Become a Millionaire on One Acre with Aquaponics


Become a Millionaire on One Acre with Aquaponics

Build a large Aquaponics system for $25.00, farm Crayfish and Vegetables.

With an ROI (Return on Investment) of three to five years, and the possibility that by addressing a specific local market needed to produce a specialty crop such as kale, basil or bok choy, and reducing the ROI to less than two years, investors start to take notice. When a single commercial installation pencils out to yield a net-net in the low six figures and the output can match any wholesale supplier’s prices and still make money, serious investors take note.

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Living Inside An Organic Shelter

e47ca5226097516e65e0a4dd140cf2c9In the video below, builder and innovator Bob Cinque takes us to his small voluntary community and inside his own organic shelter.

At the heart of his “Yurtle” is the “Innovative Hearthmaster Stove” which is of paramount importance living off the grid in Washington state.

Bob describes the Hearthmaster as follows:

ad2Once the fire is burning hot, a door is closed which sends the flue gasses down and horizontally under a stone bench that is warm and inviting to sit on. Copper coils circulate water for baths and dishes.

 This amazing stove produces twice the heat with half the wood, plus, it heats all the domestic water.

 This means that the woodpile lasts twice as long, with more heat delivered to where it is needed, not up the chimney.

Normal woodstoves send 60-70% of their heat up the chimney. The Hearthmaster retains 60-70% and sends the rest up, reversing the figures, doubling the woodpile.

 I have noticed in my Heartmasters (we have 2) that the fire does not need to roar in order to produce a lot of heat, it’s just a kind of meandering, calm flame that nibbles the wood, doesn’t consume it voraciously.

 In my 30 years of heating with wood, I’ve never seen anything come close to this stove.

While Bob’s small community is self-sustaining, his Yurtle concept is designed specifically for those whowish to keep their options open about moving as needed. Just like a turtle’s shell, it is a shelter that you can take with you wherever you go. Bob states that there are many ways to move about:

 This option all depends on you. Yurtles can be built on Trailer frames to be hauled down the Rd. Yurtles can be built on log skids to be towed across land where trailers can’t go. Yurtles also can be taken apart and placed on 2 separate pallets for shipping or to be stored away.

In addition to the innovative use of steam as a source of power, Bob discusses the resilience of the “living roof” structure that he has designed.

Outside the structures, Bob has employed a large fish pond/garden system which incorporates the concepts of aquaponics. The aquaculture side offers nutrient-rich water that is provided as natural fertilizer for plants. These nutrients are normally a disposal problem for fish farmers who need to eliminate the toxic waste. On the other side, plants benefit greatly from the nutrient-rich water. It is a productive relationship that forms its own mini-ecosystem. As Bob points out, this is also a great system for those who might not have the benefit of a stream running through their property.

Bob’s organic shelters come in a rang of sizes, but are so efficient that he even lays claim to “The World’s Smallest Home” – a 100 sq. ft. structure that incorporates basic necessities, while offering an easily upgradeable construction for later expansion.

This seven-minute video is chock full of Bob’s great inventions that offer economical housing solutions, while incorporating the means to live a fully self-sufficient lifestyle in the most productive, creative, and fulfilling way possible.

“It’s a way of life…”

A closer look at The Hearthmaster Downdrafter Stove:


For additional information and photos, please visit Bob Cinque’s site Organic Shelter

For Yurtle specs and pricing, visit here: 



Preparing for the apocalypse



Organised by nature: Post-apocalypse life will still involve washing the dishes and taking rubbish out, according to Peggy Layton’s hoarded supplies



Post-apocalyptic worlds may exist on the big screen and in sci-fi novels, but that’s where the similarities between a disaster-ravaged planet and daily life in America end.

Or so you may think.

A new TLC show introduces us to the families who live in fear of the apocalypse, convinced by the inevitability of the end of the world as they know it.3

Organised by nature: Post-apocalypse life will still involve washing the dishes and taking rubbish out, according to Peggy Layton’s hoarded supplies

But far from admitting defeat, the programme instead focuses on their preparations for life after destruction. And, as TLC shows, survival tactics take on many forms.

