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  • Welcome - read first!

    Hi, I’m Gary Donaldson.

    I’m a 65-year old Australian artisan, author and activist….and I’d like to welcome you to Have More For Less.

    If you feel that the social promise of “go to school, study hard, get a good job, be happy” isn’t delivering for you – or your struggle with life hasn’t yielded what you need – then you just might find something useful here.

    One of the few upsides of getting old is experience and the lessons it affords….and these are things that I’d like to share with you.

    And the first thing we’re going to do is to understand more about less.

    Less of what?
    • Less interference in the way we live.
    • Less consumption.
    • Less clutter.
    • Less stress.
    • Less/no debt.
    • Less involvment with governments and other corporate bandits.
    In short, less of those things that detract from a happy and fulfilling life.

    More of What?
    • More freedom.
    • More time.
    • More choices.
    • More control over my circumstances.
    • More health.
    • More meaningful and satisfying relationships.
    In short, more of those things that make life enjoyable and satisfying!

    Is HMFL for you?

    If you’re….
    • Getting older and find that, as life should be getting easier, it’s actually becoming much harder.
    • A parent of young children who is locked in a day-to-day struggle to make ends meet.
    • Concerned about the looming gap between the world’s population and its capacity to feed itself in the face of pollution, aquifer depletion, desertification, erosion, climate change and the other serious environmental threats confronting us.
    • A young adult wondering how you will ever achieve the ‘the great Australian (or other country) Dream’ of home ownership.
    • On a treadmill, working for people who don’t respect you or your abilities.
    • Marginalised, disadvantaged or disenfranchised…..or lacking any sense of control over your own life and its circumstances.
    • Convinced that the world is facing an imminent survival threat.
    • Tired of the growing hoard of bastards who are roaming through your pockets with a sense of entitlement.
    • Just someone who is seeking a more fulfilling life.
    If you identify with any of these, then you will benefit from the ideas that we discuss and share here.

    The Have More For Less Promise

    Having more with less is about simplifying your life in the interests of having a more satisfying one. Living with less (debt, stress, clutter) creates more time to focus on what really matters. The consequence of having less of the things that you don’t need or want is that you get to focus on all of the good things that life has to offer. You create a life with less debt and more money (savings), less stress and more health, less stuff and more space, money and time. We promote self-reliance as the way to greater security, peace of mind and a more fulfilling life.

    I'm your host...and I'd like to welcome to Have More For Less. Please introduce yourself and tell us a little about how you came to be here...and what you'd like to get from your time with us.

    -o0o-
    "All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident." - Arthur Schopenhauer

    www.garydonaldson.net - my main website.

    https://www.facebook.com/gary.donaldson.161 - my Facebook page.

    https://www.facebook.com/groups/1167267703372756/ - my Microponics and Waste Transformation Farming Facebook Group

    https://www.facebook.com/groups/1318946951452383/ - my iAVs Facebook Group

    www.urbanaquaponics.com.au - the current home of the Online Urban Aquaponics Manual.

  • #2
    Hi

    Hello all. John Varghese from Kerala, India. Working with Larsen & Toubro, Mumbai. 26 years old, Engineer by profession. Growing veggies Aquaponically had been an interest for me nowadays. Learning all the different methods of growing veggies. As of now the best advise of growing efficiently is from you all.

    Have been growing a small Aquaponics set up in my backyard. Soon to be scaled up and gonna go full time researching.

    Hoping for the best. Thank you all

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    • Gary Donaldson
      Gary Donaldson commented
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      Hi John,

      Welcome to HMFL. Feel free to set up your own thread in Member Systems...and tell us about what you're already doing and where you hope to go.

      Gary

  • #3
    Hi everyone,

    I have now purchased and moved into a brand new home which is a good sized house on a very small block in the inner suburbs of Adelaide, South Australia. This is vastly different to my other home which was a large modern home with plenty of room for my production.

    I would like to utilise my small backyard to it's most productive potential.
    I think this forum will benefit and I'm looking forward to efficiently producing the food I like but with as minimal input from me as possible.

    I'm looking forward to what the future will produce.

    Cheers.

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    • Gary Donaldson
      Gary Donaldson commented
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      Hi BD....welcome aboard, mate! Set up a thread for yourself....and let us assist you toward your goal.

      Gary

  • #4
    Hi! I'm Ángel Ramírez Isea, from Maracaibo, Venezuela.

    Having done experiments with hydroponics, sustainable aquaria and aquaponics (in a succession, along many years), I discovered IAVS this year and started to set up a 46 sq.m experiment. IAVS "makes sense" where other technologies don't.

    Thanks for these fora, Mr. Donaldson.

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    • Gary Donaldson
      Gary Donaldson commented
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      My pleasure, Angel. Welcome to HMFL...and the world of iAVs.

  • #5
    Hi I am Jefri Lim from Lampung Indonesia, I am interested to grow veggies for my small restaurant and interested with aquaponics system but I was reluctanly to use aquaponics because it seem expensive for Indonesian people. I think iAVs is more cheaper and I plan to learn in couple days so next week I could make it in back yard of my restaurant.
    Thank for the Information
    God Bless You all..

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    • #6
      Hi Jefri...and welcome to HMFL.

      I'll sort out your access to the iAVs sub-forum. Feel free to set up your own thread there and let the learning begin. Are you aware of the iAVs website? If not, I recommend that you start there...and then start to ask questions as the need arises.

