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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.”

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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.”

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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

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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”

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.”

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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.”

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Interweaving 10,000 Urban Agriculture Aquaponics Webs Across the Planet

Resource to Connect With Citizen Scientists Across the World

Brought to me by Emmanuel Pratt.

http://www.projectnoah.org/

Aquaculture Web Resource

www.extension.org/freshwater_aquaculture

India Query Inspired Early Planetary Conversation

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

Top Vermiculture Sources

Dear James,

We have the first scientific book on vermicomposting coming out in early September 2010. Earthworms, Organic Waste and Environmental Management is being published by CRC Press. It will contain 34 chapters with contributors from all over the world.

Most of the vermicompost studies conducted in the United States have taken place at Ohio State University. To access a lot of their studies you can go to the Soil Ecology Lab website which is linked to my website.

My website is http://www.bae.ncsu.edu/people/faculty/sherman When you get to this site, you will first see information about my upcoming vermiculture conference in May. It is the only training in the U.S. on large-scale vermicomposting. The top vermicomposting researchers will be sharing the results of their experiments.

If you scroll down and click on Vermicomposting, you will find a long list of resources, including the link to the Soil Ecology Lab.

I hope you can join us at the conference.

All the best,
Rhonda

Rhonda Sherman
Biological & Agricultural Engineering
NC State University Box 7625
Raleigh, NC 27695
919.515.6770
rhonda_sherman@ncsu.edu
http://www.bae.ncsu.edu/people/faculty/sherman


Hi James,

There are literally thousands of these studies.

Here is a good one from a respected source.
http://www.yelmworms.com/Jim%20Jensen’s%20report.htm

If you google Clive Edwards (Considered the foremost authority on worms), or Rhonda Sherman at the University of North Carolina, they will also have lots of publications.

Regards,

Jerry Gach
WWW.TheWormDude.Com
WWW.TheWormInn.Com


Hello,
A colleague forwarded these postings along to me. There are a couple of studies available on the Worm Power (large vermicomposting operation in Avon, NY) website: http://www.wormpower.net/worm-castings/content.php?k=27 If these are not sufficient, or you would like to know about more studies, let me know - I have a contact at Cornell University that is doing research.
Adam Michaelides
Program Manager, Compost Education
CCETC


This seems like a good resource. I haven’t really delved into it yet, but I think this is what you are referring to.
www.worms.com/worm-pdfs/worm%20research%20centre2.pdf

Notably, this research indicates that vermicompost seems to help eliminate contaminates in soil.

kim

Vegetable Growers News had an article on vermicomposting a month or two ago. It contained names of academic researchers who had fantastic finding about the benefits of worms, castings and tea. This is a publication primarily for commercial growers (skeptical of this “local sustainable” shit) so I thought it significant. Don´t have the info handy but know they do have an online version of the magazine.

Paul Stamets TED Talk On Mushrooms for Bioremediation

http://www.timescolonist.com/technology/Mushrooms+line+pathway+healthy+living/4886523/story.html

Comfood List Serv

This is an on-line collaboration platform that has methinks about 4,000 very active and knowledgeable “comfoodies!”

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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

http://www.indirajohnson.com/1/public_art_files/invite%202.jpg
“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

Base Information

State Notes

Sweet Water Projects Inspired by 2011 India Visit

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

“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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Please consider joining!

“Com Food” <comfood@elist.tufts.edu>

Indian Trailblazers

A friend who is on the COMFOOD list forwarded your message about Sweet Water and your search for people applying permaculture in India. I think I may have a good match for you, especially re: starting projects in Indian schools.

Lend-a-Hand India is an incredible non-profit that reaches over 10,000 high school students in 3 different states. One of their main initiatives is Plan 100 and their Introduction to Basic Technology program which provides practical, entrepreneurial and life-skills training that includes: Engineering, Energy and Environment, Agriculture and Animal Husbandry, Home and Health. Through the program the students are empowered to apply their skills to their home communities. We plan to establish sustainability/appropriate tech research and training centers in communities as more students graduate through the program and become trainers/teachers/entrepreneurs/researchers themselves.

Here are links about the existing program and the way that they plan to integrate wholistic permaculture thinking more actively.
http://www.lend-a-hand-india.org/ — http://www.lend-a-hand-india.org/permaculture.php

I recently started working as a Program Officer for Lend-a-Hand India and have been very impressed by their model and innovative collaborations in India (and for their programs in the US). For several years, I have also been working with a Permaculture non-profit based in NYC, Green Phoenix Permaculture and could connect you with additional colleagues that are doing permaculture in India.

Alice Lo
Program Officer
alice.lo@lend-a-hand-india.org
631–365–4135

Tanvi Gadhia, Tanvi <tanvi.gadhia@gmail.com>
Center for Food Safety/ Int’l Center for Technology Assessment
660 Pennsylvania Ave SE, Suite 302
Washington, D.C. 20003
(202) 547–9359

tgadhia@icta.org, shweta kumari singh <shweta_2oct@rediffmail.com>, shweta@navdanya.net, navdanya@gmail.com, Vandana Shiva <vandana.shiva@gmail.com>, deepak@gadhiasolarenergy.com, dbarker@icta.org, Matt Colaciello Williams <mcolaciello@gmail.com>

I recommend getting in touch with Navdanya- the founder and head researcher is Dr. Vandana Shiva, and there another great scientist there working on a Ganga (river) Pollution Project, her name is Shweta Singh.

www.navdanya.org/
http://www.vandanashiva.org/
Greening Initiative: Urban Kitchen Gardens (Dehli) http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=112923228754096

The Burari Garden of Hope on its way to becoming a Farm of Hope

In December 2010, in an empty plot within their residential colony, under the aegis of Jan Jyoti NGO and study centre, the children of Burari, a village close to Delhi, planted their Garden of Hope an initiative being spearheaded by Navdanya. The initiative has become a story of hope for us in Navdanya as the diligence of children came to fruition and the garden is blossoming with its first crop.

The children having eaten the fresh organic food along with their educators were so impressed that now they have convinced the community to give 1 acre of land to grow organic vegetables. Thus the Garden of Hope is now on its way to become the Farm of Hope.

http://www.facebook.com/notes/navdanya-rfste/seeds-of-hope-gardens-of-hope-updates-from-february/186000984778322

http://www.facebook.com/notes/navdanya-rfste/seeds-of-hope-gardens-of-hope-two-inspirational-success-stories/175937415784679

Hope this helps, Navdanya is certainly central to India’s organic farming movement.

My personal opinion is that urban agriculture (rather than causing pollution and health problems) in fact can be a solution to those problems. I suspect you will probably find similar sentiment among the organic farming proponents in Delhi.

Tanvi Gadhia

There are several Indians in India doing permaculture and sustainable farming. Who are you trying to connect, and to what end? I’m connected with some orgs & individuals there, as are many other South Asian Americans in the food & farming movements.

Navina Khanna <navinamoon@gmail.com>
Oakland, CA
510.393.490

On Wed, Jun 1, 2011 at 5:16 AM, Norman Feldman <nfeldman@fountainhouse.org> wrote:

You might contact Dan Kittredge, the Real Food Campaign, about India and permaculture. At a workshop on remineralizing the soil he spoke of his experience with Indian farmers who were interested in learning about better ways to farm.

“dan@realfoodcampaign.org” <dan@realfoodcampaign.org>

On Wed, Jun 1, 2011 at 7:39 AM, TERI VANHALL <teri_vanhall@yahoo.com> wrote:

Not sure if this is what you’re looking for, but Dr. Sudhir Kumar Kaura is a geneticist in India who posts news about GMO’s in India, he is on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/#!/Dr.Sudhir.Kumar.Kaura?sk=wall

Teri VanHall
<teri_vanhall@yahoo.com>

UN Food for Cities

From London Sustain’s Ben ReynoldsNot sure if you’ve joined this network - Food for Cities run by the UN - contact Julien Custot about joining the email network, very helpful.

http://www.fao.org/fcit/fcit-contacts/en/
They tend to talk about urban agriculture with input from all over the world.

*Charley Price Aquaponics UK

TED Talk

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7nIL9hWW3-Q&feature=player_embedded#at=1023

https://docs.google.com/viewer?a=v&pid=gmail&attid=0.1.1&thid=12f3c123faae825f&mt=application/pdf&url=https://mail.google.com/mail/?ui%3D2%26ik%3Da0fff27d27%26view%3Datt%26th%3D12f3c123faae825f%26attid%3D0.1.1%26disp%3Dattd%26zw&sig=AHIEtbTahb01FMjj9-Hgi-ZwuZ2Ob7mvlg

Charlie in Uganda

http://www.nabuur.com/en/village/butambala/project/task/adapt-aquaponics-rural-setting

http://www.nabuur.com/files/attach/2009/12/task/AQUAPONICS%20IN%20UGANDA.pdf

http://www.nabuur.com/files/attach/2009/12/task/Kampala_system.pdf

*Joel Malcolm’s Backyard Aquaponics Form

http://www.backyardaquaponics.com/

*Murray Hallam’s Practical Aquaponics Form

http://aquaponics.net.au/blog/archives/1976

http://www.aquaponics.net.au/

*Will Allen’s Growning Power

http://www.growingpower.org/aquaponics.htm

*Sylvia Bernstein Forum

http://www.youtube.com/user/aquaponicgardening#p/u/6/ssI_p8-3Rbg.

http://aquaponicscommunity.com/page/what-is-aquaponics

*Travis Hughey Barrelponics

http://www.aces.edu/dept/fisheries/education/documents/barrel-ponics.pdf

Barrel Ponics System in South Africa

http://www.nabuur.com/files/attach/2009/12/task/aquaponicssynaptomanway.pdf

Ohio State University Aquaculture Group Fish Source

Aquaculture Group of Ohio <aqua-ohio@ag.ohio-state.edu>

*Zurich’s Roman Gaus

“Before returning back home to Switzerland after a two-year stint in the US, I asked a colleague what would be a really sustainable business idea with a transformational potential to bring back to old Europe. He directed me to SweetWaterOrganics, and since reading about their story I became a fan of closed-loop systems and specifically aquaponics and its potential to leverage urban areas into productive places where food is grown sustainably for the future of our children and our cities. I was lucky to find partners with shared vision and experience in Aquaponics, mainly from the Zurich University of Applied Sciences (ZHAW), and are now on track to launch UrbanFarmers, with the mission to produce local and organic food in the city on urban rooftops with the engagement of local co-op communities. Our ties and connections with SweetWaterOrganics are expanded through the One World Aquaponics Initiative, with the ambition to share global benchmarks in aquaponic systems and their application into novel business models through Aquaponics TV.”