Livin’ for the Apocalypse follows four families who are not only predicting the apocalypse but preparing for its arrival. The measures that they are taking now, are they believe, the key to their survival if economic collapse, doomsday predictions, natural disasters, alien invasion, meteor strikes or zombie viruses ever take grip of planet earth.

Meet Peggy and Scott Layton. The parents of seven children, the Laytons believe they are ‘ready for anything.’


Stockpiling: Peggy Layton has vast amounts of storage for foods, including sealed buckets of soups and stews – and dog food


Good night: The Laytons have an underground bunker beneath Peggy’s office, complete with bunk beds and a full kitchen and dining area


Geodesic: As well as their bunkers and vast food supplies, the Laytons have a greenhouse and grow vegetation for animal fodder


The family from Manti, Utah, have a garden to live from and a root cellar that can double as a bomb shelter as well as a home in the mountains – protected by Mr Layton’s large supply of firearms – that they will escape to should disaster or invasion ever make the city unsafe.

‘We won’t go down without a fight,’ says the father and plumber.

Mrs Layton’s office has an entire underground bunker system including bedrooms with bunk beds, a kitchen and dining room and, of course, ample storage for food and supplies.

Determined to hoard as much food as she can fit in her bunker, she has has made a whole career from preparing for the end of the world as she knows it. She has published seven books to date, all focusing on the key to emergency food preparation and survival.


Warfare: Survival Doc explains the benefits of a side-ventilated gasmasks. You want interference with your gun’s aim, afterall



Here, bunny: The Doc takes a rabbit from his bank of hutches and prepares to kill it before storing the meat for harder times

‘If it’s messy and unorganised, it’s hoarding’ the mother and business woman says. ‘I feel a great urgency to be prepared and to have my family prepared. It’s a possibility we could have an earthquake, we could have economic collapse.’

Over in St Louis, Missouri, the Survival Doc is taking no chances. He and his wife Liz have stockpiled silver for years – their various coins, ornaments and table wear accumulating thousands of dollars’ worth of value over the years.


Don’t forget a can opener: The Survival Doc has an internet channel on which he broadcasts tips for days of destruction, not least food storage and access

A chiropractor by trade, Survival Doc even has an internet channel on which he broadcasts survival tips, inside knowledge and plans for preparation.

The grey-bearded super-scout lives by the survival motto ‘One is more, two is one,’ and stores vast amounts of food, supplies and even alcohol even though he is not a drinker, because ‘it’s good bartering material.’

He farms rabbits, killing and storing their meat and owns a selection of guns, including a concealed 357 magnum which he wears at all times. He even tried to develop a way to swim with the weapon, but admits that ‘obviously you can’t protect everything. There are no guarantees in life.’

For her part, his wife, Liz, is long-suffering: ‘I try to support him in everything he does. But it’s a challenge.’ She remains supportive, though: I’m so grateful my husband has taken the time to put things together,’ she says of his eccentric tendencies.


Survival mode: The McClungs show off their supplies including the family’s surgical kit


His dogged multiple-buying of everything has one exception, though: ‘I only have one wife. One is enough in that regard.’

Then, there is the young family from Mesa, Arizona who believe in Hopi, Malachy and Mayan prophesies that predict the world will end .

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Danielle and Dennis McClung have two young children and have made sure to teach them what to do in an emergency. Together, the family make games out of praticing to dress in gas masks and protective clothing, while the children are taught to fend for themselves in preparation for a worse-case scenario.

Mrs McClung says of her ‘protective’ five-year-old son: ‘He can cook, he can make cereal,’ hoping that if anything was ever to happen to the adults, the infant could take care of his two-year-old little sister.


Self-sustaining: The McClungs have built a garden with a tilapia pool, goats, chickens and plenty of vegetables


Gone fishin: A fishing net is hauled in from the tilapia pond, ready for the McClung’s dinner. The fish are fed by chicken droppings from a coop above the pond

The McClungs hope to live entirely off grid by doomsday in December 2012, producing all of their own food, water, and energy. They have converted a swimming pool into a hi-tech closed loop garden complete with chickens, goats and a tilapia pool that is nourished by chicken droppings.

