Start right and grow big
We all heard the “start small and grow big” advise for aquaponics. I am going to build upon that. knowing your destination is the first step of the journey.
Just how big should your system be.
Below is a guesstimate of how big you want get.
52 weeks are in a year therefore theoretical maximum yield of a 4 week crop like lettuce is 13 crops per year, assuming everything is perfect with a sale price at $2 a lettuce is $26 a square foot. About 60% will go back into the system leaving about $10.40 of profit a square foot per year.
Aiming for $50,000 a year in theory is 4807 square feet or a 50 by 100 greenhouse now we know the destination we can look at the start point.
Your starter system size
really you want to start with a system that is large enough to produce the seedlings necessary for your big system.