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THE CONCRETE FARMER

Updated on March 3, 2013

MY CONCRETE FARM

Hi friends, this is Jocent, I’m new here at Hubpages and this is my first post and I want to share this project to all because I believe it can help a lot of people in places that don’t have enough space and convert idle lots or condemmed buildings, abandoned factories or even ruins to a productive concrete farm.


This project is based on the concept of “Aquaponics”, combination of aquaculture and hydroponics, simply fish culture and soil-less growing of plants using only water. I tried to improve and modify the ideas I gathered watching videos from Youtube. I got one idea from one person’s video because it is good and recycling softdrinks bottles can help solve our problem with industrial wastes. The PVC pipe flow trough system is also a good system of distributing the nutrient rich water (fish excreta) from the fish tank to the planting medium in this case the softdrinks bottles.


Since it is very hard to find a good plant soil in urban areas, we can use sand or gravel as potting medium for plants to hold on to. The system is considered “closed” because water is recycled and used over and over again with minimal loss due to evaporation and plant absorption. A small cost for electricity is expected since a motorized pump is used to push water to the highest point and the rest is gravity. Other costs to be considered are the feed for the fish, seedlings and fingerlings.


With this setup, I have proven that no matter what the conditions are, plants will survive and continue to produce. The success of this project depends on one’s creativity and perserverance. It is more effective if you will consider this as a hobby or better yet a business that will generate extra income for the family. Have fun with aquaponics and harvest the fruits of your labor “organically”.

My Concrete Farm

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      Distant Mind 4 years ago

      A very nice hub, jocent. Welcome to HubPages!

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      jocent 4 years ago

      Thank you +Distant Mind , that was a warm welcome!

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      Kimberly Vaughn 4 years ago from Midwest

      Welcome to HubPages Jocent! This is a very interesting topic. I can't wait to read more about it.

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      jocent 4 years ago

      Wow I can't thank you enough Kimberly Vaughn, now you've given me a reason to write better hubs.

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      Distant Mind 4 years ago

      Well, I hope that you'll soon feel right at home.

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      jocent 4 years ago

      I will be as long as I get friends like you who wish very well for me. Thank you very much +Distant Mind ,have a nice day!

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      PurvisBobbi44 4 years ago from Florida

      Hi,

      A great useful hub. This proves that with just a little planning one can have their own little garden no matter where they live.

      Very good I will remember this the next time someone tells me---I wish I had my own garden---well done.

      Bobbi Purvis

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      jocent 4 years ago

      Thanks +PurvisBobbi44 it is easy to make specially if you're enjoying what you are doing. I hope you will be able to make your own and I'll be glad to help. Have fun....God bless!

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      kaiyan717 4 years ago from West Virginia

      I love it! I have a bucket garden on my small apartment balcony using verticle gardening, I wish I had room for your set up. The 2-liter idea is quite awesome. Are you using the pool filter to filter fish waste? I have heard that duckweed is a great filter in aquaponics. Voted up and welcome, would love to see how you are doing.

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      Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

      A very interesting experience with farming! Thanks for sharing, docent!

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      jocent 4 years ago

      kaiyan717 yes I used a pool filter because it is just being stored so made use of it. You can have a small set up in your apartment using aquarium with your choice of fish. An aquarium pump to send the filthy water to your garden that will act as your filter. Have fun with your project!

      Thanks +midget38 for the nice comment!

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      kaiyan717 4 years ago from West Virginia

      I may take on the endeavor when it warms up a bit. I love the fact you use whats around, I only mentioned duckweed because many use it as a fish food, great way to save money on food. Looking forward to your next update and reading your next hub.

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      JP Carlos 4 years ago from Quezon CIty, Phlippines

      I like your first hub jocent. Welcome to hubpages. I love gardening and growing stuff in my backyard. This is definitely worth a closer look.

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      jocent 4 years ago

      kaiyan717...I am a nature lover that's why I gather materials from junk. I don't know if duckweed is available in our area, I have read about it din't give it a try I thought it might just get in to the pump and make a lot of problem. Thanks anyway, I'll look into it, may save more money using it.

      jpcmc...thanks. Now I am getting a lot of friends here and most love what I am doing just like you. So you're from Quezon City, I grew up there in Project 4. I have lots of beautiful memories regarding that place. I'd like to visit my old home town, maybe I can take a look at your garden too! God bless.

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      Anne 4 years ago from Spain

      Hi Jo, welcome to Hp and well done with your first hub. Thanks also for following me, I will do likewise. I was very interested in this hub because although I have studied horticulture I know nothing of hydroponics, and didn´t realize fish were involved. You have done a great job in setting up your operation and recycling materials too. Well done on all counts :)

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      Alan Robert Lancaster 4 years ago from Forest Gate, London E7, U K (ex-pat Yorkshire)

      This is agriculture with 'knobs' on! In certain circumstances - where soil quality is poor - this form of growing could be used for a larger-scale market garden economy.

      Best of luck for future projects, jocent.

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      jocent 4 years ago

      Thanks bac2basics this idea of combining aquaculture and hydroponics was from youtube. I was just so amazed at the concept that I got from two different person that I put together and ended with the final video I published.