*Friendly aquaponics

http://www.friendlyaquaponics.com/
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bAKtufVLRko&feature=player_embedded

*Urban Farm Guys in Missouri

http://www.theurbanfarmingguys.com/
info@TheUrbanFarmingGuys.com
http://www.youtube.com/user/TheUrbanFarmingGuys

*Godsil Radio Interview on Sweet Water Miniatures

http://www.wuwm.com/programs/news/view_news.php?articleid=7269

*Virgin Island Folks

*Myles

*Nelson and Pade

The Living Food Bank® aquaponic system

Clear Flow Aquaponic Systems® o

Here is Nelson and Pade operations manager who attended this
weekend Sweet Water Winter Conference One.

www.aquaponics.com

www.aquaponicsjournal.com

Nelson and Pade Logo A6 copy.jpg

Rebecca Nelson suggests they may have connections with a number of successful commercial scale aquaponics enterprises in an article on Sweet Water/Student Haiti project.

http://www.jsonline.com/business/112578804.html

Nelson’s firm has systems in place throughout North America, the Caribbean, Europe and Asia

*Philipp Wolfe

I have updated the photo album: https://picasaweb.google.com/PWolfT3/PHOTO?authkey=Gv1sRgCJnksKjF79Xc7gE&feat=directlink

*CSAs in Europe

  • Association pour le maintien de l’agriculture paysanne (AMAP) in France,
  • Reciproco in Portugal,
  • Landwirtschaftsgemeinschaftshof in Germany,
  • Gruppi di Acquisto Solidale (GAS) in Italy

The CSA started in Germany and Switzerland. I know there is an active and rather large one near Freiburg Germany where I was last summer. I can track down their contact information if you need it.

I would think farms in Portugal and Italy would come closer to replicating agricultural and social concerns in Greece, but I’ve never been lucky enough to get there.

Ed Garrett
Fresh Spin Farms
Davis CA

The French non-profit URGENCI (http://www.urgenci.net/index.php?lang=en) does wonderful work around the world, but primarily in Europe, linking farmers with consumers in CSAs (and variations thereof).

Takis and Beatriki at Litsas Ecological Farm near Thessaloniki in northern Greece direct market their products and have been working on building a unique CSA-like cooperative farm model. They were also pioneers in organic agriculture in Greece in general, acting as educators and third party certifiers of organic ag in Greece before the EU had organic standards.

Panos Manikis’ Natural Farm in Edessa (also northern Greece) could be a useful resource as well.

Ir. Marielle Dubbeling, Senior adviser ETC Urban Agriculture,

Global coordinator RUAF-From Seed to Table Programme

CVFN 411 Dimensions of Urban Agriculture
Certificate Credit
Community Services Program Area

Duration: 42 Hours
Fee: $515 Canadian Dollars (Payment in full is required at time of enrollment.)

Date: Course begins Saturday, May 7, 2011.

Available through Distance Education (click enrollment).

This course describes the dimensions (functions, roles, benefits, potential risks) of urban agriculture and how these complement, supplement, compete with, substitute for, or undermine those provided by other land uses, sectoral activities and actors. The main dimensions covered are: health and food security, socio-cultural dimensions, economic dimensions, and environmental dimensions. Two well-documented case studies will be used throughout the course to highlight each dimension separately, before bringing them all together.

Note: This course has been developed in partnership with ETC-Urban Agriculture (ETC-UA) and the Resource Centre on Urban Agriculture and Food Security (RUAF), with technical support provided by The Chang School.

This course is part of a portfolio of four distance education courses on urban agriculture, including the following: CVFN 410, CVFN 411, CVFN 412, and CVFN 413.

Note: A sample course outline is available.

E-mail: m.dubbeling@etcnl.nl
Telephone: ETC: +31-(0)33–4326039 ;
Home: +33-(0)565–741951
PO Box 64, 3830 AB Leusden, the Netherlands
www.etc-urbanagriculture.org; www.ruaf.org

Mrs Priyanie Amerasignghe, RUAF Partner Hyderabad

“Amerasinghe, Priyanie (IWMI-Hyderabad, India)” <P.Amerasinghe@cgiar.org>,

Mrs Priyanie Amerasignghe, our regional RUAF partner in Hyderabad. She can connect you to UA projects in Bangalore, Hyderabad and other cities.

European Connections

I wanted to get in touch because I was very interested in your initiative to establish 100 jobs in urban agriculture. I am a founder member of the incredible edible project here in the UK and I run an open-source project www.school-of-sustainability.com which brings together the fundamentals of sustainable living.

I am currently working on a plan for a modular growing system for urban spaces, where the growing fits the space, but is capable of being transported as and when required as a result of being located on temporary land space - this is particularly useful in inner city spaces, where buildings can be dropped and the space left for a year or two - the idea is to enhance the biodoiversity and also demonstrate the way that growing can improve the urban space, and importantly employ and generate a living for people who grow the food.
I was very interested in your scheme of 100 jobs in urban agriculture and wondered if we might start a conversation and share insights?

If you have any pictures I can put them onto my website, which gets around 20k hits a month and is growing (!) all the time, we get a lot of US traffic as well as from around 100 other countries.
So… great idea - love the school linking, would like to talk more.
Best wishes from over the pond.
Paul

Dr Paul Clarke
Director of Sustainable Leadership, Cambridge Education / Mott MacDonald

Professor of Education
St Mary’s University College
Strawberry Hill
London
Director, Incredible Edible Ltd

www.school-of-sustainability.com

Alexander MacKay, academic recruiter Rbt. Gordon U. and fish farmer a.mackay@rgu.ac.uk

Vermiculture Sources

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

Top of the line vermicomposting business to check out:

http://youtu.be/U27Aizi64Wg

Eathouse in the Netherlands

http://www.re-nest.com/re-nest/green-style/green-style-eathouse-by-atelier-gras-147742

Do It Yourself Aquaponics Journal

http://diyaquaponics.com/journal/

Eco Tourism to Help Finance Urban Agriculture/Aquaponics Experiments

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/06/10/business/10tourism.html

Godsil Concept Notes While In India

I am very grateful for your time and attention given to this vision of
advancing the Eco system approach to food production called
aquaponics! There is an abundance of open source technical support
for anyone inspired by the concept of earth friendly water
recirculating intense yield small space fish produce production in and
around our cities.

My dream is to harness the power of the Internet to spark mighty
collaborations connecting the planetary community of aquaponics with
enterprising Indians in every one of your great cities over the next
35 years, as well as with your brothers and sisters who are doing
right things in the UK and North America. I have worked very hard to
discover who among the world’s top “aqua pons” are available to share
their discoveries and accelerate the global diffusion of this
“biomimicry” farming methodology. Now my ambition is to recruit
partners in India to explore translating these human resources into
instructional and entertaining form so that every high school and
college teacher in the world with Internet access can learn about and
teach aquaponics. I also hope to connect with Indian teachers for
small demonstration projects at their schools. And I hope to inspire
some of the Indian communities of north America to attend a fall
conference in Florida and those in Australia to attend one there.

I do not have great facility w the used iPad I bought for my visit to
India so I cannot be as powerful in my “Godsil concept notes” as I
would like. But I can get started. If any of this makes sense to
you, a good place to start would be to google “early sweet water story
milwaukee renaissance.”. There you will find 10,000 words and images
that constitute my notes for my dream of accelerating the day when 5
percent of America and India’s school’s have aquaponics miniature
demonstration projects and every city of America and India has a Sweet
Water large scale demonstration project and “Innovation Hub.”

This site is a wiki collaboration platform that I hope will be greatly
enhanced over time, perhaps with help from IBM, which chose Milwaukee
as one of about 20 “Smart Cities” for a $400,000 tech support grant
because we are learning to “feed ourselves” through our “sweet
soil”(via composting urban carbon and nitrogen residuals) and “sweet
water”(via aquaponics) demonstration projects, e.g. Sweet Water
Organics, Sweet Water Foundation, Growing Power, and more. Milwaukee
also won designation as a UN Global Compact City, an honor adding to
an inspiring “Grand Alliance” of all sectors of the government and
civil society to share our urban agriculture discoveries as quickly as
possible in cooperative globalization and collaboration of
civilization experiments and initiatives.

Why not Nobel Peace Prizes for cities which partner to dramatically
address food insecurity, social justice, sustainable economic
development, and global warming through urban agriculture advances?
Sweet Water and Growing Power have won the attention of Presidentel
Obama, who bought our perch for his first major fundraiser, and our
First Lady, who featured Growing Power’s McArthur Genius Will Alllen
at her White House news conference announcing her support for the
“Good Food Revolution.”. There is now a Sweet Water Aquaponics
Miiniature demonstration project in Michelle Obama’s high school,
Chicago’s Whitney Young. Aquaponics is going “mainstream” in Canada,
the USA, and Australia. I hope to help diffuse these innovations in
your great nation, which has the spirit and the intellectual capital
to dramatically accelerate this process.

My choice of the most powerful first introduction to aquaponics is the
NBC national news broadcast that introduced Sweet Water to America.
Next would be Professor Charlie Price’s TED Lecture. You can access
both at the Early Sweet Water platform I hope you will check out.
Scroll down a bit to the very long table of contents. The NBC 3
minute show is 6.4 and Charlie’s 7 minute talk is at 10.7.

if you judge this concept worthy of more of your time, I hope you will
watch the YouTube on the Asian aquaponics garden at 9.1 and then
listen to my 5 minute radio interview at 10.17.

If you think these visions have merit I hope you will forward this
concept note to your country’s active citizens, social business
enterprisers, teachers and students, biologists and engineers, artists
and scientists, government leaders and NGO professionals, Internet
empowered farmers, artisans, chefs, and small business families.

A grand alliance for the good food revolution through natural, earth
friendly, labor and mind/heart intensive aquaponics and vermiculture
food production methodologies is forming in Milwaukee, which means to
the original nations of North America “where the waters gather.” and
their name for the Great Lakes, into which the 3 rivers of Milwaukee
flow, was “The Sweet Water Seas.”

May we share dreams of sweetening our waters? Of learning how to feed
ourselves in ways Mother Earth enjoys?

In the way that I pray, I pray for the day when some Indian cities,
some American cities, and other cities, collaborate so mindfully while
learning how to increasingly feed ourselves while more deeply
understanding nature’s ways that that Nobel Prize arrives…naturally.

