SustainableLifeboat™ is a generic model farm for alternative crops for various regions of North America, using drip irrigation systems (for organic weed control and conservation of water).
Principles and practices associated with the SustainableLifeboat™ Concepts will prove “priceless” should the electricity grid and water distribution systems collapse after times of financial instability. They have been developed to facilitate the growth of food vegetables, herbs, chickens, etc. using proven water saving products.
The SustainableLifeboat™ model can be augmented with the addition of some traditional healthy farm techniques such as crop rotation, free range pastured chickens and livestock, traditional heirloom vegetables, and aquaponics.
These model farms act as SustainableLifeboat™ retreats, via an “entrepreneurial” action, using a capitalistic structure.
The objective is to create an investment model to help find the funding to create a network of farm retreats. To create as many farm retreats with income streams while current currency paradigms continues to exist.
They will produce herb and spice crops for the growing floral trade, and to develop accurate cost-of-goods produced for eventual expansion opportunities. A secondary objective is to take advantage of horticultural and related large-garden type farming background (and equipment).
One such technique is an “Aquaponics Art System”
Aquaponics is a naturally occurring symbiotic relationship between plants and fish. In ponds, rivers and lakes, the waste generated by the fish is carried to the shoreline where it becomes a nutrient rich food for plants. The plants’ roots become a natural filter for the waste water before it is returned to the source.
DESCRIPTION of AQUAPONICS: Aquaponics is a naturally occurring symbiotic relationship between plants and fish. In ponds, rivers and lakes, the waste generated by the fish is carried to the shoreline where it becomes a nutrient rich food for plants. The plants’ roots become a natural filter for the waste water before it is returned to the source.
AQUAPONICS SYSTEMS: “Aquaponics systems” are systems designed to recreate these natural conditions, in a closed loop, controlled environment for the purpose of growing plants and raising fish.
THE AQUAPONICS ART SYSTEM:
The “Aquaponics Art System” is a serious home garden system designed to replicate the three most popular techniques of growing utilized in aquaponics. The operator can simulate a “deep water environment”, a “rise and fall environment”, or a “low water or film environment” in the same system at the same time. This provides the opportunity to grow a much greater variety of crops.
Until now, aquaponics systems designed for home use have been primarily “rise and fall” systems. Deep water” and “film systems” have been used primarily for commercial applications, the decision as to which depends on the crops being grown. Each of these techniques have advantages and disadvantages in regards to which crops you can successfully grow. With “Aquaponics Art Systems”, we have found a way to incorporate all three of these techniques to have “the best of all worlds” in one system. The BENEFIT to YOU: Greater varieties of vegetables, fruits and herbs grown than in more traditional aquaponics systems. FROM — https://web.archive.org/web/20161028022242/http://www.aquaponicsart.com/home2/
Materials and Tools to build a Global Garden
Electric or battery drill — 3 1/2″ Hole saw – 1/2″ auger bit 8″ long — 6″ or larger skill saw — 1 1/4″ drill bit hammer —- 2 adjustable wrenches —- PVC cutter up to 1″ Marking pen —- Tape measure
I have built 18 foot systems which are the 100 plant and 28 foot systems which are the 200 plant system.
The parts list is for the 100 plant system, to build the 200 plant system double the *’d items.
1 IBC Tote food grade 275 gallon used for both the fish tank and the nursery (see note below)
See note on page two
*6 4″ PVC 10 foot pipe
*12 4″ End caps
*4 1″ PVC 10 foot pipe
2 3/4″ PVC 10 foot
1 1″ PVC inline flow through valve
3 3/4″ PVC inline flow through valves
2 1″ T coupling
1 1″ to 3/4 reducing T
2 1″ to 3/4″ 90 degree reducer
18 1″ 90 degree coupling
8 3/4″ 90 degree couplings
2 3/4″ T couplings
1 Submersable pump 1000 GPH
1 Pond filter 2 Gallon capped
You will want to use a lumber that will hold up around weather and water.
I have used pressure treated lumber and cedar which I sealed with linseed oil.
*6 2″ X 6″ X 10 foot board
4 4″ X 4″ posts 8 foot for legs
*2 2″ X 4″ X 10 foot
16 7″ X 3/8″ stove bolts with washers and nuts
3 2′ X 10 foot Plastic foof material for top of table
You don’t have to have these exact parts, we can make adjustments and use what is available.
NOTE; About the IBC tote: Most of the materials can be purchased at Home Depot or Lowes or any large hardware store. If you go to google type in IBC totes and your city you will most likely find someone selling them. They range any where from $ 80.00 to $ 120.00.
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