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How To Use Aquaponics To Grow Food In Urban Environments

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The Organic View

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What if there was a way to grow food organically and sustainably in an urban environment that utilized abandoned buildings and lots? This is exactly what the folks at Sweet Water Organics have done in Milwaukee as they transformed an abandoned industrial building into a showcase of potential living technologies and urban agriculture. Sweet Water is an emergent, hybrid enterprise experiment, a social business and innovation center, advancing the commercialization, democratization, and globalization of aquaponics. Aquaponics is not necessarily a new method of growing food but has resurged to become the hottest trend in small scale sustainable organic agriculture. It is defined as the cultivation of fish and plants together in a constructed, re-circulating ecosystem utilizing natural bacterial cycles to convert fish wastes to plant nutrients, an eco system method of food production. Sweet Water offers more than aquaponics produce and protein production. Sweet Water is an educational center that offers a myriad of opportunities for people to learn and create sustainable businesses which emphasize sustainable community building. Sweet Water aspires to grow urban farmers, green tech start-up businesses, beloved communities, and even organic cities!

Tune in to this segment of The Organic View Radio Show, as host, June Stoyer is joined by special guest James Godsil, founder of Sweet Water to talk about how they are helping communities become sustainable.