Sweet Water, Sweet Soil

A major reason why I am blessed to share the Sweet Water Story with some of the active citizens of the great Indian cities of Bhubaneshware, Delhi, Kashmir, Mumbai, Ralnagirj, Kolkata, and Guwahat is because “The Mouse and the Worm Transformed Milwaukee.”

I also owe a great debt for this visit to Dr. Martin Luther King and Gandhi.

Back in the late 1990s on up to 2005, I was able to harness considerable internet resources for my business, political, and cultural enterprise. Upon encountering the Will Allen Growing Power Miracle in July of 2005, I offered my internet organizing capabilities to advance the Growing Power historic project.

And I committed to a personal exploration of urban agriculture at my worker home in Bay View Milwaukee, support of a vision of 10,000 gardens in old Milwaukee neighborhoods, and to harnessing the power of the internet in support of increased local food production across the globe.

Milwaukee’s Growing Power and Sweet Water are two prominent and resourced urban agriculture and aquaponics demonstration projects among thousands underway in most likely a majority of cities on the planet. Urban agriculture and aquaponics is a response to the negative externalities of government subsidized, oil based, chemically treated, industrial monoculture, e.g. soil depletion, water pollution and heavy use, large carbon footprint, etc. about which Michael Pollan has extensively written. It’s the “good food revolution,” says Big Will, based upon notions that ordinary people can learn to develop earth friendly, small space intensive food production systems like compost/vermiculture based raised bed, vertical gardens, on balconies, concrete slabs, roof tops, and front and backyards. “Sweet Water” aquaponics projects, which simulate wetlands or river valleys, produce an even great quantity and quality of nourishment per unit of space and water quantity. It is my belief that these projects are worthy of serious consideration and step-by-step, contextually appropriate replication and refinement and that, through the internet, and with the will, we can greatly accelerate this process.

It is my great hope to help spark Milwaukee India net enhanced cooperative globalization urban agriculture aquapaonics experiments, starting with students and urban “agrarians” constructing Urban Agriculture and AquaponicsTV. UAA TV would aim to diffuse sweet soil and sweet water methodologies in artful and entertaining ways. In my most “pragmatic utopian vision” we would take the first steps toward inspiring cities to friendly competition around the issue of sweet water and sweet soil projects for increased food security and “solidarity economics.” The Sweet Water Organics commercial upscaling of aquaponics in a re-purposed factory building, i.e. “The Farm,” has served as a magnet for competent committed people to collaborate to advance this eco-friendly approach to food production. The Sweet Water Foundation, i.e. “The Academy,” has been harvesting the hard won knowledge into hands-on and distant learning such that the democratization and cooperative globalization of aquaponics might advance quite rapidly.

In the way that I pray, I pray that these efforts will be supported by resources available by virtue of Milwaukee’s recognition as a UN Global Compact and IBM Smart City, and the optimum social, cultural, natural, and green money capital the project attracts.

The design and step by step orchestration of UAA TV will ideally occur in earn while you learn harvesting of urban agriculture and aquaponics you tube and facebook bounty that already exists, as well as new materials that chronicle projects in India and Milwaukee. Net enhanced, asset based sequential developmentis a methodology available for moving in this direction.

As I told the IBM and Milwaukee leaders in my first meeting regarding the Smart City competition, it may be our responsibility to fix our eyes on the prize of winning a Nobel prize for a global community of practice called urban agriculture for its contribution to the diminution of food insecurity and global warming, for bringing about that glorious day when all of God’s children have access to healthy and tasty food, and ennobling careers and callings.

I propose a vision of equipping 5% of the schools in North America and India with edible playground experiments within the next 5 years.

The widening circle of interweaving enterprise webs I call Sweet Water has something to offer in this quest, some of which I am deeply grateful to offer for your consideration in what follows.

My Sweet Water Story

Sweet Water Organics is the world’s first aquaponics fish vegetable farm in a century old factory building in the Great Lake Heartland City of Milwaukee. Aquaponics is an eco-system approach to food production that transforms wastes into resources, e.g. fish ammonia into nitrate fertilizer, in a closed loop system in which the plants and beneficial bacteria help clean the water for the fish and the fish feed the plants

It’s earth friendly systems pump nutrient rich fish water from 7 tanks holding 50,000 perch and tilapia into plant beds housing billions of beneficial bacteria, which transform the fish wastes into nitrate fertilizer for thousands of edible plants, especially lettuce and water cress. Water is recirculated and plants harvested 7 times yearly in this simulated river valley in a bio-secure eco-system with 4 season production.

