanks again for the depth of info you provide, it is very helpful in the buying/decision making process.

    1. portfarms


      You are too kind. If you are really good at making a Grow Tray level in all directions then going along the edge of the dome make a beautiful sight. We however strongly suggest you use rectangular Grow Trays because they are much easier to work with. Several people have place our PFAS in Domes and again as long as you are cabinet maker good at carpentry you can do it. What we recommend is a rectangular climatically adapted greenhouse because it is so much easier to build and work in. Domes look beautiful and are often more work than you expect.

      Best of luck to you in your project.

      Colle Davis – Inventor

  8. david

    i just had a few questions about the backyard system. i am thinking about purchasing your backyard version. in the near future i can see the need to increase the size and production. it seems like you do not really allow or frown upon taking that model and scaling up?? if i want to rebuild it and triple my footprint basically in a year or two… do i owe you royalties on my growth factor ?? am i bound to you forever with how i grow in this? sorry if i did not word it properly but i cant think of any other way to put it.

    virginia beach, va

    1. portfarms


      The Portable Farms® Aquaponics Systems Kit that comes as part of the Aquaponics University Course will support up to 200 sq ft of Grow Space. You will have paid for the PFAS Kit so you are welcome to use it and/or scale it up. To add Modules to the installation simply requires additional Modules, each of which will support 200 sq ft of grow space. Each PFAS Kit is sold with a permanent license attached (not actually physically attached, only as part of the sale), meaning that once you pay for the PFAS Kit it is yours and no royalties are ever due.

      We trust this information is helpful to you.

      Colle Davis – Inventor

  9. Harrison Kiarie

    OMG!!!!! Hi, after watching your video i saw hope for our nation Kenya. Can i be your agent in Kenya? there is market for THIS FOOD MIRACLE here.
    Pliz get in touch.

    1. portfarms

      Harrison: Thank you for your note. If you’re interested in a territorial license to sell Portable Farms in Kenya, we can begin that discussion but first you must fill out the answers to the six questions on the front page of our website: http://portablefarms.com and send them back to us so we can understand the scope of your business plans in Kenya. – Phyllis Davis

  10. Richard

    Your system uses a flood and drain gravel bed rather than a float bed. I’ve been told that the gravel bed is harder to keep clean with repeated plantings, roots that are left behind when plants are harvested, and a “gunk” build up in the gravel. Do you find that to be true and, if not, what do you do to keep it from happening? Is it necessary to periodically replace the stone in the gravel beds? Thanks.

    1. portfarms

      We don’t replace the bed in the gravel – ever. Occasionally, we will remove an area of gravel to rinse after harvesting a very large plant to rinse out the roots and detritus (for example a large tomato plant which have extensive root systems), but then we put that same gravel back into our grow trays. I hope that answers your question! – Phyllis Davis

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