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Portland Purple WaterBy Portland Purple Water
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Portland Purple WaterBy Portland Purple Water
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$6,754
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Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Mon, August 6 2012 4:00 PM UTC +00:00

About

Is it possible to produce food in a way that is truly sustainable?

You've been hearing about factory farming, pesticide and herbicide mismanagement, genetically modified crops, mercury levels in fish, drought conditions, water shortages, peak oil, peak phosphorous, and of course we are faced with many more issues...

So, now what? What can we do about it? Well, Portland Purple Water has an answer. By focusing on true, long term sustainability we've developed a real solution: The Aquaponic Integrated Food Energy and Water System (IFEWS). We know that it IS possible to grow food in a truly sustainable manner. And now, we need you!

A prototype of the IFEWS has been built in Germany and currently produces fish and vegetables with zero energy inputs. An amazing piece of riverfront property has been secured in the St. John's region of North Portland. It's time to scale the prototype up, to put together the all of the technological elements, and to run the system in a real world scenario. It's time to remove thirty Portland residents from the modern industrial farming and food production machine. Maybe thirty people doesn't sound like much. But it's a huge step in the right direction. A step that has not yet been taken. Our goal: all nutritional needs for thirty people, a small community, produced within the community- fresh food twelve months a year AND all power needed to operate the system produced by the system itself. This is a distinct evolution in food production with an enormous reduction of negative impacts for the environment. When we build the system, when we set it in motion and it starts to hum, then the next IFEWS can come to your community.

You are part of the solution. We need your help to begin implementing the Aquaponic Integrated Food, Energy, and Water System. And, of course, if you're a Portland resident, we'd be pleased and honored to have you as a member of the IFEWS CSA. 

Check out these Links to learn more about us, our concerns, and our solution:

Portland Purple Water's Resume and Philosophy

Franz Schreier's Food and Energy Presentation

Jason Garvey's Fundamental Issues with Modern Industrial Farming and Food Production

The Rewards:

Super Cool 3" round Portland Purple Water logo sticker
Super Cool 3" round Portland Purple Water logo sticker
Aquaponic VEG System Manual-- This 41-page illustrated manual guides you through each step of setting up your own aquaponic VEG system.
Aquaponic VEG System Manual-- This 41-page illustrated manual guides you through each step of setting up your own aquaponic VEG system.
Seed Packet- hand stamped with the Aquaponic Revolution logo. Aquaponically tested varieties.
Seed Packet- hand stamped with the Aquaponic Revolution logo. Aquaponically tested varieties.
Jason wearing the awesome PPW "Use your Rain" t-shirt while explaining Bell Siphon mechanics.
Jason wearing the awesome PPW "Use your Rain" t-shirt while explaining Bell Siphon mechanics.
A jar of delicious home-made aquaponic pickles!
A jar of delicious home-made aquaponic pickles!
On the PIER- with Jason and Scott
On the PIER- with Jason and Scott
Mighty Blue Barrel and recycled steel stand
Mighty Blue Barrel and recycled steel stand
VEG system in full bloom- lots of italian parsley, dill, arugula, basil and more
VEG system in full bloom- lots of italian parsley, dill, arugula, basil and more
The same VEG system as above after harvesting in preparation for the move to St. Johns. Look at how durable it is!
The same VEG system as above after harvesting in preparation for the move to St. Johns. Look at how durable it is!
VEG KIT-- Parts including pump, bell siphons, piping, fittings, valves, etc come in an open top barrel, a perfect fish tank.
VEG KIT-- Parts including pump, bell siphons, piping, fittings, valves, etc come in an open top barrel, a perfect fish tank.
INDOOR VEG SYSTEM-- Fully Loaded. With Hybrid LED/T5 light and Scott!
INDOOR VEG SYSTEM-- Fully Loaded. With Hybrid LED/T5 light and Scott!
Workshops With Portland Purple Water
Workshops With Portland Purple Water

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    DUCKS- Visible from space. This isn't a Ducks vs. Beavers thing... its a sportsracer thing. Your pledge at this level will go toward four 8x12 foot ducks painted on top of the greenhouse.

