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Coastview Aquaponics

We are a neighborhood farm dedicated to providing our community with quality food, aquaponics education and other aquaponics services. We would like to see a system in every back yard.

Website: http://coastviewaquaponics.com
Location: Kona, Hawaii
Members: 71
Latest Activity: Oct 12, 2016

Coastview Aquaponics - A neighborhood farm

One year ago our first aquaponic system began growing more produce than we could consume, so began selling to a few friends and neighbors. Everybody really liked our produce and soon there was a demand for more production. We expanded our first system to meet the growing demand, and then decided to build a second system. Today we have three systems operating and we sell to the community three days a week. Customers are invited to pick their produce directly out of the system. We provide free farm tours on sale days. We want to provide the community with fresh food and help keep food miles low. Produce that the neighborhood does not buy goes to a local health food store. Our business grew with the demand of our customers. Every week we get new customers by word of mouth and we hope that in the near future all of our produce will be sold directly off the farm.

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Thank you!!

Started by Suzi Gibson Jul 23, 2012. 0 Replies

Thank you for sharing this! I am writing a business plan for class and wanted to model it after a commercial aquaponics operation. I'm looking forward to reading this (my children only allow me to…Continue

Farmers Market Sales

Started by Chris Smith. Last reply by Converse Apr 30, 2012. 18 Replies

We have developed a system to sell our live lettuce and other produce at farmers markets or anywhere away from the farm. Basically we have created a miniature mobile AQ system that is compatible with…Continue

Barrel Systems

Started by Chris Smith. Last reply by Tony Vella Feb 25, 2012. 6 Replies

My customers inspired me to begin building small aquaponic systems that could fit on a condo lanai. After tinkering around with a few designs a came up with a couple systems that are easy and cheep…Continue

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The evolution of our farm-multiple sources of income

Started by Chris Smith. Last reply by Gina Cavaliero Jul 24, 2011. 11 Replies

When we decided to make a business out of aquaponics we had a very specific vision of the direction our farm was going to go, which is reflected in our business plan. During the past year since I…Continue

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Comment by Chris Smith on January 25, 2011 at 12:45am

We are proud to announce that Coastview Aquaponics has been sold out of  produce for the second week in a row to strictly neighborhood sales. It has taken us a year to build up our client base which has primarily happened through word of mouth. Our sales to the local health food store had to be diverted to our sister farm again. Selling out to the neighborhood is a major accomplishment as is has been a main goal for our business. We have been working on increasing production within the current space and expanding the farm.

We are very thankful to have such wonderful customers who will go out of their way to purchase our produce!!

Comment by Rik Kretzinger on November 19, 2010 at 8:29am
Chris - thanks for the look at your business plan. It is a very good starting point for a lot of people that want to go commercial in aquaponics, but don't know where to start. Keep up the good work and I'm happy to hear about you and your family living your dream.

rik
Comment by Chris Smith on November 16, 2010 at 10:53am
I'll get it posted soon.
Comment by David Hart on November 16, 2010 at 10:50am
Chris, I think it would be interesting to see your business plan....I bet others would too.
Comment by Chris Smith on November 16, 2010 at 10:17am
Great to hear you guys are building systems. If I can help let me know. My systems are evolving based on what I have learned over the last year. I will keep everybody posted on my changes. Some new pics should be up today.

Before building my commercial system I wrote a business plan. I can post if anybody is interested.
Comment by David Hart on November 15, 2010 at 2:49am
Lookin' good ! Nice to see the progress Chris.
I'm like Christopher....based my system on yours. Got lots done....more to go.
Keep the pictures comming !
 

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