Big Aquaponic Greenhouse – Part 1 – Site Overview

Big Aquaponic Greenhouse – Part 1 – Site Overview

Hi Everyone, Welcome to the first in our series on the
new aquaponics greenhouse that we’re going to be putting in here. This video series has been brought to you
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viewing and our premium content on our website, please follow the link below. As some of you may know, over the summer I
purchased two used greenhouses. One of them was 144 by 25 feet wide and this is the site
where we are going to be putting it in. So in this series, I’m going to break it
up into a whole bunch of different little chunks. The first one, which is this one,
I’m going to go over the overview of the site itself and what we’re planning on doing
with the greenhouse throughout the winter and into next spring. The project has been delayed a little bit,
mainly because I’ve been working on a grant which will have a substantial financial impact
if I win this, otherwise the project will drag out for auite a while as I slowly raise
the funds to put everything up. But if I do get this grant, it has to be completed within
a year which would definitely push the project right along. So we’ll see how that goes
and I’ll let you know over the winter what happens with that. This is a preliminary site plan for the area.
Because of the large area of wetlands and a large amount of site work, the final design
will be drawn up by a civil engineer. Since the site is for agricultural use, we can perform
work very close to the wetlands, but we still need to obtain a proper permit, but the wetlands
application usually isn’t scrutinized like a residential or commercial application. Here’s the existing geodesic dome which is
about 300 feet from the main road. I’m still planning on using this area for some plants,
like the herbs and fruiting trees and perform various experiments that won’t affect the
new production greenhouse. The current plan is to level off the entire site so that it
can contain three greenhouses but only put up the first one to get the system running.
I’m still undecided if I want to put it in the first or second location. After the first greenhouse is built I’m considering
setting up some raft beds in the second location but leave it uncovered and just use it for
outdoor summer production. I’m still tossing that idea around. A new electrical service
will be brought in from the closest utility pole and connected to a circuit breaker panel.
This will also be wired to operate a generator since we can lose power for several days during
a winter storm. Once the first greenhouse is fully functional the longer-term goal will
be to build two more greenhouses with a head house or barn. This part will be used to house
the fish, perform food processing, cold storage, and office space. Since the permits will be
good for 10 years it’s just cheaper to apply for the entire project instead of reapplying
for each phase. With the addition of the barn, a well
needs to be drilled and septic system installed, plus the existing drive will be relocated
and parking spaces added. A lot of this design is still pending since I haven’t had test
holes dug in the septic area and if this area isn’t suitable for sewage disposal this entire
plan could change. We’re also going to dig a few deep pits
in the greenhouse areas to see what’s down below. Once the area is regraded, one option
I’m considering will be to dig out the entire greenhouse area 8 feet, install an series
of geothermal tubes, fill the area back in, then build the greenhouse. This all depends
that there isn’t high ground water. If there is, we could replace the air tubes with water
filled and use a heat exchanger. But worse we could high a high level of ledge which
is common in our area. The entire geothermal system may be too expensive to install so
an overall decision will be made this winter. It doesn’t look like much in the video,
but around 3’ of material will need to be moved from the top of this hill and then filled
into the lower areas. This will involve removing the top soil, regrading the area so that it
is laser leveled, and replacing the top soil on the area around the greenhouse. During the winter, I plan on cutting out this
old hedgerow and eventually regrade this area since the driveway line of site is inadequate.
There are also several trees that will block light to the area so these can be removed
this winter. And the greenhouse frame will just have to
wait until the spring to get put up. So that’s about it for this video if you enjoyed
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I think next time we’re going go over some of the business aspects, maybe cover the grant
and cover some of the expenses so it’s a really good exercise to go over this information
and make sure that you’re not going to put yourself into bankruptcy on a project of this
size. We’ll see you next time. Thanks!

Author: Kevin Mason

17 thoughts on “Big Aquaponic Greenhouse – Part 1 – Site Overview

  1. Good article to review during design phase.

    Good luck.

  2. There are a lot of regulations and requirements that come with those grants from my experience. If it works for you I sure hope that you get it. I have just finished a series of videos of the build of a 30 X 96 greenhouse for my aquaponic / hydroponics systems.
    Great video my friend!

  3. Looking forward to see how it all turns out. Great idea to use the passive heating Rob.
    Cheers mate.

  4. Rob, I whish you all the luck with this new project. In my opinion the "old" Geodesic Dome house was quite a learning curve (and quite successfull – I might add) – so I cannot see why you will not get the grant, and make a success of the new tunnel (s). Thumbs up bud.

  5. Considering the location is adjoining the hedge row and it appears that hedge row is west of the greenhouses you may consider dropping any trees which could eventually hit the greenhouses. Assuming the winds are from the west-south-west. Glad to see you are going for conventional tube type tunnels. (I enjoy alliteration)

  6. Looks like a great project. I like the geothermal climate control. It's an added expense up front but, if you do it right, will save big money down the road. It would be interesting to see the ROI in your financials discussion.

  7. Wow! Humongous amounts of detail, work, and expense, not to mention mental strain. I hope (and believe) that it will all work out in one scenario or the other and the rewards will be very satisfying. Best of luck to you.

  8. Hi, Web4Deb, I have one question, what will be the ideal room temperature for your greenhouse? Thanks for sharing!

  9. Have you considered installing some solar power? I heard the company SunPower is reallly good.

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