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Forget Chicken Coops—Fish Ponds Could Be the Future of Urban Farming


Aquaponics systems allow you to raise both vegetables and fish in tight spaces.

By Sarah McColl
Take Part
November 13, 2014


In a 950-square-foot second-floor walk-up in Manhattan, Jonathan Kadish grows rainbow chard, bok choy, and lettuce in a four-foot-square nook near his desk. It’s a two-story system: A soilless bed sits atop a fish tank in which two $3 pet-store goldfish swim. Kadish’s tiny garden is intended as a supplemental food source only, but it’s a small, urban-scale model of sustainable agriculture that has a growing number of people excited. “I get people from all over the world who ask to come visit and check it out,” he says.

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November 21, 2014   No Comments

Fish farm planned in central Iowa city to employ 150 people

The former Beam building to become aquacultural business in Webster City.

The farm will raise Barramundi which is meaty and popular in Australia.

Webster City, Iowa
Nov 4, 2014


The company’s president, Keith Driver, said the 270,000-square-foot building will have about 215 fish tanks that can each store about 10,000 gallons of water. About 20,000 pounds of fish can be raised annually in each tank, he said.

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November 12, 2014   Comments Off

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


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

University of Michigan graduate student uses vacant Detroit house for urban shrimp farming

University of Michigan graduate student Lizzie Grobbel holding a young shrimp in a net. Photo credit: Clive Waldron.

“Detroit has an estimated 79,000 vacant homes, many of which the city wants to demolish.”

By Jeremy Allen
Aug 10, 2014


Lizzy Grobbel, an environmental engineering master’s student and a Dow Sustainability Fellow at U-M, is pursuing a pilot project called “urban revitalization through sustainable small-scale aquaculture.”

Her mission: turning a vacant Detroit house into a shrimp farm.

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August 18, 2014   Comments Off

Tech entrepreneurs set their sights on urban farming

Growing indoors uses 98% less water and 70% less fertilizer than traditional methods, and has a higher yield. Photo: Rex Features.

As emerging lighting and automation technology plant the seeds for urban farming, a growing number of entrepreneurs are getting green thumbs

By Martin LaMonica
5 July 2014


So far, indoor farms still contribute little to the global food system because production costs are higher than conventional growing methods. And they tend to use more electricity. But businesses are starting take advantage of new technologies, including energy-efficient LED lighting and automated systems, to bring down costs. As these technologies become standardized, indoor farming will make sense in more locations, says Chad Sykes, CEO of Indoor Harvest, which builds custom indoor farms for professional growers.

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July 23, 2014   Comments Off

An Abandoned Mall in Bangkok Becomes an Urban Aquarium

Photo by Jesse Rockwell.

At some point in the early 2000’s an unknown person began introducing a small population of exotic Koi and Catfish species.

By Jesse Rockwell
A Taste of the Road


Down a nondescript soi in old town Bangkok lies a relatively unknown hidden gem. Without a good knowledge of Bangkok geography, one would be hard pressed to believe anything interesting lies behind this gate.

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July 11, 2014   Comments Off

Toronto’s commercial aquaponics farm showcases “farming of the future”

Aquaponics at The Working Centre Kitchener, Ontario.

There are many small-scale aquaponic farms in the city right now, but most are just hobby farms running in people’s basements.

By Phoebe Ho, Yan Zhonghua


TORONTO, June 27 (Xinhua) — There’s lush green lettuce, plump tomatoes and fragrant basil all growing in a bed of water in a 2, 000-sq-ft (about 186 square meters) greenhouse in Toronto, the largest city of Canada.

It’s all part of a pilot project an urban farmer is hoping will help showcase the benefits of a waste-free system which combines aquaculture and hydroponics. He’s hoping the large-scale commercial aquaponics farm he built nearly two months ago will help persuade others into making the switch from conventional farming.

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July 7, 2014   Comments Off

Grown in Detroit, but not in the ground: The next evolution of urban agriculture

Herb beds at CDC farm & fishery.

In the building’s basement are several large tanks holding approximately 4,500 tilapia fish in various stages of growth

By Matthew Lewis
Model Media
May 20, 2014


ust south of Detroit’s Boston Edison neighborhood — ironically positioned across from a “you buy, we fry” fish joint — is the first functioning commercial aquaponics operation within the city of Detroit, Central Detroit Christian’s (CDC) Farm and Fishery.

Not only is CDC Farm and Fishery the city’s first functioning aquaponics operation, it’s also the first agriculture business to receive a special land use permit authorized under the city’s recently adopted Urban Agriculture Ordinance.

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May 28, 2014   Comments Off

Hong Kong’s fish farms in the sky

Lloyd Moskalik sells two tonnes of fish to wholesalers each week.

