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Minneapolis Restaurant’s Basement Tilapia Farm!

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See video of aquaponic farm here.

Gandhi Mahal restaurant owner hopes basement aquaponic farm is just the beginning.

By Eric Roper
Vitamn
3/9/2015

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In a humid room beneath Gandhi Mahal restaurant, local officials watched Thursday as owner Ruhel Islam plunged his arm into a tank and threw a wriggling tilapia into a bucket of ice water. The waste from those 100 fish helps fertilize the surrounding beds of tomatoes, peppers, herbs, celery and spinach.

“Should I go for one more?” Islam asked the crowd, jammed into the 650-square-foot room.

Aquaponics is a growing business in the Twin Cities and across the country, but local operations are typically large-scale production facilities that sell to grocery stores and restaurants. One of the most prominent examples in the urban core is at the former Hamm’s brewery in St. Paul, which is now filled with thousands of fish and plants.

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March 18, 2015   Comments Off on Minneapolis Restaurant’s Basement Tilapia Farm!

Fishy business: Micah’s tilapia at Saint Louis University Urban Outreach Greenhouse

stumpSustainability: Dr. Stump works with the tilapia and plants in SLU’s greenhouse. Stump sees the project as an important model of future food production. Photo by John Schuler.

Stump and other leaders of the Urban Project want to give students a glimpse of what the world might look like in the future

Posted by Jessica Winter
The University News
Sept 19, 2014

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In its mission statement, Saint Louis University pledges dedication to the service of humanity and innovative studies required to transform society. Helping to carry out this aspect of the mission is SLU’s Urban Outreach Greenhouse project – a program that works to promote urban agricultural sustainability.

The Greenhouse project is one of many efforts attached to SLU’s Urban Project endeavor, an effort that started in 2009 and is spearheaded by professors Donald Stump, Richard Colignon, and Robert Cropf. The Urban Project aims to make advances in education and efforts in facing present and future urban issues. One of these current problems concerns food deserts, or geographic areas that struggle to obtain nutritious and affordable food.

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September 26, 2014   Comments Off on Fishy business: Micah’s tilapia at Saint Louis University Urban Outreach Greenhouse

Home Gardeners Are Trying Aquaponics to Produce Trout or Tilapia

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We work with dozens of schools that are using Aquaponics as teaching tools from kindergarten through university.

By Sylvia Bernstein
Aquaponicsource
June 23, 2014

What could be better than growing fresh organic produce in your own urban garden? What if that same garden also provided a regular supply of fresh, organically fed Trout or Tilapia? Although it may sound like science fiction, there are thousands of gardeners around North America and world doing exactly this with a new type of urban gardening, called Aquaponics.

Aquaponics is, at its core, a combination of hydroponics and aquaculture. In other words, growing plants without water and raising fish for food. The two sets of organisms benefit each other in these nearly closed-loop systems. The fish are fed organic food and, in turn, their waste becomes food for the hydroponically grown plants. The plants act as filters for the water, which ensures that the fish stay healthy and happy in their tanks. Beyond these two core components, composting worms and bacteria also play important roles by converting waste in the system into usable nutrients.

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July 1, 2014   Comments Off on Home Gardeners Are Trying Aquaponics to Produce Trout or Tilapia

Raising Trashcan Tilapia is Latest Trend in Urban Farming


Tilapia in the Bronx. Urban farmer Christopher Toole teaches children how to grow fish and vegetables at The Point in Hunts Point.

“Give a person some fish, and you start a self-perpetuating cycle of education and growth.”

By Jon Schuppe,
DNAinfo Reporter/Producer
January 18, 2012

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HUNTS POINT — Christopher Toole sees the future of urban farming at the bottom of a 50-gallon garbage bin in the South Bronx, where a pale foot-long fish does lazy loops in dark water.

The fish is one of dozens of tilapia Toole keeps in trash and recycling containers, “aquaponic” tanks and traditional glass tanks in Hunts Point, where he is conducting an ambitious experiment. His plan is to create a network of homes, restaurants and cooperative farms where millions of people in the metropolitan area will raise and eat what he calls Bronx Best Blue Tilapia.

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January 19, 2012   2 Comments

NBC Nightly News features Sweet Water Organics and Tilapia


Part 1 NBC Nightly News.

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Aquaponics, a method of growing fish and plants together, creates a closed loop system that some say could help to address food shortages in places without access to fresh produce. NBC’s Anne Thompson reports.

See Part 2 on next page.

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November 16, 2010   1 Comment

Tilapia Farming at Home

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“I currently have in my backyard, a facility that I designed and built myself, that is capable of producing about 2000 pounds of tilapia per year. That is over 38 pounds of fish per week!

