How 1 MILLION Pounds Of Organic Food Can Be Produced On 3 Acres

By Andy Whiteley

Co-Founder of Wake Up World

The quality and accessibility of our food supply is a mounting issue today. With GMOs, chemical pesticides and low-nutrition processed foods  now commonplace in the mainstream supply, taking control of your own food supply is one of the smartest things you can do – for your health and for your hip pocket.

So, with limited space, how can we create an independent  food supply?

I recently came across this amazing video of a man, urban farmer Will Allen, who has figured out a self-sustaining system that can  grow 1 million pounds of food every year, on just 3 acres of land,  using the  symbiotic cultivation of plants and aquatic animals in a re-circulating system.

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Grow 1 Million Pounds of Food on 3 Acres

Using greenhouses and a closed eco-system technology known as Aquaponics, Will Allen has taken urban farming to new extremes. In fact,  a packed greenhouse produces a crop value of $5 square foot! ($200,000 per acre). So  how  is he  doing this?

* Maintaining  3 acres of land in green houses

* Producing 10,000 fish

* Using 300 to 500 yards of worm compost

* Utilizing vertical space

* Using 1 simple aquaponic pump

* Food is grown all year by using heat from the compost piles

Growing Power

The below  videos show “The Urban Farmer” (Will Allen) on the  Growing  Power farm.

Will Allen Talks Us Through ‘Growing Power’

Will Allen Takes A Tour Group Around ‘Growing Power’

Can you imagine if places like this started popping up all over the world? It would be one giant step towards self-reliance and true sovereignty.

If you are not able to start your own garden, consider finding a community garden or hooking up with a small local farm or co-operative.

For more information, please check out our follow up article PART 2 – How 1 MILLION Pounds Of Organic Food Can Be Produced On 3 Acres  which goes into  further about the  Growing Power farms and answers Frequently Asked Questions about the Aquaponics system.

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About the author:

Andy WhiteleyAndy Whiteley  is a former corporate manager  turned writer, editor and co-founder of  Wake Up World. An advocate of peaceful revolution, Andy  believes we are on a necessary path (albeit bumpy) to a renewed social model grounded in love, transparency, individuality, sustainability and spirit. Through his role at Wake Up World,  he hopes to have a positive influence on  that transition.

Andy lives  in  the NSW Central Coast region (Australia) with his partner of 13 years,  WuW co-founder Ryan Mullins, and  spends his (scarce)  free time keeping fit and enjoying  the beautiful nature  reserves that sit, undisturbed, at their  back door.

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  • Very cool. Aquaponics is the wave of the Future for producing food in a sustainable organic way. These guys have the right idea, but we will take it even further at

    Come give our site a look and see A New Way To Live.

  • [..YouTube..] What’s the name of the group doing this please!

  • Kathy Thompson

    I sure would like to learn how to do this!!!

  • Kris

    This is amazing and looks like most people could do it … lets get our food out of the hands of multi nationals and take responsibility for what we eat … congratulations to these people for working out how to do this : )

  • I’d like to help one of these systems pop up in my front yard. Where can I get detailed plans?

  • Can it happen without the fish? I think so. Eat the algae that the fish eats. No need to have nasty, smelly fish to deal with every day. Their protein content and nutrition is way inferior to Spirulina.

    • Kunjabihari Adhikari

      Greetings from Vrindaban, India!

      Ditto on the no fish question? There is a small community of expats here in India (Devotees of SriSri RadhaKrishna); we have been strict vegetarians, some of us for 40+ yrs. so the fish route is not an option for us. Will your system work without the fish? Also, climate here may not require greenhouses. Our biggest problem is monkeys. They destroy everything!
      Thanks for your time and the inspiration you are providing for so many.

      Yours, Kunjabihari Adhikari

      • Wake Up World

        Unfortunately Aquaponics does involve fish, as it is the fish that feed the veggies and the veggies clean the fishes water, it is one complete ecosystem. Now as for the monkey’s, that does sound frustrating!

        Thanks for dropping by and taking the time to leave a comment 🙂


        • lesslea

          actually you can run flood and drain grow beds with lots of red wiggles if you don’t want to have fish…worms fertilize very well

          • We live in a dry mountain area in Spain, no way we have enough water for aquaponics. But I think I could manage food and drain grow beds with red wigglers. Will think about a system! Thanks for the tip!

      • Patrick Ira Donegan

        It is possible to do this without exploiting animals.
        It is just way to easy for people to continue to exploit the animals, so we don’t see too much in the news about that.
        The main thing to consider is how you get nutrients int the eco-system, and there are ways to do that.

      • Dwarakanath

        Although we are not doing this, we are growing lots of fruit trees and under storey vegetable crops and lots of trays in which we grow greens. We were able to produce, although not ground breaking, about 4 kilos of veggies/leaves perday from a plot of 250 sq. yards. And that is not counting all the banana and papaya yields we got. Other fruit trees are still maturing, so I cannot tell you about their yield. And we are strict vegetarians too. Im from hyderabad, btw.

    • Dana

      Sure, if you want to be dead of malnutrition in a year. It isn’t just protein you get from animals.

      Actually, this is a great start, but unrealistic in terms of actual human nutritional needs. Unless you’re going to eat the fish guts too, and make stock with the heads and bones. Seriously. I am not kidding.

      I also hope you’re planning on composting the human waste on your lot because otherwise all those nutrients you grew in your greenhouse will be washed away. We’re already seeing a decline in mineral content in vegetable crops grown in outdoor fields.

      • Dave Murphy

        Trade the fish to restaurant “FOR RICE AND BEANS”.
        This is not a complete solution it is a great start.

