Aquaponics is originally an Indigenous Peoples farming method. This pic is from an Earth Day Blessing done by Danza Azteca Taxayalotl at Sustainable Humane Earth Farms. The pond in the back is a giant aquaculture system fed from rain water caught off the main greenhouse. A true Permaculture Creation!
Location: Portland Oregon
Growing: Certified Organic living herbs and greens
Size: 15,000 SF
Production: 5,000 units per week
Years is business: 7
We currently sell to grocery stores between Eugene Oregon and Seattle Washington. We are in the process of rebuilding our entire facility with a much more efficient system which is pictured here!
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Here is a small system I built in a rooftop greenhouse on top of the science building on Bowie State.
I work on a system for the Chicago Botanic Garden within Windy City Harvest’s Farm on Ogden. The system is 25,000 gallons with another 25,000 gallon vertical expansion under construction. The water is filtered twice through barrel filters (drained to sequester tank weekly), runs through media beds, and a series of settling runs before reaching the deep water raft beds. This system produces ~300lbs of lettuce weekly, much of which is sold directly on site and around the neighborhood.
Fusion Farms is a Controlled Environment Aquaponics (“CEAq”) facility in Mayagüez, Puerto Rico, and this is a picture of our five (5) level DWC Rack system. We are working to prove out Vertical Aquaponics Farming in Puerto Rico in terms of innovation, investment potential, contribution to food security, and social impact considerations. . . a closed-loop system built at the intersection of profitability and sustainability. We specialize in the research, development, and production of leafy greens, living microgreens, flowering vegetables, and fresh whole Tilapia fish, all grown and raised in hurricane-protected aquaponic vertical farms. Each farm in the Fusion portfolio is a Controlled Environment Aquaponics (CEAq) system that is sustainably powered by harvested rainwater and renewable energy with grid-tie-ins. This model is transferable and customizable to any climate, particularly food deserts facing environmental, climatic, and economic challenges.
We have a signed agreement with Caribbean Produce (the largest food distributor on the island) to purchase 35,000 pounds per month of production, as well as Supermercados Econo (the largest grocery chain on the island) for 30,000 pounds of additional produce.
We are first-movers in a $3.5 Billion Net Import Trade Imbalance.
We have established a market reputation for the highest-quality, nutrient-rich leafy greens available in all of Puerto Rico. Because all competing fresh produce is imported, we have a built-in price advantage.
We are hyper-local and do not suffer the Jones Act so we have a competitive price advantage in addition to our quality advantage.
We also have a competitive Knowledge advantage and are being asked to build new Fusion Farms in other locations.
We are a Qualified Opportunity Zone Investment and a Qualified Small Business Stock
We have completed our R&D. All investment dollars go to building production at scale, and not to intangibles.
Investment of $1.00 results in a stable EBITDA of $0.32, with cash flow starting 9 months after acquiring facilities.
Customers are waiting in line to take all our production the second we are able to reliably supply it.
Our Customer base is commercial: major retailers, major food service, etc.
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Ounce Of Hope Indoor Aquaponic Cannabis Farm & Dispensary
- Farm Video (click link)
- Location: Memphis TN
- History: System in operation since 2020
- Size of plant growing area: 7,000sqft
- Size of fish tanks: 4 tanks @ 2,500 gal/tank
- Website: ounceofhope.com
Our urban cannabis farm is smack dab in the middle of an industrial area in Memphis Tennessee.
We are pumping out, high-grade nutrients from our twin 2000 gallon Recirculating Aquaculture System (RAS). These nutrients then go on to feed the hundreds of plants we cultivate in either Deep Water Culture systems (DWC) or Living Soil Raised Beds. All of our plants benefit from the nutrients provided by our Ornamental Koi and Tilapia.
Our goal is to produce Grade A smokeable hemp flower that is sold in our stores, online, and to other dispensaries in our local area. Our dispensary is vertically integrated, so the Grade B & C bud goes to our formulations lab for extraction. This bud is turned into pre-rolled joints or rosin (a solvent-less cannabis concentrate). We then mix our rosin into recipes for oils, salves, edibles, and soft gel capsules.
