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  For the construction & development of a solar/hydro electric powered Aquaponics greenhouse used for sustainable, nutrient dense food production year round, & educational purposes via farm tours, video & printed materials.  Powered by nature: solar & hydro electricity.  Aquaponics truly is the way of the future for high yield, nutrient dense, beyond organic food production with limited growing area, all year, even in the cold of winter!  We will grow fruits, vegetables & fish year round!  This facility is also being constructed for educational purposes with the goal of informing others via instruction, hands on workshops & educational materials, the merit, benefits & proven success of year round nutrient dense foods using Aquaponics.

The definitions for Aquaponics vary slightly depending on who you ask, we agree with the following definition:

“Aquaponics is the cultivation of fish and plants together in a constructed, re-circulating ecosystem utilizing natural bacterial cycles to convert fish wastes to plant nutrients.  This is a natural food growing method that harnesses the best attributes of aquaculture and hydroponics without the need to discard any water or filtrate or add chemical fertilizers.”

Vermiculture - 1. the raising & production of earthworms & their by products

Hydro-electricity - 1. Generating electricity by conversion of the energy of running water.  2. Of, relating to, or using electricity so generated.

Solar Power - 1. Power obtained by harnessing the energy of the sun's rays.

Green-house - 1. A structure, primarily made of transparent or semi-transparent material, in which temperature and humidity can be controlled for the cultivation or protection of plants.

Our project will incorporate these elements, creating a self sustained synergistic relationship of a hydro & solar powered Aquaponics greenhouse that produces nutrient dense fruits, vegetables & fish year round in the Pacific Northwest.   Food produced in our Auaponics greenhouse will be 'beyond organic' standards & is waste free.  Everything produced will be used onsite into the transfer of energy for human & animal consumption.  There is no need for a garbage truck in this system because all 'waste' is used to fuel the productive capacity of the system.  It is self sustained.   The aquaponics greenhouse area will be 2500sqft - 3000sqft. 

What separates our project from mainstream aquaponics?

Our Greenhouse: effectively allowing for year round production,  a massive amount of vegetables, fish allow for experimentation with a variety of plant life in the long temperate pacific northwest climate.

Hydro & Solar Power:  affords us to have year round sustainable energy for our winter full spectrum grow light operations.

Our Fish Food:  we will cultivate our fish food from our vermiculture compost farm bins (earthworms).  These bins are earthworm breeding & feeding chambers.  We will cultivate soldier fly larvae as well http://www.microponics.net.au/?p=175 .  We will also cultivate black soldier fly larvae for fish food.  The combination of black soldier flies & earthworms make up a large portion of our holistic fish food, ensuring that we not only KNOW where the fish food comes from, but we are also at the helm of its production.  Our compost is composed of discarded vegetable & fish waste (carcass).  Some of which feed the earth worms.  The earthworms (& soldier flies) feed the fish, the fish waste feeds the plants, the plants & fish, feed the humans & animals.  The discarded vegetable & fish waste (carcass) feed the compost & the earthworms.  The cycle repeats.   Our Aquaponics greenhouse is the fully sustainable, self contained 'breeding house' for delicious beyond organic, nutrient dense food YEAR ROUND!  

Our Aquaponics Containers: Many aquaponics systems use plastic containers which leach estrogen like petroleum chemicals like BPA into the water.  Many studies suggest that these leaching properties have negative effects on the reproductive system of animals... in our case, the fish.   Our Aquaponics system will be outfitted with fiberglass holding tanks.  Once cured, fiberglass does not leach chemicals.    This practice is essential in our beyond organic aquaponics greenhouse system. 

Our Water: Some aquaponics systems use water that has been treated with many chemicals that can be harmful to the fish & vegetable production, such as chlorine,  fluoride, pharmaceutical drugs  (and many more).  Though many times this water is filtered, it is difficult to remove all the harmful components in the water while retaining the mineral content.  The water for our aquqponics system comes directly from our pristine pond which is fed by snow run-off from a volcano & underground aquifers.  We will gently filter this water to remove large components such as duck weed & organic debris.  Our pond currently houses several hundred rainbow trout.  The unused trout raised in the aquaponics systems will be released into the pond to help maintain the ponds diverse ecosystem.  We will harness the rainwater from the large surface area of our aquaponics greenhouse roof for usage as well.  

We will use indigenous rainbow trout for our aquaponics system. 


Our project will incorporate these elements, creating a self sustained hydro & solar powered Aquaponics greenhouse that produces beyond organic vegetables & fish year round in the Pacific Northwest.  We will feed our fish (Rainbow Trout) worms from our vermiculture farm.  The waste from the fish feed our vegetable plants.  The vegetable & fish waste will feed our compost which feeds our worms, which feed our fish.  The green house structure holds the heat of the sun & in colder climates will be partially heated by a wood stove, hydro-electric power & indoor composting.  Climate control will be measured, logged & maintained by aquaponics computer software.  The electrical power is provided by hydro & solar power.  The hydro-electric power is generated from a large year round pond, waterfall & stream onsite. The water is moving year round but peaks in the rainy winter season,  8-9 months of the year.   In the 3-4 month dryer, sunny season the hydro-electric power diminishes as the sun & greenhouse will take over the climate control.  What little electricity is needed in the sunnier months will be provided by solar panels.  In the colder winter months, our indoor compost pile will help provide heat  for the fish holding tanks.   This is a low maintenance, fully sustainable system that produces massive amounts of nutrient dense beyond organic fruits vegetables & fish protein all year round!
 

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