This is because as one of the most densely populated places in the world, there is simply very little spare space. So fish farms have to fit in where they can.

By Peter Shadbolt
BBC News
April 2, 2014


There are 11 plastic tanks in total, holding a combined 80,000 litres of salt water.

They are full of grouper, a white-fleshed fish, which are all destined to end up on the plates of restaurant-goers across Hong Kong.

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April 10, 2014   Comments Off

Aquaponics Brings Fish to Farm to Table in Tampa, Florida

aquasustThe New Auqaponics System At Sustainable Living Project. Photo by Julie Branaman.

“The purpose of having several different grow systems is to show people as many different ways as possible to grow things.”

By Jan Hollingsworth
83 Degrees
March 18, 2014


Will Carey has spent most of his life feeding people — first as a chef, later as executive director of Tampa Bay Harvest, an organization that gleans and distributes farm and restaurant food that would otherwise be thrown away.

But these days he’s also committed to teaching people to feed themselves, a mission ripe for fruition as the urban farming movement takes root in cities across the nation.

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March 25, 2014   Comments Off

Aquaponics – Growing Gardens in Calgary

Scott Weir started Growing Gardens in Calgary, an urban farm that uses Small Plot Intensive Agriculture (SPIN).

Small setups let you grow fresh tomatoes and tilapia year-round

By Chris Dela Torre
CBC News
Feb 13, 2014


For most people, urban agriculture might mean a small vegetable garden in the backyard. But early adopters of aquaponics are taking things a step further, investing start-up costs of about $300 and using the food production system to grow vegetables and harvest fresh fish in their homes.

Calgary-based Scott Weir, founder of Growing Gardeners Aquaponic and Urban Farms, travels the continent speaking about aquaponics. He calls it the merging of aquaculture — the raising of fish, usually edible fish — and hydroponics, or the soil-less growing of plants.

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February 19, 2014   Comments Off

Milwaukee Public School system will expand its aquaponics program after receiving a grant of $98,000 from AT&T

The aquaponics classroom and greenhouse at Bradley Tech High School. (Photo courtesy of MPS)

“Technology (will) be the driving force of our new economy and we know that STEM(science, technology, engineering and mathematics) education is really vital to preparing the next generation of workers.”

By Natalie Wickman
Neighborhood New Service Milwaukee
January 31, 2014


Rochelle Sandrin, an aquaponics sustainability teacher at Bradley Tech, said her class is based on hands-on and project work, which students often find more exciting than a traditional science class.

“(Student spend) time learning about food needs and food deserts and how that can impact health and lifestyle,” Sandrin said. “Then we learn about urban agriculture, urban farming and the components of aquaponics before students construct and run their own (aquaponics) systems.”

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February 10, 2014   Comments Off

Chicago warehouse urban farm focusing on aquaponics

The aquaponics center can harvest up to 30,000 pounds of fish a year

By Natalie Moore
WBEZ 91.5
January 24, 2014

In a former shoe warehouse on 96th and Cottage Grove, Chicago State University professor Emmanuel Pratt has turned a former shoe warehouse into an urban farm focusing on aquaponics.

What exactly is aquaponics? High school senior Seville Bell, a volunteer at the space, explains.

“Poop from the fish goes into this little tube and feed the nutrients to the plant and helps it grow and the plant cleans the water and goes back to the fish tank. I like that part because it’s about recycling. You’re not using a lot of water or cleaning the fish tank.”

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February 8, 2014   Comments Off

Hell’s Kitchen School Raises 10,000 Fish in Basement in Manhattan, New York

Philson Warner holds a giant oregano leaf in his lab at Food and Finance High School. Photo credit: DNAinfo/Mathew Katz.

In all, the school already sells about $120,000 in fish per year.

By Mathew Katz
DNA Info New York
January 29, 2014


A manmade river flows under Food and Finance High School, where more than 10,000 tilapia swim against the current just like they would in the wild.

The school’s basement is home to Cornell University scientist Philson Warner’s aquaculture lab, where he and public high school students raise enough fish to feed an army.

The tilapia — housed in 10 circular tubs containing about 1,000 fish each — swim in wide circles day and night in water that flows at between 75 to 150 gallons per minute.

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February 6, 2014   Comments Off

Chicago adopts eco-friendly vertical farming

The City is trying a novel approach to grow crops indoors and help meet demand

By John Hendren
14 Dec 2013

America’s midwest is one of the great agricultural zones of the world. The wheat, corn and soybean fields feed millions around the world.

And to help meet demand, farmers are trying a novel approach – they’re growing their crops indoors.

December 21, 2013   Comments Off