Our storefront is located in the heart of Midtown in Memphis. We offer patrons an experience unique to the south, both in openness and cannabis knowledge and access to quality, tested products.
We are currently exploring fish nutrient sales. We offer wholesale of our products also.
We are located at Lake Superior State University (LSSU) in Sault Sainte Marie Michigan USA
The project started @10 years ago, with a group of students entered into the Michigan Clean Energy Venture Challenge; a business plan competition. The students proposed an energy efficient aquaponics system, and won the Judges Choice Award for their proposal. They established themselves as a company “Superior AquaSystems LLC” and built a 20’ x 48’ hoophouse to house a donated aquaponics system.
Over the years they have modified the system, adding a 1000 gallon fish tank and new cohorts of students reconfigure the system every few years. They have also been working to solve the problem of temperature extremes in northern climates, and have incorporated a number of sustainable energy options to their system.
In 2019 they started the LSSU Aquaculture Club and became a student subunit of the US Aquaculture Society (USAS). LSSU gave them space within the science building and they have set up two aquaponics systems in what they call the Aquaponics Learning Laboratory (ALL), open to all on campus.
They finished the set up and established the fish and plants just before lockdown in March 2020.
They have Tilapia in one system, and Koi and goldfish in the second system. They are also raising Atlantic salmon as a possible replacement for the Tilapia and breeding guppies for smaller systems. They are growing a variety of plant species to see which do best in their system. Basil and tomatoes have done very well, and they are also looking at propagating several tree species.
The students take care of the systems and sell the plants to raise funds for fish food, seeds and other supplies.
Some projects they are working on include DNA sequencing of the microbiome in systems with changes in plant species and fish species, as well as saltwater aquaponics. The students also maintain a marine display tank in the lobby of the science building.
I am their faculty advisor and it has been a joy to work with this wonderful group.
They also designed a logo: the Fish Farmer
Urban Aquaponics started small and is now a 6 tunnel system growing 70 000 plants and is certified by the the Heart and Stroke Foundation and CANSA, Scientifically proven Healthy.
Our Fish of choice is Rainbow Trout. We are in a warm area thus the specially designed Fish house to naturally keep the water cool. We also present a range of Aquaponics Courses.
Noticed now I did not mention where we are.
Gerardsville West of Pretoria.
Barbara this is amazing! Great work and thanks for sharing.
wow, Neale, this is absolutely incredible. Love seeing the size of the farm and learning about the designed fish house to have rainbow trout, would love to hear more about this.
Something wonderful and amazing. Thank you for sharing the information. regards
In 2019 Grace Aquaponics designed and built this small Aquaponics system to support the Tree of Life Ministries (TOL) in Purcellville, VA, US which operates a free Food Pantry and supports our goal of sharing the story of Jesus.
The system is growing primarily Lettuce and Kale.
The hoop house is 12’ x 18’ with 2 Deep Water Culture beds and a media bed providing 10.6 m2 (114 ft2) of grow space. The DWC beds produce 72 lettuce plants per week.
The fish live in an IBC Tote which drains into a Radial Flow Filter. The media bed drains through an auto siphon (Bell Siphon) into a sump directly beneath it. The water pump sends water from the sump to the DWC bed and to the fish tank (CHOP2).
The food pantry could not use all the lettuce that was being produced so the operators reached an agreement with a local restaurant to donate the lettuce to the restaurant and in turn the restaurant donates money (what they would have paid for the lettuce) to the Food Pantry.
One lesson learned from this project is that Man does not live by Lettuce alone! All future projects will include more media beds and wicking beds so a more diverse crop of vegetables can be produced to feed people in need.
For more information and pictures see this Blog post:
TOL Aquaponics Greenhouse Ready for Production – Grace Aquaponics
May God Bless you,
You have a beautiful system. May I ask if your holes in the Styrafoam are on an angle? We have had trouble with the spray pushing our pots out with a similar system.
No, the hole is straight, but the foam board is slanted 15 degree
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