Our F.o.o.d. B.a.n.k.™ is capable of producing up to 4,200 pounds of organic vegetables annually, generating $16,800 in farmers market revenue, using a portable structure less than 500 square feet (no building permit required), no matter the weather, only taking 2 hours a week to maintain, and for an annual production cost of $100. If you could turn a $100 bill into over a $16,000 return every year, just by gardening in your backyard why wouldn’t you? Our mission is to plant seeds of hope in people just to watch them grow. Our F.o.o.d. B.a.n.k.™ combines water and energy harvesting, vermiculture, aquaculture, composting, and biointensive agriculture to create a symbiotic farming ecosystem that is adaptable to any environment. With our method Nature provides all of the organic inputs creating a sustainable farming system. Our F.o.o.d. B.a.n.k.™ is able to harvest all of its own water supply by collecting rain from the surface of the dome, diverting the water down the sloped greenhouse floor pond liner, and into our water bank or our pond. We harvest energy from our solar panel and store it in our battery bank which is used to run our air pump during power outages. We have sixteen 45 gallon fabric pots around our 10 foot diameter 1,200 gallon pond and one hundred sixty 5 gallon nursery pots around the perimeter of our 24 foot diameter dome equaling 210 square feet of growing space. We irrigate our plants from a water tower sprinkler situated in the center of the pond delivering the pond water like rain over the plants on automated watering cycles (1/2 hour at dawn and 1/2 hour at dusk). The pond water is filtered through the growing containers eventually draining down the slightly sloped greenhouse floor pond liner back into the pond (this filters all the pond water volume through the growing media once every 24 hours). We use 1/3 sand, 1/3 top-soil, and 1/3 organic compost for our growing medium in our pots, this homemade mix is less than half the cost of store bought media and provides a safe environment for our ecosystem even when the power fails. We have a recycle bin which we use to feed our red compost worms food waste, our red worms create free worm castings which we use to make compost tea which feeds our plants. After we harvest our vegetables, we empty each pot into our cement mixer, add fresh organic compost (made here on the farm), mix, refill pot, and plant seed or transplant seedling. This feeds our soil life (beneficial bacteria/fungi) over the next vegetable cycle. The organic nutrients from the pond water and worm castings tea will be circulated through the growing containers to provide all the nutrition that is needed to grow over 100 varieties of healthy organic vegetables. Healthy plants don’t require herbicides or pesticides which reduces our expenses, reduces pollution, and creates healthier food for us and our community. Using the biointensive gardening method it is possible to average 9 pounds of organic produce per square foot per year. Our F.o.o.d. B.a.n.k.™ produces an average of 1,890 pounds of organic veggies and can yield over 250 pounds of organic fish per year. Our method produces us almost 2,000 pounds of organic food annually for a maintenance cost of $100 (Worm Castings Tea Ingredients: $50 for a 50lb bag of glacial rock powder and $50 for 5 gallons of organic unsulfured molasses). Our F.o.o.d. B.a.n.k.™ requires less than 2 hours of work a week to maintain the system (the majority of which can be done on the weekends). Our F.o.o.d. B.a.n.k.™ is a portable structure and takes less than 500 square feet meaning we did not need a building permit to assemble it. We use about half the produce we grow for selling at market, our tomato plants in cages yield on average 20 lbs each which we sell for $4 a pound, bringing in $80 per square foot in revenue. To me this really is like a bank in the since that half of the organic vegetables grown in this space are like our checking account providing income for our life expenses and the other half of the organic vegetables are like our savings account providing our food supply for winter. Our startup investment for purchasing the F.o.o.d. B.a.n.k.™ components was just over $2,600 and if we just grew tomato plants alone in this space, we would have the potential to bring in $16,800 in annual income (210 square feet of growing space X caged tomato plant yield 20lbs per square foot=4,200 pounds X $4 a pound=$16,800). Averaging over $160 an hour working from home (2 hours a week X 52 weeks a year=104 work hours divided by $16,800=$161.53 an hour). Folks, our F.o.o.d. B.a.n.k.™ is our home based business (which actually pays for our home), our grocery store, our pharmacy, our health insurance, our farm water supply, our farm energy supply, and in a emergency (such as an earthquake) would provide shelter for my family and I to take refuge in. Using our concept anyone anywhere can provide for themselves by harvesting their own water, energy, soil, compost, fertilizer, food, and income from Nature. If you are interested in building your own home based business or food supply, you can find our “do it yourself” F.o.o.d. B.a.n.k.™ post on our Facebook page EdensReturn
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