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Fish Farm for Sale
(aquaponics/bioponics)

Green Business / Self Employment Opportunity
Prince George, BC, Canada

www.northernbioponics.ca

Because there are no successor and we as future grandparents will not be any good if we are thousand+ kilometers away we decided to sell our life's work.

For sale a fully operational and working turnkey aquaponic/bioponic farm on 19.9 acre northwest of Prince George, BC

Residence size 1600+ sqft with 4 bedroom/ 2 bathroom, upgraded insulated outside walls plus low-e windows.

The well established bioponic/aquaponic system include a 30'x96' double poly gutter connected greenhouse which is housing the complete system and an attached building (head house 30X33').

The commercial greenhouse has a well insulated North wall. The 'gutter-connection' allows the possibility for an easy expansion to attache another bay!

The aquaponic/bioponic system is running twelve month a year. Constantly stocked with 10k+ pots with lettuce, herbs etc. which allow harvesting several times a week with up to 80kg of lettuce, basil and herbs. There are ~ 2k Tilapia in the fish tanks plus breeding stock.
The whole system is holding a total of ~ 75+ m3 of water. The automatic filter system and bio-reactor provide the necessary water quality for the fish and enough nutrient for the plants. No waste is produced or discarded it is a complete closed system where plant leftovers from the harvest and fish waste solids are 'recycled' in the bio-reactor. The bacterial system of the bioreactor provide the nutrient for the plants.

Just evaporated water is topped up! Fish feed is the input, and vegetable and fish are harvested. The fish feed is produced on site every week with only organic ingredients. This system is not running with commercial Tilapia fish feed!!
All grow media and pots are recycled and reused!!

It is getting very close to total sustainability. With a small photovoltaic system the aquaponic/bioponic system can go completely off grid!

In regards to the business part the customer base is very solid and has increased every year since we started. We sell all we can grow! The revenue of the business provide a good family income and all the vegetable you can eat.

The heating/cooling system is a combination of thermal solar – biomass boiler and passive geothermal cooling/heating with radiator and floor heating.

Spaced over the greenhouse area are 8 geothermal looped holes (75' deep each) which are used for cooling in the summer. For the winter they are used to store the excess heat of the thermal solar system from the summer underneath the greenhouse. This allows a reduced heat requirement for the winter season.

In the winter the thermal solar system and geothermal storage is supported by a biomass boiler.

The greenhouse is set up with additional removable insulation for the winter and shading for the summer.

The solar/biomass heating system is computer controlled(reliable controls) and can easily be expanded if required for additional sensors/controlling.

On the north wall of the greenhouse is a 3'X96' aluminum mirror mounted(angle adjustable!) to increase the greenhouse light and allows the 'harvest' of the low winter sun.

Attached to the greenhouse is the insulated 30'x33' 'head-house' with :

  • the 750sqft thermal solar system with a 8000 l solar buffer tank. The thermal solar system is used to heat the whole greenhouse and bioponic/aquaponic system from ~ end of March till Oct.
  • the 85kW fully automatic biomass boiler (Viessmann-KÖB wood heating systems) which can be operated with wood chips, sawdust, wood shavings, pellets or manually with cord wood. In automatic operation it is loaded by an automatic auger system from a storage silo. The biomass boiler is interconnected with the solar system and a heat exchanger. The system is setup to heat the residence too!!
  • the BC government inspected and approved fish processing room(fully equipped!)
  • office space + room for workshops/agri tourism etc. (partially finished)
  • lab space (partially finished)
  • the packaging area
  • the fish feed processing area(we make our own organic Tilapia fish feed every week!!)
  • the storage for supplies etc.

The property has:

  • 19.9 acre with ~ 16acre in trees/bush which can provide the complete fuel for the heating requirement for the whole farm. AND enough room to expand the vegetable garden/field or greenhouse.
  • An extended vegetable garden (~1/4 acre) which allow growing of all kind of additional vegetable/root vegetable for the whole family plus enough to sell a good portion at the farmers market.
  • A grain field (currently ~1/2 acre) for grain/legumes – bread backing, chicken feed and fish feed.

Several solid build outbuildings:

  • 16x24 'zero energy' Chicken house with workshop space. No heating is needed! Extended insulation of walls and sealing made of recycled/fine shredded Styrofoam. Rodent save!! Plus additional floor heating supported by a compost heater. Metal Roof!!
  • 16'X24' firewood/storage shed. Metal Roof!!
  • 24'X24' storage shed for wood chips (greenhouse biomass heater) and room to store machinery. Metal Roof!!
  • 8' X 20' storage container - nice dry (woks well for the grain/feed)

Plus a separate 12'x48' greenhouse (hoop house in the vegetable garden) to grow additional tomatoes, peppers and cucumbers etc. during the summer season for canning and the farmers market sales.

Other:

The property has it's own water well(new well pump installed 2012).

The Farm has a valid Aquaculture License, a fish Processing License (from BC Ministry of Agriculture) and a food safety plan.

The property has 'farm status'! Please note: With the farm status there is no building permit required for any building which is related to the farm operation! There is enough room fo expand and diversify the crop of the greenhouse with another bay for e.g. with tomatoe, cucmber etc.

The whole bioponic/aquaponic system including the support for heating etc. is setup and built straight forward. It is esay to operate. However help and training regarding how the system works and how to run everything will be provided. There is NO charge for the help we provide!!

Sale Price: $565,000 CAD   >>>>  We are honestly to serious offers

Machinery - tractor, plow, cultivator, harrow, disc harrow - all used for the vegetable garden etc, snow blower, wood chipper and a John Deer combine to harvest the grain  >> all negotiable!!

Please check out our website for photos and further information:
www.northernbioponics.ca

If you are interested on more photos please e-mail.

Due to many who just visit out of curiosity and to get a tour through the aquaponic/bioponics greenhouse -  SORRY we are REALLY ONLY looking for serious inquiries from buyers!! If your intention to buy is serious and you like to visit please provide a letter of credit from your bank.

Please contact us by:

phone: (250) 967-0277
or e-mail: matthias(at)northernbioponics.ca

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EcoProperty ID: 30333       Date posted to EcoProperty.ca: Jan 1 2017