Aquaponics in the Urban Environment

Aquaponics in the Urban Environment  
By Colle and Phyllis Davis

Urbanization of the world is continuing and over half the people on Earth now live in cities.

The countryside is depopulating, and the skills of growing food for local consumption is being shifted away from large country farms to small or even tiny urban plots. There are urban or suburban farmers with less than half an acre now producing over US$100,000 annual income. The technologies they have embraced are the use of cold frames, hoop greenhouse covers, greenhouses, and high intensive cultivation methods.

Fun Fact: In Russia, over half of all produce is grown on small home plots during growing seasons.

In the days before massive food distribution in refrigerated trucks, many of our grandparents had family gardens that grew food to be canned or pickled for winter months. Today, urban farmers have learned to extend harsh winter climates thirty to ninety days, urban farmers gain a twenty to fifty percent increase in their incomes. Anchoring a small plot or even a rooftop (as many in Asia have done, with a greenhouse and surrounding it with high-intensity gardening) has freed these urban farmers from the need to work for others.

Do you have a deck, a patio, a small back or front yard? [Greenhouses in the front yard are a red flag to certain types of neighborhoods’ home-owner associations, be forewarned.] Perhaps a balcony, flat roof or a parking space, can be converted into urban gardens. YouTube is a fantastic resource for information and how-to videos in the area of intense farming. The newest planting equipment is expensive, but the payback is less than one season.

Producing protein on tiny plots presents exciting challenges. Chickens, rabbits, and fish are the top choices because they are easy and cheap to raise and there is a ready local market for them. There are US jurisdictions where restrictions apply, and urban farmers are learning how to pressure for changes in the zoning and livestock regulations. Chickens are sometimes noisy and hard to hide from neighbors. Rabbits and fish are quiet and less apt to draw attention.

The fish raised in aquaponics are a bonus and provide a fantastic fertilizer for the rest of your intensive garden plot. Applying the fish waste, a nontoxic, no burn fertilizer, encourages the growth of most plants. A garden plot of three by ten feet can utilize the waste load from an aquaponics system of fifty square feet of Grow Table space. Other plants on the property or nearby will benefit from its magic.

Alternatively, as a last resort, the liquid can be sold as a natural, pesticide-free fertilizer that will not burn or harm plants. The price can be as high as US$15 a gallon. Oh, another income source. A one-hundred-gallon fish tank system supporting a fifty square foot Grow Table will produce thirty gallons of ‘waste’ every three months. Let’s see, if we sell half, that is 60 gallons times US$15 or US$900 per year. That money adds extra money for paying bills or for luxuries.

Sign up today for the Aquaponics University Portable Farms Aquaponics Systems Course© and lead the way to a safer, happier and more secure urban living.

Fill & Drain vs. Raft Aquaponics

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

greenhouselightsatnightThe 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.


What IS Aquaponics?

What IS Aquaponics?©
– by Colle and Phyllis Davis

Portable Farms® Aquaponics Systems

Aquaponics is easier and more productive than organic gardening or traditional agriculture using less water, less electricity and less labor than any other aquaponics system in the world.

Aquaponics has been explored for several decades as a possible solution to the foregoing environmental, energy and food shortage problems.  Aquaponics combines the art of growing aquatic animals (fish), known as aquaculture, with the modern technology of hydroponics in which plants are grown without soil. In aquaponics, fish and plants are grown together in an integrated closed loop re-circulating system with a very low rate of water usage or water loss due to evaporation. This symbiotic relationship between the fish and the growing plants is the goal of aquaponics by creating a sustainable ecosystem in which both fish and plants can thrive and as a result, produces safe, fresh protein and healthy vegetables.

Tilapia in Portable Farms Aquapoics Systems

Aquaponics is the growing of fish, or other water-based 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. To work efficiently, Portable Farms® Aquaponics Systems require ‘warm water, fresh water fish’ of some kind to provide the essential waste and their nutrients for your plants. Generally, aquaponics systems use warm-water fish instead of cold-water fish (like trout) because the plants don’t like the cold water.

Tilapia in a Portable Farms Aquaponic System

Tilapia in a Portable Farms Aquaponics System

The word aquaponics comes from words aquaculture, which is the cultivation of fish or other `water- based 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 very small space, with very little water.

Aquaponics has its roots in ancient China and parts of the aquaponics system were developed in other areas of the world where high concentrations of people lived who were observant of the relationships that existed naturally in their environment.