Sweet Water’s first commercial up-scaling of MacArthur genius Will Allen’s Growing Power demonstration systems aims to provide a model for a sustainable business, but also to provide a science lab, hands-on school, and inspirational innovation hub for the global diffusion of large and small aquaponics systems. Sweet Water Organics, i.e. The Farm, has created the Sweet Water Foundation, i.e. The Academy, to accelerate and enhance its educational mission, not only in aquaponics, but also urban agriculture methods that transform nitrogen and carbon waste streams, e.g. leaves, wood chips, fruit and veggie residues, with the help of beneficial bacteria and red wriggler worms, into “sweet soil” for small space intensive farming.
Sweet Water, i.e. the Farm and the Academy, is a hybrid enterprise with multiple income streams and multiple bottom lines.

We aspire to sustainably grow fish and produce in old city factory contexts and serve as one of
many launching platforms for the democratization of aquaponics, starting with our schools, faith communities, elder and veterans homes, and local cafes and pubs; and for the global diffusion of these technologies such experiments will advance.

We also aspire to grow farmers!

Become fine sons and daughters of Mother Earth and Nature.

Contribute to a collaboration of civilizations, to a project for one world citizens, where diversity is strength and the local is revered in the context of an emerging world civilization web, guided by the concept that “the human race is one” and “diversity is strength, in nature and society!”

We hope to advance the notion of One World Aquaponics and Aquaponics TV, as part of a democratization of culture, growing cultures and cultures of mind and heart.

First Draft of Godsil Sweet Water Slide Show

On this page…

  1. Will Allen Key to Sweet Water Story
  2. Milwaukee Urban Agriculture Movement Had the Power!
    1. 2.1  Walnut Way and Friends Vigil Against Greasy Fast Food Chicken Joint Succeeds!
    2. 2.2  Emmanuel Pratt Arrives in Milwaukee
  3. Focus on Growing Sweet Soil at God’s Hill City Farm
    1. 3.1  Red Wrigglers From Growing Power Thrive Inside and Outside, Winter 2007/2008
  4. Community Roofing and Restoration’s Role in Sweet Water’s Founding
  5. Sweet Water Is Born, January 31, 2009
    1. 5.1  “Deferred Maintenance” Industrial Park Awaiting Re-Birth
    2. 5.2  Aquaponics Workshop at Growing Power
    3. 5.3  Fraundorf, Pratt, and Lindner at Great Lakes Water Institute
    4. 5.4  The “Community” Roofers Who Gave Us Sweet Water
    5. 5.5  Constructing the Fish Tanks and Plant Platforms
    6. 5.6  Replacing Boarded Up Windows
    7. 5.7  Sweet Soil Project Integral to Sweet Water Start-up Vision as
    8. 5.8  Tilapia and Perch Of Sweet Water
    9. 5.9  Plants
    10. 5.10  Sweet Water Marriage of Artists, Artisans, & Agrarians
    11. 5.11  Sweet Water Miniatures Hope to Help Democratize Aquaponics
    12. 5.12  Sweet Water Village Visions and MSOE Senior Project
    13. 5.13  Outside Projects
  6. Sweet Water Media Coverage
    1. 6.1  Local Coverage
    2. 6.2  New York Times
    3. 6.3  Wall Street Journal
    4. 6.4  NBC Nightly News
    5. 6.5  National Public Radio
    6. 6.6  Sweet Water Perch Grace President Obama’s Banquet
  7. Sweet Water Foundation Picture Links
    1. 7.1  Sweet Water Foundation Jesse Blom Aquaponics Miniature Presentation, May 14, 2001
  8. One World Aquaponics, Aquaponics TV, Urban Agriculture
    1. 8.1  Nice You Tube On Elegant Aquaponics Garden in Asia
    2. 8.2  Aquaponics Gardening Conference Florida Fall 2011
    3. 8.3  First Australian “World Aquaponics Workshop”
    4. 8.4  Solar Powered Backyard Aquaponics Farm You Tube
    5. 8.5  US Foreign Aid and Urban Agriculture?
    6. 8.6  50 Per Cent of Havana’s Food From Urban Agriculture?
  9. Theory Background
    1. 9.1  Schumacher
    2. 9.2  Multiple Bottom Lines, Multiple Income Streams for Hybrid Social Enterprise
    3. 9.3  10,000 Pages of Pictures and Prose of “Godsil’s Theory/Practice Concept Notes”
    4. 9.4  Raw Material for SPAN Article
    5. 9.5  Indian Media Coverage of Sweet Water Tour
  10. Base Information
  11. Photos of Sweet Water India Visit June 2011
    1. 11.1  Orissa India’s Chilika Prawn Farmers Farmers
    2. 11.2  University of Kolkata Gathering
    3. 11.3  India and America Sharing Resources
  12. “Aquapons At Your Service”
  13. Major Media Treatment of the Geopolitics of Food and Global Warming Issues
    1. 13.1  Introduction to Sweet Water Story for India

Will Allen Key to Sweet Water Story

In the Summer of 2005 I finally was blessed with meeting Big Will Allen and his Growing Power team—one of the high moments, and a turning point, of my life. I told Will I would like to be John Stockton to his Karl Malone. He told me I had 15 years learning the urban farming practice: first 5 as an intern, second an apprentice, third a journeyman, and, if I was still around and judged worthy, life as a master urban farmer with the blessing of Big Will Allen. Here is a picture of me with Will in the center, with his lead aquaponics creative Richard Mueller.

