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Videos from Nine Mile Farm – 4-5-17

First we have Aquatic and Aquaponics Update 4-3-17 in this video I go over some new things we have added to our system.   Specifically two new flood and drain beds installed in the aviary, along with the growth in the wicking beds.  We also check out how well the water cleared up in the garden ponds and some new water plants for 2017.

 

Next up on The Duck Chronicles we have S3- Episode 13 – Big Ducks, Little Ducks and Gooses in Between in this video we have begun the integration of the babies to the main flock, I hope to have them fully integrated in about 14 days.  The biggest concern is that all the babies get big enough to not be able to get though the fence.

 

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Episode-1976- Why I Switched to Aquaponics

A Simple Flood and Drain Bed Made With a 14 Gallon Mixing Tray

Right out of the gate “switched” may not be the best word here, but it certainly applies to my growing of annual vegetables.  It may have been a better title to have said, “Why I Changed My Mind About Aquaponics.  Today I want to take a new look at aquaponics and try to demystify it a bit so that it is a bit more approachable at the small end of the scale to anyone.

The reality though is until recently I always looked at aquaponics this way, “what a great thing, for other people to do”.  I wasn’t opposed to it, I just had my own ways and well they worked.  Well until I moved to this limestone ledge we call a farm.

I met a good friend named David and he told me how much food they were producing on their small property and together we designed the systems I now run on my property.  Today I will talk about them and give you some simple ways to get started for a few hundred dollars with 100% off the shelf prices.

Join Me Today to Discuss….

  • What is aquaponics in a nut shell
  • The three main grow beds and what they are best for
    • Ebb and Flow (aka flood and drain)
    • Deep Water Raft
    • Wicking Beds
  • Additional components
    • Choosing a Pump
    • What makes a bulkhead a good bulkhead
    • The basics of a bell siphon
  • A simple flood and drain system and a few options on building it
    • 100 Gallon Stock Tank with 4 Ebb and Flow Beds $310.00
    • 150 Gallon Stock Tank with 6 or more Ebb and Flow Beds $460.00
    • 3 x 100 Gallon Stock Tanks with 6 or more Ebb and Flow Beds $560.00
    • 300 Gallon Stock Tank with 6 or more Ebb and Flow Beds $570.00
    • Add $90.00 to the above prices for the larger pump
    • Incorporating deep water or wicking into these designs
  • The value of shade cloth or eastern sun and western shade
  • Some additional ideas and thoughts
    • Adding a duck weed biofilter bed
    • How to make an “aquarium siphon”
    • Protecting your pump with a bucket or a bag
    • When IBCs make a lot of sense
    • Lava Rock, Expanded Shale and Expanded Clay Pebbles
    • Plant propagation with ebb and flow
    • Replanting produce with ebb and flow
  • Final thoughts

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Three New Survival Podcast Videos This Week

I put out three videos this week on our YouTube channel but with all that has been going on I am just now getting to post them on the blog.

First up in the Duck Chronicles, I have two new episodes out.

Season Three – Episode Eleven – Free Range Grass Is Heaven – The new flock of baby ducks gets their first taste of real freedom and are set free on the back pasture at nine mile farm.

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Season Three – Episode Twelve – Into the Swales We Delve – Thanks to a good over night rain there is a bit of water holding in the upper swale and the babies get their first taste of swimming and playing in mud.

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Aquatic and Aquaponics Updates – 3-29-17 – The garden ponds have had three ebb and flow beds added, more for filtration than true growing of food.  These are simple beds you can build all in for 20-25 dollars depending on what media you use and where you get it.

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2 Inch Return Lines Added to the Aquatic System

Just some quick video of a modification we did to the aquatic system (note aquatic, not aquaponic).  We plumbed in 2 inch return lines so we can run the flow much faster and turn the entire system over about once ever 90 minutes, or about 16 times a day.

I also explain why the Duck Chronicles Season Three won’t be starting for a few more weeks.  And there are two more bonus videos.

Here are two more videos of some fish we caught and added to the aquaponics system this week as well.

Two New Videos On Our Aquaponics and Aquatic Systems

Just a couple of update videos on some of the stuff we are doing at Nine Mile Farm right now.

We cover installing a return line, installing heat tape, the harsh freezes, the plans for a new “Bullhead Hotel” where the new ducks will be brooded and more.

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Episode-1912- Richard Hastings of East Texas Aquaponics on Stepping Off the Cliff

Richard on a Rough Day!

Richard spent 26 years as a software engineer in Austin, TX, before he and his family moved four hours away in the summer of 2015 to an area where they didn’t know anyone. They took their 10’th grade daughter, kicking and screaming, from one of the best Government schools in Texas to a totally unknown (to them) small school in a small community.

Since then, they have built a commercial aquaponics system and started to sell into the market. Richard has his PDC from the online Geoff Lawton program in 2014 and has been a listener to the survival podcast since episode 415 and an MSB member for three years.

This is one of those rare shows were I was proactive in asking the guest to fill out a guest survey form.  I happened to connect with Richard after publishing one of my videos on youtube.  It was a small water garden system I was doing and he gave me a link to his set up, I was blown away!  He then told me how long he had been listening to TSP and that we were partly why he had made this life change, so I asked him right away to please come share his story.  Today you will hear that story.  It is pretty awesome.

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Episode-1640- Aquaponics for High Density Food Production

Learn More at Endless Food Systems

Learn More at Endless Food Systems

We are joined today by Chad Hudspeth of EndlessFoodSystems.com.  Chad is a 5th generation farmer from North Texas. Growing up in a rural community helped him understand the value of being prepared since the closest town was a good 40 minute drive away.

