Grow Food When There’s Snow Outside!

The Friendly Aquaponic Solar Greenhouse grows 11.85 times as many plants as other aquaponics system designs per square foot of greenhouse floor area, at one-seventh the cost per plant space! Why is this a big deal? Because their costs don’t even include the greenhouse and its heating and cooling systems, and ours do!

In 2010-2011, Susanne developed an awesome deepwater raft plant nursery system for accelerating plant growth that puts 3.5 times as many plants per square foot of raft area into the system as “a well-known university’s” or “a well-known aquaponics consultant’s” systems do. Combined with our design for the Chinese-style Solar Greenhouse, this aquaponics technology puts 11.85 times as many plants into the greenhouse per square foot of greenhouse floor space (this is different than raft area). Because greenhouses are expensive compared to growing outdoors, what’s most important is how many plants the greenhouse holds per square foot. It’s simple: ours hold almost 12 times as much as theirs do per square foot of greenhouse space!  (Click here for MORE technical information about the Solar Greenhouse, it’s components, and its integrated aquaponic system).

As well as our live Aquaponic Solar Greenhouse Trainings, there’s another way to get an aquaponic solar greenhouse: we offer DIY manuals and plans for three differently-sized series of Aquaponic Solar Greenhouse: the “Micro”, the “Farmer’s Market”, and the “Commercial” series. Designed with integrated aquaponics systems (they’re NOT just conventional greenhouses with fish tanks and troughs stuck in them, which is what you get from others) they are the most energy-efficient and productive growing structures the world has ever seen. If built well, and according to the plans, they are durable 30-year-plus structures just like a house is.

They are designed for extreme climates: they will continue growing year-round whether you have snow outside or 105-degree heat. They are efficiently insulated structures. They incorporate 3 sources of largely passive solar heating for wintertime use, as well as 3 different methods for low-energy summertime cooling using largely passive methods. We’ve been doing CAD design work professionally for 25 years, and so, the CAD greenhouse construction plans meet Building Department and Building Code requirements in most jurisdictions; although they may need to be stamped by a local architect or engineer.

Our Smallest Micro Aquaponic Solar Greenhouse

This package has complete plans for three different sizes of greenhouse: 200 square feet (12-1/2 feet by 16 feet), 300 square feet (12-1/2 feet by 24 feet), and 400 square feet (12-1/2 feet by 32 feet) so you can build the size that fits your needs. Materials to build this greenhouse (including the aquaponics system!) will cost from $3,500 to $8,500 on the mainland, depending on the size you select and materials costs in your area. The three different sizes of your Micro greenhouse will hold 1,369; 2,054; and 2,739 plants respectively. This package is all you need to grow aquaponically inside a greenhouse, because it also includes our complete “Family” aquaponics technology manual. Materials lists for the aquaponics systems inside the greenhouses are also provided.


Randy Campbell’s 200-square foot Generation 2 Micro Aquaponic Solar Greenhouse (of our design) in the snow in Tennessee, Winter 2012-13. Outside air was 24 degrees (plus some wind chill), air temp inside was 74 degrees, water temp 72. I turned into an icicle because I was the only one stupid enough to be outside standing in freezing sleet taking this photo (I never knew what that word meant before this!)

Our Larger Farmer’s Market Aquaponic Solar Greenhouse

This package ALSO has complete plans for three different sizes of greenhouse, they’re just BIGGER: 550 square feet (18 feet by 32 feet), 1,100 square feet (18 feet by 64 feet), and 1,650 square feet (18 feet by 96 feet) so you can build just the right size. Materials to build this greenhouse (including the aquaponics system!) will cost from $9,500 to $28,500 on the mainland, depending on the size you select and materials costs in your area. The three different sizes of your Farmer’s Market greenhouse will hold 3,203; 6,510; and 10,075 plants respectively. This package is all you need to grow aquaponically inside a greenhouse, because it also includes our complete “Family” aquaponics technology manual. Materials lists for the aquaponics systems inside the greenhouses are also provided.

Our Largest Commercial Series Aquaponic Solar Greenhouses

This package has complete plans for seven different sizes of greenhouse, they’re comparable in size to conventional commercial greenhouses; from 2,314 square feet (24 feet by 32 feet) on up to 6,944 square feet (36 feet by 192 feet) so you can build just the right size for your application. The seven different sizes of your Commercial Aquaponic Solar Greenhouse will hold 4,484 in the 768 sq foot house; 9,148 in the 1,533 sq foot house; 12,106 in the 2,314 sq foot house; 13,607 in the 2,300 sq foot house; 19,038 in the 3,472 sq foot house; 24,213 in the 4,629 sq foot house; and 38,076 plants in the 6,944 sq foot house respectively. If you are comparing costs, practicality, and productivity to any conventional greenhouse package, these are the numbers that are important. Because these greenhouses are designed in an integrated manner with our proprietary plant nursery technology, they hold several times more plants per square foot than anything else out there. Ask your other suppliers to provide “plant density” or “total number of plants held” information, then compare to these numbers. This package is all you need to grow aquaponically inside a greenhouse, because it also includes our complete DIY “Commercial Aquaponics Training” package. Materials lists for the aquaponics systems inside the greenhouses are also provided.

In case you want to begin by building one of the Micro Greenhouses of 200, 300, or 400 square feet first, we include the complete plans (and materials lists for the aquaponics systems inside) for those smaller greenhouses also with the Farmer’s Market package. We include all the plans and materials lists for both the Farmer’s Market and Micro Greenhouses with the purchase of the Commercial Aquaponic Solar Greenhouse package.

Study Plans: the sample PDF plan sheets below can be printed on a 36-inch by 24-inch Architectural “D”-size sheet of bond at your local Office Max or Staples if you wish to see any of these plan sheets at full-size.

Click here to see a “study” floor plan for the 19-foot wide, 3-trough Farmer’s Market Aquaponic Solar Greenhouse.

Click here to see a typical “details” plan for the 19-foot wide, 3-trough Farmer’s Market Aquaponic Solar Greenhouse.

Click here to see a “study” floor plan for the 24-foot wide, 4-trough Commercial Aquaponic Solar Greenhouse.

Click here to see a “study” floor plan for the 36-foot wide, 6-trough Commercial Aquaponic Solar Greenhouse.

Click here to see a sample “details” plan for the 36-foot wide, 6-trough Commercial Aquaponic Solar Greenhouse.

Click here to view Friendly Aquaponic’s slideshow for our “Aquaponic Solar Greenhouse”

Susanne with the newly-covered Hawaii Aquaponic Solar Greenhouse (Farmer’s Market 550 square foot size), January 30, 2012

Basil and tomatoes in the first Farmer’s Market ASG, showing planting densities, some greenhouse structure, and raft troughs.


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