 

 

In China, farmers knew that land livestock waste could be added to their fields or ponds to increase production of vegetables and fruit bearing plants. They also noticed that different fish had different tolerances to the level of land-animal waste in their water. For example too much pig or chicken waste caused many fish to die (the modern explanation for this is lack of oxygen) so they were careful about balancing their system for maximum yield and minimum fish loss.These Chinese farmers were able to refine their systems so they could grow chickens in pens above pigs, (with the waste dropping through along with any spilled food) who were in a pen over a pond with carp in it, and then the water flowed to another pond with other less tolerant fish such as catfish, and perhaps other aquatic animals and certainly other water plants were grown and harvested. These systems were so called flow-through systems, meaning that water was used once through the ponds, and then released to the local paddies, streams, lakes or ocean. The sludge from the bottom of the ponds was used on the fields and some of the water was used in the paddies for fertilizer before it was released.

dry-riverbedIn the twenty-first century, the world faces an environmental crisis, issues related to climate change (drought and flooding as well as record-setting heat waves) and an energy crisis. In addition, many parts of the world face severe food shortages. Twentieth century agricultural techniques have harmed the environment and consume an inordinate amount of energy and water. Many countries lack the large amounts of arable land and water needed to sustain growing human populations. Developed nations use large amounts of pesticides and artificial fertilizers to grow their grains, fruits, and vegetables. At the same time, they use huge amounts of gasoline and diesel fuel to power their farm machinery, large amounts of electricity to process their food, and enormous amounts of fuel to deliver the processed food to grocery stores. The raising of farm animals, particularly cattle and swine, is notoriously inefficient in terms of the amount of land and energy required to raise corn and other animal feed for each pound of protein produced.

Many areas of the world, such as California, require elaborate and expensive aqueducts and irrigation systems to deliver potable water to farming regions. A tremendous amount of fresh water evaporates or is otherwise wasted with conventional farming methods. Third world countries often lack the financial resources, arable land and technology to produce sufficient food, and in particular enough protein to maintain the health of their human populations. There are also health concerns raised by humans consuming pesticide residues on fruits and vegetables and hormones in chicken, pork and beef. Wild birds and animals are adversely affected by pesticide and fertilizer. Local waters (ponds, rivers, and streams) are also polluted by the runoff from the pesticides and fertilizers used for local growing.

Therefore, there is a need to promote a new “green” method of farming around the world for ‘locally grown food’ in any region to produce healthier food that requires far less land and water, and at the same time, is environmentally friendly:

•             Eliminates the need or use of artificial chemicals

•             Provides sustainability for people locally

•             Substantially reduces energy consumption for planting, harvesting and shipping food, and greenhouse gas emissions.

•             Also, provides jobs for local people strengthening the local economy.

farmnewsletter aquaponicsAquaponics has been explored for several decades as a possible solution to the foregoing environmental, energy and food shortage problems.  Aquaponics combines the art of growing aquatic animals (fish), known as aquaculture, with the modern technology of hydroponics in which plants are grown without soil. In aquaponics, fish and plants are grown together in an integrated closed loop re-circulating system with a very low rate of water usage or water loss due to evaporation. The fish waste (effluent) produced by the fish is delivered from the fish tank to a settling tank to remove the heavy ‘waste’ and then sent to the grow trays to provide a food source for growing plants in the gravel and the plants provide a natural filter for the water that keeps the fish healthy. This symbiotic relationship between the fish and the growing plants is the goal of aquaponics by creating a sustainable ecosystem in which both fish and plants can thrive and as a result, produces safe, fresh protein and healthy vegetables.

Aquaponics systems heretofore developed have not met with widespread success. Previously, aquaponics systems have been complex and labor intensive to operate, difficult to construct because to date, there has been no standard design that has proven itself to be easy to operate, and they are often poorly constructed with inferior materials requiring constant attention to leaks, challenges for disposal of the fish waste, and careful maintenance of pH levels, micronutrient depletion and water temperature. They have also been expensive in terms of the pumps and other electrical equipment required. In addition, prior aquaponics systems have been difficult to maintain and are prone to catastrophic system failures such as death of the fish and plants due to design flaws in the actual aquaponics system.

PFAS LLC and Portable Farms® Aquaponics Systems have evaluated and resolved the major stumbling blocks (mentioned above) to such a degree that they can be successfully operated by semi-skilled labor to produce healthy vegetables and fish to sustain families, communities and countries.

The Portable Farms® Aquaponics Systems duplicate what nature has been doing for billions of years. The water, containing the fish waste, is pumped out of the fish tanks to a settling tank, where the solids settle to the bottom of the tank while the nutrient-rich water then flows, by gravity, through a series of trays where the plants are growing, and then back into the fish tanks. The small amount of separated fish-waste water in the settling tank is drained off at regular intervals, and can be used to fertilize crops such as trees, ornamentals or lawns. The cycle of the water flowing through the system repeats itself several times each day. Some make-up water has to be added at regular intervals to compensate for the water used in the settling tank cleaning, and for the water used by the plants for growth (transpiration). And, that’s how the system works. Simple, elegant and with very little energy to produce high quantities of locally grown food.

