Sustainable Aquaponics Farm System – 1 million pounds of food and 35000 Fishes Grown


Subscribe Below 🙂 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 3/4 acres back the other side of the house. I’ve got some fruit trees I’ve got Peeled 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 going to work because when I looked at the cost of reverse osmosis It was gonna cost me 2 cents more per pound for the tomatoes and 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 for 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 culture 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 can 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 interests 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 design my own system This is an off-the-grid bio integrated greenhouse and It’s powered by the Sun on 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 reached a certain temperature Then I have pecs tubing in a concrete floor. So the floor itself acts as a thermal storage Two Tanks that 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 that 500 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 when that runs out then I have a gasoline generator which So we’re at growing Milwaukee Wisconsin and they are percent for the planet recipient and I’m really excited to be here because I wanted to Check this place out for many years when I lived in Milwaukee I always wanted to come and this never did but right here and this is Tammy. She’s the communications She’s helping us that she gave us a whole tour of this place We’ve been here for about two hours and it’s extremely exciting stuff one of the most Exciting statistics that they grow over a million pounds of food per year Here in this urban farm, which is three acres, right? And it was started twenty years ago, but it’s really started to pick up over the last Really over the US couple the last year or two with a lot of oxide locations this time of year planting County world farms. Are you take of our starter plants out and Here for us we’re leaving thankfully we’re going So, what would you say that main calls Mr. Allen has said will Allen who’s our farmer founder in studio? He he start out he was looking for place Wants to solve the problem of Buda, you know, I believe that Access to real healthy Hopefully to do is to solve that problem the revolution as We know that we’re drawing Roars here our restaurants it is It definitely seems like it is and besides the fact that they grow a million pounds of Vegetables per year. They also have thirty five thousand fish at any time here through their aquaponics You can see all around me. This is all aquaponics they do Tilapia and yellow perch other main fish and with aquaponics how it works is the plants Basically work together And another thing that’s great is they compost 40 million pounds of waste per year 43 million pounds of waste are prevented employing the local Forty-three million pounds. That’s crazy I mean that’s a lot of waste that we are turning into good soil if there is anything that mr Allen talks about I would say almost more than anything Is all about soil We grow ourselves and it’s about half of that it’s food waste that we get donated we have a lot of great partners all Milwaukee Give us beer mash with a coffee roasters to give us coffee grounds restaurants and food They can’t use Okay, so as you know on this trip, I’ve been learning just how much food waste we have in the United States 30% of the food that Americans purchase goes into the dumpster which is a hundred sixty five billion dollars with the food a year. So basically Money is being dumped traded in the dumpster But it’s even more time-intensive than dumping the money so they actually are able to divert 21 million pounds of food per year from what would go to the landfills and Instead turning it into a product that is being used to grow food And that’s kind of the way that the earth is designed and the way that it should be it’s been an absolute pleasure to be here their websites growing power or Grace book time slash going forward and we’ll be doing a post about them of course and Really excited. If you want to learn about good ways to get involved with the community if you’re here in Milwaukee, they accept volunteers They’re just they’re an amazing thing. So drawing power again to learn more about them Are you concerned about our changing and increasingly toxifying environment and its effects on your food Are you worried about the effects that your food supply has on the environment and its ecosystems? Do you want your food dollars to support the rejuvenation of local economies in ecosystems? You are not alone Increasing awareness of the severity of these issues has inspired a grassroots revolution to find solutions Here at magpie farms. We are excited to offer cosac a commercial open source Sustainable aquaponic greenhouse co sag is an innovative Competitively scaled sustainable farming installation designed to address our populations freaky sentence Cosac was not developed. We invent aquaponics or greenhouses, but to make these systems and methods available The coset project will provide thorough in-depth videos and tutorials on construction and operation of cossack free through an open source agricultural online platform a Cossack offers numerous benefits over traditional farming methods Its closed-loop system uses 90% less water than traditional Agriculture in the production of fruits and vegetables and eliminates water pollution. We throw eyes ears herbicides pesticides and fish Authority It is designed to produce what requires thereby reducing the amount of all farm inputs and their financial costs environmental impacts It’s controlled environment produces fresh local organic fruits vegetables and fish 12 months a year Even in northern latitudes with little effect from outside environmental factors such as weather and pests It’s compact design and utilization of industry proven systems Increases yield to square foot ratios of produce and fish increasing revenues and relieving the demand on resources for production Cossacks are modular allowing builders freedom in their design All cossack operations are simple include redundant backup systems and our industry of proven Its grassroots local introduction returns the connection and directness of transactions between producers and consumers Thus rejuvenating local economies and strengthening community it’s uniquely affordable with instruction and startup costs of less than $25 per square foot a fraction of the cost for any prefab system in its class a Cossack presents itself as a viable option for struggling small farms and communities The Cossack project is ready to build its first functioning prototype and research facility This 30 foot by 100 foot for seasoned greenhouse installation will provide the material for the videos and tutorials Allow us to fine-tune and experiment with the systems to improve their quality and yield Integrate other forms of hydroponics and aquaculture and increase our commercially available local food supply Magpie Farms is raising $50,000 in 45 days for the Cossack project Monies touched to our cause through the construction of the first Cossack facility and to support the project’s ongoing mission and web presence We invite you to come take a closer Look at the Cossack project make a donation and join the growing crowd of individuals supporting the solutions to our social economic and environmental issues Thank you You

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