Here is a story I wrote a few years back called “My Will Allen.”

http://www.milwaukeerenaissance.com/Main/MyWillAllen

I was astonished by the possibilities of Growing Power “magic,” as was back in 2006, the Mayor of Chicago, who proudly supported a Growing Power garden in downtown Grant Park.

And the U.S. State Department Cultural Attache, Michael Macy, who arranged a Will Allen lecture before the Royal Society in London, May 9, 2007

Will Allen, 2007, in London, England

Milwaukee Urban Agriculture Movement Had the Power!

Growing Power had a number of urban agriculture partners, including the Michael Fields Institute, UW-Extension, Walnut Way, the Urban Ecology Center, the “Riverwest Currents” and “Food Co-op Communities, and Walnut Way, which crystallized into the Milwaukee Urban Agriculture Network back around 2007.

Walnut Way and Friends Vigil Against Greasy Fast Food Chicken Joint Succeeds!

Emmanuel Pratt Arrives in Milwaukee

Filmmaker, architect, and Columbia University Doctoral Candidate Emmanuel Pratt, on the right, next to Dave Mangin, cabinet and boat builder, educator, or Sweet Water “Creative Extraordinaire,” and Casey Twanow, science teacher who wrote one of the first outstanding articles on Sweet Water for the “Bay View Compass.”

Focus on Growing Sweet Soil at God’s Hill City Farm

My life changed during a Growing Power Tour when Big Will Allen boomed “It is not how green is your thumb, it’s how fertile is your soil!” And he teaches city folks how to work with nature’s cycles to transform veggie, fruit, coffee, and othernitrogenous food residuals, combined with carbon ingredients like wood chips, yard clippings, and leaves, with the help of
air, water, and bacteria, into compost(or humus). When humus is fed to worms their “output” is
“black gold,” or “castings,” a gloriously productive growing medium for plants, and deterrent to
the invasion of many plant pests.

Godsil perfect daughter Bridie
Shoveling wood chips into
Two Girls & a Truck pick-up
For use in composting for family worms
And controlling the aroma of the
Brewers’ mash breaking down.

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Red Wrigglers From Growing Power Thrive Inside and Outside, Winter 2007/2008

I was like an anxious parent adopting a child leading up to the moment I squirreled up the courage to ask Will Allen for some Growing Power red wriggler worms around January 2007. I had been witnessing the Will Allen and Growing Power miracle for a couple of years, had witnessed Will explain the story of vermiculture and fertile soil development, did some volunteer work moving compost, attended some workshops, and had been collecting buckets of coffee grounds, brewers mash, wood chips, and veggie wastes in the several weeks leading up to the moment I was given the sacred worms.

I was worried that I might prove an unworthy parent for these glorious, exotic creatures. True, I had played a very active part in raising 4 of my own children. I had sufficient success in other life realms to suggest I could keep Will’s worms alive. But, only one other person I knew, Bob Graf, had become foster parent in a city home to thousands of red wriggler worms.

So the evening I brough my worms home, I invited Bob Graf, Andor Horvath, Charlie Benke, and Sky Schultz, all very wise in the ways of soil, worms, and plants, to share knowledge and food at my Euclid House micro-farm experiment. And they did!

I am thrilled to announce, today, about a year later, that my worms survived and thrived in the basement and in outdoor compost piles during the winter of 2007/2008. Here are some folk photos of this welcome development, with a question I hope you’ll answer at the end.

Outside Compost Pile

Worms From Warm Enough Center of Compost Pile

Lot’s more pictures at:
http://www.milwaukeerenaissance.com/Godshillcityfarm/HomePage

Community Roofing and Restoration’s Role in Sweet Water’s Founding

Josh Fraundorf built upon mine and other Community partners and led Community Roofing
and Restoration into it’s first “year of profit” since its founding in 1974 as the
“Community Roofing Co-op,” soon to become Community Roofing, Inc., 1975. All of that $30,000 was used to spark Sweet Water’s quick take-off.