Community Aquaponics: A Good Investment

Community Aquaponics: A Good Investment
– by Colle and Phyllis Davis


In today’s economy, smart investors are looking for the ‘next wave’ of ideas, technologies, and business-trends to carry them off the bottom and into the bright light of profit.


greenhouse largeCan you invest in a community business that:

  • Employs local semi-skilled workers
  • Sells all of its production locally to an expanding, affluent population
  • Produces the highest quality products available anywhere in the world
  • Requires no shipping
  • Uses minimal electricity (can be solar powered)
  • Requires only a small amount of land-space (even a half-acre is enough)
  • Consumes very little precious water?


Aquaponics is based on a proven technology that has over 4,700 years of history and yet is the most modern system of its type in the world. The commercialization of this technology as a commercial business is in its infancy and YET few investors realize the incredible long range cash flow possibilities. 

portable-farms-trellis-tomatoesThere is also an amazing upside to this business investment:

  • The second Unit costs 20% less than the initial Unit and pays out at the same rate which means it takes less than four years to recoup the investment, even after paying for everything except land cost.
  • The third Unit costs slightly less and the ROI gets even better. Somewhere around the seventh or eighth Unit the initial cost per Unit levels out. At that point the ROI for the overall investment is approximately three years.

 

 

 

 

Do we have your attention yet? Let’s make this investment even sweeter.

Your territory is totally protected. You own the rights to sell, build and operate as many of the Units in your territory as you want, no increase in technology costs only a small annual renewal fee. You can sell and build Units for other people to make even more money from owning the business.

Okay, what’s the catch? You have to qualify by being in business for at least ten years, owning or having a strong relationship with an established construction company, pay the fees on the front end (think McDonald’s type requirements), take some training, have a small plot of level land available (2,000m2 is plenty to start) with electricity and water available, have at least three business and two banking reference that are verifiable and be very excited about being the first in your area with the newest technology to fulfill all of the benefits above.  Ready?

PFAS LLC. is now offering the Portable Farms® Aquaponics Systems to those who want to be PFAS Technology License Holders in selected territories and countries around the world. These territories are only available to qualified investor. The territories are defined by the potential License Holder and the company, and are flexible. Territories normally encompass approximately three-million people and can be larger. Country Licenses cover entire countries. There is also what is called a ‘Site License’ for individual installations, but these are severely restricted and not protected as to territory.

 

Before and After Photos – 40 Days Growth in a Portable Farm

Before and After Photos – 40 Days Growth in a Portable Farm
– by Colle and Phyllis Davis

BIB VISTA This small Portable Farms® Aquaponics System feeds TEN adults . . . FOREVER.
This greenhouse is 16′ x 33′ (528 square feet) and contains 264 square feet of Grow Tray space.


PFAS LLC  is proud to show you Before and After Photos highlighting the 40-day progress of our Portable Farms® Aquaponics System constructed in our Experimental and Research Center in San Diego, California.

Because of improvements in our seed choices, planting methods and technology, our farm is exploding with fresh food after only 40 days. The 450 tilapia fish in this system know our voices and ‘frenzy’ when we walk into the farm (a good sign because a happy fish eats well and POOPS A LOT and that’s the fertilizer for our plants). In case you didn’t know it, the Aquaponists’ Daily Prayer is, “PRAY FOR POOP.”

BEFORE: Gravel Grow Trays in a Portable Farms® Aquaponics System with Colle Davis, Inventor, Portable Farms® Aquaponics Systems before planting

AFTER: 40 Days After Planting with Colle Davis, Inventor, Portable Farms® Aquaponics Systems. Many green leafy organic vgetables are already READY TO HARVEST and other blooming plants already have blossoms and are ready to produce organic fruit or vegetables after only 40 days (such as tomatoes, peppers, green beans, zucchini, and cucumbers). Portable Farms grow enormous amounts of healthy, organic, nutritious food in small spaces.


One single leaf of an organic zucchini plant measured after 40 days of growth in Gravel Grow Tray = 10.5 inches wide

Height of the same organic zucchini plant (above) after 40 days growth in a Gravel Grow Tray = 20.5 inches tall

Organic India Mustard plant (a spicy lettuce) after 40 days in the Gravel Grow Trays = 19 inches tall

Organic Cos Romaine Lettuce after 40 days of growth in a Gravel Grow Tray = 12.5 inches tall

We’re growing a variety of organic seeds in each of these categories in this farm:

  • Basil
  • Green Peppers
  • Swiss Chard
  • Cucumbers
  • Over 100 varieties of Lettuce
  • Jalapeño Peppers
  • Dozens of varieties of tomatoes
  • India Mustard
  • Chinese Cabbage
  • Long Green Beans
  • Dozens of varieties of Asian greens
  • Pak Choi
  • Kale
  • Eggplant
  • A variety of herbs

 

Portable Farms® Aquaponics Systems

 Portable Farms® Aquaponics Systems

Colle Davis, Lead Inventor, showing the interior of a 16' x 33' Portable Farms® Aquaponics System.

