As an owner of Bioponica I was given an opportunity to purchase the Biofarm in shortly after it was built in 2017. The client who we designed it for was young and had a change of heart. He wanted to move to Bali and learn to build bamboo homes; a shameless pursuit.
After moving to Oregon from Atlanta I began operating the Biofarm in April of 2018. There were some challenges but everything worked out well; the experience has been exhilirating.
My goal has been to demonstrate the viability of the Biofarm as an integrated series of grow beds, plus, of course, making liquid fertilizers from biomasses that we blend at Bioponica. This hydroponic growing system has been a passion of mine since we develped the Biogarden in 2010. I cannot say I have been disappointed with how the commercial scale project has performed. To the contrary my experience has convinced me that the entire system works like a charm, including the underground tanks that integrate all beds, including the 40' deep water culture Biogarden troughs which were only a concept prior to installation.
As a nutrition oriented physician with an interest in sustainable system for feeding the planet I am driven to disrupt the conventional models of agriculture in as many ways as possible. In its present form, both soilless hydroponics and conventional farming have some room to immprove. Bioponica designed the Biogarden to expand the versatility of soilless growing systems. Instead of gutter system for NFT and Dutch Buckets or fodder trays, the patented design of HDPE culverts gives growers more options and the modular beds expand the function In general. Why not use one system for all hydroponics growing techniques?
If growing was so easy that persons of all ages and abilities were to suited to growing a 30-60 sf garden with limited effort, then farming would become as much a part of daily lives as is operating a washing machine or dishwasher. If that experience included raising fish and all varieties of plants in all climates and conditions then we might be able to limit our dependency on the present day, industrialized, mechanized, centralized, chemical fertilizer and pesticide dependent practice of farming.
Hydroponics and aquaponics are an agricultural enhancement because they recirculate and conserve water and because they optimize plant performance, reduce labor and have fewer pests to manage. The Biogarden takes this one step further with a versatile, weather withstanding, modular and vertical grow system that is easy to manage and great fun to operate.