The “Great Farm” of Sweet Water Organics is in limbo and perhaps “the void,” but a child of the Sweet Water Universe, i.e. the Sweet Water Foundation(SWF), has a number of aquaponics demonstrations in about 40 schools of Milwaukee, e.g. Matt Ray’s Fernwood, and Chicago. Matt’s students sometime offer inspiring tours of their very advanced edible playground system. Emmanuel Pratt’s SWF has tours of a commercial size aquaponics system in Chicago, along with a 2 acre farm 7 minutes from partnering University of Chicago and the Museum of Science and Industry.
EcoTours Today, e.g. Growing Power and Central Greens, and Other Sites Emerging
Your parents would enjoy a Growinig Power Tour, just about everyday at 1 p.m., or a Central Greens Tour(must schedule with them).
And perhaps a tour of Eddee Daniel’s Urban Wilderness, Jan Christensen’s Reservoir Park/Riverwest Coop Cafe, Sharon Adams’ Walnut Way, Venice Williams’ Alice’s Garden, Dave Boucher’s Amaranth Urban Sanctuary, Stephanie Callaway’s Core el Centro Rooftop Garden at the famed Clock Shadow Building, Ryan/Dennis et al Pete’s Urban Farm, Gretchen’s Concordia Gardens, Andre’s DMZ Garden, Touissant’s Gingerbread Land(with Carriere and Bohdan), Farmer Tony’s Mission Green, and more.
You may be invited by one of the cc’d heroes of Milwaukee’s urban ag ventures to enjoy a tour of their small miracles. But please keep in mind the concept of eco tours down the line, accelerated with the arrival of Ben Koller and Miguel Castro’s Heart House digital empowerment and conferencing center.
Heart House Farm and Virtual Tours and Field Trips?
Ben Koller and Miguel Castro’s Heart House have created not just a demonstration project transforming an old beater house into an urban micro farm and hostel, but also a place to harness the power of the internet to advance the good cause and assist the development of Milwaukee’s “ecopreneurs.”
Hoping they will help pull this vision of connected ecotours in the Milwaukee metro together!