Urban Farmer Produces 1 Million Pounds Of Food Each Year On Just 3 Acres…

Urban Farmer Produces 1 Million Pounds Of Food Each Year On Just 3 Acres…

If you think YOU’VE got “limited space” to grow enough of your own food, then it might be time to think again.

Here’s the incredibly inspiring story of one man named Will Allen. Will has setup a largely self-sustaining food growing system that can produce 1 million pounds of food every single year…

Not only does he do this on just 3 acres of land, he does it smack bang in the middle of suburbia. In fact, his well-organized greenhouse system produces a crop value of almost $200,000 per acre.

 The system he uses mainly relies on the process of Aquaponics – that’s a process whereby you take advantage of the symbiotic cultivation of plants and aquatic animals in a re-circulating system.The fish (which supply you with protein – unless you’re just keeping them as pets) produce a continual supply of natural waste in their water. That water is filtered through “growing beds” which supplies valuable nutrients to the plants, and it’s then circulated back to the fish as freshly filtered clean water. The cycle then continually repeats.

You can learn more about Aquaponics here.

As you’ll see in the videos below, Will…

  • Maintains 3 acres of land in green houses.
  • Produces 10,000 fish (that’s some serious protein).
  • Uses 300 to 500 yards of high quality worm compost.
  • Makes use of vertical growing techniques to maximize all available space.
  • Runs the system on 1 simple aquaponics pump.
  • Grows food year round by using heat from the compost piles to keep the green houses at a regular temperature even in the middle of winter.

Here’s a brief introduction to Will’s “Growing Power” setup…

…and here’s a 10 min video where he takes a group on a tour of the “Growing Power” facility.

…in our opinion, Will is one smart cookie ;-0

You can find out more about setting up your own backyard Aquaponics system here.

You can find out more about successful worm composting here.

If you like this story, be sure to share it with your friends and inspire someone you know. Anything becomes possible with just a little inspiration…

Source: EcoSnippets

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