In gratitude with wonder,

Godsil

On Tuesday, May 31, 2011, Ritesh Goel <ritesh@headstart.in> wrote:
Hello Mr. Godsil,

Thanks for considering HeadStart Foundation as part of this plan. I have started takinga serious look at this proposal within the organization. We have already evaluated a few points, and are further going to take a look at what kind of benefit can we provide tostartups who are willing to take up the Aquaponics business.

June 6th Note to Sylvia Bernstein on Delhi Presentation Focus

Our “industry and movement” are being met with great enthusiasm by the State Department staffers, American and Indian born,
and people they are connecting me with.

Govind Singh of Delhi Greens has signed on to the grant proposal Milwaukee School of Engineer’s Shajan John has been promoting, along with the City of Milwaukee and the Milwaukee Water Council.

I am happy and honored to be written up as a “likely” participant on a panel devoted to something like Democratization and Globalization of Aquaponics” or “Aquaponic Possibilities in India.”

In my presentation for Delhi I am going to suggest:

  • Aquaponics Is a New Earth Friendly Food Growing Methodology/Industry Appropriate for India’s serious consideration

  • India Has the Resources and the Reasons to Advance “Aquaponics Gardening” and Aquaponics TV

  • The Sweet Water Hybrid Model of Commercial Upscale Experiment Coupled With Education Harvesting for STEM Disciplines, i.e. Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math, Is Worthy of India’s Consideration

  • Aquaponics as Advanced by the Sweet Water Foundation Offers a New Educational Model for STEM Disciplines and

Enhanced Self Reliance in the Context of Community

  • Urban In Fill Developments With Sweet Water “Centers” 21st Century Real Estate Possibility

There are hundreds of pages devoted to supporting the above concepts at

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

New York Times articles on challenges ahead:

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/06/09/world/asia/09gurgaon.html?_r=1&hp

Raising Shrimp With Aquaponics

http://www.phoenixpermaculture.org/forum/topics/aquaponics-with-shrimp

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

http://www.indirajohnson.com/1/public_art_files/invite%202.jpg
“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

Base Information

State Notes

Sweet Water Projects Inspired by 2011 India Visit

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

“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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Aquaculture Web Resource

www.extension.org/freshwater_aquaculture

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Sweet Water Tours

Sweet Water Tour Outline
As of 5/4/2011

Prior to tour:
Arrive 20 minutes before the scheduled start of the tour

  • Walk around facility and make sure the runs are clean and swept, restricted areas are chained-off, walkways are clear of any large objects, straighten up tables and countertops, make sure overall appearance of space is organized and clean
  • Inspect fish tanks for mortalities and remove - place in fish compost
  • Make sure all bathrooms are kept up and stocked (toilet paper, hand soap, towels, etc)
  • Turn on lights in Retail Store and make sure cash register drawer is in place
  • Greet guests as they arrive
  • Collect tour fees at cash register and ask all guests to sign in using printed sheet or laptop computer
  • Keep tourists out of farm until guide has engaged them

Tour Stations
Station #1 (in front of systems A-D)

  • Walk from the Retail Store back through entrance and enter the farm at the front door

Station #2 (on the south/west side of system E)

  • Walk around system A, past the water lab and to the beginning of system E, also show propagation and production rooms

Station #3 (on the north side of system E)

  • Walk around the east side of system E, to the north side in front of the bio-clarifier - do not use the bridge

Station #4 (Foundation Room)

  • Open the garage door and walk into the Foundation Room

During fair weather:
Station #5 (north side of the building, directly outside of the garage door)

  • Walk out the back of the Foundation Room, up the ramp and outside the garage door
  • Lead group around the greenhouses then back inside the building
  • Answer any remaining questions in the Retail Store – sell merchandise and retail!!

**important note** tourists do not feed fish. Also, no one on wooden walkways, decks, bridges

Station #1

History of the Building
From 1945–1967, Harnischfeger, now P&H, used to manufacture welding rods and welding wire for their mining equipment and cranes. The red brick building was the original building and the side dock stations were added later. Railroad cars were rolled directly into the building and docked to be loaded with manufactured parts. This is where tanks B,E, F, and G are now located. Then, Whitehill Sewing Machine Co. operated out of the building. We still have a light manufacturing zoning code.
The building has been re-purposed since then for urban agriculture. We are a model across the nation for urban renewal of abandoned factory buildings - in Milwaukee we have many, along with other cities along the Rust Belt.

History of Sweet Water
Jim Godsil was on the board of Growing Power for a number of years, worked with Josh at Community Roofing. Jim invited Josh to a Growing Power tour. They saw an opportunity to do something great for the community and reproduce aquaponic systems on a commercial scale using an abandoned building. They found other investors throughout Milwaukee to leverage a $30,000 profit from Community Roofing. The co-founders knew the man that owned this building. The re-purposing process of the building began around Feb 2009. Systems A, C & D were dug out of the foundation, systems E, F, G, & B were repurposed from the existing railway bed.

Systems explanation
We currently have 7 indoor systems with 2 or 3 tiers of vegetation and the tank of fish at the bottom. Water, filled with fish effluent (plant food), is re-circulated from the bottom of the tank to the growbeds and to the bio-clarifiers, which clean the water for the fish. Tanks A-D hold approximately 10,000 gallons of water, while tanks E-G hold 7,700 gallons. Each system holds about 7,000 fish. The tanks are about 4–5 feet deep. We also have 4 test systems (H,I,J,K) that we use to test new techniques as well as store our marketable fish. We are going to expand our growing operations outdoors to the greenhouses for year-round lettuce production and fish production, in 9 tanks in ground, covered in hoop houses.

How is this system different than Growing Power’s?

One of the biggest differences is how we have had to adapt their model and condition it appropriately for indoor growing. Growing Power’s systems focus on soil and compost directly in the aquaponics systems, while we do not use any soil. We also include additional measure of water filtration. Also, Growing Power uses untreated city water, while we condition our water to remove chlorine, adding to water chemistry challenges.

Water Lab
To ensure a healthy environment for our fish and plants, we test our water daily for pH, TAN (Total Ammonia Nitrogen), nitrite, dissolved oxygen, and electro-conductivity.

Station #2

Fish
We currently raise tilapia and perch. While we will continue to raise tilapia, we will be concentrating on the perch given the history of perch in Milwaukee. Also, the plants respond better to the cooler water of the perch (70 degrees vs. tilapia 75 degrees). We are going to experiment with other species this year, such as bluegill.

How big do fish get?

Marketable perch tend to reach about 8–9 inches in length, while the tilapia grows a bit larger. The wise elders grow as large as 13 inches.

How long do the fish take to grow to full maturity for harvest?

The process in our systems takes about 10–12 months. By eliminating the changes in seasons and providing an ideal environment for the perch we have cut the growth time by about a third

Where do we get our fish

The tilapia were purchased from a hatchery in New Mexico. The perch have been provided through a contractual agreement with Mr. Fred Binkowski and the Great Lakes Water Institute to support their educational research. Sweet Water Organics has contractually agreed to be responsible with the raising of the fish to full maturity. In return we provide all data for relevant research to the Institute.

Plants
In our aquaponic systems we currently have over a dozen types of lettuce, a variety of herbs (basil, thyme, parsley, mint), and watercress. We harvest over 100 lbs of lettuce per week. We have experimented with hundreds of types of lettuce to find which varieties grow best in our systems at certain times of year. We also grow sprouts – broccoli, radish, and wheat grass. During the growing season, we grow tomatoes, peppers, and cucumbers in our greenhouses.

Our customers
We harvest our greens and herbs every week for local restaurants that purchase from us: La Merenda, Honey Pie, Comet, Beans and Barley and Coquette Café, among many others. We have about 25 restaurants on our customer list. We harvest our fish weekly and sell to Empire Fish, a fish wholesaler, who then sells to their restaurant customers. We sell small salads at Outpost Natural Foods – our first grocery store customer. During the growing season, we sell at two farmers markets on Saturdays – South Shore and East Side.

Water
We currently use city water. We fill the pool with city water to temper and condition the water for at least one day, in other words, let the water become acclimated to the new environment. City water is chlorinated, so in addition to tempering the water we also dechlorinate the water through natural off-gassing and with a sodium sulfate solution before circulating it into our systems.

Lighting, Heating and Cooling
We use two different types of lighting to supplement the natural light in the building – T5 fluorescent lights and metal halide HID lights. We heat each tank with a pool heater. The heaters are off for the summer, but during the winter we use the radiant heat off the water to heat the space. During the summer, we provide as much air circulation as possible and the water cools itself through evaporative cooling.

Station #3

Bio-Clarifier
We have designed and implemented a 3-part filtration system in order to further filter the water for our fish. The first part is a clarifier tank which separates large solid particles to the bottom of the cone, which we drain once a week and then compost. The second part is a screen tank using pond screens, which we clean periodically. The last part is a bio-filter, which will be filled with pond screens as well, for beneficial bacteria to colonize and aid the nitrification process. These measures are in addition to the plants’ natural filtration, which removes nitrogen from the water for their growth, easing the burden on filtration.

Stop and ask group if there are any questions about the indoor farm, before you go into the Foundation Room and outdoors to the greenhouses**

Station #4

Sweet Water Foundation
Sweet Water Foundation 501©3 is a non-profit organization focused on education and community outreach in the realm of urban agriculture. We host classes and workshops in the Foundation Room, and also rent out the space for events. We have many partners, from K-12 schools (Fernwood, La Causa charter school, etc.) to universities (MSOE, UWM, MIAD, MATC) to other community groups (Center for Veterans Issues, MTEC).
We also use the Foundation as a display room for miniature aquaponic systems, which are designed and constructed by community members and Sweet Water partners.
*What is the difference between SWO and SWF?*
SWO is a for-profit entity focusing on retail and commerce while SWF is not for profit entity focusing on education and community outreach.

Station #5

Greenhouses
Explain plans for outdoor growing development as stated earlier. We have 7 greenhouses, and by this summer will have a series of vertical growing systems for lettuce, as well as hundreds of tomato and pepper plants. We will also utilize the raised bed gardens.

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Emerging Milwaukee Sweet Water “Grand Alliance”

Emmanuel Pratt’s Listing of Foundation’s Partners

Milwaukee:

Honey Creek Elementary
Fernwood
Shorewood
La Causa
Texas Bufkin Christian Academy
Loyola Academy
SUPAR (School of urban planning and architecture)
Montessori High School
Bay View High School
Rufus King
Vincent
North Division

MATC

MSOE
UWM
MIAD

Chicago:

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Whitney Young High School
St Ignatius College Prep
Betty Shabbaz Charter School (grade school, middle, high school)
North Lawndale College prep
KIPP Ascend Chicago
Bowen Environmental Studies High School
Chicago Ag High School
Woodlawn schools (~10 through the woodlawn organization)
Englewood
East Garfield schools?