      Gary
      "All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident." - Arthur Schopenhauer

      www.garydonaldson.net - my main website.

      https://www.facebook.com/gary.donaldson.161 - my Facebook page.

      https://www.facebook.com/groups/1167267703372756/ - my Microponics and Waste Transformation Farming Facebook Group

      https://www.facebook.com/groups/1318946951452383/ - my iAVs Facebook Group

      www.urbanaquaponics.com.au - the current home of the Online Urban Aquaponics Manual.

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      • JefriSGF
        JefriSGF commented
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        Thank you for welcoming.. for a couple years... I like to read Mr. Paul Oliver jurnal and website at that time is www.esrla.com and right now changes to www.epwt.vn. I got your website from http://epwt.vn/en/category/waste-tra...ion/aquaponic/.
        What I like from Mr. Paul Oliver is that he knows the condition of poor Countries and find cheap ways to help people, I know Mr Paul, because his interest with Black Soldier Fly. I was looking a solution to clean up my restaurant waste.
        Todays.. I will open an Indonesian restaurant and have a little space that I want to use to learn how to convert the waste to BSF larvae and plan to make an small aquaponics system (using gravel). But after I read your website, I think I will try iAVs first because it is more simpler and also cheap, very suitable for most of Indonesia rural people.
        I will give update in the sub forum when I start it.
        Jefri

    • #7
      Thank you for welcoming.. for a couple years... I like to read Mr. Paul Oliver jurnal and website at that time is www.esrla.com and right now changes to www.epwt.vn. I got your website from http://epwt.vn/en/category/waste-tra...ion/aquaponic/.
      What I like from Mr. Paul Oliver is that he knows the condition of poor Countries and find cheap ways to help people, I know Mr Paul, because his interest with Black Soldier Fly. I was looking a solution to clean up my restaurant waste.
      I share your regard for Paul's work. He's had a huge influence on the direction of my own work...and we collaborate on waste transformation projects of various types.

      Todays.. I will open an Indonesian restaurant and have a little space that I want to use to learn how to convert the waste to BSF larvae and plan to make an small aquaponics system (using gravel). But after I read your website, I think I will try iAVs first because it is more simpler and also cheap, very suitable for most of Indonesia rural people.
      I will give update in the sub forum when I start it.
      How big is the space where you are proposing to set up your restaurant waste transformation project? Post some photos of the space if you can...it wil help us to better appreciate the condition in which you are operating.

      Waste transformation is about applying each category of waste to its highest use. For that reason, I'd suggest that you feed your restaurant wastes to micro-livestock (like cows, pigs (if that is culturally acceptable), chickens or quail (subject to the availability of space)...and then feed the manure from those animals to your BSF larvae....and then feed the waste from the BSF larvae to redworms.

      Feel free to seek my assistance/advice as you need it.
      "All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident." - Arthur Schopenhauer

      www.garydonaldson.net - my main website.

      https://www.facebook.com/gary.donaldson.161 - my Facebook page.

      https://www.facebook.com/groups/1167267703372756/ - my Microponics and Waste Transformation Farming Facebook Group

      https://www.facebook.com/groups/1318946951452383/ - my iAVs Facebook Group

      www.urbanaquaponics.com.au - the current home of the Online Urban Aquaponics Manual.

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      • JefriSGF
        JefriSGF commented
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        I will give you update soon .. give picture the small space maybe around 50 m2 but I will use for iAVS only around 10m2 because I need the space for other purpose.
        My restaurant location is at the centre of a town, and need around 30-45 minute to a place that I could do a micro livestock. So It is not possible in this place, but I have a plan in the future to have a big land to have a farming using my restaurant waste.
        Right now maybe only a little of this waste goes to BSF bin, and then the larvae will harvest to give to fish, it is just a test place to give me better understanding of this system.
        .. right now.. I am looking for the sand and hopefully in couple days.. will upload the foto of my place and my sand testing.
        thanks
        JEfri

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      I will give you update soon .. give picture the small space maybe around 50 m2 but I will use for iAVS only around 10m2 because I need the space for other purpose.
      My restaurant location is at the centre of a town, and need around 30-45 minute to a place that I could do a micro livestock. So It is not possible in this place, but I have a plan in the future to have a big land to have a farming using my restaurant waste.
      Right now maybe only a little of this waste goes to BSF bin, and then the larvae will harvest to give to fish, it is just a test place to give me better understanding of this system.
      .. right now.. I am looking for the sand and hopefully in couple days.. will upload the foto of my place and my sand testing.
      thanks
      JEfri
      OK...we'll look forward to your update.
      "All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident." - Arthur Schopenhauer

      www.garydonaldson.net - my main website.

      https://www.facebook.com/gary.donaldson.161 - my Facebook page.

      https://www.facebook.com/groups/1167267703372756/ - my Microponics and Waste Transformation Farming Facebook Group

      https://www.facebook.com/groups/1318946951452383/ - my iAVs Facebook Group

      www.urbanaquaponics.com.au - the current home of the Online Urban Aquaponics Manual.

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      • #9
        Hi All, My name is Hluphi from south Afrika. I too am in my old age and has since found out the city/urban life is not for me. I have started a small farming project in the rural and hope to connect with like minded people across the globe. Thank you..

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        • #10
          Hi B2N and welcome to HMFL,.

          Hope to see your projects in the future and look forward to your contributions.

          Enjoy.

          Cheers.

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