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  • Family turns swimming pool into greenhouse and home for chickens and fish

    I love this!

    http://gardenpool.org/

    I just asked them two questions:

    1. Was it difficult to get building permits for this?

    2. How do they keep the chickens from roasting inside a greenhouse in Arizona heat?

    Just got an answer from them:


    Hi Naomi,
    Thanks for the email. Believe it or not we have only had our website up for less than 30 days. We have received an incredible amount of visitors and emails in the past week due to our recent media exposure. Now that we have our share of frequently asked questions, the FAQ page will be up as soon as we have some time to post it. We area also a husband and wife team with two young kids so we do the best we can with the time we have.

    1. We haven't had any problems with the city we live in. Dennis is experienced in the construction field having worked as a project manager under licensed contractors. The city seems rather supportive so far....

    2. The chickens are inside of the Garden Pool which stays cooler than the outside temperatures due to the evaporative cooler. Chickens are raised in hot places (such as Hawaii, Mexico, Iraq and Egypt) and they seem very happy living in the Garden Pool.

    Thanks again,
    Dennis & Danielle McClung
    GardenPool.org
    Last edited by dragonmamma; 08-29-2010, 06:17 AM. Reason: adding the answer

  • #2
    I hope they never need to refi. A pool without water is a deal-killing no-no and I just don't think they'll talk any lender/investor into considering this as anything other than an unfilled pool.

    But a very inventive and interesting idea for sure.

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    • #3
      I wouldn't be too sure of that. Sounds like it could turn into a big tourist attraction.

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      • #4
        Love this!

        I wonder how they're getting "unlimited tilapia fish" I didn't see any swimming around and how fast can they reproduce and reach maturity? I guess they're not eating fish everyday but still ... it's an awesome idea I fully support it and hope it "catches on" ...
        I used to seriously post here, now I prefer to troll.

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        • #5
          It really depends on where you live.I would like to have chickens here,but in the village limits,chickens are still considered livestock and are not allowed.....in some cities,chickens have been reclassified as pets,and therefore,are allowed....it's all in the zoning....as far as being sellable yeah it could put a damper on being able to sell the property,or even reduce the value,but if they are not planning on selling,and are keeping up with the mortgage,it would be the last thing to consider.

          I've got an acre and a half of space here,and plan on putting up a greenhouse in the next couple of years.
          This spring I used a Starter House,made by Flower House.It's big enough to hold well over 100 starter plants,and worked quite well.
          Once finished with it,it simply folds up for storage.

          I started nearly all my garden plants from seed,and have been able to share some delicious results with friends and coworkers.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by avocado View Post
            I hope they never need to refi. A pool without water is a deal-killing no-no and I just don't think they'll talk any lender/investor into considering this as anything other than an unfilled pool.

            But a very inventive and interesting idea for sure.
            They financed the house with an empty pool.

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            • #7
              Am I the only one who thinks this is a waste of what could be a great pool (especially in the desert heat)? That pond looks terribly dirty as well, their filters do not seem to be working too well.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by scubasam View Post
                Am I the only one who thinks this is a waste of what could be a great pool (especially in the desert heat)? That pond looks terribly dirty as well, their filters do not seem to be working too well.
                I think tilapia do that to water... it's just part of their environment.

                As for it being a waste, well they are feeding their family, and perhaps making money off of tourists...
                The more I see the less I know for sure.
                -John Lennon

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by scubasam View Post
                  Am I the only one who thinks this is a waste of what could be a great pool (especially in the desert heat)? That pond looks terribly dirty as well, their filters do not seem to be working too well.
                  That's interesting. My BIL has been a broker for a few decades, and they just don't do empty pools. Safety hazard. They have to get filled.

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                  • #10
                    i take my hat off to them for ingenuity.

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                    • #11
                      I'm with Suse on this one. +1
                      Starting Weight/BMI: 184/29.7
                      Current Weight/BMI: 130 /21.0
                      Ultimate Goal: 125/18

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                      • #12
                        Awsome! I loooove aquaponics.

                        The water is supposed to look dirty, it feeds the plants and the plants filter it for the fish.
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                        • #13
                          You know, even with all these pics and their fact page, I don't understand their layout at all. Now that there's a pond there, I see the grapes across the pond, I guess they wade out there to deal with them? Where are the other plants? The chickens are... behind that wall somehow? and above the pond? Huh?

                          I wouldn't call myself a total expert on aquaculture even with my aquatic bio degree, but to me, this seems like you'd have water quality issues since we're bringing chicken poop and feed into the usual aquaculture equation. I do see that they have biological filtration of some kind, but don't describe it other than a Wikipedia link. Hopefully it's a nice robust filter.

                          "The plants keep it clean!" doesn't cut it when you're adding so much extra waste. Yes, they use this to water the other garden plants and I'm sure those plants love it, but those plants aren't filtering the water (since they aren't dripping clean water back in).

                          Also consider that tilapia tend to taste like the water they're raised in, so clean water does matter. Hopefully when they mention graywater they're able to use it to do lots of water changes, to make up for the chicken poo factor.

                          Maybe the volume of food they're pulling out of this system is not as high as I'm picturing from their description -- maybe it's not all that many fish or chickens compared to the gallons of water and the biological filter. It's hard for me to tell.
                          Last edited by Jenny; 08-29-2010, 06:55 PM. Reason: oops, they do have biofiltration
                          "Trust me, you will soon enter a magical land full of delicious steakflowers, with butterbacons fluttering around over the extremely rompable grass and hillsides."

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                          • #14
                            This is all pretty new for them; some of it was completed just within the past few months. It will be interesting to see if the system holds up over time. I sure hope the bureaucracy doesn't step in and squash it all.
                            Last edited by dragonmamma; 08-30-2010, 08:58 AM. Reason: spelling; I can never get that word right!

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                            • #15
                              Like you said, the city's been supportive so far, so hopefully that'll continue! And I know I was just heaps-o-negativity up above there... Every hobbyist has to start somewhere, and I think it's great that they're enjoying the project so far and seeing real rewards in the form of yummy food.
                              "Trust me, you will soon enter a magical land full of delicious steakflowers, with butterbacons fluttering around over the extremely rompable grass and hillsides."

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