Kennedy King Community College
Olive Harvey Community College

Chicago State University
University of Illinois Chicago
University of Chicago
Illinois Institute of Technology

Milwaukee:

Center for Resilient Cities
MTEC
Walnut Way
African American Womans Business Association
NABVETS
CVI
La Causa
Miss Joe’s Daycare
IBM
Architecture for Humanity
Allen Washatko

Chicago:

MK Chicago
Urban Gateways
Urban Partnership Bank
City Planning Department & sustainability officers (Dan Cassanova, Matt Howard, Rocky Marcoux, Clifton Crump)
IBM

Cannon Design
Architecture for Humanity

Example of types of current SWF projects:

  • The MYCELIA Project (both Milwaukee and Chicago).. will include slides and structure/description of the program
  • NABVETS barrelponics project (Milwaukee)
  • Linden Hill Project (Amaranth Bakery Culture Savings)
  • Training of the teachers with La Causa
  • Coordinating Urban Earth Week with Kennedy King College

Grade Schools and High Schools

First Lady’s High School, Whitney Young, Partnership with Sweet Water

Groups also worked hard to learn from others, including Executive Director of Sweet Water Foundation Emmanuel Pratt, Executive Director of Center for Urban Transformation Orrin Williams, Vice President of Chartwells Food Services Bob Bloomer, Purple Asparagus chef and “head spear” Melissa Graham. In total they interviewed 127 people to learn far more than what any one teacher could teach them.

Students in groups of three to seven, with a mean size of four per group brainstormed and became inspired after watching over 88.75 hours of TED.com and Taylor Mali’s Apple A Day. The range of topics that students did varied; some students defining community as being online, encouraged them to turn off electricity in their house and gather their family and friends and play a game together to conserve energy (Thank you Evil Controllers for your help!).

They became inspired by reading Michael Pollan’s Omnivores Dilemma and told over 3282 people about the impacts of their food choices on both their health as well as on the health of the environment. Additionally they cooked 142 homemade meals (many from scratch) to serve to their family. Each meal culturally significant to each student’s ancestry.

Two groups built 19 vertical gardens for businesses, schools, and food shelters that feed the homeless in urban areas where out door space is limited, but window space is abundant to grow fresh culinary herbs and encourage healthier cooking.

Another group is currently working on building their own wind turbine to generate electricity for our schools aquaponics system. The aquaponics systems was used as a resource to teach the importance of water conservation, sustainability, and urban farming. All 30 groups built their own miniature aquaponics system and learned how to take their concepts and ideas and turn them into realities with the help of Google’s Sketchup, Brew and Grow, and Alternative Garden Supplies all-the-while collecting long term data on the conditions their plants are growing in. Of course it wouldn’t be a science class if we didn’t explain the nitrogen cycle and how our fish’s ammonia waste is converted to nitrite and then into nitrate which is used as fertilizer for the arugula, tomatoes, basil, and peppers being grown in their systems within the schools’ greenhouse.

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Sweet Water Flickr Photostream of inspired teachers and youth:
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Teacher Testimonial

From: Lazzari, Andrew J <lazzara@milwaukee.k12.wi.us>
Date: Tue, Jun 14, 2011 at 3:57 PM
Subject: Thank you Sweetwater!
To: jesseblom@gmail.com

Sweetwater Organics,

I am a fourth year teacher at the Professional Learning Institute in Milwaukee. This past semester, I had a student, Robert Banks, who had an interest in aquaponics and aquaponic technology. Having toured and thoroughly enjoyed Sweetwater, Robert asked one of your workers, Jesse Blom, if he would help him complete his goal of constructing his own aquaponics system. Jesse not only assisted Robert with information and help finding supplies, he also allowed Robert to volunteer and set up an internship that allowed Robert to work at Sweetwater throughout the week. Robert was thrilled and enjoyed the experience, as well as the knowledge and information given to him by Jesse and his co-workers. Thanks to the help of Jesse and Sweetwater, Robert successfully completed construction of our school’s first aquaponics system.

However, this experience impacted Robert far beyond his aquaponics system. A student who has struggled with high school, Robert had by far his best semester of high school to date. The D’s and U’s he was earning were replaced by A’s and B’s. He is a far more focused student and I have every reason to believe Jesse and the entire group at Sweetwater played a major role in that turn around. So, I’m writing to say thank you Sweetwater. Thank you for your help with Robert. Thank you for being a socially conscious organization, and most importantly, thank you for remembering the community that you work in. Organizations like Sweetwater benefit the community around them and we are fortunate to have them in Milwaukee. If there is anything I can do to help you in the future, please don’t hesitate to call.

Sincerely,

Andrew Lazzari
Professional Learning Institute
lazzara@milwaukee.k12.wi.us
(920) 606–1281

Universities and Research Institutes

United States-India Science and Technology Endowment - Letter of Intent
According to published reports of the US State Department, water shortages threaten to reduce the global food supply by 10% in the next 25 years. Growth of agriculture productivity is not keeping up with the population increases in poverty-stricken areas. Acquaponics is a platform to counteract these effects in India. The proposed project will unleash the potential of aquaponics technologies, developed by Sweet Water Organics, Inc. (USA) to millions of Indian citizens, who will be able to produce affordable toxin free nutritious vegetables and fish for consumption and sale. Individual citizens and cooperatives will be empowered to directly address global food security issues.

Our project would communicate the benefits of local production of organic produce and fish, and provide the knowledge and equipment necessary for production. We will provide Indian citizens with an easy means of obtaining aquaponic fish and vegetable growing kits for home and school use and for large scale production in an urban setting. We will connect thousands of producers through mobile phone technology to an internet platform which will facilitate the rapid exchange of market and production data, continuously improving the knowledge base of this sustainable food production technology. Our partner IBM Corporation will provide guidance in developing the technology framework for collaboration and data sharing. This will bring together all the users, including local market vegetable and fish retailers. We will utilize all existing social media tools and the networks of all partners (India and USA) to communicate the information to the target markets.

Read the whole proposal here (.docx format)

Putting the “Urban” into “Urban Agriculture” (docx format)
by Michael H. Carriere, Assistant Professor, The Milwaukee School of Engineering

Design studios for Sweet Water Village by 30 Milwaukee School of Engineering students “Senior Projects.”

http://www.msoe.edu/academics/academic_departments/aebc/projects/

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Milwaukee School of Engineering Student Project for Haiti Orphanage

http://www.OnProjectGrow.org

Complimentary Businesses and Enterprises

  • Cargo Bikes

The students participating the the cargo bike program have 3 designs which they are prepared to present. We wanted to talk about the designs and get some feedback in order to make any necessary revisions before we start building. We would be available Friday after 3:00 to meet. Please let me know if that time is convenient or if there is another time that might work.

Thank you,

Emmett
Emmett Gross emmett.gross@gmail.com

Government Leaders

Here is a link to a Milwaukee City Economic Committee meeting which unanimously approved a
forgiveable $250,000 loan/grant to Sweet Water Organics.

http://milwaukee.legistar.com/LegislationDetail.aspx?ID=846891&GUID=806DB33E-B0D1-4C6C-8BB7-E952BF51D406&Options=&Search=

Here is a nice article by the “Bay View Compass’” Michael Timm on this award:

http://bayviewcompass.com/archives/7122

Here is an Environmental Protection Agency(EPA) grant application to establish the Milwaukee Composting Network.

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Grass Roots Community Partnerships

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Sweet Water was instrumental in helping this community garden group featured
for its harvesting of rootop water to nourish the Hyde House Community Garden.

http://bayviewcompass.com/archives/7098

Eco-Tourism Initiative Linking Chicago, Madison, and Milwaukee

National Association of Black Veterans Center for Veterans Initiatives

This pilot aquaponics miniature project at their headquarters’ carriage house garage
is being developed as a first step toward a Neighborhood Aquaponics Initiative, eye on
the prize of an aquaponics miniature on every city block within 10 years, and veterans
career developed through the transformation of foreclosed homes into eco-habitats, which
include weatherization, small is beautiful architecture, raised bed gardens and, for some,
aquaponics miniatures. Here are some pictures of this start up project:

Milwaukee Water Council

IBM

IBM awarded Milwaukee a $400,000 “Smart City” Grant in considerable part because of the Water Council’s introducing them to the urban agriculture methodologies of Growing Power and Sweet Water. Here’s a nice Global Compact City story on this award, which will bring a team of about 5 IBM creatives to Sweet Water to provide “instrumentation” for the global diffusion of aquaponics methodlogies.

http://citiesprogramme.org/index.php/news/milwaukee_wins_ibm_award_and_support_for_urban_aquaculture/

Here’s my note on how I hope the IBM grant will advance the Sweet Water project:

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From: Lazzari, Andrew J <lazzara@milwaukee.k12.wi.us>
Date: Tue, Jun 14, 2011 at 3:57 PM
Subject: Thank you Sweetwater!
To: jesseblom@gmail.com

Sweetwater Organics,

I am a fourth year teacher at the Professional Learning Institute in Milwaukee. This past semester, I had a student, Robert Banks, who had an interest in aquaponics and aquaponic technology. Having toured and thoroughly enjoyed Sweetwater, Robert asked one of your workers, Jesse Blom, if he would help him complete his goal of constructing his own aquaponics system. Jesse not only assisted Robert with information and help finding supplies, he also allowed Robert to volunteer and set up an internship that allowed Robert to work at Sweetwater throughout the week. Robert was thrilled and enjoyed the experience, as well as the knowledge and information given to him by Jesse and his co-workers. Thanks to the help of Jesse and Sweetwater, Robert successfully completed construction of our school’s first aquaponics system.

However, this experience impacted Robert far beyond his aquaponics system. A student who has struggled with high school, Robert had by far his best semester of high school to date. The D’s and U’s he was earning were replaced by A’s and B’s. He is a far more focused student and I have every reason to believe Jesse and the entire group at Sweetwater played a major role in that turn around. So, I’m writing to say thank you Sweetwater. Thank you for your help with Robert. Thank you for being a socially conscious organization, and most importantly, thank you for remembering the community that you work in. Organizations like Sweetwater benefit the community around them and we are fortunate to have them in Milwaukee. If there is anything I can do to help you in the future, please don’t hesitate to call.