Helped by community volunteers, they say their unusual vision is an inspiration to others. ‘I don’t see ourselves as fear-mongers or even negative people,’ says Mr McClung. ‘I think we are actually very optimistic people, we’re just preparing for the worse-case scenario and hoping for the best.’

But there are fewer more unorthodox approaches to post-apocalyptic survival than friends Jackie and Gidget from the Southwest Desert. Jackie, a trans-gender woman, is credited with being ‘the enforcer, protector, handyman… or handywoman’ of the pair, while Gidget takes control of food storage and has a career as a seamstress.

The couple, who wear matching purple tops, seem to have little strategy in place, besides heading to the shooting range to beef up their ‘shoot to kill’ survival tactics.

‘We’re preparing because the world as we know it and especially our country is coming to an end,’ says Gidget. She is on the look out for economic collapse, war and rioting, but Jackie is more fearful of ‘zombies.’


‘I would like am M-16 or something like that for self-protection,’ says Jackie, a senior who is undergoing hormone therapy.


Not so rosy: As sweet as they may appear, Jackie, left, and Gidget are determined to ‘shoot to kill’ then ‘can em up.’ We hope that doesn’t mean what it seems to imply


Ladies with guns: Jackie, left, and Gidget make sure their gun skills are up to scratch, ready for doomsday. They vow to ‘shoot to kill’

‘I have learned how to shoot a gun… I don’t want to have to shoot anybody but I will,’ says Gidget. ‘I’ve always been taught that whatever you shoot and kill you have to eat it and I’m not accountable but it might come to that… Shoot to kill. Can ’em up.’

We can only hope it won’t get to that stage: the couple have been hoarding food, alcohol and home-canned meats – including beef heart and ‘cheap pork’ – and their bathroom is stocked full with tinned carrots, spaghetti sauce and tuna fish. They breed and sell guinea pigs that they hope to never eat. ‘They are a little skinny,’ says Jackie.

From guns to gas masks and fresh fish, the one-hour special programme says that preparations for the apocalypse are a growing trend in the U.S. as more and more families ready themselves for a life beyond civilisation. A final word of survival to take from the unconventional characters on the show?

‘Maybe in preparing for the worst, it brings out the best in humanity,’ says a hopeful Mr McClung. Or, there are always the dubiously wise – or should that read paranoid? – words of the Survival Doc to live by: ‘Be prepared. Or be prepared to be fleeced.’

Prepare to Live or Prepare to Die, you decide. 



Other useful resources:

Backyard Innovator (A Self Sustaining Source Of Fresh Meat,Vegetables And Clean Drinking Water)

Blackout USA (EMP survival and preparedness)

Conquering the coming collapse (Financial advice and preparedness )

Liberty Generator (Build and make your own energy source)

Backyard Liberty (Easy and cheap DIY Aquaponic system to grow your organic and living food bank)

Bullet Proof Home (A Prepper’s Guide in Safeguarding a Home )

Family Self Defense (Best Self Defense Strategies For You And Your Family)

Sold Out After Crisis (Best 37 Items To Hoard For A Long Term Crisis)





AquaponicsWhat is Aquaponics?
Aquaponics is the production of vegetables and fish which live in a symbiotic relationship. The
simplest explanation I can give is that the fish provide the fertilizer for the plants to grow, and the
plants, beneficial bacteria, and composting worms clean the water for the fish.

Can I do Aquaponics?
Yes, Aquaponics can basically take care of itself once cycled and matured. It is a self cleaning,
self regulating system with minimal maintenance needed.
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Q and A: How To Create A Garden For Your Community

What is a community garden? A community garden is a space where community members are able to grow anything from fruits and vegetables to flowers on a plot of shared land. A church, school, business, or private landowner can donate a piece of land – but the space continues to thrive as a community garden by a variety of share holders.

What can I expect? Typically, you’ll find designated garden plots, usually measuring about 3′ x 20′ that are made available to individuals and families in the neighborhood. The gardener is responsible for supplying the plants, seeds, and soil amendments. However, you don’t have to worry about manually watering your plants each week, as drip irrigation systems are normally installed to supply water to the plants.

