This Biofarm is for sale!

The Biofarm™ is an integrated soilless greenhouse growing facility on 4.5 acres in the Willamette Valley of Central Oregon. Having demonstrated the commercial scale feasibility of this system we are now making it available for sale. If you prefer to have a Biofarm™ on your own property, let us customize for your needs.

From Start to Finish.

The 100' x 30' greenhouse ready for 1150 SF of Biogarden grow beds, plus 3500 gallons of indoor water tanks. 

 

Building the Biogarden

To save in transporation costs, Bioponica maintains relationships with culvert suppliers in every state in the USA. 

Automation Panel

This control panel is a simple mechanism to top off tanks with water and nutrients stored outdoors and underground. 

Plumbing Beds to Outdoor Tanks

A crew of 4 takes approximately 10 days to setup grow beds and plumb to outdoor storage tanks.

Plumbing Biogarden Tables

By integrating underground storage tanks with Biogarden modules, nutrients and water flow to beds and tanks are automated.

Finishing touches

Sealing beds, leveling frames and making system water tight!

Installing underground tanks

Underground provide low energy gravity flow for flood and drain, plus a cool temperature storage for better plant health. 

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Beds Installed!

From the outside looking in.

Biogarden Beds Installed and Operational

Beds and tanks are installed and ready for operation. Troughs can be used for growing plants in deep water raft culture or in aggregate media. 

Nutricycler Fertilizer Making Tanks

Liquid fertilizer is an important revenue with cost to produce approximately $0.75/gallon. Concentration of nitrogen in liquid derived from GreenUp biomass blend is 3000-4000 PPM.

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The Biofarm is the fist of its kind commercial organic hydroponics greenhouse and liquid fertilizer making business.

If you'd like to know more about the Biofarm send us a note and we'll provide financial details regarding overhead, ROI and profitability.

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The Specs:

The greenhouse grow systems, aka Biogarden® modules, were designed by Bioponica™ of Atlanta, GA. These patented modules utilize a novel approach to soilless hydroponics growing; designed for durability and sustainability. Liquid fertilizer for organic plant and fish raising is also prepared onsite from inexpensive biomasses utilizing innovative ‘nutricycling’ extraction method that accelerates composting in water via anaerobic digestion, biofiltration plus vortex aeration and earthworm rhizobacterial infusions.

Within the high tunnel 3000 SF greenhouse facility are a total of 1140 SF of ‘Biogarden’ grow beds. These are comprised of 540 SF aggregate media beds with tanks below and 600 SF of deep water raft culture beds with tanks outdoors and underground.

Recirulating water flow is controlled by central and local automatic pumps that may be adjusted to flood and drain or ebb and flow as frequently as desired.

Tables and tanks are designed to only require infrequent nutrient and water top-off or operational supervision.

Aggregate beds comprise 18x 30SF troughs in 20’ sets of two with two tanks below or 9x  60SF/grow modules. Tanks below each pair of 30’ beds are 220 gallons each. There are 3520 total gallons of tanks below the total area of 540 SF grow beds. These tanks may be used to store nutrient water mix or to raise fish in classic aquaponics soilless growing method.

Aggregate beds are suitable for growing all varieties of plants including hemp, cannabis, lettuce, tomatoes, peppers, basil, herbs, flowers, vines, water plants or even cacti. Best use for aggregate beds are larger, long term, heavy feeding, deep rooted annual and perennial plants.

In deep water troughs, mechanical aeration is not required as deep water raft culture beds are aerated through Air Layer Technique™ of ebb and flow below with air layer created below suspended plant rafts.

At one end of each deep water trough and each fish/nutrient tank there are Bucket Vortex units that pull water from one end and move to other with purpose of creating river-like energetic forces to purify and mix water and nutrients. Structured water adds characteristic to water that supports plant and fish nutrient absorption.

There are 4 underground storage tanks, 1100 gallons each, outside greenhouse and underground. These are integrated with each grow table and controlled by pumps and automatic timers, plus valves at each table. Tanks contain either concentrated nutrients, well water or a mixture of both. The nutrient and well water tanks are plumbed to each 20’ (aggregate beds with tanks) Biogarden module. They are also plumbed to the additional two tanks to provide a plant ready solution serving the 40’ deep water culture Biogarden modules for gravity return ebb and flow cycles.