Sincerely,

Andrew Lazzari
Professional Learning Institute
lazzara@milwaukee.k12.wi.us
(920) 606–1281

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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”

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Groups also worked hard to learn from others, including Executive Director of Sweet Water Foundation Emmanuel Pratt, Executive Director of Center for Urban Transformation Orrin Williams, Vice President of Chartwells Food Services Bob Bloomer, Purple Asparagus chef and “head spear” Melissa Graham. In total they interviewed 127 people to learn far more than what any one teacher could teach them.

Students in groups of three to seven, with a mean size of four per group brainstormed and became inspired after watching over 88.75 hours of TED.com and Taylor Mali’s Apple A Day. The range of topics that students did varied; some students defining community as being online, encouraged them to turn off electricity in their house and gather their family and friends and play a game together to conserve energy (Thank you Evil Controllers for your help!).

They became inspired by reading Michael Pollan’s Omnivores Dilemma and told over 3282 people about the impacts of their food choices on both their health as well as on the health of the environment. Additionally they cooked 142 homemade meals (many from scratch) to serve to their family. Each meal culturally significant to each student’s ancestry.

Two groups built 19 vertical gardens for businesses, schools, and food shelters that feed the homeless in urban areas where out door space is limited, but window space is abundant to grow fresh culinary herbs and encourage healthier cooking.

Another group is currently working on building their own wind turbine to generate electricity for our schools aquaponics system. The aquaponics systems was used as a resource to teach the importance of water conservation, sustainability, and urban farming. All 30 groups built their own miniature aquaponics system and learned how to take their concepts and ideas and turn them into realities with the help of Google’s Sketchup, Brew and Grow, and Alternative Garden Supplies all-the-while collecting long term data on the conditions their plants are growing in. Of course it wouldn’t be a science class if we didn’t explain the nitrogen cycle and how our fish’s ammonia waste is converted to nitrite and then into nitrate which is used as fertilizer for the arugula, tomatoes, basil, and peppers being grown in their systems within the schools’ greenhouse.

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Paul Stamets TED Talk On Mushrooms for Bioremediation

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Charlie in Uganda

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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

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Milwaukee School of Engineering Student Project for Haiti Orphanage

http://www.OnProjectGrow.org

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June 6th Note to Sylvia Bernstein on Delhi Presentation Focus

Our “industry and movement” are being met with great enthusiasm by the State Department staffers, American and Indian born,
and people they are connecting me with.

Govind Singh of Delhi Greens has signed on to the grant proposal Milwaukee School of Engineer’s Shajan John has been promoting, along with the City of Milwaukee and the Milwaukee Water Council.

I am happy and honored to be written up as a “likely” participant on a panel devoted to something like Democratization and Globalization of Aquaponics” or “Aquaponic Possibilities in India.”

In my presentation for Delhi I am going to suggest:

  • Aquaponics Is a New Earth Friendly Food Growing Methodology/Industry Appropriate for India’s serious consideration

  • India Has the Resources and the Reasons to Advance “Aquaponics Gardening” and Aquaponics TV

  • The Sweet Water Hybrid Model of Commercial Upscale Experiment Coupled With Education Harvesting for STEM Disciplines, i.e. Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math, Is Worthy of India’s Consideration

  • Aquaponics as Advanced by the Sweet Water Foundation Offers a New Educational Model for STEM Disciplines and

Enhanced Self Reliance in the Context of Community

  • Urban In Fill Developments With Sweet Water “Centers” 21st Century Real Estate Possibility

There are hundreds of pages devoted to supporting the above concepts at

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

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I was a “field marshal” in the 1966 Open Housing Marches of Chicago, in this picture of Dr. King being
stoned by a mob, directly behind Dr. King, 3 faces to the left of Andy Young, who went on the become U.N. Ambassador in the Clinton regime.

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Sweet Water Projects Inspired by 2011 India Visit

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.

blue! 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

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“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 langauge. 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.

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A friend who is on the COMFOOD list forwarded your message about Sweet Water and your search for people applying permaculture in India. I think I may have a good match for you, especially re: starting projects in Indian schools.

Lend-a-Hand India is an incredible non-profit that reaches over 10,000 high school students in 3 different states. One of their main initiatives is Plan 100 and their Introduction to Basic Technology program which provides practical, entrepreneurial and life-skills training that includes: Engineering, Energy and Environment, Agriculture and Animal Husbandry, Home and Health. Through the program the students are empowered to apply their skills to their home communities. We plan to establish sustainability/appropriate tech research and training centers in communities as more students graduate through the program and become trainers/teachers/entrepreneurs/researchers themselves.

Here are links about the existing program and the way that they plan to integrate wholistic permaculture thinking more actively.
http://www.lend-a-hand-india.org/ — http://www.lend-a-hand-india.org/permaculture.php

I recently started working as a Program Officer for Lend-a-Hand India and have been very impressed by their model and innovative collaborations in India (and for their programs in the US). For several years, I have also been working with a Permaculture non-profit based in NYC, Green Phoenix Permaculture and could connect you with additional colleagues that are doing permaculture in India.

Alice Lo
Program Officer
alice.lo@lend-a-hand-india.org
631–365–4135

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Alexander MacKay, academic recruiter Rbt. Gordon U. and fish farmer a.mackay@rgu.ac.uk

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There are several Indians in India doing permaculture and sustainable farming. Who are you trying to connect, and to what end? I’m connected with some orgs & individuals there, as are many other South Asian Americans in the food & farming movements.

Navina Khanna <navinamoon@gmail.com>
Oakland, CA
510.393.490

On Wed, Jun 1, 2011 at 5:16 AM, Norman Feldman <nfeldman@fountainhouse.org> wrote:

You might contact Dan Kittredge, the Real Food Campaign, about India and permaculture. At a workshop on remineralizing the soil he spoke of his experience with Indian farmers who were interested in learning about better ways to farm.

“dan@realfoodcampaign.org” <dan@realfoodcampaign.org>

On Wed, Jun 1, 2011 at 7:39 AM, TERI VANHALL <teri_vanhall@yahoo.com> wrote:

Not sure if this is what you’re looking for, but Dr. Sudhir Kumar Kaura is a geneticist in India who posts news about GMO’s in India, he is on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/#!/Dr.Sudhir.Kumar.Kaura?sk=wall

Teri VanHall

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Eathouse in the Netherlands

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Godsil Concept Notes While In India

I am very grateful for your time and attention given to this vision of
advancing the Eco system approach to food production called
aquaponics! There is an abundance of open source technical support
for anyone inspired by the concept of earth friendly water
recirculating intense yield small space fish produce production in and
around our cities.

My dream is to harness the power of the Internet to spark mighty
collaborations connecting the planetary community of aquaponics with
enterprising Indians in every one of your great cities over the next
35 years, as well as with your brothers and sisters who are doing
right things in the UK and North America. I have worked very hard to
discover who among the world’s top “aqua pons” are available to share
their discoveries and accelerate the global diffusion of this
“biomimicry” farming methodology. Now my ambition is to recruit
partners in India to explore translating these human resources into
instructional and entertaining form so that every high school and
college teacher in the world with Internet access can learn about and
teach aquaponics. I also hope to connect with Indian teachers for
small demonstration projects at their schools. And I hope to inspire
some of the Indian communities of north America to attend a fall
conference in Florida and those in Australia to attend one there.

I do not have great facility w the used iPad I bought for my visit to
India so I cannot be as powerful in my “Godsil concept notes” as I
would like. But I can get started. If any of this makes sense to
you, a good place to start would be to google “early sweet water story
milwaukee renaissance.”. There you will find 10,000 words and images
that constitute my notes for my dream of accelerating the day when 5
percent of America and India’s school’s have aquaponics miniature
demonstration projects and every city of America and India has a Sweet
Water large scale demonstration project and “Innovation Hub.”

This site is a wiki collaboration platform that I hope will be greatly
enhanced over time, perhaps with help from IBM, which chose Milwaukee
as one of about 20 “Smart Cities” for a $400,000 tech support grant
because we are learning to “feed ourselves” through our “sweet
soil”(via composting urban carbon and nitrogen residuals) and “sweet
water”(via aquaponics) demonstration projects, e.g. Sweet Water
Organics, Sweet Water Foundation, Growing Power, and more. Milwaukee
also won designation as a UN Global Compact City, an honor adding to
an inspiring “Grand Alliance” of all sectors of the government and
civil society to share our urban agriculture discoveries as quickly as
possible in cooperative globalization and collaboration of
civilization experiments and initiatives.

Why not Nobel Peace Prizes for cities which partner to dramatically
address food insecurity, social justice, sustainable economic
development, and global warming through urban agriculture advances?
Sweet Water and Growing Power have won the attention of Presidentel
Obama, who bought our perch for his first major fundraiser, and our
First Lady, who featured Growing Power’s McArthur Genius Will Alllen
at her White House news conference announcing her support for the
“Good Food Revolution.”. There is now a Sweet Water Aquaponics
Miiniature demonstration project in Michelle Obama’s high school,
Chicago’s Whitney Young. Aquaponics is going “mainstream” in Canada,
the USA, and Australia. I hope to help diffuse these innovations in
your great nation, which has the spirit and the intellectual capital
to dramatically accelerate this process.

My choice of the most powerful first introduction to aquaponics is the
NBC national news broadcast that introduced Sweet Water to America.
Next would be Professor Charlie Price’s TED Lecture. You can access
both at the Early Sweet Water platform I hope you will check out.
Scroll down a bit to the very long table of contents. The NBC 3
minute show is 6.4 and Charlie’s 7 minute talk is at 10.7.

if you judge this concept worthy of more of your time, I hope you will
watch the YouTube on the Asian aquaponics garden at 9.1 and then
listen to my 5 minute radio interview at 10.17.

If you think these visions have merit I hope you will forward this
concept note to your country’s active citizens, social business
enterprisers, teachers and students, biologists and engineers, artists
and scientists, government leaders and NGO professionals, Internet
empowered farmers, artisans, chefs, and small business families.

A grand alliance for the good food revolution through natural, earth
friendly, labor and mind/heart intensive aquaponics and vermiculture
food production methodologies is forming in Milwaukee, which means to
the original nations of North America “where the waters gather.” and
their name for the Great Lakes, into which the 3 rivers of Milwaukee
flow, was “The Sweet Water Seas.”

May we share dreams of sweetening our waters? Of learning how to feed
ourselves in ways Mother Earth enjoys?

In the way that I pray, I pray for the day when some Indian cities,
some American cities, and other cities, collaborate so mindfully while
learning how to increasingly feed ourselves while more deeply
understanding nature’s ways that that Nobel Prize arrives…naturally.

