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THE CONCRETE FARMER
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”.