My friends and family were astonished and largely disappointed that I would take my very costly academic training[Jesuit high school, college, and graduate school education(B.A. Political Science and Philsophy, 1967; M.A. Urban Affairs, 1969; National Science Foundation Fellow, 1971; Fulbright Fellow 1972;; doctoral candidate 1972–75 and again 1993–98] and worthy social networks and movement roles, e.g. Civil Rights and Peace Movements, 1966–2011, Old Neighborhood Redevelopment, artisan guild development, etc.) and spend my major work life as…a roofer!

Sweet Water’s “magic,” I would contend, has quite a lot to do with what people learn as artisan artists working to restore historic homes and buildings. Community provided the
context for a variety of experiments in cooperative production, integration of theory and practice, and “growing souls and capital beyond that called green, e.g. social capital, cultural capital, and natural capital. More on that to come.

James Godsil, President of Community Roofing with
President Jimmy Carter during a
Habitat for Humanity project.

Joshua Fraundorf

Sweet Water Is Born, January 31, 2009

The original animating vision of Sweet Water Organics was to transform a dark, cold, and abused 100 year old historic factory building into a fish vegetable farm and urban agriculture hub of innovation. The 10,000 sq. ft. one time Harneschfeger factory for constructing mammoth mining cranes had a 4 to 5 ft. concrete lined railway bed about 60 ft. long and 10 ft. wide, filled for years with hundreds of old pallets and generating no rental income for owner Steve Lindner.

“Deferred Maintenance” Industrial Park Awaiting Re-Birth

Artisan enterprisers Fraundorf and Lindner with artist in residence Jeff Redman shared a
vision of Sweet Water’s marriage of artists, artisans, and “apprentice agrarians.” Such a start up alliance creating quickly and brilliantly a stunning aquaponics “hardware structure” in a gigantic old factory building, one among tens of thousands in the Great Lake Heartland and eastern seaboard cities, stood a strong chance, the theory posited, of attracting top notch scientist and partners with the necessary resources to advance the project. Asset based sequential development with multiple bottom lines and multiple income streams anticipated.

Josh Fraundorf, Steve Lindner, and James Godsil, the original Sweet Water partners, won the support of their vision on January 31, 2008 by Will Allen, Rocky Marcoux, head of Milwaukee’s Department of City Development, and others, at a Wild Flower Bakery meeting.

The group proceeded from Wild Flower to the new Sweet Water site. The building felt colder than it was outside.

Over the next couple of weeks, Community Roofing and Growing Power crews cleaned the pallets from the building.

The pallets went to Growing Power for compost framing and the in-ground fish tanks were one step closer to manifesting!

Aquaponics Workshop at Growing Power

Fraundorf, Pratt, and Lindner at Great Lakes Water Institute

The “Community” Roofers Who Gave Us Sweet Water

Constructing the Fish Tanks and Plant Platforms


Replacing Boarded Up Windows

Sweet Soil Project Integral to Sweet Water Start-up Vision as

Center for Experiments in Urban Agriculture

Tilapia and Perch Of Sweet Water

Plants

Sweet Water Marriage of Artists, Artisans, & Agrarians

Sweet Water Miniatures Hope to Help Democratize Aquaponics

Vision is to share aquaponics methodologies, eye on the prize of aquaponics miniatures in 5% of the world’s schools by 2020, and, for those faith communities. I hope some miniature concept notes will support this quest.

Sweet Water Village Visions and MSOE Senior Project

Outside Projects

Sweet Water Media Coverage

Local Coverage

New York Times

Wall Street Journal

NBC Nightly News

Sweet Water Organics (for profit entity) on NBC:
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/3032619/vp/40203746#40203746

Sweet Water Foundation (501c3 entity) on NBC:
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/3032619/vp/40203746#40202285

National Public Radio

Sweet Water Organics radio interview:
http://www.npr.org/2010/11/24/131561150/indoor-fish-farm-raises-perch

Sweet Water Foundation radio interview :
http://www.wuwm.com/programs/news/view_news.php?articleid=7240

Sweet Water Perch Grace President Obama’s Banquet

http://www.latimes.com/news/politics/la-pn-obama-campaign-kickoff-20110412,0,5013010.story

http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/obama-to-kick-off-2012-fundraising-efforts-in-home-base-of-chicago/2011/04/11/AFAwYhMD_story.html

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/04/11/obama-kicks-off-reelectio_n_847585.html

There’s been a ripple effect from this wonderful moment, including visions by Colorado’s governor of fish from the new governor’s home garden “like Obama’s fundraiser with Sweet Water’s perch.”

http://www.denverpost.com/news/ci_18004672?source=rss

Sweet Water Foundation Picture Links

https://picasaweb.google.com/epsweetwaterfoundation/SweetWater?feat=email#

http://www.flickr.com/photos/sweetwaterfoundation/

http://sweetwaterfoundation.com/

Sweet Water Foundation Jesse Blom Aquaponics Miniature Presentation, May 14, 2001

