OTTF Construction
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All of the text information about our construction has been moved to the blog/news built-in app linked just above in blue, or linked from "News" on the main menu. The blog (Serendipity) is adequate for reading new postings as they are entered, but is a bit ungainly to try to view a number of past entries, especially using the calendar. Sorry.

Aquaponics Overview / First Phase
The Oregon Truffle Tryst Farm started with a single Aquaponics system whose tanks and troughs were built from plans obtained from Friendly Aquaponics of Hawaii, and housed in a self designed greenhouse building. The first phase was built to gain experience with the setup and daily maintenance of a vegetable aquaponics system. It consists of 256 square feet of growing troughs and several plywood/epoxy tanks (4'x4'x4' and 4'x4'x8' fish tanks, a 2'x4'x4' biofilter tank and a 2'x4'x4' vet tank) giving a water volume of approximately 3000 gallons. After somewhat severe problems with the newly purchased fish in startup mode, it was functioning well. However, a recurrance of fish problems ensued and our nutrients also seem to fluctuate more than I'd expect. Overall we are still producing quality crops but our production has been entirely too inconsistent even though it gets better every year :).

Second Construction Phase
The second phase plan was expected to approximately double the growing area and include the construction of a small walk-in cooler using an air conditioner and the StorItCold CoolBot. Construction was delayed due to the need for more research into an improved greenhouse design that is more easily insulated on winter nights while still maximizing our limited winter light (hence the quantum PAR meter). The cooler is complete and functional while almost everything else is behind schedule. As the Aquaponics is only part of our overalll farm plan, we have improved in other areas such as the installation of solar panels and the start of a large quantity of tea seedlings. We currently need to clear an area of the hillside behind the residence for the Aquaponics construction and also need to thin the Alder trees along that hillside for the tea trees. That has turned out to be more difficult than expected due to more regulations than we anticipated and a lack of communication from the businesses we contacted to do the work.

The text with more details of our activities has been moved to our blog page here.

Our albums of construction pictures are available here.

Our album of more general pictures of our forested farm property is available at this link to our Gophercreek website .

Just Say No To GMO by Michael Adams

Song Lyrics
Song by Mike Adams, with spoken lines from Jeffrey Smith

Iím lookin at the food thatís in the grocery store
They say itís safe, everybody eat more.
On second thought, I donít really know if itís made with those GMOs

So Iím lookin for the non-GMO label Ďfore I bring it home and put it on my table
I wanna know itís verified so I donít
Harm myself with genetically modified

They donít want you to know
All the poison they grow
The corporate profits they show from those GMO OH

Those Frankenseeds that they sow
Theyíre gonna hurt us we know
Itís time we told Ďem to go, say GMO NO!

I donít want eat poison, I donít want gene mutations at my dinner reservations
itís a food abomination what they doiní to this fast food nation
They take artificial gene combinations
inject them in seed variations
so they can grow their Frankenfood imitations
while the side effects cause medical patients

Keep their profits alive while they
spraying all the food with name brand herbicides
and all the while theyíre spreadiní their lies
Monsanto destroyiní farmers lives
and the FDA keeps it all going
saying itís safe even though they all know itís just
poison stealing away your life, and thatís what you eat with genetically modified.

GMO safety huh thatís a corporate myth
if you donít believe me listen to Jeffery Smith
Heís the man with plan gonna do what he can
To help us all get those GMOs banned
But we need you to lend a hand
take a stand against this food scam
Itís a mission for the health condition worldwide
We donít wanna live genetically modified

Donít eat food unless you know whatís in it
Donít believe the propaganda cuz the press will spin it
Affects everybody, we all up in it
Stand up to Monsanto, tell Ďem oh no you didnít

Reject Frankenfoods in the store
demand honest labels so we can be informed
We have a natural right to know
What we buyiní Just say no to GMO

Before our farms start dyiní
Just say no to GMO

Those corporate crooks are lyiní
Just say no to GMO

This time weíre not complyiní
Just say no to GMO

Weíre just not buyiní it
Just say no to GMO

Song and Lyrics © 2010 by Michael Adams, All Rights Reserved

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