Colle Davis, Lead Inventor, showing the interior of a 16′ x 33′ Portable Farms® Aquaponics System.

Our 45 years of experience in aquaponics is now available to teach you how to feed your family FOREVER. [Read our History: CLICK HERE]


 

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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.

interior pfas 1This small Portable Farms© Aquaponics System with 3 separate  24′ grow trays feeds 10 people year round and requires less than 10 minutes a care of day: 1) plant, 2) harvest, 3) feed the fish. REPEAT. Easy.

One 200 sq ft single module of a Portable Farms® Aquaponics System
feeds 8 people.

Want to feed more people? Add more modules.

Well THAT was easy . . .

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

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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. This video has been viewed by more than 54,400 people. 

tokyo bekana colleColle Davis holding Butter Head Lettuce grown in 36 days.

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


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One module of a Portable Farms® Aquaponics System. 

Colle Davis, Inventor, Portable Farms, holding a 20.5 pound head of Bok Choy grown in 45 days.

Colle Davis, Inventor, Portable Farms, holding a 20.5 pound head of Bok Choy grown in 45 days.

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The kale and butterhead lettuce were planted about 35 days ago. The tall basil plants (25″) were planted 50 days ago. The cucumbers and tomatoes (background) were planted 62 days ago. We ask you . . . have you ever grown plants as quickly, or as healthy, or as GREEN as the ones in this photo? We wish you were here for lunch, we would serve you a salad you would never forget!

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Graduates often build and install one Model Portable Farms® Aquaponics System over a single weekend.

  • You will need these tools: power saw, hammer, power drill, level, hydraulic jack (for leveling), staple gun, hack saw or PVC pipe cutter, box cutter and maybe a few band-aids.
  • Think of the Grow Table as a large shallow tray on legs. You will need two people, three is better because the Grow Table is heavy.
  • The hardest part of the process is washing and placing the gravel a slow, heavy and wet process best delegated to young, strong helpers.
  • Building a Portable Farms® Aquaponics Systems Module does requires some carpentry skills and a person with the skills to hang a door or build a cabinet will do a fine job.

To find out what is IN the Portable Farms® Kit and what is NOT in the Portable Farms® Kit , please request the FREE AND INSTANTANEOUS PRICE LIST (top right box on every page of this website).

Let us teach you how to grow healthy fish and vegetables so you can become increasingly self-sustaining.

  • Our 45 years of experience in aquaponics is now available to teach you how to feed your family FOREVER. [Read our History: CLICK HERE] 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.

 Portable Farms® Aquaponics Systems Course©

One 200 sq ft single module of a
Portable Farms® Aquaponics System feeds 8 people.
Want to feed more people? Add more modules.

Well THAT was easy . . 

  • Paying clients for Aquaponics University may ask for and receive a full refund of their tuition up until they have logged into the online aquaponics course because the user has received protected intellectual property and gained benefits from the Course Materials.
  • The instructions contained in the Aquaponics University Course are designed to be presented to create a working Portable Farms® Aquaponics Systems that operates correctly and successfully as stated in our literature as soon as it is completed and turned on. Any deviations regarding design layout, size of Grow Table or Fish Tank, height of grow tray, depth of Grow Tables or Fish Tank, fish-stocking rate, PVC diameter and connections, placement within a structure with recommendations for air flow, protection from weather elements and insects, recommendation for size of air pumps and siphon pump, timing for the pumping systems or any other nonstandard installation changes will void any and all guarantees and warranties. If there are any deviations to these and other specifications covered in the Aquaponics University course, there will be no follow up support forthcoming.
  • If any problems that arise with a Portable Farms® Aquaponics System that has been built to the specifications in the Aquaponics University course, when you contact PFAS LLC, please include .jpg images* and complete written descriptions of the ‘problem’ so we can contact you with help in solving any issues you may have for moving your project forward.
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Privacy Policy Changes

Although most changes are likely to be minor, PFAS LLC may change its Privacy Policy from time to time, and at PFAS LLC’s sole discretion. PFAS LLC encourages visitors to frequently check this page for any changes to its Privacy Policy. Your continued use of this site after any change in this Privacy Policy will constitute your acceptance of such change.

Colle Davis, CEO, PFAS LLC
Phyllis Davis, President, PFAS LLC

 

2017 Disclaimer

Disclaimer for PFAS LLC, Aquaponics University and Concept to Licensing LLC – Updated January 1, 2017

This disclaimer covers any and all claims, products, services and programs offered by the websites http://portablefarms.comhttp://aquaponicsuniversity.com, http://concept-to-licensing.com or any other website owned by or affiliated with Colle Davis.