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One World Aquaponics, Aquaponics TV, Urban Agriculture

Nice You Tube On Elegant Aquaponics Garden in Asia

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GPAeBt5rqLk&feature=related

roof garden hydroponics aquaponics 全球暖化 都市熱島效應 節水生產 綠建築 暖化
www.youtube.com
http://picasaweb.google.com/hsm8678/HydrocultivationPiscultureWaterkwaliteitZuivertZonneEnergieHetTuinierenBloemPlantaardi# roof garden

Aquaponics Gardening Conference Florida Fall 2011

Hi Godsil,

We are thrilled to have you on the speakers list!! Here is a tentative schedule for Saturday afternoon - https://spreadsheets1.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=tx59nPM7kC9gbq57L8NpHFA#gid=0. You will have a half hour time slot, and the use of a projector. Sorry it couldn’t be more time - there is so much to talk about!

Sylvia Bernstein, President
The Aquaponic Source, Inc.

T: (303) 720–6604
F: (866) 920–3746
W: www.theaquaponicsource.com

Aquaponics Conference Time: September 16, 2011 at 11am to September 18, 2011 at 12pm
Location: Holiday Inn, Orlando, Florida - http://www.hiuniversal.com/
Organized By: This community, The Aquaponic Source and Green Acre Organics

Event Description:
Current tentative details about the event are as follows:

FRIDAY

Tours of local aquaponics gardens and farms from 11 - 4
Patio meet and greet - 6 pm - 8 pm

SATURDAY

Conference registration 8:30 - 9
9:00 opening remarks
2 workshops in the morning, both home and commercial appeal

Aquaponics as a Social and/or Educational Enterprise
The Future of Aquaponics (panel)

Luncheon keynote - Susanne Friend
3 workshops in the afternoon with three focuses: commercial, community and home/backyard

Commercial - sample topics could include
1:30 - The key to profitable aquaponics
2:30 - Aquaponics as a social enterprise
3:30 - CSA style aquaponics
also

Bringing your product to market - cool ways to display and add value to your produce
How to get USDA funding

Community gardening - wide open right now
Home Backyard based
1:30 - Feeding your fish - home made vs commercial
2:30 - Vertical gardening
3:30 - How to go hybrid also Tripping out your greenhouse
Also

Passive solar greenhouses
Best water heating options (panel)

6:30 - Dinner - Murray Hallam keynote, have fun!
Post dinner Aquaponic Gardening Book release party

SUNDAY (end at noon)

meeting to discuss creating an official commercial aquaponics support organization OR
Murray Hallam workshop - “Morning with Murray”

See more details and RSVP on Aquaponic Gardening:
http://aquaponicscommunity.com/events/event/show?id=4778851%3AEvent%3A118962&xgi=5V2E8pTkWo5l2a&xg_source=msg_invite_eventAbout Aquaponic Gardening
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First Australian “World Aquaponics Workshop”

This private research aquaponics farm in subtropical Australia is producing Pak Choi using raft hydroponics. The sole nutrient is waste from Barramundi table fish. The yield is 1.5 tons of vegetables for every one ton of saleable fish. The Pak Choi shown here is three weeks old. Photo: Geoff Wilson, Aquaponics Network Australia.

Conference to be held in Brisbane in 2012

May 4, 2011.

The world’s first conference and workshops focused only on organic urban aquaponics in “protected cropping” systems, will be held in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia from July 25 to 27, 2012.

The conference and workshops will be organized by the Aquaponics Network Australia (ANA), solely-owned by Brisbane-based Aquaponix Pty Ltd.

The conference will be held at Whites Hill State College (WHSC), at Camp Hill, which will soon begin developing Brisbane’s fourth aquaponics unit for better teaching science, maths and integrated sustainability to high-school students.

Geoff Wilson, director of ANA said: “The three-day Urban Aquaponics Conference will be promoted to about 2,500 high school science teachers and about 150 high-school curriculum developers and trainers in Western Pacific countries.

“Aquaponics is the modern name for a technology used thousands of years ago by the Chinese (fish in rice paddies) and the Aztecs (chinampa structures of Mexico City). It combines fish farming with intensive growing of plants from fish wastes. Over the last 30 years aquaponics technology had been refined mostly via universities or researchers and investors in the United States and Canada. It is now starting to become popular in Australia for better teaching of high-school science and technology,” Mr Wilson said.

