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Bioponica and City of Refuge

Atlanta Women’s Shelter Starts Bioponics Farming Project

By Neil Seldman, President, Institute for Local Self-Reliance, Washington, DC

The City of Refuge, COR, was founded in 1970 to provide hope and assistance to residents of challenged neighborhoods in the middle of Atlanta.

COR serves over 10,000 people annually from its 8-acre campus, including short-term transitional shelter for women and children. COR also hosts a 6th-8th grade academy for students from at-risk communities and provides a range of medical and mental health services.

COR has hired Bioponica, a local aquaponic designer-builder to install onsite a first-of-its-kind sustainable farming system. The system, funded by Kaiser Health Foundation of Georgia, will be a 20’ x 36’ square foot greenhouse, with two to three grow beds and fish tanks to raise organic vegetables simultaneously, utilizing “bioponics” a process of nutrient cycling that Bioponica have pioneered.  David Epstein, D.O. and Kenneth Lowell, P.E. founded Biponica in 2010 with the goal “to make farming, gardening and the harvest of organic food, simple and sustainable.”

The Institute for Local Self-Reliance (ILSR) introduced the two companies during its consulting assignment with the Atlanta mayor’s Office of Sustainability. The objective was to introduce potential partners who will advance our goal of developing “zero waste” projects. Since its first installation at the Atlanta City Park Outdoor Activity Center, (Department of Parks and Recreation), in July of 2011, Bioponica has refined their process of recycling nutrients to create fertilizer and fish with no cost and little labor, while recycling loads of pre-consumer food discards and lawn clippings.

The City of Refuge operates within an 8-acre campus where residents have full access to on-site medical and dental care, a kitchen, daycare, adult and children’s library, sports and recreational activities. Emory University assists in the development and operation of the medical and dental facilities. The COR-Bioponica project of waste recycling to support organic plants and fish will help COR reduce the costs of serving 20,000 meals per month. It will also provide hands-on jobs and skills training in the area of food and water self-sufficiency. The Bioponica grow operation will produce tilapia, crawfish and a garden variety of fresh fruit and vegetables for residents and community members.

The greenhouse and Biogarden grow beds will be owned and operated by City of Refuge. Bioponica will provide ongoing technical assistance, service and upgrade technology and management and worker training. The installation will be operational by May 2013.

For information contact:

Tony Johns, Chief Operating Officer

City of Refuge



Anything Technologies Media Signs Distribution Agreement with Bioponica® for Cultivation of Medical Cannabis

FOLSOM, CA, June 18, 2013 /PRNewswire/ - Anything Technologies Media, Inc. (Pink Sheets: EXMT) today announced that the company has entered into a distribution agreement with Bioponica manufacturer of the world's most advanced aquaponic systems.  The Company plans to market the Bioponica® patent pending Biogarden® soilless grow systems and Bio-Bags™ a line of plant derived plant fertilizers. The focus of Anything Technologies sales will be to supply hydroponic wholesalers and retailers catering to the medical marijuana industry.

"After examining the entire industry as it relates to the next generation of grow systems which support the cultivation of medical marijuana, it was very clear to us that Bioponica's products are the most versatile and durable products available anywhere", Stated Richard Wilson, CEO of Anything Technologies.

The Bioponica® grow beds are available to retailers in sizes ranging from the 12" x 12" Aquarium Biogarden up to the 4' x 4' Indoor Outdoor Biogarden.  Larger commercial growing systems up to 5' x 20' with two 210 gallon tanks. More details of the product line, plant derived nutrients and bioponic process can be found at Bioponica.org   

Anything Technologies Media is currently in the process of building a new website to market and distribute its entire product line to supplement its direct marketing efforts to be launched later this summer. We are in the process of building inventory for the EMC-5000. The EMC-5000 is available for sale. 

Anything Technologies Media Inc.,  is a Multi-Media Digital applications, production and marketing Company. ATM will be the parent company of subsidiary Corporations, each with their own professional management team with extensive backgrounds in finance, new technologies, manufacturing, marketing and distribution. ATM's goal is to combine the expertise of our team members to create a cohesive force, which will carry the company forward in the marketplace to a preeminent position through revenue sharing and acquisitions.

This press release contains certain forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, which are intended to be covered by the safe harbors created thereby. Investors are cautioned that all forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties, including, without limitation, the future press releases of ATM.

SOURCE Anything Technologies Media Inc.

Wall Street Journal Covers Farm in a Box at Home Depot


Home Depot Inc. will begin selling "Farm in a Box"

online within the next few weeks; the system by Atlanta-base Earth Solutions LLC uses aquaponic technology with recirculating water to grow vegetables on top of the box along with fish underneath (their waste acts as fertilizer for the plants); the smallest version, called "Little Tokyo," costs about $249 and at 30 inches tall by 20 inches wide, can fit on an apartment balcony.


Sales are also flourishing of raised-bed gardening products. This is the process of building up fertilized soil in a centralized location, often with a contained border, to reduce weeding and avoid poor ground soil. Home Depot says its sales of Scenery Solutions Inc.'s $219 "Frame It All" raised-bed vegetable gardening system -- crafted from composite plastic timbers -- have risen in the high-double-digits year-over-year. And Earth Solutions recently launched a $595 "South Lawn Organic Garden Kit" with Spruce raised-bed garden boxes it says can be assembled with just a screwdriver and seeds. It's meant to mimic what the Obamas are raising.  

