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  1. 1. Welcome to 21st Century Agriculture Experience Abundance at Our Greenhouse Aquaponics Facility in Half Moon Bay, California. Presented by: 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 Email: apaez@abundantfarmer.com Website: www.AbundantFarmer.com
  2. 2. 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.
  3. 3. 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 plants. • 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 tanks. 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 communities.
  4. 4. 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. Estimated Revenues: 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.