Three key speakers/workshop leaders at the Urban Aquaponics Conference will be:

  • Sarah Kaatz, education director of Nelson & Pade Inc., Wisconsin, United States. She has a Master of Science in Fisheries Biology and Aquaculture from Iowa State and a Bachelor of Science in Biology from University of Wisconsin, United States. Sarah is involved in workshops, the extended stay learning program and working with schools to integrate aquaponics into existing curriculums for students of all ages.

  • Professor James Rakocy, who recently-retired from 30-years of aquaponics teaching at the University of Virgin Islands – the world’s first aquaponics education unit.

  • Dr Wilson Lennard, the first Australian to complete a doctorate degree in aquaponics, who is now developing commercial aquaponics in Australia and New Zealand.

Further Information:
Geoff Wilson, Director, Aquaponics Network Australia,
32 David Road, Holland Park 4121, Qld.
Phones: 0412 622 779 or 3411 4524
Email: wilson.geoff@optusnet.com.au

Solar Powered Backyard Aquaponics Farm You Tube

US Foreign Aid and Urban Agriculture?

http://view.email.cgdev.org/?j=fe4d157771600d747d1c&m=fec615777761007b&ls=fdf3137174600d7a75117877&l=fe9315797667037d70&s=fe2c1574746c067e721479&jb=ffcf14&ju=fe2316707c6406747c1c75&utm_&&&&r=0

50 Per Cent of Havana’s Food From Urban Agriculture?

I saw the film “The Power of Community” a while back, which led me to the discovery of the “Permaculture” Theorists of Australia, who the film said helped Cuba develop urban agriculture in response to the collapse of industrial farming that had been subsidized by the Soviets before 1989. Here is a comment in response to an article on urban agriculture in Cuba worth noting.

“I have seen the films - “The Power of Community” & “The Greening of Cuba” several times & am amazed at what the Cubans accomplished in the face of starvation. However - I recently read a journalist’s account of being in Havana on a “Cuban Diet” & now am concerned that the lessons & opportunities of the ‘special period’ may have been lost over time. He said that they were essentially reduced to stealing from the Government or using Black Market for nutritional support in their mostly meager income situations. What is the truth of today’s Cuban urban food sourcing? I want to believe that they are far ahead of our rather unconscious food system here in the USA. The gardens & plots are proof that they are trying very hard. I hope they succeed in capturing the imagination of Urban eaters everywhere!”

http://www.cityfarmer.info/2010/04/13/havana-homegrown-inside-cubas-urban-agriculture-revolution/

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ih7MsyUaosU

Theory Background

Schumacher

“Small Is Beautiful”
http://www.google.com/m?hl=en&gl=us&client=ms-android-sprint-us&source=android-launcher-search&q=small+is+beautiful+pdf

“Ten Thousand Ripples”
Peace and Art Project
http://www.indirajohnson.com/1/10000_Ripples.html

Multiple Bottom Lines, Multiple Income Streams for Hybrid Social Enterprise

http://www.milwaukeerenaissance.com/Godsil/HomePage#toc45

10,000 Pages of Pictures and Prose of “Godsil’s Theory/Practice Concept Notes”

http://www.milwaukeerenaissance.com/Godsil/HomePage

Raw Material for SPAN Article

How did you come to be involved in Sweet Water Organics and Growing Power?

Growing Power

The city has never looked the same since I discovered the “Growing Power miracle” and Will Allen’s team. On a two acre city lot Will and thousands of workers and volunteers have, over the years, transformed hundreds of thousands of pounds of urban “residuals,” e.g. leaves, wood chips, coffee grounds, fruit and veggie wastes, into food for red wriggler worms, which transform that compost into “black gold,” the most powerful, nutrient rich growing medium in the world. Thousands of potted plants thrive with this powerful “sweet soil,” which Will has also incorporated into aquaponics demonstrations, i.e. raising fish and plants in simulated river beds, where the fish wastes, with the help of beneficial bacteria, are transformed into nitrate fertilizer for the plants, at the same time as the re-circulating water is cleansed for the fish. Harvesting urban waste streams into rich soil for labor intensive urban farming means our empty lots and underemployed citizens can have increasing access to healthy, tasty food and ennobling work.

I pledged my internet organizing resources through the MilwaukeeRenaissance.com on line magazine to advance the Growing Power mission and Will offered me both a place on the Growing Power Board as well as participation in a 15 year period of study: an intern the first 5, apprentice for another 5, journeyman the next 5, after which, perhaps, Big Will might designate me a “Master Urban Farmer!” A more complete version of my Growing Power story can be found at this site:

http://www.milwaukeerenaissance.com/Main/MyWillAllen

There are hundreds of pages of my “broadcasts” sharing the good Growing Power news at this platform:

