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2014-08-28 Hour 1 Chad Hudspeth, Laura Rantanen (Video Archive):
Endless Food Systems EndlessFoodSystems.Com
Laura Rantanen from Finland
Laura Rantanen, from Finland, is working on a thesis and her university gave her a grant to come the USA to interview preppers and learn about the movement. She is looking at it from an outside view. She has been here about 3 weeks meeting with different prepping groups and is here now learning about aquaponics and food sustainability. She saw Chad Hudspeth and the Endless Food System episode on Doomsday Preppers and found him through a Google search.
A Revolutionary Growing Technique!
Full Size Kits
Layouts & Variations
Fish Tank measures 51" front to back, 42" wide and 35" tall and is 300 gallons
Large Clay Pebble & Raft Grow bed measures 51"X51"X13" deep and is 100 gallons
Small Grow beds for the Genesis Series measures 45"X45"X12" deep and is 75 gallons
In looking at a space you want to place a system in, use the above dimensions & keep in mind they can be arranged in a straight line, U-shape, or L pattern. We like to keep a 16" walkway between grow beds but for a tight space those can be reduced to 12" or eliminated.
There are many ways to set up your system. The important thing to keep in mind is how large of a system do you need and what space limitations do you have.
1.) How much food do you want to produce (how many people)?
2.) How much space do you have to place the system in?
To answer how much food, lets calculate the production amounts. A well managed system could produce 10 pounds of produce per square foot of grow bed space per year. So if you want to feed 1 person an average of 1 pounds of vegetables per day, then that would be about 36 square feet of grow bed space needed. This does not include the fish, which will work out to harvesting about a 1 pound fish every 4 days (on a system in full production mode) or so depending on your stocking density, water temperature and type of fish.
To answer question 2, take a look at the space you have, how much produce you want to grow & then you can see what configuration will work. One rule to keep in mind is that the pebble beds must sit to the left & right of the fish tank and a floating raft tank must feed off of a pebble bed.
A Grow Bed refers to a Clay Pebble or gravel bed for growing,
a Raft Bed refers to a floating Styrofoam raft for growing your plants
Here are some standard layouts:
The Genesis & Sanctuary Series systems look the same but vary a bit in design and how they can be expanded. Both use the same 300 gallon fish tank available in 4 colors. The Genesis Series is a more compact system using easy reach 3'X3' grow beds and a direct drive water pump without the use of a sump tank. Genesis kits are available in 2 models, the G-11 & G-22. Sanctuary Series & Genesis Series kits will not operate or expand with each other.
The Sanctuary Series use full size 4'X4' grow beds & sump tanks. They can be expanded into very large systems with numerous variations. They use a combination of clay pebble grow beds and floating raft beds and are very versatile.
There are many possibilities with the Sanctuary Series, these are just a few:
Notice how the 32's & 64's are the same size but arranged differently? The number stands for the total square feet of grow bed space. A 32 means there is 32 square feet of grow space & the system will produce 320 pounds of vegetables a year if it is managed well. A 64 means it has 64 square feet of grow bed space & can produce 640 pounds of vegetables in one year. Walkways can be 16", 12" or eliminated. If you are un-sure or have a custom pattern, give us a call or send an email with your required layout & we can customize a system for you.
L Means the layout of the system is in an L shape
S Means the layout is in a straight line
U Means the layout is in a U shape
What is included?
Metal stands made from galvanized 1 3/8" pipe with adjustable legs
Clay Pebbles ARE included in all Sanctuary Series Kits but NOT included with Genesis
FDA food grade approved Polypropylene fish tank
BPA free commercial grade hydroponic ABS grow beds
Pre-Cut & ready plumbing with valves - no cutting or drilling required
Auto Siphon tuned and ready, simply plug it in
Magnetic Drive water pumps with encapsulated circuitry
High Quality aerators for ample oxygen flow to the fish & grow beds
All Air Stones and black air lines to connect to air pump
Nitrifying Bacteria from a healthy culture to jump start your system
DETAILED assembly instructions with LOTs of pictures & explanations
Owners manual with TONs of information on maintenance & tips
Access to the Customers Only web page with assembly video & much more
Daily Worksheet with detailed instruction of what to do daily & track your progress
Maxicrop seaweed extract, enough to make 1 gallon & often lasts 1 year
API Freshwater Test kit to test for pH, Nitrites, Nitrates and Ammonia levels
Level with tape measure built in, the only tool you may need is a screwdriver
Oyster Shells in a plastic netting for automatic pH adjustment
Cycling instructions with Maxicrop & Nitrifying Bacteria to get started
Expansion Ports where appropriate for future addition of grow beds
Heirloom Seeds with catalog explaining what & when to plant
Temperature gauge for monitoring water levels
Your kit will ship via freight because of the size of the tanks. They ship nested together and although individually the tanks are very manageable, when they ship together along with all the parts & clay pebbles they are quite heavy. It is best once unloaded from the shipping company truck, to unpack it there which makes transfer of the system to your chosen spot much easier. A dolly would be handy but not required. The heaviest component is the fish tank, without the lid it weighs about 70 pounds but can be slid around easily or carried by 2 people. The fish tank can also fit through most doorways when tilted sideways. Next to that, the heaviest item is the bags of pebbles which are about 45 pounds each.
What is it?
A wicking bed allows water stored in the bottom to "wick" or soak up through the soil to the plants root system. This capillary action naturally waters the plants using far less water than a regular garden system. An emergency overflow drain is located in the bed to prevent over watering. Since really the only water lost in the system is to evaporation it is extremely efficient. In a regular garden you not only lose water to the sub-soil but you also lose all the nutrients. Both of these issues are resolved with a wicking bed. We suggest using the nutrient rich water from your aquponics system to further enhance plant growth. If your aquaponics system is subject to rainfall, you can attach an overflow hose to the wicking bed to use up some of the excess water. With a wicking bed, you can grow several root crops to go along with your aquaponics production.
Our kit comes with Grow Stones for the bottom layer, the filling tube and pre-assembled plumbing. You will need to add your own compost or potting soil. We recommend a 1:1 mixture of potting soil with straw. Great for all types of root crops!