In gratitude with wonder,

Godsil

On Tuesday, May 31, 2011, Ritesh Goel <ritesh@headstart.in> wrote:
Hello Mr. Godsil,

Thanks for considering HeadStart Foundation as part of this plan. I have started takinga serious look at this proposal within the organization. We have already evaluated a few points, and are further going to take a look at what kind of benefit can we provide tostartups who are willing to take up the Aquaponics business.

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United States-India Science and Technology Endowment - Letter of Intent
According to published reports of the US State Department, water shortages threaten to reduce the global food supply by 10% in the next 25 years. Growth of agriculture productivity is not keeping up with the population increases in poverty-stricken areas. Acquaponics is a platform to counteract these effects in India. The proposed project will unleash the potential of aquaponics technologies, developed by Sweet Water Organics, Inc. (USA) to millions of Indian citizens, who will be able to produce affordable toxin free nutritious vegetables and fish for consumption and sale. Individual citizens and cooperatives will be empowered to directly address global food security issues.

Our project would communicate the benefits of local production of organic produce and fish, and provide the knowledge and equipment necessary for production. We will provide Indian citizens with an easy means of obtaining aquaponic fish and vegetable growing kits for home and school use and for large scale production in an urban setting. We will connect thousands of producers through mobile phone technology to an internet platform which will facilitate the rapid exchange of market and production data, continuously improving the knowledge base of this sustainable food production technology. Our partner IBM Corporation will provide guidance in developing the technology framework for collaboration and data sharing. This will bring together all the users, including local market vegetable and fish retailers. We will utilize all existing social media tools and the networks of all partners (India and USA) to communicate the information to the target markets.

Read the whole proposal here (.docx format)

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Aquaponics Gardening Conference Florida Fall 2011

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
A community site with forums, blogs, photos, videos and more for both new and experienced aquaponic gardeners. Let’s learn together!
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 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.
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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.

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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.” 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.

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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.
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Resource to Connect With Citizen Scientists Across the World

Brought to me by Emmanuel Pratt.

http://www.projectnoah.org/

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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.” 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.

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roof garden hydroponics aquaponics 全球暖化 都市熱島效應 節水生產 綠建築 暖化
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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

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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.

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Top Vermiculture Sources

Dear James,

We have the first scientific book on vermicomposting coming out in early September 2010. Earthworms, Organic Waste and Environmental Management is being published by CRC Press. It will contain 34 chapters with contributors from all over the world.

Most of the vermicompost studies conducted in the United States have taken place at Ohio State University. To access a lot of their studies you can go to the Soil Ecology Lab website which is linked to my website.

My website is http://www.bae.ncsu.edu/people/faculty/sherman When you get to this site, you will first see information about my upcoming vermiculture conference in May. It is the only training in the U.S. on large-scale vermicomposting. The top vermicomposting researchers will be sharing the results of their experiments.

If you scroll down and click on Vermicomposting, you will find a long list of resources, including the link to the Soil Ecology Lab.

I hope you can join us at the conference.

All the best,
Rhonda

Rhonda Sherman
Biological & Agricultural Engineering
NC State University Box 7625
Raleigh, NC 27695
919.515.6770
rhonda_sherman@ncsu.edu
http://www.bae.ncsu.edu/people/faculty/sherman


Hi James,

There are literally thousands of these studies.

Here is a good one from a respected source.
http://www.yelmworms.com/Jim%20Jensen’s%20report.htm

If you google Clive Edwards (Considered the foremost authority on worms), or Rhonda Sherman at the University of North Carolina, they will also have lots of publications.

Regards,

Jerry Gach
WWW.TheWormDude.Com
WWW.TheWormInn.Com

Hello,
A colleague forwarded these postings along to me. There are a couple of studies available on the Worm Power (large vermicomposting operation in Avon, NY) website: http://www.wormpower.net/worm-castings/content.php?k=27 If these are not sufficient, or you would like to know about more studies, let me know - I have a contact at Cornell University that is doing research.
Adam Michaelides
Program Manager, Compost Education
CCETC

This seems like a good resource. I haven’t really delved into it yet, but I think this is what you are referring to.
www.worms.com/worm-pdfs/worm%20research%20centre2.pdf

Notably, this research indicates that vermicompost seems to help eliminate contaminates in soil.

kim

Vegetable Growers News had an article on vermicomposting a month or two ago. It contained names of academic researchers who had fantastic finding about the benefits of worms, castings and tea. This is a publication primarily for commercial growers (skeptical of this “local sustainable” shit) so I thought it significant. Don´t have the info handy but know they do have an online version of the magazine.

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Here is a link to a Milwaukee City Economic Committee meeting which unanimously approved a
forgiveable $250,000 loan/grant to Sweet Water Organics.

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Here is a nice article by the “Bay View Compass’” Michael Timm on this award:

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Sweet Water was instrumental in helping this community garden group featured
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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

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Comfood List Serv

This is an on-line collaboration platform that has methinks about 4,000 very active and knowledgeable “comfoodies!”

Please consider joining!

“Com Food” <comfood@elist.tufts.edu>

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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.”

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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.” 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 harnessing the power of the internet in support of increased local food production across the globe.

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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. These “sweet soil”
projects transform mislabeled “urban waste streams” into resources, e.g. humus or compost developed by harvesting carbon based urban “compositibles” like leaves, wood chips, newspaper, carddboard, and yard clippings, mixed with nitrogen based food residuals like fruit and veggie wastes, coffee grounds, egg shells, and spent grain. “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, insofar as nutrient rich fish wastes are transformed by billions of bacteria in plant beds and root areas into nitrate for the planets and clean water for the fish. It is my belief that these projects are worthy of serious consideration and step-by-step, contextually appropropriate replication and refinement.

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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.

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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.” 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.

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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. These “sweet soil”
projects transform mislabeled “urban waste streams” into resources, e.g. humus or compost developed by harvesting carbon based urban “compositibles” like leaves, wood chips, newspaper, carddboard, and yard clippings, mixed with nitrogen based food residuals like fruit and veggie wastes, coffee grounds, egg shells, and spent grain. “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, insofar as nutrient rich fish wastes are transformed by billions of bacteria in plant beds and root areas into nitrate for the planets and clean water for the fish. It is my belief that these projects are worthy of serious consideration and step-by-step, contextually appropropriate replication and refinement.

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.

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Ohio State University Aquaculture Group Fish Source

Aquaculture Group of Ohio <aqua-ohio@ag.ohio-state.edu>

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Eco-Tourism Initiative Linking Chicago, Madison, and Milwaukee

National Association of Black Veterans Center for Veterans Initiatives

This pilot aquaponics miniature project at their headquarters’ carriage house garage
is being developed as a first step toward a Neighborhood Aquaponics Initiative, eye on
the prize of an aquaponics miniature on every city block within 10 years, and veterans
career developed through the transformation of foreclosed homes into eco-habitats, which
include weatherization, small is beautiful architecture, raised bed gardens and, for some,
aquaponics miniatures. Here are some pictures of this start up project:

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50% 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/

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Solar Powered Backyard Aquaponics Farm You Tube

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Interweaving 10,000 Urban Agriculture Aquaponics Webs Across the Planet

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Peace and Art Project
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Emmanuel Pratt’s Listing of Foundation’s Partners

Milwaukee:

Honey Creek Elementary
Fernwood
Shorewood
La Causa
Texas Bufkin Christian Academy
Loyola Academy
SUPAR (School of urban planning and architecture)
Montessori High School
Bay View High School
Rufus King
Vincent
North Division

MATC

MSOE
UWM
MIAD

Chicago:

Whitney Young High School
St Ignatius College Prep
Betty Shabbaz Charter School (grade school, middle, high school)
North Lawndale College prep
KIPP Ascend Chicago
Bowen Environmental Studies High School
Chicago Ag High School
Woodlawn schools (~10 through the woodlawn organization)
Englewood
East Garfield schools?

Kennedy King Community College
Olive Harvey Community College

Chicago State University
University of Illinois Chicago
University of Chicago
Illinois Institute of Technology

Milwaukee:

Center for Resilient Cities
MTEC
Walnut Way
African American Womans Business Association
NABVETS
CVI
La Causa
Miss Joe’s Daycare
IBM
Architecture for Humanity
Allen Washatko

Chicago:

MK Chicago
Urban Gateways
Urban Partnership Bank
City Planning Department & sustainability officers (Dan Cassanova, Matt Howard, Rocky Marcoux, Clifton Crump)
IBM

Cannon Design
Architecture for Humanity

Example of types of current SWF projects:

  • The MYCELIA Project (both Milwaukee and Chicago).. will include slides and structure/description of the program
  • NABVETS barrelponics project (Milwaukee)
  • Linden Hill Project (Amaranth Bakery Culture Savings)
  • Training of the teachers with La Causa
  • Coordinating Urban Earth Week with Kennedy King College
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Sweet Water Tours

Sweet Water Tour Outline
As of 5/4/2011

Prior to tour:
Arrive 20 minutes before the scheduled start of the tour

  • Walk around facility and make sure the runs are clean and swept, restricted areas are chained-off, walkways are clear of any large objects, straighten up tables and countertops, make sure overall appearance of space is organized and clean
  • Inspect fish tanks for mortalities and remove - place in fish compost
  • Make sure all bathrooms are kept up and stocked (toilet paper, hand soap, towels, etc)
  • Turn on lights in Retail Store and make sure cash register drawer is in place
  • Greet guests as they arrive
  • Collect tour fees at cash register and ask all guests to sign in using printed sheet or laptop computer
  • Keep tourists out of farm until guide has engaged them

Tour Stations
Station #1 (in front of systems A-D)

  • Walk from the Retail Store back through entrance and enter the farm at the front door

Station #2 (on the south/west side of system E)

  • Walk around system A, past the water lab and to the beginning of system E, also show propagation and production rooms

Station #3 (on the north side of system E)

  • Walk around the east side of system E, to the north side in front of the bio-clarifier - do not use the bridge

Station #4 (Foundation Room)

  • Open the garage door and walk into the Foundation Room

During fair weather:
Station #5 (north side of the building, directly outside of the garage door)

  • Walk out the back of the Foundation Room, up the ramp and outside the garage door
  • Lead group around the greenhouses then back inside the building
  • Answer any remaining questions in the Retail Store – sell merchandise and retail!!

**important note** tourists do not feed fish. Also, no one on wooden walkways, decks, bridges

Station #1
History of the Building
From 1945–1967, Harnischfeger, now P&H, used to manufacture welding rods and welding wire for their mining equipment and cranes. The red brick building was the original building and the side dock stations were added later. Railroad cars were rolled directly into the building and docked to be loaded with manufactured parts. This is where tanks B,E, F, and G are now located. Then, Whitehill Sewing Machine Co. operated out of the building. We still have a light manufacturing zoning code.
The building has been re-purposed since then for urban agriculture. We are a model across the nation for urban renewal of abandoned factory buildings - in Milwaukee we have many, along with other cities along the Rust Belt.