http://www.milwaukeerenaissance.com/GrowingPower/HomePage

Sweet Water

Sweet Water was inspired by Growing Power’s example and the vision of Josh Fraundorf and Steve Lindner, who decided to explore a commercial upscaling of aquaponics in 10,000 square foot century old factory building that had a built-in railway bed easily converted into three 10,000 gallon fish tanks. I became a Sweet Water partner because I believed our artisinal team had the capacity to create cutting edge artisinal and mechanical aquaponics systems and transform that factory behemoth into a lovely and compelling place for urban agriculture/aquaponics research and development, for hands-on school experiences to foster Science Technology Engineering and Math(STEM) capacities among learners young and old, and an innovation hub for urban agrarians and “creatives” to co-create ancillary green enterprise and community scale manufacturing. My vision was based on “asset based sequential development” with multiple income streams a triple bottom line, e.g. profit, ecology, and social justice. The multiple income streams included not just the sale of fish and produce, but also the sale of worms, worm castings, compost, raised bed and aquaponics miniature design, installation, and tech support, tours,
workshops, and gatherings at the “Great Hall of the Tulip Building,” in the Sweet Water Foundation space adjacent the Sweet Water Organics “farm.”

The Importance of Aquaponics in Urban Life

Aquaponics has great promise as a vital earth friendly 21st century industry for a number of reasons. Aquaponic systems re-circulate water and produce great quantities of fish based protein and fresh, tasty greens in a bio-secure context with quite small footprints. Urban aquaponics systems like Sweet Water can grow lab developed fish that are free from many of the contaminants currently and tragically polluting our waters, delivered fresh to close-by markets with a minimum of delivery costs or carbon footprints. In hybrid enterprise like Sweet Water, which combines a Farm and an Academy, aquaponics facilities serve as a magnet for mindful citizens seeking to know more about how their food is produced, as well as learn how to grow increasing quantities of their own food, at homes, schools, elder care facilities, restaurants, faith communities, and community centers. Aquaponics systems must be tailored for the urban context and the resources available, a design challenge enhanced by net-based, expanding, global community of aquaponics practice eager to share discoveries.

Every city deserves a Sweet Water to develop urban agriculture and aquaponics experimentation, produce healthy food for local consumption, democratize aquaponics miniatures, serve as food and culture centers, and hubs of innovation for increased food security and mindful urban living.

What other projects are you involved in besides Sweet Water Organics and Growing Power?

Since my student days back in the 1960s I have been involved in the movements of our times, e.g. civil rights(Open Housing Marches with Dr. King Chicago 1966), peace movement(organized Vietnam teach ins), old city renaissance(Chair of Community Development Corporation), bio-diversity and bonobo surival, artisinal guild development(founder Community Roofing & Restoration), internet empowerment(founder of Milwaukee Renaissance On Line Magazine a wiki “Movement” Resource. Other projects are discusse in this news coverage:

http://www.milwaukeerenaissance.com/ExchangeArticle/HomePage

What are the challenges that you face on a daily basis?

Key challenge at this point in my life involve pacing myself so at the end of a day I am not overly “jazzed” by good and bad developments, which get in the way of a good nights sleep. At 66 “Grandpa” must get a good night’s rest or “the demons will arrive on the morrow!”

What has been the response of the local community to your work?

I have been profoundly moved by all of the “love” and resources arriving at Sweet Water since we broke ground January 31, 2009. There has emerged a “grand alliance” advancing Sweet Water, which includes all “identity groups,” social classes, commercial and cultural sectors. This came together with a recent forgivable loan/grant of $250,000, which passed by a vote of 14 to 1, to my astonishment.

What are your plans for India?

It is my great hope to help spark Milwaukee India net enhanced cooperative globalization experiments, starting with students and urban “agrarians” constructing Urban Agriculture and AquaponicsTV. UAA TV would aim to diffuse sweet soil and sweet water methodologies in artful and entertaining ways. In my most “pragmatic utopian vision” we would take the first steps toward inspiring cities to friendly competition around the issue of sweet water and sweet soil projects for increased food security and “solidarity economics.”

In the way that I pray, I pray that these efforts will be supported by resources available by virtue of Milwaukee’s recognition as a UN Global Compact and IBM Smart City, and the optimum social, cultural, natural, and green money capital the project attracts.

The design and step by step orchestration of UAA TV will ideally occur in earn while you learn harvesting of urban agriculture and aquaponics you tube and facebook bounty that already exists, as well as new materials that chronicle projects in India and Milwaukee. Net enhanced, asset based sequential developmentis a methodology available for moving in this direction.

As I told the IBM and Milwaukee leaders in my first meeting regarding the Smart City competition, it may be our responsibility to fix our eyes on the prize of winning a Nobel prize for a global community of practice called urban agriculture for its contribution to the diminution of food insecurity and global warming, for bringing about that glorious day when all of God’s children have access to healthy and tasty food, and ennobling careers and callings.