Any modification to, or deviations from, the recommended suggestions made on any of the websites that this disclaimer is posted on or stated in the End User Licensing Agreement absolves PFAS LLC and Aquaponics University and affiliated companies from any and all claims resulting in reduced output or production.

Please note. After purchasing the Aquaponics University Course, a user may ask for and receive a full refund of their tuition until they have received one or more of the Sections of the coursework (including Sections A, B and C) of Aquaponics University’s Portable Farms® Aquaponics System Course©. At that point, after receiving the email containing even one section of the Course Material, there will be no refund due because the user has received a portion of our protected Intellectual Property and that information has proven value and benefits contained in that information.

Disclaimer:

The instructions contained in the Aquaponics University Course are designed to be presented to create a working Portable Farms® Aquaponics Systems that operates correctly and successfully as stated in our literature as soon as it is completed and turned on. Any deviations regarding design layout, size of Grow Table or Fish Tank, height of grow tray, depth of Grow Tables or Fish Tank, fish-stocking rate, PVC diameter and connections, placement within a structure with recommendations for air flow, protection from weather elements and insects, recommendation for size of air pumps and siphon pump, timing for the pumping systems or any other nonstandard installation changes will void any and all guarantees and warranties. If there are any deviations to these and other specifications covered in the Aquaponics University course, there will be no follow up support forthcoming.

The entire Portable Farms® Aquaponics System Course©, Sections A-Z, must be satisfactorily completed within 12 months from the date of enrollment in order to qualify for graduation or the Portable Farms® Kit.

If any problems that arise with a Portable Farms® Aquaponics System that has been built to the specifications in the Aquaponics University course, when you contact PFAS LLC, please include .jpg images* and complete written descriptions of the ‘problem’ so we can contact you with help in solving any issues you may have for moving your project forward.

 

*.jpg format: Minimum size image of 7″ wide x 5.75 wide – resolution 300 – or 2100 pix wide and 1575 height

Furthermore, if the user/operator ignores suggested and recommended structural and building recommendations, they do so at their own peril and void any expressed or implied warranties. Deviation from recommend acclimatized greenhouse structure, fish tank stocking levels, fish feeding recommendations, planting density, harvesting of fish or vegetables, crop choices and the addition of any harsh chemicals, pesticides, herbicides, fungicides or any other non-organic substance immediately voids any and all warranties written or implied for projected production levels.

Any issues that arise that are not covered in the Assembly Manual, Operations Manual or Guide to Growing Healthy Plants are to be documented by photos, included with a full explanation of the alleged problem and forwarded by email to PFAS LLC at cdavis@portablefarms.com. Explanations of problems must also include test results provided by third parties, at owner’s expense.

Each Owner and/or License Holder must adhere to all local, state, and country agricultural and fisheries, environmental and water quality laws and regulations concerning where they place and operate their Portable Farms® Aquaponics System Unit(s).

We have the right to change these terms as posted on our websites for current users and License Holders.

Production results are based on many factors. The stated production levels are good faith estimates and reflect the production levels achieved at the PFAS LLC Units. Each installation faces unique challenges and PFAS LLC have designed the systems to be adaptable across a very wide range of conditions. If owner(s)/operators of a Portable Farms® Aquaponics Systems do not adhere to the stated recommendations and requirements such as using a properly constructed climatically adapted structure per PFAS LLC guidelines, then they accept full responsibility for any differences in product output.

Commercial Portable Farms® Aquaponics system units and installations must be operated by Certified Operators who have been trained and certified by Aquaponics University and passed the qualification tests to become certified to operate the PFAS installation. They must be able to present their credentials upon request. Having Operators who are not properly trained and Certified will make null and void any expressed or implied warranties or guarantee of equipment.

Use caution and seek the advice of qualified professionals including your accountant, lawyer or professional adviser, before acting on this or any information. Users of PFAS LLC’s products, services and web sites are advised to do their own due diligence when it comes to making business decisions and all information, products, and services that have been provided should be independently verified by your own qualified professionals. The information, products, and services offered on PFAS LLC’s websites should be carefully considered and evaluated, before reaching a business decision, on whether to rely on them.

You agree that our company PFAS LLC is not responsible for the success or failure of your business decisions relating to any information presented by our website and PFAS LLC and products or services.

 

Production disclaimer restated:

We make every effort to ensure that the products offered by PFAS LLC, and affiliate companies to the public are accurately represented. As with any business, your results may vary, and will be based on your individual capacity, business experience, expertise, and level of commitment to following instructions. There are no guarantees concerning the level of success you may or may not experience. Any examples used are not intended to represent or guarantee that anyone will achieve the same or similar results. Each individual’s success depends on their background, dedication, desire and motivation.