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      jocent 4 years ago

      You're right alancaster149 , I am thinking of putting a greenhouse using this system and planning to grow high value crops. I have seen a lot of big companies in youtube growing tomatoes, cucumbers, green peppers and lettuces that supply big restaurants and very proud of their business. I hope to become one and will surely post more about it in the near future. Thanks for the support!

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      Alan Robert Lancaster 4 years ago from Forest Gate, London E7, U K (ex-pat Yorkshire)

      Tried selling the idea to the Arabs, together with water conservancy? Could be worth something in it for you, what with de-salination techniques and all that to 'up' the water supply. Who knows where it could lead?

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      Thomas Silvia 4 years ago from Massachusetts

      Very interesting and awesome first hub, well done !

      Welcome to HubPages !!!

      Vote up and more !!! Sharing !

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      jocent 4 years ago

      Thanks for the advice alancaster149 ....but I have heard that they are on to big scale hydrophonics and aquaculture in separate projects. It is really good if I can introduce to them the combined technique in order to maximize their output.

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      jocent 4 years ago

      How nice of you to welcome me warmly in my first hub and giving your thumbs up. Thanks a lot, promise I'll do better on my next post. God bless!

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      KenWu 4 years ago from Malaysia

      You have proven that anything can be done if one has the will. Great job on first hub. Hope that you can do an update if there is any. Wish you luck with your ongoing projects.

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      Brenda Kyle 4 years ago from Blue Springs, Missouri, USA

      Really interesting and new to me. I hope you post more about it and the specific things you grow.

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      torrilynn 4 years ago

      Hi jocent,

      i never knew what a concrete farmer was until you

      went into depth about what you wanted to talk to us about.

      really great hub overall and really nice information.

      thanks and Voted up.

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      moonlake 4 years ago from America

      My husband works for UW potato fields and they grow potatoes the hydroponic way. Interesting hub enjoyed it. Welcome to Hubpages. Voted up and more.

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      jocent 4 years ago

      KenWu 21 , bridalletter , torrilynn and moonlake thanks to your praises on my first hub. Now I am obliged to do better on the next post. Your warm welcome is much appreciated, God bless!

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      Kathryn 4 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      Welcome to HubPages!

      It is inspiring that one can farm in an area like that. I like the pictures and information you provided. Good luck with your project!

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      jocent 4 years ago

      Thanks Kathryn Stratford , It is nice to know that my hub can inspire a person like you. Now you're the one inspiring me to do better so that I can send my message to more people like you who takes time appreciating projects that will help not only the family buget but mother nature itself.

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      Nellieanna Hay 4 years ago from TEXAS

      Hello, Jocent - you've taken some great basic ideas and materials and designed powerfully useful 'farming' or gardening techniques that could be applied in places previously thought useless. I admire that. My late husband developed a small-space gardening technique, which we made use of and produced more veggies than we could hardly use in a very small space. He planned to expand and market the design but others also came up with similar systems and beat him to it.

      Now, with agriculture in such dire straits and need for food increasing, it will be such innovative ideas as yours which may prove the answer! You're so right that it may help Mother Nature for people to use ingenuity and imagination to grow more healthy food for ourselves and to recirculate the dwindling resources of our planet.

      A very well presented first hub - and welcome to the world of Hubpages!

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      jocent 4 years ago

      Thank you very much Nellieanna , I'm sorry about your husband and wish I can see or read about his gardening technique. Now I feel the warmth of your welcoming with such nice words. God bless!

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      Nellieanna Hay 4 years ago from TEXAS

      Jocent, yes, I miss him every day. I know I have other pictures somewhere showing the garden when it was all bursting with vegetables, but I do have a page on my website showing him in the planting stage. It's not detailed or anything but shows the size and shape. Of course, it can be any size and shape. His son had one just a few feet long and not as wide and grew lots of vegetables in it. See: http://nellieanna.com/9garden.html

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      jocent 4 years ago

      Nellieanna, saw your garden and it was big unlike mine full of concrete and very small. Your husband is very artistic and shows how passionate he is with gardening. Thanks for sharing your garden's pictures, it was beautiful.

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      frogyfish 4 years ago from Central United States of America

      You are an utterly creative person...your thrifty work is quite workable and pleasant. May you enjoy many fruits of your labor!

      Do you do any hand pollinating? Perhaps the 'pests' do some of it for you. Do keep us all updated on your improvements. Thank you very much for sharing this wonderful experiment on Hubpages, and welcome, indeed!

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      jocent 4 years ago

      Thank you frogyfish , yes I'm into hand pollinating and the insects helps too that's why I have problem with my second cropping. The leaves of the mustards were damaged by the caterpillars, ants were attacking the bell peppers and cucumbers herding the aphids to its leaves. I have to build a greenhouse in order to maximize my concrete farm's harvest.

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      Jill Spencer 3 years ago from United States

      Amazing! What an accomplishment.

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      jocent 3 years ago

      Thanks The Dirt Farmer ....I am really proud of it!!!

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