NYT Spotless Garden - Farm in a Box

From The New York Times' The Spotless Garden

"David Epstein, 50, the osteopath and entrepreneur who invented the Farm in a Box reports that the company has sold several hundred units since the product went on sale last March.

Dr. Dave, as he likes to be called, created Farm in a Box after studying a do-it-yourself manual written by Travis W. Hughey — a creative debt that bothers Mr. Hughey not a bit.

THERE’S a “Beyond Thunderdome” quality to Rob Torcellini’s greenhouse. The 10-by-12-foot structure is undistinguished on the outside: he built it from a $700 kit, alongside his family’s Victorian-style farmhouse in Eastford, Conn., a former farming town 35 miles east of Hartford. What is going on inside, however, is either a glimpse at the future of food growing or a very strange hobby — possibly both.


There are fish here, for one thing, shivering through the winter, and a jerry-built system of tanks, heaters, pumps, pipes and gravel beds. The greenhouse vents run on a $20 pair of recycled windshield wiper motors, and a thermostat system sends Mr. Torcellini e-mail alerts when the temperature drops below 36 degrees. Some 500 gallons of water fill a pair of food-grade polyethylene drums that he scavenged from a light-industry park.


Mr. Torcellini’s greenhouse wouldn’t look out of place on a wayward space station where pioneers have gone to escape the cannibal gangs back on Earth. But then, in a literal sense, Mr. Torcellini, a 41-year-old I.T. director for an industrial manufacturer, has left earth — that is, dirt — behind..."

The above article was written in 2010 after the aquaponic Farm in a Box was launched and had made its appearance on Good Morning America and in the Wall Street Journal. Certainly the publication by the New York Times was the most widely distributed news story on aquaponics yet in the US. Earth Solutions Farm in a Box is distributed by Bioponica; those interested may inquire here for details.

Tree Hugger Covers Bioneers Farm in a Box

Tree Hugger Press Earth Solutions Farm in a Box


Farm in a Box is the brainchild of Earth Solutions, a company that also creates ready-to-use square foot gardening beds. Like Access to Aquaponics, Earth Solutions are based in Atlanta, Georgia (something in the water?), and are giving beginners a chance to experiment with aquaponics with mini-systems that utilize gold fish and other small species, rather than diving straight into larger edible species like tilapia. Also available is a do-it-yourself instruction kit for aquaponics in a barrel for those with the time and inclination to build their own. (The company also sells pumps and other components.)

Perhaps most attractive though, is Farm in a Box Phoenix model, a complete aquaponics set up that includes a 200 gallon fish tank (big enough for tilapia and other edibles), and three grow beds. Most crucially, the system also looks good, having been crafted from FSC-certified oak. Aesthetics are a vital component if aquaponics are to become part of your average backyard gardeners' skill-set. At $3000, it seems likely that most commercial aquaponics set ups are more likely to build their own—so the target market here is your serious home gardener. Sure, it's a lot of money, but with folks spending thousands of dollars on high-end geodesic greenhouses, Farm in a Box will find a welcome home among folks' looking to invest heavily in self-sufficiency.



This backyard harvest has gills and fins  | Atlanta Journal Constitution

From AJC's This backyard harvest has gills and fins.


"While rural Georgians have long fished for their supper in backyard ponds, the idea of raising fish to eat is catching on in urban areas including Atlanta -- especially among “locavores” who want food raised nearby, without harmful chemicals or harming the earth.

In Cabbagetown, Dr. David Epstein, 50, has built a series of water troughs and tables for tilapia, red-clawed crayfish and shrimp.

“Do you want your shrimp from the Gulf or raised in a sewer?” he asked, alluding to the risk of spilled oil in ocean breeding grounds for shrimp and the crowded conditions of commercial beds. “Think about the cost of raising those and bringing it to your table. And this is so much more fun.”

In his setup, the fish do double duty: Their waste fertilizes herbs that grow from the water surface, and the plants and their gravel help filter, purify and take up extra nitrogen. Raising fish and vegetables together is called aquaponics.

Epstein believes that aquaculture and aquaponics --  in small, efficient networks -- will be critical to restoring food supply to people after natural catastrophes, “where you have to get food systems up and developing fast.” They can be set up on vacant land, even parking lots --  arable soil is not necessary.

“We are all charting new waters,” said Epstein, who with engineer Ken Lovell founded Algosolar Systems to design self-contained food systems. “Anyone doing it now has an opportunity to be a real pioneer. How close can we get to nature? How off the grid? Once you start to see the potential, you get obsessed with it.”

This appeared in the AJC September 10th by Michelle Hisky, describing aquaponics in Georgia. Thanks for the write up Michelle!


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Bioponica's debut took place in July 2010 with the City of Altanta Park's Commissioner George Duesenbury, Councilwoman Cleta Winslow and WAWA Director Darryl Haddock on hand to share the honors. Thanks City of Atlanta and all the good folks at the Outdoor Activity Center for helping us achieve this momentous occassion.