We cannot guarantee your future results and/or success. There are unknown risks in business and such factors as weather conditions and market forces that we cannot foresee that could reduce results. We are not responsible for your actions.

The use of the PFAS LLC’s information, products and services should be based on your own due diligence and you agree that PFAS LLC is not liable for any success or failure of your business that is directly or indirectly related to the purchase and use of our information, products and services.

If you think this product is a magic pill that will make you money without any effort, please do not buy it. You or your Operators will be required to put forth effort to learn how to operate the system and actually do the work recommended by PFAS LLC on a daily basis to operate the Units.

Production disclaimer from PFAS LLC – one more time

Every effort has been made to accurately represent these products and services and their potential. Examples in these materials are not to be interpreted as a promise or guarantee of production or earnings. Earning potential is entirely dependent on the person/operator using our products, ideas and techniques.

Any and all forward-looking statements here or on any of PFAS LLC’s websites or sales material are intended to express our opinion of earnings or production potential. Many factors will be important in determining your actual results and no guarantees are made that you will achieve results similar to ours or that of anyone else, in fact no guarantees are made that you will achieve any results from our ideas and techniques in our material(s).

If you don’t understand and accept this disclaimer, please do not buy the products, information or services available at http://portablefarms.comhttp://aquaponicsuniversity.com, http://concept-to-licensing.com on any other related websites belonging to Colle Davis or any affiliated companies.

 

Colle Davis, CEO/Managing Partner, PFAS LLC

Phyllis Davis, President/Managing Partner, PFAS LLC

 

 

Terms of Service 2017

Terms of Service – PFAS LLC – Updated January 20, 2017

The following terms and conditions govern all use of the http://portablefarms.com website and all content, services and products available at or through the website http:aquaponicsuniversity.com. In addition, this terms of service applies to Concept to Licensing LLC and the website http://concept-to-licensing.com. These Websites are owned and operated by Colle Davis, PFAS LLC. The Website is offered subject to your acceptance without modification of all of the terms and conditions contained herein and all other operating rules, policies (including, without limitation, Colle Davis, PFAS LLC’s Privacy Policy) and procedures that may be published from time to time on this Site by Colle Davis, PFAS LLC (collectively, the “Agreement”).

Please read this Agreement carefully before accessing or using the Website. By accessing or using any part of the web site, you agree to become bound by the terms and conditions of this agreement. If you do not agree to all the terms and conditions of this agreement, then you may not access the Website or use any services. If these terms and conditions are considered an offer by PFAS LLC, acceptance is expressly limited to these terms. The Website is available to any and all individuals.

The entire Portable Farms® Aquaponics System Course©, Sections A-Z, must be satisfactorily completed within 12 months from the date of enrollment in order to qualify for graduation or the Portable Farms® Kit.

After purchasing the Aquaponics University Course, a user may ask for and receive a full refund of their tuition until they logged onto the course of Aquaponics University’s online  Portable Farms® Aquaponics System Course©. At that point, after there will be no refund due because the user has received a portion of our protected Intellectual Property and that information has proven value and benefits contained in that information.

  1. Your contributions to the http://portablefarms.com’s Site. If you create a comment or contribute to the Website, you are responsible for maintaining the security of your account and blog, and you are fully responsible for all activities that occur under the account and any other actions taken in connection with the blog. You must not describe or assign keywords to your blog in a misleading or unlawful manner, including in a manner intended to trade on the name or reputation of others, and PFAS LLC may change or remove any description or keyword that it considers inappropriate or unlawful, or otherwise likely to cause PFAS LLC liability. You must immediately notify PFAS LLC of any unauthorized uses of your blog, your account or any other breaches of security. PFAS LLC will not be liable for any acts or omissions by you, including any damages of any kind incurred as a result of such acts or omissions.
  2. Responsibility of Contributors. If you operate a blog, comment on a blog, post material to the Website, post links on the Website, or otherwise make (or allow any third party to make) material available by means of the Website (any such material, ‘Content”), You are entirely responsible for the content of, and any harm resulting from, that Content. That is the case regardless of whether the Content in question constitutes text, graphics, an audio file, or computer software. By making Content available, you represent and warrant that:
  • The downloading, copying and use of the Content will not infringe the proprietary rights, including but not limited to the copyright, trademark or trade secret rights, of any third party;
  • If your employer has rights to intellectual property you create, you have either (i) received permission from your employer to post or make available the Content, including but not limited to any software, or (ii) secured from your employer a waiver as to all rights in or to the Content;
  • You have fully complied with any third-party licenses relating to the Content, and have done all things necessary to successfully pass through to end users any required terms;
  • The Content does not contain or install any viruses, worms, malware, Trojan horses or other harmful or destructive content;
  • The Content is not spam, is not machine- or randomly-generated, and does not contain unethical or unwanted commercial content designed to drive traffic to third party sites or boost the search engine rankings of third party sites, or to further unlawful acts (such as phishing) or mislead recipients as to the source of the material (such as spoofing);
  • The Content is not pornographic, does not contain threats or incite violence towards individuals or entities, and does not violate the privacy or publicity rights of any third party;
  • Your blog is not getting advertised via unwanted electronic messages such as spam links on newsgroups, email lists, other blogs and web sites, and similar unsolicited promotional methods;
  • Your blog is not named in a manner that misleads your readers into thinking that you are another person or company. For example, your blog’s URL or name is not the name of a person other than yourself or company other than your own; and
  • You have, in the case of Content that includes computer code, accurately categorized and/or described the type, nature, uses and effects of the materials, whether requested to do so by PFAS LLC or otherwise.

