AKuaponics3D, LLC is a cutting-edge agricultural firm based in Fairbanks, Alaska. However, we are NOT a hippie-dippie greenhouse farm and we are NOT going to be producing Marijuana. Instead we will raise the bar within the sustainability industry by combining large-scale aquaponics farming utilizing high-tech equipment, automated processes, renewable energies, and 3D printing to set the bar on sustainable food production. As the farm thrives, we will expand our commitment to the people of Alaska by expanding into Native Alaskan villages with community outreach programs aimed at increasing food security and technological experience in the rural villages.All crops and fish will be cultivated indoors with efficient ventilation, grow lights, durable insulation and energy saving grow lights which will allow us to harvest all year long. To maximize space for growing, a vertical farming method will be utilized. By using a vertical method, it will also allow staggered production so that harvests occur every few weeks, instead of harvesting all crops at once.
What will AKuaponics3D, LLC produce?
Crops ~ At our facility, we will be involved in the cultivation of crops that will be appealing to local restaurants and patrons. Bok Choy, India Mustard, Japanese Mustard Spinach, Komatsuna Summerfest (a highly preferred Asian Lettuce), and Green Mustard Wave (A spicy lettuce) are highly sought for use in specialty dishes and difficult to find locally. Other crops would include consumer staples such as Spinach, Broccoli, Tomatoes, Kohlrabi, and a variety of onions, cucumbers, herbs, peppers, berries, peas, melons and squash will complete the diverse selection of fresh, locally grown food available to restaurants and consumers.
For profit and aesthetic purposes, we will also cultivate several unique, specialty flowers such as rare types of Roses and Lilies whose colors will be manipulated artificially and sold to local flower shops and online. By manipulating the flower colors, it will create a niche market.
Fish ~ Koi, Tilapia, goldfish, guppies, neon tetras (in black-light tanks for aesthetics), Arowana, Axolotl and even Electric Blue Lobster are just some of the fish we will feature. As the farm flourishes, we will add additional attractive fish to amaze visitors.
Merchandise ~ One of our most valuable educational tools, aside from the food production system, will be the use of on-site 3D printers. By utilizing consumable plastic materials used in the production process, along with locally sourced recyclable plastics, we will be recycling them on-site to create filament for on-site 3D printers that will allow us to “print” as many components to the aquaponics set-up as possible. In addition to allowing us to create our own custom components, the printers can be utilized in educational tours, as well as creating custom merchandise.
Why go to such great lengths to establish such a modern aquaponics set-up? The answer is simple. Consumer & educational interest. Once fully operational, the farm will serve as an educational center for thousands of curious people. The consumer interest in local sustainability technology and food security is at an all-time high. Allowing consumers to tour the facilities will establish a fundamental basis for ongoing support, resulting in many revenue streams.
There will be a defining beauty in the design of the facilities. Tours will be provided through a specially designed walkway system that denies access to the equipment and crops, but allows an exquisite view and narrative from the tour guide. We will include a small system dedicated to allowing the patrons the chance to see up-close how it all works, taste-test sample crops and interact with advanced technology such as 3D printers. Produce, merchandise and souvenirs will be available in our on-site gift shop.