History of Sweet Water
Jim Godsil was on the board of Growing Power for a number of years, worked with Josh at Community Roofing. Jim invited Josh to a Growing Power tour. They saw an opportunity to do something great for the community and reproduce aquaponic systems on a commercial scale using an abandoned building. They found other investors throughout Milwaukee to leverage a $30,000 profit from Community Roofing. The co-founders knew the man that owned this building. The re-purposing process of the building began around Feb 2009. Systems A, C & D were dug out of the foundation, systems E, F, G, & B were repurposed from the existing railway bed.

Systems explanation
We currently have 7 indoor systems with 2 or 3 tiers of vegetation and the tank of fish at the bottom. Water, filled with fish effluent (plant food), is re-circulated from the bottom of the tank to the growbeds and to the bio-clarifiers, which clean the water for the fish. Tanks A-D hold approximately 10,000 gallons of water, while tanks E-G hold 7,700 gallons. Each system holds about 7,000 fish. The tanks are about 4–5 feet deep. We also have 4 test systems (H,I,J,K) that we use to test new techniques as well as store our marketable fish. We are going to expand our growing operations outdoors to the greenhouses for year-round lettuce production and fish production, in 9 tanks in ground, covered in hoop houses.

*How is this system different than Growing Power’s?*
One of the biggest differences is how we have had to adapt their model and condition it appropriately for indoor growing. Growing Power’s systems focus on soil and compost directly in the aquaponics systems, while we do not use any soil. We also include additional measure of water filtration. Also, Growing Power uses untreated city water, while we condition our water to remove chlorine, adding to water chemistry challenges.

Water Lab
To ensure a healthy environment for our fish and plants, we test our water daily for pH, TAN (Total Ammonia Nitrogen), nitrite, dissolved oxygen, and electro-conductivity.

Station #2
Fish
We currently raise tilapia and perch. While we will continue to raise tilapia, we will be concentrating on the perch given the history of perch in Milwaukee. Also, the plants respond better to the cooler water of the perch (70 degrees vs. tilapia 75 degrees). We are going to experiment with other species this year, such as bluegill.

*How big do fish get?*
Marketable perch tend to reach about 8–9 inches in length, while the tilapia grows a bit larger. The wise elders grow as large as 13 inches.

*How long do the fish take to grow to full maturity for harvest?*
The process in our systems takes about 10–12 months. By eliminating the changes in seasons and providing an ideal environment for the perch we have cut the growth time by about a third

*Where do we get our fish*
The tilapia were purchased from a hatchery in New Mexico. The perch have been provided through a contractual agreement with Mr. Fred Binkowski and the Great Lakes Water Institute to support their educational research. Sweet Water Organics has contractually agreed to be responsible with the raising of the fish to full maturity. In return we provide all data for relevant research to the Institute.

Plants
In our aquaponic systems we currently have over a dozen types of lettuce, a variety of herbs (basil, thyme, parsley, mint), and watercress. We harvest over 100 lbs of lettuce per week. We have experimented with hundreds of types of lettuce to find which varieties grow best in our systems at certain times of year. We also grow sprouts – broccoli, radish, and wheat grass. During the growing season, we grow tomatoes, peppers, and cucumbers in our greenhouses.

Our customers
We harvest our greens and herbs every week for local restaurants that purchase from us: La Merenda, Honey Pie, Comet, Beans and Barley and Coquette Café, among many others. We have about 25 restaurants on our customer list. We harvest our fish weekly and sell to Empire Fish, a fish wholesaler, who then sells to their restaurant customers. We sell small salads at Outpost Natural Foods – our first grocery store customer. During the growing season, we sell at two farmers markets on Saturdays – South Shore and East Side.

Water
We currently use city water. We fill the pool with city water to temper and condition the water for at least one day, in other words, let the water become acclimated to the new environment. City water is chlorinated, so in addition to tempering the water we also dechlorinate the water through natural off-gassing and with a sodium sulfate solution before circulating it into our systems.

Lighting, Heating and Cooling
We use two different types of lighting to supplement the natural light in the building – T5 fluorescent lights and metal halide HID lights. We heat each tank with a pool heater. The heaters are off for the summer, but during the winter we use the radiant heat off the water to heat the space. During the summer, we provide as much air circulation as possible and the water cools itself through evaporative cooling.

Station #3
Bio-Clarifier
We have designed and implemented a 3-part filtration system in order to further filter the water for our fish. The first part is a clarifier tank which separates large solid particles to the bottom of the cone, which we drain once a week and then compost. The second part is a screen tank using pond screens, which we clean periodically. The last part is a bio-filter, which will be filled with pond screens as well, for beneficial bacteria to colonize and aid the nitrification process. These measures are in addition to the plants’ natural filtration, which removes nitrogen from the water for their growth, easing the burden on filtration.

**Stop and ask group if there are any questions about the indoor farm, before you go into the Foundation Room and outdoors to the greenhouses**

Station #4
Sweet Water Foundation
Sweet Water Foundation 501©3 is a non-profit organization focused on education and community outreach in the realm of urban agriculture. We host classes and workshops in the Foundation Room, and also rent out the space for events. We have many partners, from K-12 schools (Fernwood, La Causa charter school, etc.) to universities (MSOE, UWM, MIAD, MATC) to other community groups (Center for Veterans Issues, MTEC).
We also use the Foundation as a display room for miniature aquaponic systems, which are designed and constructed by community members and Sweet Water partners.
*What is the difference between SWO and SWF?*
SWO is a for-profit entity focusing on retail and commerce while SWF is not for profit entity focusing on education and community outreach.

Station #5
Greenhouses
Explain plans for outdoor growing development as stated earlier. We have 7 greenhouses, and by this summer will have a series of vertical growing systems for lettuce, as well as hundreds of tomato and pepper plants. We will also utilize the raised bed gardens.

END TOUR IN RETAIL STORE AND FACILITATE ANY PURCHASES

After the tour:
Stay until the last tourist has left the farm, then:

  • check the farm for debris/litter, articles that are left behind
  • turn off lights
  • make sure all doors are closed and locked

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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.

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Indian Trailblazers

Tanvi Gadhia, Tanvi <tanvi.gadhia@gmail.com>
Center for Food Safety/ Int’l Center for Technology Assessment
660 Pennsylvania Ave SE, Suite 302
Washington, D.C. 20003
(202) 547–9359

tgadhia@icta.org, shweta kumari singh <shweta_2oct@rediffmail.com>, shweta@navdanya.net, navdanya@gmail.com, Vandana Shiva <vandana.shiva@gmail.com>, deepak@gadhiasolarenergy.com, dbarker@icta.org, Matt Colaciello Williams <mcolaciello@gmail.com>

I recommend getting in touch with Navdanya- the founder and head researcher is Dr. Vandana Shiva, and there another great scientist there working on a Ganga (river) Pollution Project, her name is Shweta Singh.

www.navdanya.org/
http://www.vandanashiva.org/
Greening Initiative: Urban Kitchen Gardens (Dehli) http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=112923228754096

The Burari Garden of Hope on its way to becoming a Farm of Hope

In December 2010, in an empty plot within their residential colony, under the aegis of Jan Jyoti NGO and study centre, the children of Burari, a village close to Delhi, planted their Garden of Hope an initiative being spearheaded by Navdanya. The initiative has become a story of hope for us in Navdanya as the diligence of children came to fruition and the garden is blossoming with its first crop.

The children having eaten the fresh organic food along with their educators were so impressed that now they have convinced the community to give 1 acre of land to grow organic vegetables. Thus the Garden of Hope is now on its way to become the Farm of Hope.

http://www.facebook.com/notes/navdanya-rfste/seeds-of-hope-gardens-of-hope-updates-from-february/186000984778322

http://www.facebook.com/notes/navdanya-rfste/seeds-of-hope-gardens-of-hope-two-inspirational-success-stories/175937415784679

Hope this helps, Navdanya is certainly central to India’s organic farming movement.

My personal opinion is that urban agriculture (rather than causing pollution and health problems) in fact can be a solution to those problems. I suspect you will probably find similar sentiment among the organic farming proponents in Delhi.

Tanvi Gadhia

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From London Sustain’s Ben ReynoldsNot sure if you’ve joined this network - Food for Cities run by the UN - contact Julien Custot about joining the email network, very helpful.

http://www.fao.org/fcit/fcit-contacts/en/
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London Connections

I wanted to get in touch because I was very interested in your initiative to establish 100 jobs in urban agriculture. I am a founder member of the incredible edible project here in the UK and I run an open-source project www.school-of-sustainability.com which brings together the fundamentals of sustainable living.

I am currently working on a plan for a modular growing system for urban spaces, where the growing fits the space, but is capable of being transported as and when required as a result of being located on temporary land space - this is particularly useful in inner city spaces, where buildings can be dropped and the space left for a year or two - the idea is to enhance the biodoiversity and also demonstrate the way that growing can improve the urban space, and importantly employ and generate a living for people who grow the food.
I was very interested in your scheme of 100 jobs in urban agriculture and wondered if we might start a conversation and share insights?

If you have any pictures I can put them onto my website, which gets around 20k hits a month and is growing (!) all the time, we get a lot of US traffic as well as from around 100 other countries.
So… great idea - love the school linking, would like to talk more.
Best wishes from over the pond.
Paul

Dr Paul Clarke
Director of Sustainable Leadership, Cambridge Education / Mott MacDonald

Professor of Education
St Mary’s University College
Strawberry Hill
London
Director, Incredible Edible Ltd

www.school-of-sustainability.com

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Mrs Priyanie Amerasignghe, our regional RUAF partner in Hyderabad. She can connect you to UA projects in Bangalore, Hyderabad and other cities.

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Ir. Marielle Dubbeling, Senior adviser ETC Urban Agriculture,

Global coordinator RUAF-From Seed to Table Programme

CVFN 411 Dimensions of Urban Agriculture
Certificate Credit
Community Services Program Area

Duration: 42 Hours
Fee: $515 Canadian Dollars (Payment in full is required at time of enrollment.)

Date: Course begins Saturday, May 7, 2011.

Available through Distance Education (click enrollment).

This course describes the dimensions (functions, roles, benefits, potential risks) of urban agriculture and how these complement, supplement, compete with, substitute for, or undermine those provided by other land uses, sectoral activities and actors. The main dimensions covered are: health and food security, socio-cultural dimensions, economic dimensions, and environmental dimensions. Two well-documented case studies will be used throughout the course to highlight each dimension separately, before bringing them all together.

