Hi all! First, I would like to ask that my thread not become a debate about growing fodder. We have decided to use it, and if you would like to debate or read a good debate, please go to this HT thread. http://www.homesteadingtoday.com/co...nics/445673-hydroponic-fodder-production.html My purpose with this thread is to show what we used for materials, how it's working, etc. Our unit is completely manual - no pump. We purchased a plastic shelving unit at Home Depot for 37.99 plus tax. We purchased 16 plastic shoebox sized Sterlite boxes at .97 cents each. We purchased three water collection tubs, at a total of about 10 dollars. We had the 3/4 inch pvc pipe on hand already, as well as the screws. The grain: the first bag I got was wheat berries from WalMart, 25# for 13.98. Then, we were delighted to find a local feed store sells barley for 13.99 for 50#. So in the future we may, for costs' sake, do only the barley. Grain costs if we use only barley, will be approx. 17.5 cents per tub. Total cost for our set up including tax (but not counting the grain): 68.27 DH screwed the pvc pipe sections to the shelves. This created the lift needed for drainage and at the same time, keeps any tubs from sliding off the shelf. He also removed sections of the shelf under where the drainage holes in the tubs sit, so as to avoid splashing. The tubs have 2 holes drilled and the tubs sit with those holes alternating. Today is day 6. I soak the grain the night before. In the morning I rinse it, place it into two tubs. I pour fresh water onto the top four tubs about 3 times a day. The water is collected on the bottom shelf in tubs. I pour off this water once or twice a day. If you have any questions I'll do my best to answer them! The dry barley grain: The collection tubs at the bottom: Some shelf part removed to reduced splashing. Holes in tubs line up with the black marker line you see on the tub. This makes it easier for me to know they are lined up with the extra opening: I will begin feeding two tubs a day tomorrow! We have 2 goats and 10 chickens. I will only give a small amount at first to the goats so as not to cause digestive upset.