Bioponica, Bioponics and the Biogarden
Bioponica has developed the Biogarden and a range of novel processes for growing plants and creating fertilizer as an innovative and sustainable alternative to other methods of soilless farming and organic nutrient supply to plants. Our process is called ‘bioponics.’
The Biogarden was developed to facilitate the soilless method with its unique structure and function. We call it the ‘Swiss Army Knife’ of sustainable soilless farming as the Biogarden may be used to operate in various unique ways, including:
- As a grow bed with tank for raising plants and fish or liquid nutrients,
- As an ‘NPK Brewery’, the Biogarden provides growers with a means for extracting liquid plant fertilizer from biomass for soil or soilless growing and,
- As a vermiculture farm and worm tea brewery.
Additionally, the Biogarden…
- Supports conventional hydroponics and aquaponics growers
- Fish may be raised in the tanks below or use as storage and aeration tank for organic nutrients
- Flood and drain, NFT nutrient film technique, deep water culture and aeroponic techniques may all be utilized in any one module
- Aeration takes place without the need for mechanical bubblers
- Each unit is avaiable in different sizes; from 4′ to 40′ and with two to three vertical level high
- It is versatile, durable and suitable for outdoor unprotected growing
- It is ideal for green leafy plants (lettuces, microgreens, wheat grass and herbs), as for heavy feeding plants (tomatoes, peppers, strawberries and melons) and even a wide range of flowers, perennials, fruit bearing bushes and vines, and even succulents.
When growing with bioponics, fish are optional and chemicals are never used. The Biogarden makes use of organic nutrients extracted from biomass without the headaches other systems have when attempting to use entirely organic nutrients. By operating Biogarden as a bioponic grow system, organic nutrients, consisting of higher concentrations of carbon, accommodates a living ecosystem. This living organism hosts common soil dominant microbes which perform as they do in the soil, consuming carbon and releasing inorganics that nourish the plants. As a host for living organisms of all sorts and the process of bioponics, there is no use for chemical fertilizers as predominantly used in hydroponics nor need for the mined mineral salts used with both hydroponics and aquaponics. The Biogarden is good for the grower, good for the consumer and great for the community!
Kenneth Lovell, P.E.
Kenneth Lovell is an avid farmer with expertise in waste systems engineering and a deep knowledge of soil science. Spanning his 40 year career as a registered professional engineer, Kenneth Lovell P.E. has managed over 35 major water treatment facility projects including detailed design, cost estimating and construction management.
In 1973 Mr. Lovell built and operated the first greenhouse in the state of Alabama. Since then, his accomplisments include managing a $105mm cleanup and restoration project of a large Alabama chemical plant and a $120mm soil restoration program for Ciba Geigy.
Kenneth also brings a passion for cover crops, silage and carbon sequestration to help Bioponica develop systems that will secure access to healthy organic food.
David Epstein, D.O.
David Epstein is an pioneer in sustainable farming processes, natural products and holistic medicine.
In 1992 he founded Earth Solutions, a natural products brand and distribution company. In 2007, an interest in aquaponics became a sensation when his company’s “Farm in a Box” was featured on Good Morning America, the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times.
As a licensed holistic osteopathic physician, Dr. Dave’s consults with patient to correct address emotional and behavioral disorders through epigenetics and correction of nutritional imbalances with diet and supplemenation.
Bioponica is a continuum of his path of breaking with convention to create self sufficiency and to close the loop on sustainable farming, by reducing labor, water needs, fertilizer costs and dependency on off-site inputs.