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The Nutricycler™ consists of 6x 240 gallon anaerobic fertilizer extraction tanks plus a biofiltration system for converting liquid extracts from dry nutrient blends. Dry blends are mixtures of organic biomasses that provide specific ratios of NPK and trace minerals plus other plant beneficial nutrients, humates, microbes and hormones. They provide a business opportunity to the site owner should they choose to sell the liquid organic fertilizer to area growers (in ground or soilless farmers). The liquid fertilizer is conveyed to the underground nutrient storage tank for distribution inside the greenhouse. It is also conveyed to a spigot for filling containers or small tankers.

The liquid fertilizer made in the manner, is a superior plant fertilizer suitable for growing all varieties of plants. It is also ideal for feeding fish within the tank either through direct feed (filter feeders and suspension feeders) or when producing duckweed or algae and zooplankton in deep water troughs. The potential yield of liquid fertilizer is approximately 3000 gallons/month. Nutrients value of dry biomass is captured entirely within the liquid extract or in the ‘spent’ solids which are used for soil amendments or worm castings. Sale of liquid is profitable at $3.00 per gallon. Quality is competitive with organic nutrients sold in wholesale bulk volume or if in smaller containers to hydroponic supplies’ retailers. Bioponica makes its biomass blends (Primordial Soup™ Dry Mixes) and distribution rights available to site owner. When used in the greenhouse the GreenUp™ blend extract is typically diluted 1:8 to provide a nitrogen of 150-175PPM.

The Biofarm is owned by a Bioponica founder and partner, who acquired it from a customer following the completion of the design. The intention of the acquisition was to showcase the facility for Bioponica optimize system performance.

The present business conducted at the site is hemp seedling and clone production plus high CBD hemp for flower production. The side is capable of supporting cloning within deep water in a capacity of 600 SF with trays that support jiffy cubes at a quantity of 100 clones or seedlings per SF. The Biofarm has customers for the 2019 spring season that will purchase all seedlings and clones produced at a rate between 2.50-4.00/each. Within the aggregate beds, seedlings and clones are grown to full size in area of 540 SF plus aisle space between beds, making up another potential 250 SF for wider flower canopy.

Seedlings and clones are from mother of local grower that have established and documented genetics of 13-16% CBD with very low THC (less that 0.6% 30 days prior to harvest). The Biofarm sale includes a hemp production license for 2019. There are 2+ acres of farmable land that may be used for hemp crops, housing or other features.

There are a total of 4.5 acres of land with flat fertile soil. There is a well on site and additional water source from shallow spring with pH of 6.5 and EC of 2.0., ideal for growing hemp and most plants without need for reverse osmosis. A storage pool holding 12,000 gallons of this water is maintained on site through the summer months. Additional winter water collection could be had by way of pond or additional above ground storage for field grown hemp and produce.

Basics

  • Zoning - Farm/Residential
  • Good road and parking
  • Close proximity to I5 – ideal for product delivery and tour access
    200A power
  • Insulated double wall greenhouse polypropylene
  • Land Value Estimate 165K
  • Greenhouse and Farm Business Value $650K
  • Asking Price: $395K

Revenue Opportunity

  • CBD hemp, clones, seedlings, flower - with license and customers in hand
  • Organic liquid fertilizer production and sale opportunity
  • Lettuce, tomatoes, fish, herbs, earthworms, soil amendments
  • Dry mass nutrients sale Primordial Soup– organic certification for biomass pending
  • Greenhouse tours – aquaponics, bioponics, hemp hydroponics workshops (Bioponica partner will support with training).

Sustainability Features and Benefits:

  • No waste discharged – all nutrients recycled to valuable biproduct
  • No soil care required and now aggregate replacement– minimal labor
  • Water replacement in beds/tanks not necessary when using organic nutrients and low sodium water supply
  • Automated water and nutrient top-off in beds and tanks
  • Easy, low cost, onsite nutrient production.
  • Evaporative cooling, propane heating.
  • Minimal water use with entirely recirculating Biogarden tables
  • No manufactured fish feed or plant feed required.
  • Biogarden tables include framing structure that can be used for shading, humidity control enclosure and LED or HPS light fixture mounting.
  • Fish optional
  • Supports conventional chem hydro, aquaponics or all organic hydroponic / bioponics
  • Current owner and developer of systems will train and support operation and system service

Biogarden Growing - Photo Gallery 2018

Making Organic Liquid Fertilizer

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The Biofarm has provided an opportunity to create organic liquid fertilizers on a commercial scale.