“These are the 500 gallon pools; the big 5000 gallon tank and the 400 gallon ‘catch of the day’ tank are on the other side of the storage sheds. Check out the tomato plants on the left, the fruit bearing banana in the center, and the papaya right in front of it. What you don’t see are the red onions, the pineapple, the chilli peppers, the red and green bell peppers, the thyme, parsley, greek oregano, sugar cane, and cilantro plants. Outside I have Mandarin oranges, Valencia oranges, grapefruit, Japanese plum, cassava (yuca), and blackberry plants.”

Go to the web site of Edgar F. Sanchez, Orlando, Florida; owner of Tilapia Vita Farms.

May 21, 2008   10 Comments

Growing Power founder Will Allen to retire as nonprofit’s debts mount

Growing Power, a locally grown food operation, has several greenhouses in urban areas growing seasonal vegetables, fish, poultry and meat. It also raises yellow perch and tilapia in aquaponic tanks. Rick Wood / Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Growing Power has eight pending judgments totalling $485,525, according to Circuit Court records.

By Sarah Hauer
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Nov. 20, 2017

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Additionally, Will Allen faces a $196,375 pending judgment filed by First Farmers Bank and Trust.

Filings with the Internal Revenue Service from 2012 through 2015 show the nonprofit running deficits each year, some years in excess of $2 million.

At its peak, Growing Power had nearly 150 employees, Allen said.

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November 21, 2017   No Comments

Cleveland residents plant the seeds for reinvention

Rid-All Green Partnership took over 1.5 acres of the property (and is set to assume another 1.5 acres soon). To date, they have harvested 14,000 pounds of produce; raised 350 pounds of tilapia; and cultivated 1,200 cubic yards of compost.

By Karin Connelly Rice
Freshwater
October 19, 2017

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CornUcopia Place is just one way BBC has taken steps to eliminate Kinsman’s ranking as a food desert by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Today, the neighborhood is rich with healthy eating options, as well as an unusual amount of gardens and fruit trees.

A 28-acre stretch of land on E. 81st Street and Otter Avenue is now deemed the Urban Agriculture Innovation Zone—one of the more ambitious projects taken on by BBC. This tract of land is in what is known as “the forgotten triangle,” running from Woodland Road to the north, Kinsman Road from the south and west, and the railroad tracks off of E. 84th Street.

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October 25, 2017   Comments Off on Cleveland residents plant the seeds for reinvention

Toledo, Ohio restaurant to open 8,000-square-foot urban indoor aquaponics farm to supply four area restaurants

New location for Balance Pan-Asian Grill to include urban farm. (Source: WTOL)

Mr. Karamchandani said the Balance operation will use tilapia and prawns, and it will grow all types of leafy greens, any type of fruiting vegetable (such as brussel sprouts), all types of peppers, and herbs. Prawns can be harvested for use in Balance menu items, but the chain does not use fish.

By Jon Chavez
Toledo Blade
Oct 12, 2017

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But next to the 2,300 square foot restaurant the owners plan to build an 8,000-square-foot urban indoor aquaponics farm that will grow enough vegetables, fish, and shrimp to supply their soon-to-be four area restaurants.

“We will grow product and 70 percent of it will be used in our restaurants. The rest we will sell to restaurants in town and in Ann Arbor,” said Mr. Karamchandani. “We’re going to pull out a lot, tons of produce once this gets going.”

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October 21, 2017   Comments Off on Toledo, Ohio restaurant to open 8,000-square-foot urban indoor aquaponics farm to supply four area restaurants

Innovative Classrooms Across Canada Are Feeding Young People’s Hunger For Agricultural Knowledge

On the first day of school last week, Lacombe Composite High School students toured their greenhouse and edible gardens, harvesting gooseberries, cherries and grapes for a canning project.

They’ve since started a commercial aquaponics system, raising up to 1,000 tilapia at a time, some of which are served at the school cafeteria.

By Julie Van Rosendaal
Globe And Mail
Sept 12, 2017

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On the first day of school last week, students in Steven Schultz’s high-school agriculture class in Lacombe, Alta., toured their greenhouse and edible gardens, harvesting gooseberries, cherries and grapes for a canning project. After school, the beekeeping club conducted a postsummer hive inspection, harvesting 60 kilograms of honey from just one of its three hives.

These tasks are part of Lacombe Composite High School’s EcoVision Club, designed 13 years ago to inspire young leaders to make an environmental difference. Science teacher Schultz has been with the project since the beginning, when a student approached him after class.

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September 21, 2017   Comments Off on Innovative Classrooms Across Canada Are Feeding Young People’s Hunger For Agricultural Knowledge

Urban Farming Vertical Growing System in Germany

Das vertikale Anbau-System aponix: Die Höhe und damit die Anzahl der Pflanzplätze der Tonnen-Aufbauten sind variabel. Foto: Manticore IT GmbH

Eigentlich arbeitet Marco Tidona als Software-Entwickler. Ein Zufall brachte ihn dazu, sich mit der Urban Farming-Szene in New York vertraut zu machen. Jetzt führt Tidona aponix – ein vertikales Anbau-System für den Gartenbau – auf den Markt, das Produktion und Konsument näher zusammenrücken lassen soll.