By submitting Content to PFAS LLC for inclusion on your Website, you grant PFAS LLC a world-wide, royalty-free, and non-exclusive license to reproduce, modify, adapt and publish the Content solely for the purpose of displaying, distributing and promoting your blog. If you delete Content, will use reasonable efforts to remove it from the Website, but you acknowledge that caching or references to the Content may not be made immediately unavailable.

Without limiting any of those representations or warranties, PFAS LLC has the right (though not the obligation) to, in PFAS LLC’s sole discretion (i) refuse or remove any content that, is in reasonable opinion, violates any PFAS LLC’s policy or is in any way harmful or objectionable, or (ii) terminate or deny access to and use of the Website to any individual or entity for any reason, in ‘s sole discretion.  PFAS LLC will have no obligation to provide a refund of any amounts previously paid.

  1. Fees and Payment. Optional premium paid services such as extra storage, domain purchases or VIP hosting are available on the Website. By selecting a premium service you agree to pay PFAS LLC the monthly or annual subscription fees indicated for that service (the payment terms for VIP hosting are described below). Payments will be charged on the day you sign up for a premium service and will cover the use of that service for a monthly or annual period as indicated. Premium service fees are not refundable.
  2. Subscription Services.
  3. Responsibility of Website Visitors. PFAS LLC has not reviewed, and cannot review, all of the material, including computer software, posted to the Website, and cannot therefore be responsible for that material’s content, use or effects. By operating the Website, PFAS LLC does not represent or imply that it endorses the material there posted, or that it believes such material to be accurate, useful or non-harmful. You are responsible for taking precautions as necessary to protect yourself and your computer systems from viruses, worms, Trojan horses, and other harmful or destructive content. The Website may contain content that is offensive, indecent, or otherwise objectionable, as well as content containing technical inaccuracies, typographical mistakes, and other errors. The Website may also contain material that violates the privacy or publicity rights, or infringes the intellectual property and other proprietary rights, of third parties, or the downloading, copying or use of which is subject to additional terms and conditions, stated or unstated. PFAS LLC disclaims any responsibility for any harm resulting from the use by visitors of the Website, or from any downloading by those visitors of content there posted.
  4. Content Posted on Other Websites. We have not reviewed, and cannot review, all of the material, including computer software, made available through the websites and webpages to which http://portablefarms.com links, and that link to http://portablefarms.com. PFAS LLC does not have any control over those non-WordPress websites and webpages, and is not responsible for their contents or their use. By linking to a non-WordPress website or webpage, PFAS LLC does not represent or imply that it endorses such website or webpage. You are responsible for taking precautions as necessary to protect yourself and your computer systems from viruses, worms, Trojan horses, and other harmful or destructive content.  PFAS LLC disclaims any responsibility for any harm resulting from your use of non-WordPress websites and webpages.
  5. Copyright Infringement and DMCA Policy. As PFAS LLC asks others to respect its intellectual property rights, it respects the intellectual property rights of others. If you believe that material located on or linked to by http://portablefarms.comviolates your copyright, you are encouraged to notify PFAS LLC in accordance with PFAS LLC ‘s Digital Millennium Copyright Act (“DMCA”) Policy. PFAS LLC will respond to all such notices, including as required or appropriate by removing the infringing material or disabling all links to the infringing material. In the case of a visitor who may infringe or repeatedly infringes the copyrights or other intellectual property rights of  PFAS LLC or others, PFAS LLC may, in its discretion, terminate or deny access to and use of the Website. In the case of such termination, PFAS LLC will have no obligation to provide a refund of any amounts previously paid to PFAS LLC.
  6. Intellectual Property. This Agreement does not transfer from PFAS LLC to you any or third party intellectual property, and all right, title and interest in and to such property will remain (as between the parties) solely with . PFAS LLC, WordPress, http://portablefarms.com, the Portable Farms® logo, and all other trademarks, service marks, graphics and logos used in connection with http://portablefarms.comor the Website are trademarks or registered trademarks of PFAS LLC licensors. Other trademarks, service marks, graphics and logos used in connection with the Website may be the trademarks of other third parties. Your use of the Website grants you no right or license to reproduce or otherwise use any PFAS LLC or third-party trademarks.