With 6, 240 gallon anaerobic extraction tanks and an 1100 gallon underground biofiltration tank I am able to produce as 3000 gallons of organic liquid fertilizer each month. This is more than what is needed to operate a relatively small 3000 sf greenhouse. It leaves an abundant volume that can be used to fertigate the adjacent 4 acres of grass land, should we decide to grow hemp next season. Or we can sell it. A comparable liquid organic fertilizer retails for anywhere from $3-$10 per gallon, depending on where you buy (hydroponic stores are by far the most expensive source).

With a local customer base, purchasing 2000 gallons per month at $3/gallon, profits will support the entire farm operation. Cost to produce this, when buying fertilizer from Bioponica is about $2.25 per gallon or $4500/month. If we grow hemp next season, we'll keep all that extra fertilizer and keep costs of fertility low and minimize labor that is commonly high for growers who buy pre-blended organic soil mixtures and attempt to grow hemp above ground. 

Bioponica has been working on developing a means of making organic liquid fertilizer inexpensively in order to overcome the high cost of organic farming.

Bioponica has been working for the past 5 years on developing biomass mixtures that include plants and organic materials that have varying ratios of nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium, NPK. We found that dehydrated green plants such as alfalfa, kudzu, and brewers grains are high in nitrogen plus minerals, but also high in carbon. Other materials such as bloodmeal, cottonseed meal and coffee grounds have lower carbon but also can be more difficult to 'crack' or release nitrogen from the biomass solids. We've managed these issues by adding various enzymes, optimizing carbon ratio and adding microbes into dry mixes we refer to as Primordial Soup blends.

The mixtures for phosphorus and minerals include bone meal, wood ash, kelp, along with a sufficient ratio of carbon rich biomasses that feed the anaerobic and aerobic microbes. This is necessary to create a fermentation process that breaks down the complex amino acid and mineral rich compounds in order to drive them into solution and make them useful to the plants following carbon removal and biofiltration.

The resultant liquid fertilizer is a superior form of nourishment to growing plants and feeding the microbes of the soil because they are easier utilized - more microbe-ready and plant-ready.  It is common knowledge that a large percentage of biomass used to fertilize the soil takes months to years to break down into a form that can be utilized by microbes and plants. The problem with this is that much of the organic and inorganic fertilizers used end up in the rivers, lakes and oceans causing algae bloom and pollution that kills aquatic life.  By utilizing a liquid fertilizer which is readily utilized by plants we not only minimize runoff of fertilizers but we also create a means of application that is less costly than other methods of soil application such as tilling and field dressing.  And, with adequate soluble carbon, organic liquid ferililizers provide humates, amino acids and other compounds that provide favorable ionic characteristics to the soil.

Bioponica has pursued researching and developing processes and blends for making organic dry blends to be used for making liquid fertilizer because it is a more sustainable method of soil fertility. There is an abundance of nutrients in almost every type of disposed-of agriculture and livestock related waste biproduct. And that's not even considering manures. Why allow waste to be discharged to the environment when simple processing techniques can be employed to recycle and reuse?

When ammonia-nitrogen is made from petroleum and mineral salts are derived from earthen mines instead of biomass discards we end up with salty soil that locks up nitrogen and we pollute the earth. When phosphorus mines become depleted, agriculture will have no place to turn but to biproducts of agriculture such as bone meal which is our most abundant and most-wasted source of phosphorus and calcium. We believe that utilizing biomasses to make liquid fertilizers is not only smart but necessary for the future of agriculture.

The fertilizer making process is fairly simple as we utilize microbes to do the bulk of the work.

Starting with blends of nutrients, produced at Bioponica, we add biomass at a ratio of 1lb/3gallons of water. This is anaerobically digested, with the aid of specific microbes and enzymes and a mix of elements that give us a good carbon/nitrogen ratio for proper thermogenesis and acid decomposition.

The extracted leachate is then aerated with biofiltration bags and vortex aeration and mixing. This process removes carbon and leaves a solution that is clear, brown and plant ready.

Nutricycling Primordial Soup Dry Blends into Organic Liquid Fertilizer - Photo Gallery 2018