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What Can You Grow in Aquaponics?

What You Can Grow

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.

    • Portable Farms® Modular Aquaponics Systems grow enough varieties of plants (greens and blooming plants), and protein (fish) to sustain human health to it’s optimum level. 
    • Portable Farms® Aquaponics Systems can feed your family or your community all the table vegetables and protein necessary to sustain excellent health FOREVER. PLUS, the systems are easily operated by semi-skilled labor, seniors, those with ambulatory disabilities (the grow trays can be made wheel-chair accessible height) and even responsible 14-year olds can operate Portable Farms®.
    • There have been over 300 different varieties of seeds and plants that have been tested that can be grown in a Portable Farms® Aquaponics System. 
    • The major food groups that are not recommended for Portable Farms are root vegetables (carrots, potatoes, onions, etc.) and corn, wheat, soy or rice. Perennial plants (strawberries, blackberries, asparagus, etc.) are not recommended because the plants are dormant 9 months per year and do not produce harvestable food year round. 
Harvesting Bok Choy in a Portable Farms Aquaponics System on January 17, 2013. Average weight of each bok choy harvested today is 8 pounds 5 ounces.

Harvesting Bok Choy in a Portable Farms Aquaponics System. Average weight of each bok choy harvested in this photo is 8 pounds 5 ounces.

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Interior of a Portable Farms Aquaponics System.

Interior of a Portable Farms Aquaponics System.

Yearly Production From Portable Farms® Aquaponics Systems

  • 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.

Planting and growing in Portable Farms® with Phyllis Davis,  Co-Inventor of Portable Farms® Aquaponics Systems

A completed Portable Farms® Aquaponics System before the seedlings or the small fish have been installed.

A completed Portable Farms® Aquaponics System before the seedlings or the small fish have been installed. 

40 days after the fish and plants have been installed in a Portable Farms® Aquaponics System.

40 days after the fish and plants have been installed in a Portable Farms® Aquaponics System.

  • 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.

Phyllis Davis, Co-Inventor, holding a bouquet of ‘greens’ grown in this Portable Farms Aquaponics System in only 43 DAYS!

Colle Davis, Inventor, Portable Farms, holding a 20.5 pound head of Bok Choy grown in 45 days. WOW, now that's a WEIGHT RECORD for growing!

Colle Davis, Inventor, Portable Farms, holding a 20.5 pound head of Bok Choy grown in 45 days. WOW, now that’s a RECORD WEIGHT for growing!

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This magnificent plant is called Summerfest Komatsuna. It is a heat-tolerant plant that grows to harvest in about 32 days. It is used in salads and stir fry, and is often called Japanese Mustard Spinach. It grows very large and lush in Portable Farms® Aquaponics Systems. This plant’s leaves (in photo above) measure 23″ tall and 6″ wide. 

Broccoli that is ‘crowning’ in our Portable Farm (photo taken February 3, 2013) as it continues to develop large heads of delicious organic broccoli. The stems are also crisp and edible for salads or juicing.

Broccoli that is ‘crowning’ in our Portable Farm as it continues to develop large heads of delicious organic broccoli. The stems are also crisp and edible for salads or juicing.

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Bok Choy after about 30 days of growth in a Portable Farms® Aquaponics System.

Tomatoes growing in our Portable Farm on March 31, 2013. Delicious, large tomatoes that are almost ready for harvest this week.

Tomatoes growing in our Portable Farm that are almost ready for harvest.

Green tomatoes growing vertically in Portable Farms and suspended overhead to support the heavy fruit. Beautiful, aren't they?

Green tomatoes growing vertically in Portable Farms and suspended overhead to support the heavy fruit. Beautiful, aren’t they?

Ripe tomatoes and ready for harvest.

Ripe tomatoes and ready for harvest.

When was the last time YOU saw a tomato that was red all the way to its core? If you had a Portable Farms® Aquaponics System, you could enjoy these delicious tomatoes year round.

When was the last time YOU saw a tomato that was red all the way to its core? If you had a Portable Farms® Aquaponics System, you could enjoy these delicious tomatoes year round.

Phyllis Davis  harvesting ripe delicious tomatoes ranging from one-half pound to two pounds per tomato.

Phyllis Davis harvesting ripe delicious tomatoes ranging from one-half pound to two pounds per tomato.

CLICK HERE to view YouTube Video of Phyllis Davis, Co-Inventor of Portable Farms® Aquaponics Systems, showing how EASY it is to plant seedlings in the gravel of Portable Farms®.

Phyllis Davis harvesting several kohlirabi. Kohlrabi is similar to the cabbage family with a taste much like a broccoli stem. Can be eaten raw or cooked.