Do you feel there is scope in India to adopt aquaponics in a major way?

From the response I have enjoyed from Indian born Americans, their children, and internet conversations with on-the-ground active citizens working in India, I would not at all be

surprised if India leads the way developing aquaponic models for rainforest and developing nations. India’s spiritual and cultural resources, combined with its wide, deep, and accelerating internet empowerment offer much for the emerging global aquaponics community of practice I hope wins a Nobel Prize for its role addressing food security and global warming challenges.

Indian Media Coverage of Sweet Water Tour

http://www.hindu.com/2011/06/03/stories/2011060359950300.htm

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Photos of Sweet Water India Visit June 2011

This is a platform for planetary collaborators happy to address some of the problems and possibilities growing out of the American Speakers Program Sweet Water Tour 2011. The miracle of the internet affords “cooperative and enterprising globalists” opportunities to share problems and possibilities at astonishing speeds. It is my great hope that this platform will prove surprisingly helpful to people in India who have introduced their challenges, and people from India and all over the world who might have some resources available to address these issues.

Orissa India’s Chilika Prawn Farmers Farmers

When I met with The People’s Bijay Barel, Ranjan Panda, and the community of Chilika, whose initially successful transformation of farm land into Prawn ponds met with the death by disease of each and every prawn and a severe crisis of livelihood, I had to forthrightly confess my near total ignorance regarding the art and science of prawn farming. But I made a commitment to do my best to harness the power of the internet and the expanding interweaving webs of Sweet Water “partners” to address their challenge. This site is part of that commitment and, in the way that I pray, I pray that it provides a collaborative platform to connect people with ideas and resources that will transform this problem into a series of new possibilities for the farmers of Chilika, and others who face similar obstacles.

Please send an e-mail to godsil.james@gmail.com if you would like to explore helping out with this project.

Chilika Correspondance

University of Kolkata Gathering

http://www.flickr.com/photos/ourrenaissance/sets/72157626889834125/

India and America Sharing Resources

A friend who has been in charge of superfund cleanup sites (including surface water and stream contamination) recommended resources from EPA.

Ground and Surface Water remediation http://www.epa.gov/nrmrl/gwerd/

Groundwater remediation http://www.epa.gov/nrmrl/gwerd/gw/index.html

Groundwater technical support center http://www.epa.gov/nrmrl/gwerd/tsc/tsc.html. The last site names two contacts who might lead an interested party to a list of professionals engaged in this effort, perhaps they can lead to a list serv. It is a very technical section of EPA, and their responsibility is to the U.S. rather than to abroad, but perhaps they would agree this is a global issue and engage good minds in distant places.

Best wishes and here’s hope new generations will solve more problems than create problems.

Jama Crawford
Shared Harvest
Durango CO

“Aquapons At Your Service”

This platform is here for internet empowered aquapons to share their stories, capabilities, and availability for project “gigs” advancing aquaponics across the planet. Their inclusion here is not necessarily an endorsement. Marnie Wisniewski told me back in 1970 that “you don’t really know someone until you’ve experienced three crises with them.” But with facebook and wiki web platforms, we can learn quite a lot about one another to address “the trust factor,” so vitally important in our transactions with flawed but inspiring humanity. To begin your platform here, aquapons must learn a bit about wiki web language. Start out by clicking the “edit” button. For prose the password is “edit.” Be sure to leave no spaces at the left margin of your page. After uploading your prose, scroll down a bit and identify yourself in the “Author” box, then click “Save.”

In the way that I pray, I pray this platform leads to worthwhile collaborations, jobs, and the flourishing of aquaponics, perhaps becoming the world’s leading earth friendly food production technology.

Major Media Treatment of the Geopolitics of Food and Global Warming Issues

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/06/05/science/earth/05harvest.html?_r=1&hp
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Sweet Water as Mainframe for Organic City Revolution

http://wn.com/IBM_Smarter_Cities

Introduction to Sweet Water Story for India

Thickest version of Godsil’s Sweet Water Story

In 2010 the major national media of the Unites States, e.g. the “Wall Street Journal,” “The New York Times,”
National Public Radio, and NBC Nightly News were introduced to the great potential for addressing food security, the reduction of global warming, water conservation, labor intensive, earth friendly job creation, hands-on science, technology, engineering, and math education innovations, and small space intensive fish protein and produce production by the aquaponic experiments occurring at Sweet Water Organics, Inc. and the Sweet Water Foundation.

Here is a video clip of the NBC coverage:

On Sweet Water Organics, i.e. “The Farm”

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/21134540/vp/40203746#40203746

On the Sweet Water Foundation, i.e. “The Academy”

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/21134540/vp/40202285#40202285

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