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Pam Allen
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  • Gresham, OR
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Is it possible?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Jeffrey Ihara May 7, 2013. 1 Reply

I live in an apartment and have been told that I cannot have a fish tank over 10 gallons.  I will likely do a system off of a 10 gallon at some point but I got thinking about things and was wondering…Continue

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Hey Everyone,Please come here and help me out with my first step toward a commercial aquaponics farm.Also please share this link with everyone you know.We are very excited that this possibility came…Continue

Hello I am Pam Allen from Portland OR with

Started this discussion. Last reply by TCLynx Apr 15, 2012. 10 Replies

The Dream is to run an aquaponics system like the one Growing Power has to supplement our emergency food system and possibly to raise some food and fish to sell at Farmers markets to help support the…Continue


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I am the founder of a baby non-profit called and we are planning to use rooftops all over Portland and Gresham to set up massive aquaponics bays that can grow food to supplement our emergency food system and also to sell at Farmers Markets to help support the non-profit. I am very excited to find this site and hope to learn a ton of info so we can make it work the first try. lol

We exist to start urban farms on vacant lots and aquaponics systems 
in abandoned buildings in East Portland, Or communities
 in order to provide fresh produce for the emergency food system. 
We will use intensive farming, vertical gardening and aquaponic techniques to grow the 
most food in the smallest space possible.  
We will manage a hub farm with fruit trees, small fruits, herbs, and other perennials 
and use it as a processing center for the project.
We will create a duplicatable model for other cities to follow in an effort to make a nationwide impact.

Come join the conversation at our forum about urban farming of all kinds.


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City Bounty Reborn

Posted on April 12, 2013 at 6:13pm 0 Comments

Well this time last year I was working on a new business called City Bounty and honestly not getting very far.  I got busy with other life and shelved the whole thing due to discouragement and busyness.  Now spring is back and my green thumb is itching again and I started dreaming again about what was supposed to be about.  

Then I saw a bunch of youtube videos about "vertical farms" and I am very excited about the possibilities.

So citybounty is going to be…


Wow this could be huge or a huge disaster! lol

Posted on April 14, 2012 at 7:24pm 3 Comments

There is a large vacant lot near my home and I have messaged the owner (over snail mail because she lives in Hawaii) to see if she will let tend it for her this season.  If she says yes we will be able to grow food on it to sell CSA style to get capital to start all of our projects and get our non profit status.  It is a very exciting possibility.

So I am trying to think of the best way to grow food in that space.  We could do traditional gardening but I don't have time…


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At 10:37am on April 20, 2012, Anne Phillip said…

Hi Pam,

That all sounds good!

Talk to you soon,


At 12:02am on April 19, 2012, Anne Phillip said…

Hi Pam,

That sounds good. I will try and get there around 1:30 then. Hopefully I'll see you there! If you come up with any good landmarks to meet by, let me know!


At 11:49am on April 17, 2012, Ann Forsthoefel said…

Hi Pam,

Sorry my last response did not get sent. Would love to get together and chat.

Fridays work best for me 


At 10:45am on April 17, 2012, Anne Phillip said…

Hi Pam,

Here is the information that I found:


Earth Day Community Food Justice Event
« on: April 07, 2012, 10:16:20 AM »
Come celebrate the launch of our community food projects

Eat yummy food and find out about the food buying club and community garden.
Join us for a viewing of the Tomando las Calles community art exhibit and join in making recycled and found item art!
Live music, capoeira, and guitar demonstrations!
Sunday April 22 | 2–6pm
Neighborhoods United Workers Center
19255 E Burnside, Gresham
(Close to 188th and 197th Max stations, at the Germantown Square)"
So, it does look like it is accessible by Max- maybe see you there!
At 10:44am on April 17, 2012, Oma Richmond said…

We are just setting up a small solar greenhouse in the back yard that will be aquaponic.  We have had a system running in the kitchen in southern windows and off a 60 gal aquarium that we have finally gotten up to road speed where we can now do tomatoes and cukes.  This week end the grow beds and fish tanks get installed.

Come by and see us if you are in the neighborhood.  Alberta Arts area.

At 9:09am on April 17, 2012, Anne Phillip said…

Hi Pam- nice to meet you! I am interested to talk with you about your plans for city bounty. Are you going to be at the Earth Day event at the Neighborhoods United Work Center? Thanks for saying hello!

At 5:40pm on April 16, 2012, Adam Bruce said…

Hi Pam, thanks. my system has been running for 5 weeks now. 3 of those weeks were cycling without plants and the last two weeks have been running full speed with plants and fish together. 

At 10:22pm on April 9, 2012, Sylvia Bernstein said…

Pam, have you met Ann Forsthofel? She is the former director of the Portland Farmers market and is also working to bring aquaponics to Portland in a serious way.  The two of you should meet, if you haven't already!

At 10:19pm on April 9, 2012, Sylvia Bernstein said…

Welcome Pam,

Thanks for joining the Aquaponic Gardening community!  I hope you find it a fun place to explore aquaponics.  There is a real blend of experienced and new aquapons in this community, so please don’t hesitate to get in there and start asking questions.  Everyone is quite happy to help out new members – no question is too basic.

A great place to start is to read the “How to Use This Site” link on the upper right corner, “Start Here” section of the Home page.  You might also find the “Aquaponic Gardening Rules of Thumb” guidelines helpful.

Please add a profile image, participate and check in with us every day!  We are constantly posting news about aquaponics and the good food movement.

Thanks again for joining us, and I look forward to getting to know you.



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