Welcome to 21st Century Agriculture
Experience Abundance at Our
Greenhouse Aquaponics Facility in
Half Moon Bay, California.
Andre Paez, MBA
Chief Abundance Officer (CEO)
Abundant Farmer Corporation
2351 Cabrillo Highway North
Half Moon Bay, CA 94019
Toll Free Voice & Fax: 888-201-9045
Abundant Farmer’s mission is to create the largest network of safe, local, sustainable, organic
aquaponic farms throughout the world. Our company is excited to offer local California fish (like
carp, rainbow trout, channel catfish, largemouth bass, and *tilapia (*available only in certain
California regions) and the freshest organic leafy greens, herbs, vegetables, fruits and micro-
greens produce available on the market.
What is Aquaponics?
Aquaponics is the world’s most sustainable food production system. It combines the strengths of
aquaculture (raising fish in tanks) and hydroponics (growing plants in water) into a dynamic and
productive re-circulating ecosystem which produces both a fresh protein source and organic
produce. The fish provide the fertilizer, or nutrient rich water for the plants, and the plants clean
the water for the fish - which makes for a perfect symbiotic relationship.
Aquaponics Highlights & Sustainability Benefits:
Aquaponics uses 98% LESS water than traditional in-ground farming.
Sustainability Benefits: Aquaponics preserves our precious fresh water
resources and can produce food in water scarce environments.
Aquaponics uses 70% to 92% LESS energy than a conventional farm (which
uses fuel and petrochemical-intensive fertilizers).
Sustainability Benefits: Aquaponics is not dependant on oil. Our system can
operate entirely on alternative energy (solar, wind, and/or hydroelectric),
helping to further reduce carbon emissions.
Aquaponics produces up to 10 to 20 times the amount of organic
produce the same area of ground would because vegetables grow two to
three times faster, and at three to four times higher density, without ever
depleting their growing area, as would happen in dirt.
Sustainability Benefits: Aquaponics uses less land and can even use
cheap unfertile land to produce fresh fish and organic produce.
Aquaponics can operate in controlled environments and can be easily set
up in local communities anywhere.
Sustainability Benefits: Greenhouses ensure optimum dependable food
production, food security against possible contaminations,
and vast reduction of travel time, distribution and fuel costs.
Our aquaponics systems are USDA Certified Organic, and can not be
cheated. If we use any chemical pesticides, herbicides, or fertilizers, our
fish die. Most approved organic pesticides would even kill our fish. The
fish act as the "canary in the coal mine", and force the farmer to be honest.
Sustainability Benefits: Aquaponic produce is fresh, guaranteed organic,
and has a longer shelf life than traditional field crops.
How Aquaponics Works:
Cultivating plants and fish through aquaponics is both easy on the environment and easy on
finances. Aquaponic systems don't use any chemicals, and they require about 2 percent of the
water used in regular farming. The systems are closed -- that is, once they've been filled with
water, only a small amount is introduced into the system thereafter to replace evaporated water.
So how can a water-based system use less water than conventional farming? The answer: the
continual reuse and recycling of water through naturally occurring biological processes.
Basically, the waste from fish produces natural bacteria that convert waste-like ammonia into
nitrate. This nitrate is then absorbed by plants as a source of nutrients. The basic principle of
aquaponics is to put waste to use.
Let's take a look at the step-by-step process:
• Fish living in aquaponic tanks excrete waste and respirate ammonia into water. Ammonia
is toxic to fish in high concentrations, so it has to be removed from the fish tanks for fish
to remain healthy.
• Ammonia-laden water is processed to harvest helpful types of bacteria that turn ammonia
into nitrate. These nitrates can then be used as plant fertilizer.
• Nitrate-rich water is introduced to the hydroponically grown plants (plants grown without
soil). These plants are placed in beds that sit on troughs filled with water, and the water is
enhanced by the nitrate harvested from the fish waste. The plants' bare roots hang through
holes in the beds and dangle in the nutrient-laden water.
• The roots of the plants absorb nitrates, which act as nutrient-rich plant food. These nitrates,
which come from fish manure, algae and decomposing fish feed, would otherwise build up
to toxic levels in the fish tanks and kill the fish. But instead, they serve as fertilizer for the
• The hydroponic plants' roots function as a biofilter -- they strip ammonia, nitrates, nitrites
and phosphorus from the water. Then, that clean water is circulated back into the fish
Because fish waste is used as fertilizer, there's no need for chemical fertilizers. The money and
energy it would take to put those chemicals to work is saved. In fact, the only conventional
farming method that's used to operate an aquaponics system is feeding the fish.
The future for Aquaponics is very bright and we at Abundant Farmer look forward to
providing safe, local, sustainable, organic Aquaponic farming fish and produce to our local
Commercial Aquaponic System: $30,600
This is the cost to set up Organically Certifiable Commercial Aquaponics System with
approximately 1,000 sqft of Growing Space.
*Note: this system can be scaled down and up depending on client’s goals.
Estimated Food Production:
Vegetables: Monthly: 750-1500 lbs, Annually: 9,000-18,000 lbs
Fish: Monthly: 100-200 lbs, Annually: 1,200-2,400 lbs
* Note: Fish production takes approximately 6-8 months to ramp up.
At a projected gross revenue of $4/lbs for both vegetables and fish, earnings are as follows:
Vegetables: Monthly: $3,000-$6,000, Annually: $36,000-$72,000
Fish: Monthly: $400-$800 lbs, Annually: $4,800-$9,600
Total Annual Gross Revenue: $40,800-$81,600
* Note: Depending on vegetable crop, marketing, and client’s distribution model higher $/lbs can
be attained. For example organic basil from Mexico retails at $15/lbs in most grocery stores.
Below is a picture of one lettuce trough showcased in our 10,000 sqft (of growing space)
Organic Commercial Half Moon Bay Ca Aquaponic System.