        Hey i have trading stray cats for egg-rolls for years 😉

      • Viking

        it is very nieve to think you need to eat animaland to say you would be dead in a year from malnutrition. vegans are the healthist of humans. watch forks over knives sometime and wake up

  • [..YouTube..] Congrats!!! The ideal relationship of human nature and natureThere is hope

  • [..YouTube..] This is the way the old farmers used to do it!

  • Kara

    This is very cool, but I couldnt quite catch what he said the fish are eating. I would hope that it doesnt include GE corn or soy….that is the main problem that I have with farmed fish.

  • [..YouTube..] The guy from the beginning has a voice which is similar to Jon Lajoie’s.and BTW it’s great.

  • [..YouTube..] Can anyone involved with this video connect me with the people who build these systems? I want to build one in the Boston Area.


  • It’s amazing what Will has done!

  • warren sonberg

    This seems like an exciting solution to the worlds food problems.

  • LouieTooFeet

    You can use other aquatic life for the source of plant fertilizer, like crayfish. I would hate to suggest an invasive form of fresh water clam as well. But will a people used to what seems to be little effort on their part to do this in the future? Thinks of the drive through culture,,, not into good eating.

  • Anon

    Awesome blog over here! Thanks for sharing this very usefull information. I will visit your blog again into a couple off days to check if you have some new articles.

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    how is this 1,000,000 pounds of organic food each year only worth $600,000?
    i would really like to know.
    that’s only $0.60 per pound.

  • Steve

    How much does it cost to build one of these establishments? How long would it take to teach the locals to run the place and sell off enough of their product to keep it sustainable? Let’s get this thing started.

  • It would be great to see these on the roofs of highrise buildings in the future. They could also be built on top schools in order to improve school meals. While it may not solve every problem it does point us in the right direction.

  • skeptic

    I do not believe it. Where are the details???

  • This is amazing. I’m going to bookmark it and study a bit further when I have more time. Unbelievable! …glad we wouldn’t have to deal with monkeys here 🙂

    ~ Tiffany

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  • Uncle B

    Imagine the spaces used for lawns and the fertilisers too! All, converted to food and fuel producing plants. now, as oil prices rise, even in America, these thoughts no longer fall outside the box, as lunatic notions, but are appraised by a changing American mentality as quite feasible.
    Pressure canning, drying, pickling, home brewing, wine making, sauerkrauting, even salting, and cold room storage all coming to the fore. Watch closely now as some home-re-engineered refrigeration schemes cut electric bills, with super-insulation and underground techniques, even using Geothermal ground effects and solar to drive the refrigerants – and a whole new concept on refrigerants, perhaps a re-birth, revival, of the Einstein cycle, and perhaps similar to the “Servel” brand propane fridges from Sweden – all to reduce cost of refrigeration cost of storing frozen fish, meat, etc.
    New world struggling to life in spite of the mesmerizations, exhortations of the Great Corporate American Propaganda Whore and her mind control techniques.

  • Stefan Meyer

    So Growing Power is pretty amazing… buuut, there are things to consider when assessing its sustainability, and Will talks to this as well. For one, this operation literally depends upon an army of volunteers (over 1200 coming through the doors annually). Not sustainable. And they pull in vast amounts of organic waste from the region for free because no one else is currently vying for it (and they have a massive, and I mean massive composting operation off-site, which technically should be figured into their land totals). And honestly, 1 million lbs?? I have been to their site, and as a farmer have a decent eye for production. I would want to see their numbers before I would believe it based upon what I saw.. Again they are doing amazing work, but even Will admits the sustainability is not there.

  • Jim

    I love this! Thank you Wuw! 🙂

  • Shari

    What if you are living off the grid and need to use solar panels for energy? What is you do not have a ready source of wood to fire a stove for heat? Is the fish food organic, antibotic and GMO free and grown on site? How do you scale down to grow food for 10 people if you have no volunteers and 1 or 2 workers? Is there a place to get whole sale plans and bldg materials if you are starting from scratch out in the country far away from towns?

  • ROB

    it all sounds ace except that fish farming like this takes more wild fish from the ocean to feed them than the amount of fish you can produce.

  • ROB

    this answers my own question re fish from the ocean as food..

  • Therese

    GREAT !!!!!!

  • Hi, we moved to Spain 10 years ago onto a 5000 square meter homestead, dry, terraced land, rain water from a cistern, electricity from solar power.

    I think, Will’s concept is great, but for most people it does actually cost too much money. Furthermore in Europe at least, to put up a construction like this would need very expensive permits. The material for the greenhouse would cost a fortune here!

    I don’t know if that is any different in the U.S., if it is, then everybody should adopt this system, of course! But for people who are unemployed, who indeed do have the time to grow vegetables and fruits, other good systems have to be developed that empower everybody to grow their own food and have some left over to sell.

    It is also likely that Will is selling his produce which again here would mean to get expensive permits if we could get it at all, the laws here specify chemicals of all sorts and if we don’t comply in using them, we can’t sell our produce.

    Common sense has long since gone in Europe, and I don’t want anybody who reads this article to be under the illusion that it’s all simple and cheap to do. It is not.

    Yet, I (woman 57) do grow a lot of food on our land, but mostly I’m planting what the soil naturally supports. I only use good old heritage seeds, well composted animal manure and humanure and a minimum of water.

    Tractor and digging the soil is out of the question for me, so I’ve adopted the principles of Manasobu Fukuoka and that works as well and doesn’t cost anything.

    As a commercial solution for somebody who wants to go into business growing food in urban areas, I think Will’s system is exemplary as long as the local authorities will give permission to set it up.

  • Simon

    Wonderful and inspiring,…my knowledge of Aquaculture, Hydroponics and Horticulture are at a working level.
    Have you ever created a report or publication that has the technical info such as 1 Tilapia requires X amount of water/flow/temp etc, the basic underpinning / underlying working knowledge?

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