November 30th – Biofarm Greenhouse and First Shipping Container:

Install of Biofarm grow systems, plumbing and nutrient storage nearly complete!.

Two weeks were spent this month on-site with crew to fabricate and install Biogarden grow systems. All in all we have build 1050′ square feet of growing area within a 3000′ sq ft greenhouse. It was a big success as we taught a new crew to build the beds, level the systems and installed a new plumbing arrangement to go with new bed configurations.

Unique to this project are the modular scalable grow systems. There are 8 20′ grow units (60-120 sq ft each) and four 40′ grow systems (between 120 and 240 sf each). The 20′ Biogardens are our classic design for aggregate beds with tanks for fish and nutrient storage. The 40′ Biogarden modules have tanks detached and sunken below ground level for gravitation return of water from grow beds pumped back and forth to support a natural aeration process with ebb and flow cycles below the plant trays.

Additional features include Bioponica Vortex Aerators that put a spin on water in each tank. The purpose is to improve mixing, aeration and ‘water structure’ per the research of Victor Schauberger.

The NPK Brewery will be positioned behind the greenhouse patio and serve the Biogarden grow units with a concentrate for diluting and nourishing plants and aggregate microbes (plant rhizobacteria).  It will ultimately provide up to 5000 gallons per month of organic liquid fertilizer. Nutrients will be derived from dehydrated biomass blends developed by Bioponica to support the individual Nutricycler modules that collectively make up the NPK Brewery.  The concentrated liquid NPK fertilizers produced will contain upwards of 1000 ppm of nitrogen for green up blends and an abundance of naturally occurring growth promoting factors. Primordial Soup nutrient blends will be used in the NPK Brewery. Four blends are available that cover plants different phases of growth and needs.

Shipping container for future retail cafe and office

On-site fabrication and installation of Biogardens

A job like this demands at least two days of R&R. Umpqua!

Underground water, recirc and nutrient tank installation

November 3rd Biofarm Site Improvements:

The Hapi Biofarm – Site development: Improving function of the greenhouse operation

The Biofarm was designed with the intention of ‘closing the loop on sustainable farming’. If this model demonstrates a technique that is profitable for small area farmers, it could offer a great promise the future for farming. If the Biofarm achieves a low labor, high yield growing then it will be efficient. If we can demonstrate features that support high revenue crops to add value to the end product it will be profitable. If the product is healthy, resource demand minimal and the facility improves local growers access to organic fertilizers then the product then it is good for the community and the environment. If all that’s accomplished in our design and accomplished by the owner of the Biofarm, then we will have built a truly sustainable farm.  We’re up for that challenge at the Hapi Farm in Yancalla, Oregon.

Just received 240G and 85G tanks for the NPK Brewery!

These will all be placed into a shipping container and operate together in a series of reactions that convert a variety of organics into liquid fertilizer. Bioponica will supply blends of dehydrated biomass. These are calculated blends that provide varying ratios of nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium, plus an abundance of minerals and other naturally derived organic biomass substances. Ingredients in the Primordial Soup blends include varying ratios of elements such as organic alfalfa, clover, kudzu, pea powders, feather meal, bone meal, wood ash and etc.  Blends are provided for vegetative growth, flowering and mineral plus hormone, microbe nutrients and microbe inoculants.

Fertilizer Making System

Cement foundation for pre-harvest activities

Pre-harvest operations will include the NPK Brewery and a customer dispensary pick up for liquid fertilizers produced by the client. Customers who will want to buy these different ‘brews’ include other soilless growers and in ground growers. By purchasing from our client Oliver, growers can eliminate a great deal of work associated with organic composting and soil management. With use of organic liquid fertilizers made here, a market is created for the Brewery operator and a unique and affordably priced fertilizer is produced locally. This saves transportation costs for growers already using liquid fertilizers and creates a revenue stream for the ‘Hapi’ Biofarm growing operation.

greenhouse cement pad