Sustainable Food Production Systems Open Source Project-Launch Blueprinting Hub
Sustainable agriculture and rural development of food production systems capable of feeding the world already exist. As part of our four-phase strategy and global change methodology, we are starting by open source project-launch blueprinting three of these food production systems for duplication around the world. This page is the open source food production systems design and free-sharing design and implementation hub. Click here for the One Community Sustainable Food Production Overview page including a “Frequently Asked Questions” section and answers to more general questions.
We are beginning with open source project-launch blueprinting 3 different types of sustainable food production systems: a Large-scale Food Production Aquapini, 2 different “backyard version” Zen Aquapini designs, and 3 separate maximally-affordable Walipini Greenhouses.
CONSULTANTS ON THESE OPEN SOURCE AQUAPONICS DESIGNS
Avery Ellis: Aquaponics Specialist and owner/operator of Integrated Aquaponics
Charles McLean: Architecture & Urban Agriculture Designer, Professor, and owner of OM Greengroup
Douglas Simms Stenhouse: Architect and Water Color Artist (see: transparentwatercolor.com)
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SUSTAINABLE FOOD PRODUCTION SYSTEMS OPEN SOURCE PORTAL
We are starting by researching, developing, and open source and free-shared project-launch blueprinting three different sustainable food production systems: Large-scale Food Production Aquapini, 2 different “backyard version” Zen Aquapini designs, and 3 separate maximally-affordable Walipini Greenhouses. As we build them, and problem solve and evolve each of them for One Community (and with others around the world) we will use this page as the portal to all the open source and free-shared project-launch blueprinting details needed for duplication of these systems including:
● Complete and separate building plans
● Detailed equipment and tools needed list
● Complete and separate detailed materials lists
● Detailed build-time analysis for each piece built
● Cost analysis and best sources for materials and equipment
● How to work with local government if permitting is needed
● Specifics of everything you can grow and what kinds of yields you can expect
● Instructions and videos for duplication, what to watch out for, how to adapt structure
● On-going maintenance and upkeep details per our on-going experience and use of this structure
● How to make your build easier than ours and how to solve any problems we encountered in our build
● Archive and database of others building similar structures including their experiences, adaptations, etc.
● List of everyone who helped us design and build this so they can be contacted to help others change it
The list above will evolve into links for each bullet point to individual pages including all the open source project-launch blueprinting details people need to duplicate every aspect of this component of One Community in part or in whole.
Phase I of our food production is the construction of six walipinis with three different internal designs. Three of these will be walipini greenhouses and three will be aquapinis (aquaponics housed in a walipini) – 1 purposed for large-scale production (lettuces and the other most commonly consumed vegetables that can be grown this way) and the other two purposed for maximum food diversity (see this Google Doc) and beauty (see picture below). Our initial team of Community Pioneers should be able to complete the first two within 3-4 months with an average weekly team commitment of 200 hours per week to this task.
OVERVIEW OF FEATURES
- 1 Large-scale food production aquapini (combination of walipini and aquaponics)
- 2 Zen Aquapinis purposed for maximum diversity, aesthetic beauty, and recreational use
- 2 walipini’s purposed mostly for trees (#1 & #2)
- 1 walipini purposed for trees and in-ground food production (#3)
- Meets ADA accessibility requirements
- Easy vehicle access for food removal from all structures
- Water collection from all surfaces stored in central pond
- Elimination of almost all retaining walls by replacing them with sloped areas
- Sufficient distance between all structures to avoid shading of other structures
- Easy foot travel (with small climb) from any point to any other point in or around the layout
- Easy lateral expandability in support of our open source goals for adaptability to individual needs
- Central pond for water storage, aesthetic benefit, edible water plants, and wading/swimming
- Plans for a removable dock to assist with functionality of this space as an amphitheater
- Large storage area for tools and equipment between the 2 Zen Aquapinis
This component of our open source project-launch blueprinting of teacher/demonstration communities, villages, and cities is an aquapini providing 1,989 square feet of growing space purposed for maximum food volume production of the foods One Community will need most. In support of our open source goals, this aquapini will demonstrate and share a model of affordable large-scale quality food production utilizing very little water, minimal space, affordable DIY construction, and incorporating built-in water collection and storage, passive heating, and passive cooling.
These aquapinis will each provide 1,454 square feet of growing space and are designed to demonstrate maximum food diversity and a beautiful place to relax. Our goal is to inspire people with designs they will want to build in their backyard as a way to produce a volume and diversity of food for all their family and friends (and several additional families) while also creating an aesthetically pleasing place to go and sit “in nature” even when it’s cold and uncomfortable outside. We are also building these with the long-term intent to demonstrate that we can convert them into walipini permaculture environments once the higher production levels of the aquaponics are no longer needed due to permaculture and the other sustainable food production facilities incorporated into each of the 7 different village models.
We will be building 3 walipinis as traditional soil growing areas using the same roof and wall designs as the aquapinis (see below). The purpose of the walipini greenhouses will be to provide research and development comparisons with the aquapinis and to open source project-launch blueprinting a maximally affordable, duplicable, and easy to maintain year-round food production option including trees. There will be one structure as large as the Large-scale Food Production Aquapini that will provide 2,987 square feet of growing space purposed for maximum food production (less trees) and two smaller walipinis sized the same as the Zen Aquapinis and each providing 1,827 square feet of growing space purposed to demonstrate two different growing climates focused on trees that are surrounded by a diversity of additional in-ground food production.
AQUAPONICS/AQUAPINI FOOD PRODUCTION SYSTEMS COSTS
The following is our initial total materials and equipment costs liberally estimated because they are calculated for new materials purchased at regular consumer prices:
Aquaponics versus traditional farming requires 2% of the water, 5% of the space, and produces TEN TIMES the yield. Traditionally used for producing cabbage, lettuce, basil, tomatoes, okra, cantaloupe, bell peppers, beans, peas, cucumbers, radishes, watercress, taro, strawberries, melons, onions, turnips, sweet potato, and most herbs, aquaponics also produces fish and shrimp! And just 25 feet of growing space will produce enough annual food to completely feed a person.
The reason we are building 6 combination aquaponics and walipini systems is to increase and open source a model of increased sustainable food diversity, open source and free-share designs and tutorials for three different walipini food production models, experiment with new foods, demonstrate a variety of different fish/shrimp/bivalve/frog models of fertilization, and because they will create enough growing space to:
● Support our own resident bee colony
● Create system redundancy and increase food security
● Provide a worthwhile amount of surplus fish and shrimp if we choose
● Grow the diversity (see this Google Doc) of food we desire for One Community and all it’s visitors