Phyllis Davis harvesting several kohlrabi. Kohlrabi is similar to the cabbage family with a taste much like a broccoli stem. Can be eaten raw or cooked.

A variety of greens (foreground) grown between 30 and 60 days of growth. The basil and Kale are 25″ tall!

Swiss chard grown in Portable Farms® that is 35" tall and grown in only 34 days.

Swiss chard grown in Portable Farms® that is 35″ tall and grown in only 34 days.

Komatsuna summerfest - An Asian Green we prefer over  bib lettuce.

Komatsuna summerfest – An Asian Green we prefer over all other lettuces.

Butter leave lettuce ready to harvest that is 12" in width. Tender, delicious and rich in flavor.

Butter leaf lettuce ready to harvest that is 12″ in width. Tender, delicious and rich in flavor.

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!

Basil that is 52 days old that is growing beautifully in Portable Farms®. In fact, this basil became the ‘worlds best pesto’ last week! We ‘cut back’ our basil once after harvest to regrow again before we remove from Grow Tray.

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Plus, fish are an important food source grown in Portable Farms Aquaponics Systems. We recommend Tilapia for our aquaponics systems. (More about tilapia at the bottom of this page.)

Phyllis Davis explaining tilapia, the fish used in Portable Farms® Aquaponics Systems.

Phyllis Davis, Co-Inventor of Portable Farms, harvesting cucumbers from a Tiny Portable Farm

Lane McClelland, Director of Installations for PFAS LLC, holding ONE single head of Swiss Chard grown in Portable Farms®.

All varieties of cucumbers grow exceedingly well in Portable Farms®! This cucumber is an American Slicing Cucumber but we also grow Lemon Cucumbers (which we love) as well as speciality cucumbers for pickling and Armenian cucumbers (as well as several other varieties). 

Romaine Lettuce – 11″ tall and growing in gravel only 36 days.

ALL varieties of peppers grow WILD AND CRAZY in Portable Farms! Bell peppers and all spicy peppers are world-wide favorites!

Phyllis Davis with ONE head of Bok Choy grown in 42 days – 12 pounds.

Greens: kale, swiss chard.

These six green bean plants that produce over 250 green beans. This variety blooms again after harvest and produces a generous second harvest within 2 weeks after the first harvest.

Squash - Portable Farms Aquaponics Systems

Zucchini and yellow squash are all time favorites in Portable Farms®.

Colle Davis doing ‘morning chores’ (fifteen minutes maximum for a farm this size).

 

Phyllis Davis with a favorite green, Green Mustard Wave, which we affectionately call Wasabi Lettuce because it is as HOT AND SPICEY as the wasabi root.

Tilapia are harvested between 7 and 9 months when they are are at 1.25 pounds which produces 2 four-ounce fillets. 

Tillapia filletsFresh Tilapia fillets. FISH: Tilapia is a low-fat, white-fleshed fish that is sweet, fine-textured and doesn’t taste fishy. Enjoy your Tilapia by baking, broiling, grilling or steaming it.

The history of Tilapia can be traced back over 4,500 years to Ancient Egypt with its origins in the Nile River. Tilapia has been called St. Peter’s Fish since early Biblical times because it is believed to be the fish that Jesus fed the multitudes in the biblical parable.

The fish used in your Portable Farms® Aquaponics Systems are hybrid Tilapia or catfish, or perhaps several fish depending on availability and your State regulations. We recommend hybrid Tilapia. Please note: We don’t recommend growing trout, bass, salmon, and other fish because they prefer cold water. The plants in Portable Farms® prefer warm water so we supply our systems with a fresh water/warm water fish.

2 comments

  1. Ryan Thomas

    How do you control the temperature – I live in Northern Indiana and this has been a hurdle for me – cost effective temperature control.

    Ryan

    1. portfarm4

      Ryan,

      The phrase describing the building requirements is ‘climatically adapted’ and this means being able to keep the temperature between 40 and 104 degrees F. (4 and 40 C). The energy requirements for heat a building to 45 or 50 degrees F. is much less than trying to maintain the mid 70’s. In your area you will have to construct a building with the north side heavily insulated, the north half of the roof insulated, half of the east and west walls insulated and a double barrier skin to reduce heat loss. You will also need some type of supplemental heat to insure the temperature does not go below the operating range. The climatically adapted structure in your areas is different than one in Morocco or Florida or Brazil, but properly done they will allow you to grow prodigious amounts of food in your Portable Farms® Aquaponics Systems.

      We trust this information is helpful.

      Colle Davis – Inventor

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