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    DEDICATION WALL-- MICROBE LEVEL. Aquaponics is all about creating and maintaining an ecosystem. All elements work together within an aquaponics system to maintain a balance. There is no "most important part" of an ecosystem but there are certainly some unsung heroes. Nitrosomonas and nitrobacter are those unsung heroes. They work at the microscopic level within a healthy aquaponics system to convert ammonia generated by the fish into nitrates, soluble nitrogen, which is critical for plant growth. Your pledge at this level is every bit as important as the microbes in an ecosystem. Please KNOW that your pledge makes a difference for the better. You've helped us conserve water and energy, protect the environment, and grow food in a responsible and sustainable manner. You're are now part of the solution. Your name will be painted on the greenhouse dedication wall in the Microbe section. Thank you!

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    PORTLAND PURPLE WATER LOGO STICKER.

    3" round sticker. They look RAD on your favorite water bottle, bicycle, or laptop.

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    VEG SYSTEM MANUAL.

    This easy to follow illustrated manual comes with a complete parts list, so you can make the same powerful aquaponics system as in Mr. Thompson's class. The easy to build, low cost VEG kit is a great first aquaponics project but make no mistake, it's extremely powerful. Not long after you set it up you'll have gobs of fresh herbs, lettuces, and tomatoes. A PDF of the manual will be emailed to you.

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    SEEDS.

    All organic, non-gmo, and aquaponically tested! 21 grams (three 7gram packets) of assorted seeds. In hand stamped packages. Featuring the very cool Aquaponics Revolution logo designed by Scott.

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    DEDICATION WALL-- RED WIGGLER LEVEL. Worms are important in the soil but they do important work in an aquaponic system as well. Cultivating worms in the media beds of aquaponic systems helps to further mineralize solids that come from the fish tank. Worms also eat the dead roots of plants and burrow through the grow media keeping the media beds clean and allowing for good water flow. Aquaponic systems that grow carnivorous fish can also feed worms to those fish as a supplemental food source. Please KNOW that your pledge makes a difference for the better. You've helped us conserve water and energy, protect the environment, and grow food in a responsible and sustainable manner. You're are now part of the solution. Your name will be painted on the greenhouse dedication wall in the Red Wiggler section. Thank you!

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    COMBO PACKAGE 1.

    VEG system manual emailed to you in a PDF format and a sticker snail mailed to you (in sticker format).

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    T-SHIRT.

    Portland Purple Water "Use your Rain" black T-shirt. Sizes M-XL.

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    ADULT BEVERAGE (rhymes with deer) ON THE PIER.

    We liked the name, but alcoholic beverages can't be kickstarter rewards. It doesn't matter, the real reward here is experiencing the Willamette River from the edge of our own 400 foot pier. If you'd like, Jason and Scott will join you for a chat for an hour or so. Or you can tell us to buzz off so that you can commune with the river in peace. Either way. An adult beverage or not, the river, a sunset. Nice.

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    COMBO PACKAGE 2.

    T-Shirt, PPW logo sticker, VEG manual in pdf format

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    THE PICKLE PRIZE.

    We harvest the first cucumbers and herbs from the IFEWS. We then ship to you a 1 quart jar. They're delicious all by themselves... but even better when shared with a friend. You supply the friend.

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    DEDICATION WALL-- BLACK SOLDIER FLY LEVEL. We love flies. Certainly not all flies but definitely Black Soldier Flies (BSF). These guys are different. As they go through metamorphosis they absorb their gut so the adults that fly around aren't interested in food. They're gentle creatures that don't spread disease and they don't live for long. The larvae are voracious eaters and will consume anything organic. BSF are a key element in our Aquaponic IFEWS because they allow us to collect organic material such as grass clippings, kitchen scraps, leaves, even plant matter that we don't eat from the garden, and feed this to the larvae. The larvae, we then feed to the fish. This allows us to collect and input nutrients into the aquaponic system. Please KNOW that your pledge makes a difference for the better. You've helped us conserve water and energy, protect the environment, and grow food in a responsible and sustainable manner. You're are now part of the solution. Your name will be painted on the greenhouse dedication wall in the BSF section. Thank you!

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    DEDICATION WALL-- BUTTERHEAD LETTUCE LEVEL. 384 a week for 52 weeks is 19,968. That's how many heads of butterhead letttuce we could grow in just the deep water culture raft portion of the IFEWS. That's a lotta lettuce. Of course we're interested in growing a variety of foods which will provide the complete nutritional requirements for our CSA members, so it won't be all butterhead lettuce. But, still, they're crispy and delicious. Please KNOW that you've made a difference for the better. You've helped us conserve water and energy, protect the environment, and grow food in a responsible and sustainable manner. You're are now part of the solution. Your name will be painted on the greenhouse dedication wall in the Butterhead Lettuce section. Thank you!