  7. Changes. PFAS LLC reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to modify or replace any part of this Agreement. It is your responsibility to check this Agreement periodically for changes. Your continued use of or access to the Website following the posting of any changes to this Agreement constitutes acceptance of those changes. PFAS LLC may also, in the future, offer new services and/or features through the Website (including, the release of new tools and resources). Such new features and/or services shall be subject to the terms and conditions of this Agreement.
  8. Termination. PFAS LLC may terminate your access to all or any part of the Website at any time, with or without cause, with or without notice, effective immediately. If you wish to terminate this Agreement or your PFAS LLC  account (if you have one), you may simply discontinue using the Website. All provisions of this Agreement which by their nature should survive termination shall survive termination, including, without limitation, ownership provisions, warranty disclaimers, indemnity and limitations of liability.
  9. Disclaimer of Warranties. The Website is provided ‘as is.’ PFAS LLC and its suppliers and licensors hereby disclaim all warranties of any kind, express or implied, including, without limitation, the warranties of merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose and non-infringement. Neither PFAS LLC nor its suppliers and licensors, makes any warranty that the Website will be error free or that access thereto will be continuous or uninterrupted. If you’re actually reading this, you understand that you download from, or otherwise obtain content or services through, the PFAS LLC Website, http://portablefarms.com, at your own discretion and risk.
  10. Limitation of Liability. In no event will PFAS LLC or its suppliers or licensors, be liable with respect to any subject matter of this agreement under any contract, negligence, strict liability or other legal or equitable theory for: (i) any special, incidental or consequential damages; (ii) the cost of procurement or substitute products or services; (iii) for interruption of use or loss or corruption of data; or (iv) for any amounts that exceed the fees paid by you to PFAS LLC under this agreement during the twelve (12) month period prior to the cause of action. PFAS LLC shall have no liability for any failure or delay due to matters beyond their reasonable control. The foregoing shall not apply to the extent prohibited by applicable law.
  11. General Representation and Warranty. You represent and warrant that (i) your use of the Website will be in strict accordance with the PFAS LLC Privacy Policy, with this Agreement and with all applicable laws and regulations (including without limitation any local laws or regulations in your country, state, city, or other governmental area, regarding online conduct and acceptable content, and including all applicable laws regarding the transmission of technical data exported from the United States or the country in which you reside and (ii) your use of the PFAS LLC Website will not infringe or misappropriate the intellectual property rights of any third party.
  12. Indemnification. You agree to indemnify and hold harmless, PFAS LLC, its contractors, and its licensors, and their respective directors, officers, employees and agents from and against any and all claims and expenses, including PFAS LLC’s attorneys’ fees, arising out of your use of the http://portablefarms.comWebsite, including but not limited to your violation of this Agreement.
  13. Miscellaneous. This Agreement constitutes the entire agreement between PFAS LLC and you concerning the subject matter hereof, and they may only be modified by a written amendment signed by an authorized executive of PFAS LLC, or by the posting by PFAS LLC of a revised version. Except to the extent applicable law, if any, provides otherwise, this Agreement, any access to or use of the Website will be governed by the laws of the state of Virginia, U.S.A., excluding its conflict of law provisions, and the proper venue for any disputes arising out of or relating to any of the same will be the state and federal courts located in Virginia. Except for claims for injunctive or equitable relief or claims regarding intellectual property rights (which may be brought in any competent court without the posting of a bond), any dispute arising under this Agreement shall be finally settled in accordance with the Comprehensive Arbitration Rules of the Judicial Arbitration and Mediation Service, Inc. (“JAMS”) by three arbitrators appointed in accordance with such Rules. The arbitration shall take place in Virginia, in the English language and the arbitral decision may be enforced in any court. The prevailing party in any action or proceeding to enforce this Agreement shall be entitled to costs and attorneys’ fees. If any part of this Agreement is held invalid or unenforceable, that part will be construed to reflect the parties original intent, and the remaining portions will remain in full force and effect. A waiver by either party of any term or condition of this Agreement or any breach thereof, in any one instance, will not waive such term or condition or any subsequent breach thereof. You may assign your rights under this Agreement to any party that consents to, and agrees to be bound by, its terms and conditions; PFAS LLC may assign its rights under this Agreement without condition. This Agreement will be binding upon and will inure to the benefit of the parties, their successors and permitted assigns.