childofgaea

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About childofgaea

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    I went to school for Horticulture 10 years ago and excelled in greenhouse management. Over the years I have spent a lot of time studying a variety of permaculture techniques with a focus on aquaponics. Over the last year I have been working on a business plan for a company I have named Felon2Farmer. The premise of the company is taking the existing model of halfway housing found across the country and melding it with a profitable business(in this case farming) so that parolees not only have a place to live when they are released but also learn life skills, work ethic, and how to take care of themselves after spending 5-25 years behind bars where they were not responsible for much, if any, of their day to day lives. Currently upon release there are companies that amount to "last resort" housing but the fact that a large percentage of those with other options are going back to the same setting that put them in the system in the first place is ignored. This causes recidivism and for many a return to prison within 1-5 years of release. While I have done lots of research aquaponics, just like most agriculture methods, is constantly evolving and any assistance is greatly appreciated.
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    Primarily research on techniques and financials. More info in my biography.

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    Berryton, KS
  1. Hey all, My name is Travis and I haven't done much of anything with aquaponics besides start cantaloupe seeds in my 20 gal fish tank. Admittedly that was purely an accident from giving my fish a snack with a few seeds in it... ha! I have been looking into this for several years now and am currently working on a business plan for a company I have named Felon2Farmer. The concept goes beyond aquaponics but it does play a majority part in the proposed operation. I am currently stuck on the financials aspect mostly because everywhere I look at models it tells you how many heads of lettuce you can harvest from each set up but I'm not sure how to convert those numbers to other produce. i.e. tomatoes, peppers, watermelon, etc. If anyone has any tips on how to figure that up it would be greatly appreciated. TIA. Travis