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    WORKSHOP ATTENDANCE. Choose to attend one of the following workshops:

    1.) Rainwater harvesting
    2.) Black Soldier Flies and Worms and other types of composting
    3.) Canning and food preservation
    4.) Mushroom production
    5.) Raising fish
    6.) Nutrition
    7.) Plants: seed, harvest, light, nutritional reqs
    8.) Cooking from your ecosystem
    9.) Potato towers, cereal grains, berries and orchards- beyond your aquaponics system
    10.) Water systems: irrigation and potable filtration
    11.) Operating your AP system
    12.) Systems... why are we doing this?
    13.) Bees, pollinators and other forms of pollination. Beneficials, and pest controls.
    14.) Education- communicating with others outside of our unique IFEWS CSA community
    15.) Winter growing
    16.) Fermentation
    17.) Fish, meat, poultry preservation

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    AQUAPONICS WORKSHOP.

    Attend an Aquaponics Workshop in Portland. This is our Aquaponics for Everyone workshop. Kickstarters will also receive a VEG kit manual.

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    BAG OF THE MONTH.

    1 bag of mixed salad greens from the IFEWS a month for 12 months. Pick up the first Friday of the month.

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    MIGHTY BLUE RAIN BARREL.

    Portland Purple Water was founded to develop, discover, and implement water conservation solutions. If you've been thinking about rainwater harvesting, why not buy our... Mighty Blue Rain barrel and with a recycled steel stand- in support of the IFEWS CSA. For pickup in Portland only. Please and thank you.

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    DEDICATION WALL-- SIGNAL CRAYFISH LEVEL.What is a signal crayfish? It's a freshwater crayfish native to the Pacific Northwest. As a detritus eater it's important to the environment. It can also be a great addition to an aquaponics system- keeping the system clean and as a harvestable product. Please KNOW that you've made a difference for the better. You've helped us conserve water and energy, protect the environment, and grow food in a responsible and sustainable manner. You're are now part of the solution. Your name will be painted on the greenhouse dedication wall in the Signal Crayfish section. Thank you!

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    52 PICKUP.

    One bag of salad mix for each of the 52 weeks of the year from the IFEWS. YUM! We'll have the bags available for you to pick from St. Johns each Friday. Portland metro region residents only please and thank you.

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    DEDICATION WALL-- THAI BASIL LEVEL. Herbs and spices grow extremely well in aquaponic systems. One of our favorites is thai basil which makes fish dishes, salads, and roasted veggies sing. For a unique dessert combine fresh raspberries, lemon juice, honey, and thai basil- chill overnight. Who needs ice cream? Please KNOW that you've made a difference for the better. You've helped us conserve water and energy, protect the environment, and grow food in a responsible and sustainable manner. You're are now part of the solution. Your name will be painted on the greenhouse dedication wall in the Thai Basil section. Thank you!

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    IFEWS GUIDED TOUR.

    Tour of the completed Integrated Food Energy and Water project for you and three friends. Guided by Jason and Scott. Finish with lunch or dinner for four from a menu comprised of the bounty of the IFEWS.

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    VEG KIT, PORTLAND.

    We packaged all the parts and pieces needed to put together an aquaponic VEG system just like the one in Mr. Thompson's class. The piping, fittings, pump, bell siphons, and uniseals come ready to put together inside a barrel which you'll then use as your fish tank. You supply the following: three 55-gallon barrels (which you can get from us), standard cement blocks, 2x12 lumber , and grow media. We also include the illustrated VEG kit manual. This reward is intended to be picked up in Portland. For more details regarding the VEG kit follow the link provided in the main kickstarter page.

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    VEG KIT, EVERYWHERE ELSE.

    Aquaponics VEG Kit, manual and shipping to anywhere in the lower 48! You source locally the hard to ship items: three barrels, cement blocks, lumber, and grow media. For more details regarding the VEG kit follow the link provided in the main kickstarter page.

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    VEG KIT INSTALLED. VEG system (including wood, cement blocks, and Oregon volcanic rock as media) installed at your home in the Portland metro area by Portland Purple Water.

