Greenhouse and Aquaponics in Ohio with Barry Adler


Welcome to rain fresh harvest. My name is Barry Adler. I’m growing on Approximately a little less than an acre total this up front here is only maybe a quarter acre total with the greenhouses I’ve got about another half acre to three-quarters acres back the other side of the house. I’ve got some fruit trees. I’ve got Field tomato crops out there. How opinio is basil Down here out in the field. I’ve got a few tomatoes basil blackberries a variety of peppers some cucumbers and in the greenhouses here I’ve got Mizuna, Arugula cucumbers Spearmint and I’ve got a variety of fish aquaponics operations in there, Too, yellow perch Blue Gills Koi Originally looked at setting up a hydroponic organic Tomato and Lettuce operation Crop King has Had at the time some of the first Greenhouses with that design, but as I did my due diligence I thought my water was so terrible I would have to treat the water or run 35% of the water and leech every time I watered the plants so I decided that wasn’t gonna work because when I looked at the cost of Reverse Osmosis It was gonna cost me two cents more per pound for the tomatoes than I was going to be able to sell them for Due to the water issues. I decided I had to design my own greenhouse and I had been working at Scott’s as a researcher over 22 years And I had my job was outsourced so I had some Severance money to look into a new business and at the time I was interested in renewable energy, but back in 2004 there was absolutely no market for it. So my backgrounds in horticulture I’ve got a master’s degree in horticulture. I decided well. I’ve got this land. I might as well grow things and Do that as my business, so I? Started in and decided well I’ve got to design my own greenhouse to catch the water And I thought well I could put renewable energy on it Also, because at that time was the first year that the grants were available through the state of, Ohio so I combined both of my interest and designed this and took about a year and a half of figuring out all the ins and outs and looking at designs that seemed to work and also different types of Aquaponics that seemed to work and I’d kind of designed and took off from there and designed my own system This is an off-the-grid Bio integrated Greenhouse and It’s powered by the sun and the wind We have a one kilowatt burgie XL wind turbine 2.1 kilowatts photovoltaics is 12 Siemens they were originally 175 watts each but one of them had to be replaced because I got a bullet hole in one of them about three years ago and That’s a 190 what panel because it didn’t make them 175 Watts 10 years later, so in fact those same size panels now You can get almost about 400 watts in the same square footage These are solar thermal collectors. I have a hopf a water drain back system, originally start with propylene Glycol system, but it ended up because of the way it was designed It was letting air in the lines and the copper was starting to degrade so another guy came along who had more experience in this area and he said no Get the propylene glycol out of there, and just use straight water, and it’s worked fine ever since so at 34 degrees everything drains back into the building so the pipes don’t freeze in the wintertime and This is hooked into a heat exchanger And I’ll show you when we get in there that pumps, the hot Water or takes the heat out of the water puts it in a storage tank or when that storage tank reads a certain temperature then I pex tubing in a concrete floor so the floor itself acts as a thermal storage You tank so I catch water in ones underground cistern ones on the second floor each of them has a capacity to catch 500 gallons so I catch about a thousand gallons of water all it takes is about a Half inch of rain and that fills up at five hundred gallon Tank If there’s no wind or no sun. I’ve got battery backup storage that will help about three to four days Running everything but then when I know I’m not going to have sun or wind I start shutting down things I got about 40 different circuits in there I can flip everything off and only run the essential systems the bubblers for the fish and Irrigation and fans inside the greenhouse so I can stretch it out to five six days if I need to

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