Joining us along with Chad is his partner in business Greg Peterson from Urban Farm U.  He believes that, growing your own food creates a happier, healthier life. It makes us feel better and contributes to a healthier planet. Our current food system is broken. The lack of nutrition, proliferation of environmental toxins, and average distance our food travels to our tables, has reduced its nutritional density.

This contributes to a stressful life and the potential onset disease that follows. By growing your own organic food, you can eliminate the toxins in your food, reduce your stress, and reconnect with nature — your source of true sustenance.

Today we will focus on aquaponics which is quite different from the better known Hydroponics. Chad is the founder of Endless Food Systems which manufacturers aquaponic kits. These kits can ship to the lower 48 states and are designed to enable the average person who know absolutely nothing about growing food to have instant success.

Chad has also been featured in several magazines and been on national radio and TV shows to discuss the advantages of aquaponics.

Join Us Today to Discuss…

  • What is Aquaponics
  • What got Chad interested in Aquaponics
  • Advantages of Aquaponics over Hydroponics
  • Key differences from soil farming
  • How much food can it produce
  • What kind of fish work best
  • What kind of plants work best
  • How much energy is required will it work off grid
  • How much work is running a system
  • Where can you purchase aquaponics systems and supplies

Resources for today’s show…

Bob Wells Plant of the Week Methley Plum Tree –  The Methley Plum is highly adaptable from zone 5 to zone 9.

It is a juicy sweet plum with red flesh, reddish purple skin and great flavor.  It is an attractive tree that is vigorous and bears heavy. It ripens early and is very cold hardy. This is Bob Wells personal favorite when it comes to plums.

Find this plant and more at BobWellsNursery.com Bob specializes in edible landscape, including: Fruit Trees, Berry Plants, Nut Trees, as well as the hard to find Specialty Fruit Trees.

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Episode-1271- Dr. Nate Story on Vertical Farming and Aquaponics

Dr. Storey of BrightAgroTech.com

Dr. Storey of BrightAgroTech.com

Dr. Nate Storey is the co-founder, inventor, and CEO at Bright Agrotech, an innovative vertical farming start up on the high plains of Laramie, Wyoming. Nate and the Bright Agrotech team seek to empower commercial producers and home growers alike to grow a lot more nutritious produce with less space with their ZipGrow tower technology.

Dr. Storey earned his PhD. from the University of Wyoming in Agronomy researching aquaponic production and different creative live distribution models to help farmers live better. His research was in direct response to the many barriers there are to getting into farming and living well as a commercial producer today’s world.

Not only is the cost of land and equipment going through the roof, but also new farmers face substantial costs when harvesting and packaging their produce. A cost that Dr. Storey sought to dissolve with ZipGrow products. This technology allows the farmers to outsource the ha rvesting and packaging their crops to the consumers in turn giving the customer the freshest produce possible.

Join Us Today for a Discussion on Growing More in Less Space Including…

  • What’s wrong with the current food system
  • Why should we be growing some/most of our own food
  • What exactly is aquaponics
  • Why grow food vertically
  • Are there any inexpensive ways to get into aquaponics
  • What fish work best in aquaponics systems
  • How small should as system be before it is too small
  • What is zip grow and why is it cool
  • How can packaging be eliminated from the food system
  • Where can you learn more about aquaponic systems

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Episode-1076- Mark Kirkwood with Follow Up on Air Wells, Aquaponics and More

Construction Begins on a New Hybrid Earthship

Construction Begins on a New Hybrid Earthship

Mark Kirkwood is the cofounder of Biotecture Training and a self proclaimed life long survivalist. He teaches aquaponics, earthship construction, sustainable living and survival through community development.

He is 36 years old and his past careers have included working as a banker, health insurance professional, pest control specialist and as a construction worker.

Mark is currently married with 3 children. He and his business partner have invested a year and a half and several tens of thousands of dollars to build a foundation for people to come and learn how to live free of “the systems of man”.

Mark joins us today for a brief follow up to his first interview.  Today we discuss that trials of building alternative housing, avoiding POAs and HOAs like the plague, air wells, trombes and aquaponics systems using in ground ponds.

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Episode-1028- Technologies, Products and Ideas for a Transitional Society

For Acorns to be a Food, First a Market Must be Created

For Acorns to be a Food, First a Market Must be Created

There are a lot of things wrong with modern business, finance, agriculture and manufacturing.  Many of us understand the current system is far from sustainable but we also know for now it is all we have.  Today I will discuss some business and product ideas that are just bouncing around in my head.

Some of these are honestly very easy to do, others may require a lot more work then I imagine but most of them do have a potential to change things for the better long term.

Like most ideas though, they are pretty much worthless unless someone make them happen.  Some of what you will hear today isn’t new at all, in fact some if it is how we can take old ideas and actually make them work.

Join Us Today As We Discuss…

  • First you have to understand how a market is “created”
  • Second you must understand human nature is to be lazy
  • Third you must understand that people naturally resist change
  • Ideas for Transitional Products and Businesses
    • Stop taking about acorns and make them edible in mass quantity
    • Develop small scale affordable hullers and presses
    • Make methane biogas but do so for others on their own sites
    • Develop a pond based back yard aquaponics system
    • Cheap modular (snap together) aquaponics systems
    • Building electric motorcycles
    • Building battery back up systems

Resources for today’s show…

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