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    WORKSHOP PACKAGE. Attendance to 12 of the above listed workshops including the Aquaponics for Everyone workshop AND a VEG system manual in pdf format.

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    AQUAPONICS IFEWS CSA SHARE. 1 share of extraordinary food. This reward is for a quarter year share in the Intergrated Food Energy and Water System CSA. Your share also includes 12 workshops within one year (one a month) on the subjects listed above (see: "workshop package"). Shares are picked up in St. Johns on Friday afternoon. CSA members are encouraged to participate in harvesting, planting, and IFEWS operation. CSA members will earn share rate reductions for the following quarter based on their participation. A key goal for the IFEWS CSA is to (eventually) provide for the complete nutritional needs for each member. Portland residents only, please and thank you.

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    DEDICATION WALL-- TOMATO LEVEL. Tomatoes are garden royalty. There is no comparison between a garden grown tomato and one bought in a store. This is because, among other things, they don't travel well. As such, the store-bought tomato most clearly represents the issues regarding industrial agriculture. In garden these creatures are nutrient hungry. They pull up lots of nitrogen from the soil in an aquaponic system they thrive because there is plenty of nitrogen to be had. But here's the best part... as tomatoes and the rest of the plants in the system grow, they use the nitrates that were converted from ammonia by the microbes. Normally all of this ammonia, nitrite, and nitrate would have been a real problem for the fish. But, the plants FILTER the water in an aquaponics system. We have a complete, circular, enclosed ecosystem!
    Please KNOW that you've made a difference for the better. You've helped us conserve water and energy, protect the environment, and grow food in a responsible and sustainable manner. You're are now part of the solution. Your name will be painted on the greenhouse dedication wall in the Tomato section. Thank you!

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    CSA SCHOLARSHIP. Give a full share to a family. You can pick them if you have know of a family in need. Otherwise we'll pick them together by putting out a request within the St. John's community.

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    INDOOR VEG SYSTEM- FULLY LOADED. This is for a VEG system installed by Portland Purple Water at your home, in your garage, basement, living room-- or wherever. Awesome mounted hybrid 8 bulb LED and T5 lighting system (2x blue/white LED, 2x red LED, 4x T5) with an automatic timer. Choose from either trout or catfish. Includes hydroton grow media and a freshwater master test kit.

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    DEDICATION WALL-- RAINBOW TROUT LEVEL. Trout are athletes suited to hunting cold mountain rivers for insects, fish eggs, and small fish. They're also perfectly suited to the seasonal climate changes in the Pacific Northwest. This means that outdoor aquaponic systems can reduce their operating costs by not having to heat the water in the system during the winter. For this reason and many others we recommend that aquaponics in the PNW consider raising trout. Plus... they're delicious and a great source of omega 3 fatty acids. Please KNOW that you've made a difference for the better. You've helped us conserve water and energy, protect the environment, and grow food in a responsible and sustainable manner. You're are now part of the solution. Your name will be painted on the greenhouse dedication wall in the Rainbow Trout section. Thank you!

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    Aquaponics Workshop- Portland Purple Water founder, Jason Garvey, will come to your city wherever you are, and give an all day Aquaponics workshop. This amount covers airfare, hotel, food, car rental (if needed). You supply the venue and the a/v system. Invite as many folks as you wish. Charge admission for the event if you wish.

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    ENERGY, FOOD, WATER WORKSHOP-- PORTLAND with Franz Schreier and Jason Garvey. Franz will fly in from Germany and give a workshop with Jason on the Integrated Food Energy and Water System to you and 39 friends in Portland.

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    DEDICATION WALL-- STURGEON LEVEL. Sturgeon is maybe the ultimate creature to raise in an aquaponics system. It's true that after a few years female sturgeon will produce roe worth hundreds of dollars for a few ounces but Franz Schreier sees it a different way. He's currently raising Black Russian Sturgeon in his prototype aquaponic IFEWS system and feels that the real value is in the excrete. That's right, poop. Why? because fish poop feeds the plants and the plants grow at an astounding rate in an aquaponics system. So you'll have dozens and dozens of vegetable harvests before you get your first roe. But still, canning caviar is not a bad side business. Please KNOW that you've made a difference for the better. You've helped us conserve water and energy, protect the environment, and grow food in a responsible and sustainable manner. You're are now part of the solution. Your name will be painted on the greenhouse dedication wall in the Sturgeon section. Thank you!

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