What is the cost? Expect the cost to be based on the bed size, as well as a reimbursement water fee to the property owner – usually around $15.00 per month for each plot. This money also pays for the irrigation equipment, a monthly newsletter in some cases, as well as a set of tools made available.

How can I create a garden for my community?

Step 1: The first step is initiating a planning committee. As a group, determine if there is a real need for a community garden, and whom the garden will serve. As you move forward, you will also need to make a list of what needs to be done, and designate roles to each member.

Step 2: The planning committee or sponsor will need to choose a site. The land should get at least 6 full hours of sunlight, pass soil tests, and be clear of contamination. You may also need to consider if irrigation is available.

Step 3: The next step is developing the site. The community garden site should be cleaned up and organized. This includes selecting work crews, choosing plot sizes, creating a storage area, and deciding whether organic gardening practices will be used.

Step 4: Organize the garden details. The planning committee should decide the large and tiny details behind the community garden. At the very least, these questions should be answered:

* What are the conditions of membership?

* How will plots be assigned?

* How will the money be used?

* How large should each plot be? Should there be various sizes to choose from?

* Will there be a plot for children?

* What happens if the plot becomes vandalized?

* What will the community vs. committee members be responsible for?

* Will there be garden meetings? How often?

* Will the garden members share tools or supply their own?

* What kind of maintenance will the garden need daily, weekly, monthly and seasonally?

Step 5: Choose some general rules and bylaws for the garden. Bad gardeners and angry neighbors are the two most common reasons community gardens lead to frustration. Choose each rule and bylaw carefully so that there are understood procedures, and consequences to actions within the garden. To get some ideas, read these sample community garden rules.

**Friends, have you considered utilizing or starting your own community garden within your neighborhood? 













Aquaponics Solves Problem Of Shorter Seasons

As part of an effort to raise student consciousness aboutaquaponics and sustainable agriculture, a Michigan Technological University (MTU) researcher has developed and constructed a system on campus that is providing food for the school’s residence halls. Rob Handler was able to grow cherry tomatoes, kale, onions and basil in his garden, while also raising Tilapia to be used for fish tacos.

Handler is the operations manager of the Sustainable Futures Institute at MTU and his aquaponics system is educating students about the benefits of the process, which include higher yields, reduced water usage and the elimination of any pesticides or inorganic growing matter.

One interesting aspect of Handler’s aquaponics is that his crops are rooted in clay pebbles, rather than using soil. He says this enables the plants to grow shorter roots, as nutrients are more effectively distributed.

“We’ve grown cherry tomatoes that grew so tall I need to harvest them with a ladder,” Handler told Michigan Tech News. “It’s the same interaction that happens in the natural world. We are just managing things with tanks and pipes.”

The source points out that the practice of aquaponics traces back hundreds of years, when rice farmers in East Asia noticed they experienced better yields when they added fish to their rice paddies. The water the fish swim in is purified by the plant roots and soil, which benefit from the fish waste in the water. It creates a circular filtration system that requires very little water beyond the initial amount needed for the fish tank.

More importantly, an indoor aquaponics system can help lengthen what are normally very short planting and harvesting seasons in Michigan. Commercializing the practice could result in more local agriculture for the region, reducing their need to ship in produce and livestock from other parts of the country.















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Let the Aquaponics Begin!!

AquaponicsI recently added a grow bed to my existing pond. Since we already have an existing fish and water lilly pond, that part of the aquaponic system which needs some time to circulate was taken care of. Good, healthy bacteria grow within a balanced fish pond to help break down fish waste. This bacteria is important to the entire aquaponics system. If you are starting a new pond or system add “pond starter” to help boost the bacteria population. It is a good idea to add more bacteria every few weeks, there are no downsides to adding the bacteria, and after water changes in the pond it recharges the bacterial environment.

The grow bed I used is a simple “under the bed” storage container. I placed it on the edge of the pond. A proper aquaponic system requires drainage back into the pond or fish container after movement through the grow bed. [Read more…]

Save Your Own “Survival Seeds” [Part 1]

00000000This article is the firies about seed saving. I’ll show you how to do it, and why to do it… because many modern seeds don’t grow well year after year.This means that if you value your independence or self-sufficiency, you have to buy new seed to plant every year. [Read more…]