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In the basic PFAS without supplemental lights, a 100-watt solar setup with MPPT and deep cycle battery will run a medium (up to 200 sg. ft.) Portable Farm. The basic solar-electrical system means the water will circulate, the air pumps will run continuously, and the heaters will keep the water at a reasonable temperature for the fish in the tank. You will need to size the solar much larger if you use grow lights of any kind.
The maximum comfortable distance for a person to reach across at counter-height is a width of 36 inches (1m), so a grow tray with only one side exposed can only be 36 inches wide. For a grow tray with both sides facing an aisle the maximum width can be six feet (1.85m). The aisles need to be a minimum of 30 inches (.76m) for comfort and safety The grow trays are restricted to 200 sq ft due for ease of working with aisles and carrying harvested vegetables out to the building.
It only takes a few days to learn the areas related to assembling an aquaponics system so you can build your own Portable Farms® Aquaponics System! 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.
Plants can only utilize approximately 70% of direct sunlight. On the inside of a greenhouse, the temperature will rise very quickly as the sun climbs up into the sky. All greenhouses exhibit this rapid rise in temperature as the angle of the sun decreases. Even in very cold climates, the sun, on a clear day, can drive the temperatures from below freezing to the mid-60’s (15 to 20°C) very quickly. It most greenhouses, the problem is what to do with the heat and how to best utilize it for the good
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.
Few people will EVER TRY Steam Powered Aquaponics, but IT IS POSSIBLE! YES, IT’S ALSO UGLY but it is possible. It is the awareness of the possibility that eventually moves us to make our lives more of what we want and less of the fear and insecurity that the media preaches.
The Portable Farms® Aquaponics Systems are designed to lift all of the fish waste out of the fish tank. The Control Panel moves the water from the fish tanks twice a day (like flushing a toilet)to an area where the solids (think ‘tiny poops’) are moved into in a ‘separate’ tank After the tiny poops have been ‘flushed’ out of the fish tank, the clear water, with the nutrients from the fish waste (without the tiny poops), flows to the head of the Grow Tray.
The information provided in the article series entitled Launching Your Own Aquaponics Business© presents an ideal business opportunity for young adults, men, women, those currently employed full time or part time, older adults, retired people, and those with disabilities. This is NOT a get-rich-scheme; it requires dedication, start-up capital and a sense of humor to grow any entrepreneurial venture to success.
It generally takes between 7 and 9 months for a tilapia to grow to maturity and we harvest them then at 1.25 lbs(approximately) which yields two four-ounce fillets. Our response has been consistent for all-these-many-years. Here are the reasons Tilapia is still our champion and will probably remain so for a long time: Tilapia are considered a fresh water, warm water fish.' The plants grown in aquaponics systems grow faster in a warm environment, which requires warm water.
The majority of the food grown in Portable Farms® 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.
Portable Farms® Aquaponics Systems training and technology IS NOT EXPENSIVE. This 16' x 33' greenhouse contains 3 modules of Portable Farms® Aquaponics Systems and feeds 10 people FOREVER. In fact, PFAS LLC’s portion of aquaponics is the LEAST expensive component for installing an aquaponics system. PFAS LLC receives less than 25% of the total investment to install an aquaponics system. The MAJOR UPFRONT COST for aquaponics is spent to build an acclimatized greenhouse for the aquaponics system.
GMO seeds are commonly used in field crops like corn and wheat but will KILL broad leaf vegetables like tomatoes and lettuces. There are many misconceptions about GMO seeds used in planting typical vegetable gardens and Portable Farms® uses NO GMO seeds in our aquaponics systems. GMO seeds are commonly used in the crops corn, wheat, soy, cotton, sugar, zucchini, squash, papaya, aspartame, and milk products.
PFAS LLC has designed our installations to accommodate most standard wheelchairs and have made the table legs on the grow trays adjustable to best fit those so confined. The width of the grow trays is also a consideration and can easily be adjusted in the building phase. When a client requests an installation be made for those with ambulatory disabilities, very little modification is required from the standard model to accomplish this change.
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.
If you want to build your own backyard farm to feed eight people or less, you’ll need to take our ONLINE Portable Farms® Aquaponics System Course© FIRST. The Portable Farms® Kit is part of the course. After completing the Portable Farms® Aquaponics System Course© satisfactorily, we will ship you the Portable Farms® Kit so you can build your own Portable Farms® Aquaponics System.
It’s NOT really called Wasabi Lettuce but ‘wasabi lettuce’ is what we call it when we point it out to the people on tours at the Portable Farms’® Research and Development Center. When they are handed a leaf to taste, what they are actually tasting, is wonderfully pungent mustard green called Green Wave. As soon as they put a bite of the lime-green wavy edged leaf into their mouth and chew it slightly, their eyes light up and they say, “You’re right, it tastes exactly like wasabi.”
Tilapia, “The Wonder Fish” - The most common question we are asked is concerning the fish that are used in Portable Farms® is, ‘Why Tilapia?’ Our response has been consistent for all-these-years. Here are the reasons Tilapia is still our champion and will probably remain so for a long time. Most trout/salmon do not like water over 60° F at which point they begin to experience stress and become susceptible to diseases in warmer water.
Huge exciting news! PFAS LLC is now offering their Portable Farms® Kits designed for SOLAR installations. The PFAS LLC Research Center installation at our headquarters in Southern Florida has been operating on solar power since last August and has not missed a beat. The system is 100% solar powered and you too can have a system solar powered Portable Farms® with 12v air compressors and timers.
Commercial aquaponics is also one of the easiest ways to produce huge amounts of locally grown, pesticide free food that is capable of commanding the highest prices from demanding consumers. The capital investment required is US$250,000 which is capital intensive on the front end and includes a 10,000 sq. ft. acclimatized greenhouse which is 2/3 of the initial investment, plus 30 Portable Farms® Aquaponics Systems’ Modules. This amount does not include land, utilities or grow lights.