Bioponica™ is a research, design and installation company with a business plan to supply systems and resources to improve the art and science of sustainable farming. We are pleased to contribute our ideas and proposals to a collaborative effort at bringing greater nutrition, education and jobs to needy communities across the country.
Bioponica™ is owned and operated by founders David Epstein, D.O., a holistic family physician and Kenneth Lovell, P.E., a civil and environmental engineer. Both of us are gardeners, scientists and educators engaged in a mission to promote concepts and methods that we have pioneered in the area of nutrient cycling. Such an opportunity has literally been under the feet of growers since the beginning of time. However today it presents an alternative to conventional farming with an underlying message that it is no longer necessary to rely on manufactured fertilizers or livestock feed.
In an effort to make this widely accessible, we are developing protocols, calculator tools, suppliers and other resources to promote sustainable living through food and water self sufficiency, and hope to make it available to individuals, educational institutions and commercial growers worldwide. These resources include instructions for operation and maintenance, greenhouse selection and positioning, solar panel cost and return estimates, site specific water needs and storage capacity requirements, waste management, nutrient conversion rates to plant fertilizer, vermicomposting, worms, duckweed, other animal feeds and vegetables, plus production yield, revenue, profits and return on investment. We will provide this information in the way of freely accessible calculators on our website and as a consultant. As a system designer/supplier and coordinator we help clients with their unique projects and provide full turnkey products and project support for aquaponic and bioponic greenhouse farming.
To support clients who purchase our systems, Bioponica™ offers service, training and ongoing education. With non-profit groups, where tax incentives might otherwise be available to for-profit entities we can support with cost capital savings through leasing arrangements of the Bioponica™ grow modules and with solar panels.
Bioponica™ has a patent-pending for its unique soil-less growing systems, traditionally referred to as hydroponics or aquaponics. Unlike other hydroponic and aquaponic designs, the modules can be used to accommodate both NFT and “ebb and flow” for shallow trough beds and both “deep water culture” and NFT for deeper trough beds. The design of each system is essentially ‘vertical’, with fish and water storage tanks below and either one or two upper level growing beds. The same holds for vermiculture and duckweed as waste management systems that recycle nutrients to valuable worms, castings and duckweed animal feed. These modules are also vertical. In addition to optimized space utilization through vertical growing, the costs and total system weights can be reduced by integrating fertilizer producing vertical modules with single level trough systems without tanks. The troughs function as plant beds only, supporting high or low water volume growing. By combining the troughs with Incubator models we have developed something we call an Integrated Food Plant™. These arrangements are ideal when lower capital cost is more important than total yield or revenue per square foot of growing area. The lighter weight system allow for placement on rooftop or for ease of mobility and rapid deployment.
Bioponica™ is developing a business model for an integrated Food Plant™ operation that simultaneously functions as an education facility and food market. The educational platform is very broad and supports teaching institutions and non-profit advocacy groups to offer revenue creating, ongoing classes in horticulture, vermiculture, rainwater harvesting and water re-use, waste management, nutrient cycling, live fish foods, aquaculture, food preparation, nutritional counseling and the understanding the use and benefit of medicinal and functional foods. Such as plan will provide a service to the urban community in the way of food, jobs and education plus an added revenue to the greenhouse growing operation. By incorporating a juice bar, café or produce market with the Food Plant™, it is possible to provide nutritious organic and local products direct to the consumer either through prepared foods or as bulk, giving the best value to the buyer and the greatest revenue to the grower.
We look forward to participate in a collaborative effort to serve the community in a sustainable fashion.
David Epstein, D.O. & Kenneth Lovell, P.E.
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