This is exactly what Im working on in my community.
The people that make these into TREADY over priced living are pieces of shit imo...
I bet the produce there is over priced too(thats just my assumption of course)
I already have about 100-150 locale community members that live within ... 500ft from my garden
that are fully aware of my activities and are 100% supportive. This is utterly importantly because
this prevents the city from being able to touch me.
Community support = community votes.
Any politician that stands against natural food production will NOT be reelected and frankly
ill petition such an asshole to resign, with plenty of community members to support such an act.
Activism is the cure... not dwelling over the wrongs that others are perpetuating, one just have
to do the opposite and not stop.
There is this place in milwakee Wisconsin, called "Growing Power" i think...
Will something is the owner I think..
One of the first most well known aquaponic gardeners in the USA and world imo.. BUT
BUT... Fucking dude....charges $1 an OUNCE!!! for micro greens and herbs...
LIKE HOLY SHIT... what a racket and the sad thing is... these people are not really expressing their
over head costs or running costs and coming from that industry, Ill be the first to say that OVER HEAD can be
PRICEY oh yes, BUT running costs after the fact are nearly ZERO once its operating properly.
I agree with over priced produce in order to recoup the initial over head of start up, but for
human sake... bring the price down to something reasonable.
I sell all common easily grown veggies in my community for $1 a lb... thats right.. 1 DOLLAR per pound
for Lettuces, Herbs, Perennial Spinach, Zucchinis and Squashes
larger and more finicky fruits get different pricing.
Tomatoes and Peppers are the biggest and frankly can be some of the most finicky of produce if one
is attempting to grow extremely nutrient dense produce with paired abundance. These are around
2$ a lb, which is still half price or not 1/3 the price of the natural produce at the local grocery store.
Gourmet mushrooms are sold at competitive prices but again, Im not short changing myself.
Local grocery store sells Oysters and Shiitakes(surprisingly) at the same price, roughly $8 a lb... but they
look like SHIT and are more likely sprayed with chemicals.
Mushrooms are the most sprayed produce in the world, or bananas are.. i forgot.. but mushrooms and banana
make up #1 and #2 for most treated.
I sell my mushrooms at $10 a lb fresh, oysters and shiitakes.
More challenging mushrooms like maitakes and morels, well those are teh grails lol, your over 20 bucks a lb with those babys.
But you see people non stop selling produce at outrageous prices, dont get my wrong though I know of some damn
good farmers markets with damn great prices, but I believe thats because those growers are talking together
and teaching eachother better methods of production... go figure,, working together benefits all... GOOOO FIGURE!!! lol
Then there is the FISH.. oh the wonderful FISHY!!! lol
I got 24 mature tilapia in a 55gal drum lol.. Lil tight, but they seem happy to me.
Its pretty easy to read a fish and get to understand their vibes.
As long as you got clean water, steady temps and lots of oxygen, they will be happy.
In a 10x10 bedroom, that most apartments might have, one can grow A SHIT TON of food for personal
consumption, youll most likely start selling your surplus to your neighbors on the same floor.
Youd be amazed what is possible...
But, if i was to give any advice...
FUck asking for permission because its always easier to ask for forgiveness lol.
But of course if you try to make a aquaponic setup in an apartment, i wouldnt tell
the building manager or your landlord, just do it, but being sure that if anything happens, you
have taken actions to counteract any short comings.
last thing youd want is a 300 gallon water spill that fills up your neighbor below you lol.
So, making the entire thing "flood proof" with a few redundant safety measures would be wise.
Start small and youll be amazed.
With a single 55gal drum, and 3 grow beds that are each roughly 55 gallons, equipped with a
ebb and flo auto siphon, either Above bed siphon or a perfected bell siphon, loaded with pea gravel
and recirulating. You can grow more then enough produce for yourself and youll be able to harvest
a few tilapia every month. Having 2 tanks to store smaller fish while the others grow out, you can have a nice
Its not hard... just requires a lot of self discipline, and ultimately the determining fact would be
"how much you want it"