Note: This course has been developed in partnership with ETC-Urban Agriculture (ETC-UA) and the Resource Centre on Urban Agriculture and Food Security (RUAF), with technical support provided by The Chang School.

This course is part of a portfolio of four distance education courses on urban agriculture, including the following: CVFN 410, CVFN 411, CVFN 412, and CVFN 413.

Note: A sample course outline is available.

E-mail: m.dubbeling@etcnl.nl
Telephone: ETC: +31-(0)33–4326039 ;
Home: +33-(0)565–741951
PO Box 64, 3830 AB Leusden, the Netherlands
www.etc-urbanagriculture.org; www.ruaf.org

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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 Aquaponics(UAA)TV. UAA TV would aim to diffuse sweet soil and sweet water methodologies in artful and entertaining ways.

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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 Aquaponics(UAA)TV. 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
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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.

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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.

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The French non-profit URGENCI (http://www.urgenci.net/index.php?lang=en) does wonderful work around the world, but primarily in Europe, linking farmers with consumers in CSAs (and variations thereof).

Takis and Beatriki at Litsas Ecological Farm near Thessaloniki in northern Greece direct market their products and have been working on building a unique CSA-like cooperative farm model. They were also pioneers in organic agriculture in Greece in general, acting as educators and third party certifiers of organic ag in Greece before the EU had organic standards.

Panos Manikis’ Natural Farm in Edessa (also northern Greece) could be a useful resource as well.

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It is my great hope to help spark Milwaukee India net enhanced cooperative globalization experiments, starting with grass roots student and urban “creative” orchestrated experiments constructing Urban Agriculture and Aquaponics(UAA)TV, that diffuse sweet soil and sweet water
methodologies in artful and entertaining ways. 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 student everyday citizen hands-on experiments as well as the harvesting of urban agriculture and aquaponics you tube and facebook bounty available for those with the imagination and will to collect and aesthetically present this treasure trove to each and every city of the planet. 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. 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.

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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 Aquaponics(UAA)TV. UAA TV would aim to diffuse sweet soil and sweet water methodologies in artful and entertaining ways.

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.

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.

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.

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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.” 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, as well as in support of my vision of 10,000 gardensin old Milwaukee neighborhoods, replacing vacant lots and contributing to increasingly self-reliant citizens in the context of increasingly beloved communities.

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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.” 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, as well as in support of my vision of 10,000 gardens in old Milwaukee neighborhoods, replacing vacant lots and contributing to increasingly self-reliant citizens in the context of increasingly beloved communities.

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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.” 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, as well as in support of my vision of 10,000 gardensin old Milwaukee neighborhoods, replacing vacant lots and contributing to increasingly self-reliant citizens in the context of increasingly beloved communities.

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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 student everyday citizen hands-on experiments as well as the harvesting of urban agriculture and aquaponics you tube and facebook bounty available for those with the imagination and will to collect and aesthetically present this treasure trove to each and every city of the planet. 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. The widening circle of interweaving enterprise webs I call Sweet Water

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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 student everyday citizen hands-on experiments as well as the harvesting of urban agriculture and aquaponics you tube and facebook bounty available for those with the imagination and will to collect and aesthetically present this treasure trove to each and every city of the planet. 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. The widening circle of interweaving enterprise webs I call Sweet Water

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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.” Back in the late 1990s I was able to harness internet resources to my business, political, and cultural enterprise. Upon encountering the Will Allen Growing Power Miracle, 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 as well as in support of my vision of 10,000 gardens replacing vacant lots and contributing to increasingly self-reliant citizens in the context of increasingly beloved communities.

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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.” Back in the late 1990s I was able to harness internet resources to my business, political, and cultural enterprise]]. Upon encountering the Will Allen Growing Power Miracle, 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 as well as in support of my vision of 10,000 gardens replacing vacant lots and contributing to increasingly self-reliant citizens in the context of increasingly beloved communities.

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Introduction to Sweet Water Story for India

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.” Back in the late 1990s I was able to harness internet resources to my business, political, and cultural enterprise. Upon encountering the Will Allen Growing Power Miracle, 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 as well
as in support of my vision of 10,000 gardens replacing vacant lots and contributing to increasingly self-reliant citizens in the context of increasingly beloved communities.

It is my great hope to help spark Milwaukee India net enhanced cooperative globalization experiments, starting with grass roots student and urban “creative” orchestrated experiments constructing Urban Agriculture and Aquaponics(UAA)TV, that diffuse sweet soil and sweet water
methodologies in artful and entertaining ways. 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 student everyday citizen hands-on experiments as well as the harvesting of urban agriculture and aquaponics you tube and facebook bounty available for those with the imagination and will to collect and aesthetically present this treasure trove to each and every city of the planet. 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. 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

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*CSAs in Europe

  • Association pour le maintien de l’agriculture paysanne (AMAP) in France,
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  • Landwirtschaftsgemeinschaftshof in Germany,
  • Gruppi di Acquisto Solidale (GAS) in Italy

The CSA started in Germany and Switzerland. I know there is an active and rather large one near Freiburg Germany where I was last summer. I can track down their contact information if you need it.

I would think farms in Portugal and Italy would come closer to replicating agricultural and social concerns in Greece, but I’ve never been lucky enough to get there.

  Ed Garrett
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  • Cargo Bikes

The students participating the the cargo bike program have 3 designs which they are prepared to present. We wanted to talk about the designs and get some feedback in order to make any necessary revisions before we start building. We would be available Friday after 3:00 to meet. Please let me know if that time is convenient or if there is another time that might work.

Thank you,

Emmett
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IBM awarded Milwaukee a $400,000 “Smart City” Grant in considerable part because of the Water Council’s introducing them to the urban agriculture methodologies of Growing Power and Sweet Water. Here’s a nice Global Compact City story on this award, which will bring a team of about 5 IBM creatives to Sweet Water to provide “instrumentation” for the global diffusion of aquaponics methodlogies.

http://citiesprogramme.org/index.php/news/milwaukee_wins_ibm_award_and_support_for_urban_aquaculture/

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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

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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

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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.

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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.

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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!”

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.

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We aspire to sustainably grow fish and produce in old city factory contexts and serve as one of
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We aspire to sustainably grow fish and produce in old city factory contexts.

We also aspire to grow farmers!

Become fine sons and daughters of Mother Earth and Nature.

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TED Talk

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  • Murray Hallam’s Practical Aquaponics Form

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  • Zurich’s Roman Gaus

“Before returning back home to Switzerland after a two-year stint in the US, I asked a colleague what would be a really sustainable business idea with a transformational potential to bring back to old Europe. He directed me to SweetWaterOrganics, and since reading about their story I became a fan of closed-loop systems and specifically aquaponics and its potential to leverage urban areas into productive places where food is grown sustainably for the future of our children and our cities. I was lucky to find partners with shared vision and experience in Aquaponics, mainly from the Zurich University of Applied Sciences (ZHAW), and are now on track to launch UrbanFarmers, with the mission to produce local and organic food in the city on urban rooftops with the engagement of local co-op communities. Our ties and connections with SweetWaterOrganics are expanded through the One World Aquaponics Initiative, with the ambition to share global benchmarks in aquaponic systems and their application into novel business models through Aquaponics TV.”

  • Friendly aquaponics

http://www.friendlyaquaponics.com/
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bAKtufVLRko&feature=player_embedded

  • Urban Farm Guys in Missouri

http://www.theurbanfarmingguys.com/
info@TheUrbanFarmingGuys.com
http://www.youtube.com/user/TheUrbanFarmingGuys

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http://www.youtube.com/user/aquaponicgardening#p/u/6/ssI_p8-3Rbg.

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http://www.aces.edu/dept/fisheries/education/documents/barrel-ponics.pdf

  • Godsil Radio Interview on Sweet Water Miniatures

http://www.wuwm.com/programs/news/view_news.php?articleid=7269

  • Virgin Island Folks

  • Myles

  • Nelson and Pade

The Living Food Bank® aquaponic system

Clear Flow Aquaponic Systems® o

Here is Nelson and Pade operations manager who attended this
weekend Sweet Water Winter Conference One.

www.aquaponics.com

www.aquaponicsjournal.com

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Rebecca Nelson suggests they may have connections with a number of successful commercial scale aquaponics enterprises in an article on Sweet Water/Student Haiti project.

http://www.jsonline.com/business/112578804.html

Nelson’s firm has systems in place throughout North America, the Caribbean, Europe and Asia

  • Philipp Wolfe

I have updated the photo album: https://picasaweb.google.com/PWolfT3/PHOTO?authkey=Gv1sRgCJnksKjF79Xc7gE&feat=directlink

  • Smiths

The Smiths started there aquaponic system about a year ago. They are members of Aquaponic Gardening also. Their web site is: http://www.coastviewaquaponics.com/

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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.

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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.

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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
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Josh Fraundorf built upon mine and other Community partners and led Community Roofing
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“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
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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.

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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 chipos, fruit and veggie residues, with the help of beneficial bacteria and red wriggler worms, into “sweet soil” for small space intensive farming.

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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.

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Sweet Water Organics is an aquaponics fish vegetable farm in an adaptively re-used factory
building in the Great Lake Heartland City of Milwaukee.

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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. 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 chipos, fruit and veggie residues, with the help of beneficial bacteria and red wriggler worms, into “sweet soil” for small space intensive farming.

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Sweet Water, Sweet Soil,
A birthright fouled by the
Contradictory effects
Of the Industrial Revolution.

Visioning returns,
Even as pharaoh plunders.

Life re-assembling,
Interweaving ten billion webs

In Holy Cities
For Sweet Water Seas.

St. Patrick Brigid Offering at
Timbuktu Milwaukee Great Lakes 2011

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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.

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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.

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

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

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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.

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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.

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

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

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Of the Industrial Revolution.

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Milwaukee Urban Agriculture Movement

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

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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
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Worms From Warm Enough Center of Compost Pile
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Lot’s more pictures at:
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Community Roofing’s Banner Year in 2008

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

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Joshua Fraundorf

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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

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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.

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

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Meeting Will Allen

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.

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Sweet Water, Sweet Soil

Sweet Water, Sweet Soil,
A birthright fouled by
The macho excess of the
French and Industrial Revolutions.

Visioning returns,
Even as pharaoh yet plunders.

Life re-assembling,
Interweaving ten billion webs

In Holy Cities
For Sweet Water Seas.

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Meeting Will Allen

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.

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

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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.

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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.

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

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

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

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