Go behind the scenes at Milwaukee’s new aquaponics farm and market

A few days ago I had the privilege of touring Sweet Water Organics to observe a closed-loop system whereby fish are farmed and their water is filtered by growing vegetables which take up the nutrients from the fish waste. All this goes on within an industrial building which, only 18 months ago, could have best been described as abandoned space. Many thanks to the Ciancimino family for providing me access to this burgeoning facility. ~ JB

Learn the details behind this three-tiered, bio-intensive, simulated wetland
and CSA farm from SWO’s website and blog.
Below is a new slide show illustrating this summer’s outside expansion.

SWOfarm | August 31, 2010  | Sweet Water Organics is an urban fish and vegetable farm in Milwaukee, Wis. This slide show documents the development of Sweet Water Organics’ first outdoor expansion project. We have nine 5,000-gallon tanks where we will be raising perch and blue gills. These tank systems will be connected to several vegetable greenhouses. Fish and vegetables will be grown all year round.

3 Responses to “Go behind the scenes at Milwaukee’s new aquaponics farm and market”

  1. Beth Partin Says:

    Have you heard of Will Allen’s Growing Power? I believe he has aquaponics facilities also, and he’s also located in Milwaukee. There must be a green vortex there or something.

  2. Joy Says:

    Hi, Beth. According to SWO’s blog, their system is based on Will Allen’s design. I regret that I haven’t seen Mr. Allen’s place or met him. (Aquaponic “vortex” pun appreciated, BTW — whether intended or not.)

  3. Beth Partin Says:

    Oh, of course, it was intended! 😛

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