Taspo Online
26.06.2017

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Wie kommt man als Software-Entwickler darauf, ein vertikales Anbau-System für den Gartenbau zu entwerfen?

Als damals 1999 der Neue Markt und das Internet so richtig durchstartete, wurde ich Dienstleister. Heute bin ich wieder bereit, mit einem neuen Markt zu starten, allerdings diesmal mit einem Produkt für den Bereich Vertical Urban Farming. Ich habe 2014 zunächst privat eine Aquaponik-Kreislaufanlage mit 4.000 Liter Wasser und 100 Tilapia aufgesetzt und dabei die Menge an Pflanzen unterschätzt, die notwendig gewesen wären, ein Gleichgewicht zu den immer höher konzentrierten Nitrat-Werten in der Anlage her zu stellen.

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September 11, 2017   Comments Off on Urban Farming Vertical Growing System in Germany

Future Of Food: How Under 30 Edenworks Is Transforming Urban Agriculture

Edenworks is able to harvest, package and reach consumers within 24 hours. By cutting down on transport and prioritizing quality over durability, the greens are also up to 40% more nutrient dense than traditional produce.

By Alexandra Wilson
Forbes
June 1, 2017

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Currently, about 95% of leafy greens consumed in the US are grown in the desert regions of California and Arizona. Most of these products are grown for mass production and durability in transport, rarely for quality or sustainability. Urban farms have cropped up as way to provide growing metropolises with fresher produce in a way that is better for the environment.

The Edenworks model differentiates itself from other urban farms in that it is a complete, aquaponic ecosystem. Waste from the tilapia fish is used as a natural and potent fertilizer for the microgreens planted on vertically stacked power racks. They have no need for synthetic fertilizers or pesticides that can diminish the nutritional quality of produce.

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June 7, 2017   Comments Off on Future Of Food: How Under 30 Edenworks Is Transforming Urban Agriculture

The Aquaponic Farmer

Forthcoming: A Complete Guide to Building and Operating a Commercial Aquaponic System

By Adrian Southern & Whelm King
New Society Publishers
Sept 1, 2017

Aquaponic farming — raising fish and vegetables together commercially — is the most promising innovation for a sustainable, profitable, localized food system. Until now, systems have largely focussed on warm-water fish such as tilapia. A lack of reliable information for raising fish and vegetables in the cool climates of North America and Europe has been a major stumbling block.

The Aquaponic Farmer is the game changer.

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June 2, 2017   Comments Off on The Aquaponic Farmer

Rooftop Farms in Singapore

Mr Choe and Ms Khor at the rooftop of their office building. Mr Choe says: “The organic rooftop urban farm aims to show how skyrise greenery can not only look attractive and be an enjoyable space, but it can be productive too. Photo: Yen Meng Jiin

A highlight of the farm is the aquaponics system, which consists of the tilapia fish pond and a sloped planter bed.

By Tay Suan Chiang
Business Times
May 5, 2017

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Architectural designer Jonathan Choe says: “The organic rooftop urban farm aims to show how skyrise greenery can not only look attractive and be an enjoyable space, but it can be productive too.”

Mr Choe heads the firm’s farming club and he and his colleagues spend Friday afternoons tending to their urban farm.

Over 100 species of edible plants thrive on the rooftop farm, including herbs such as mint and dill, and vegetables such as water chestnut, sweet potato, bitter gourd, and fruits such as passionfruit, bananas, grapes and even strawberries.

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May 10, 2017   Comments Off on Rooftop Farms in Singapore

Philippines: Taguig aims for better environment, healthier lifestyle through urban farming


Urban farming model at Tipas Elementary School /CREDIT: ilovetaguig.com / Manila Bulletin

To encourage residents to create their own “urban farms,” the City Agriculture Office held the first Gulayan Contest for Women on December 19, 2016.

Manila Bulletin
Jan 15, 2017

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Mayor Lani Cayetano said the city government intends to preserve at least 25 hectares of agricultural land. To achieve this goal, the city government is aggressively promoting urban farming and gardening. This goal is not prompted by nostalgia for an agricultural past, but for pragmatic reasons. The city government views urban farming not only as a source of income for its residents but as a way to promote a better environment and a healthier lifestyle.

The city’s urban gardening program favors organic farming where pesticides, fertilizers, genetically modified organisms, antibiotics, and growth hormones are not used on crops. Organically grown products are better for the environment and for a person’s health.

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January 21, 2017   Comments Off on Philippines: Taguig aims for better environment, healthier lifestyle through urban farming